Rage Against the Dying: A Thriller (Brigid Quinn, #1)
3.70
Just when you think it’s not possible to sell a publisher on a female protagonist who’s well into middle age, along comes Becky Masterman’s compelling ...more
May 2013
May 16, 2013
 
A Tap on the Window
3.91
Surprise is one of the great pleasures of reading a good crime novel, so it's always a challenge to review one without spoiling the fun. It's particul ...more
Aug 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
Black Irish (Abbie Kearney, #1)
3.62
Anyone who lived in Charlestown or South Boston back in the day will feel right at home in Stephan Talty’s South Buffalo in “Black Irish.” Residents c ...more
May 2013
May 16, 2013
 
Little Elvises (Junior Bender, #2)
3.93
Junior Bender, the crusty, loveable hero of Timothy Hallinan's "Little Elvises," is a career burglar who does "detective stuff" for criminals. But thi ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
Cold Storage, Alaska
3.71
John Straley's thoroughly enjoyable and slightly wacko "Cold Storage Alaska" opens with former drug dealer, Clive "the Milkman" McMahon, heading home ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
The Boy Who Could See Demons
3.85
When I saw the title of Carolyn Jess-Cooke's "The Boy Who Could See Demons" I immediately thought of "The Sixth Sense" with its boy who sees dead peop ...more
Aug 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
Night of the Jaguar: A Novel
3.83
In “Night of the Jaguar,’’ Joe Gannon’s debut novel, the setting is Nicaragua in 1986. It opens with a prologue — two cousins recite poetry while camp ...more
Oct 2014
Nov 17, 2014
 
My Sister's Grave
3.92
A rugged location with a missing person makes a perfect backdrop for a crime novel. In Robert Dugone’s new page turner, “My Sister’s Grave,’’ the sett ...more
Oct 2014
Nov 17, 2014
 
Ghost Month
3.23
A sidewalk noodle shop in Taipei City's Shilin Night Market during summer's Ghost Month (when "supposedly the gates of the underworld are opened and s ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
Purgatory Chasm
3.84
Massachusetts author Steve Ulfelder sets his debut novel, "Purgatory Chasm,"in suburbs west of Boston. His protagonist is Conway Sax, an expert auto m ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
 
The Boy Who Shoots Crows
3.19
Randall Silvis's "The Boy Who Shoots Crows" tells of another lost boy. Twelve-year-old Jesse Rankin is known to his neighbors for roaming the woods su ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Feb 25, 2012
 
Murder With Ganache: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
4.14
This series is fun and smart, especially psychologically smart. This time Hayley is helping put on her friend Connie's wedding (yummy key lime cupcake ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
Death With All the Trimmings: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
4.25
This is one of those flat out fun books, perfect for the holidays. I love the crazy Key West Christmas goings-on that Burdette captures perfectly. And ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 15, 2014
 
Invisible City
3.53
Brooklyn’s Hasidic community inhabits the eponymous “Invisible City” of Julia Dahl’s debut novel. Into those tradition-bound confines ventures Brookly ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
The Seeker
3.08
Aine Cahill, the narrator of R. B. Chesterton's (a pseudonym for Carolyn Haines)"The Seeker," may not be all that reliable, either. She tells us she's ...more
Apr 06, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
Terminated
4.20
Revenge drives Ray Daniel's debut novel, "Terminated," a brisk, high-tech espionage thriller set in familiar downtown Boston. Aloysius Tucker, a randy ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
The Player: A Mystery (Carter Ross, #5)
3.88
Carter Ross, the utterly reliable protagonist of Brad Parks's latest "The Player," comes out of a fine tradition of brash, big city journalists as fic ...more
Apr 06, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)
4.14
Linda Castillo's"The Dead Will Tell," opens with a burglary gone horribly wrong after the three masked men invade the home of Amish furniture maker Wi ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
The Other Typist
3.56
Rose Baker, the narrator of Suzanne Rindell's "The Other Typist," records interrogations for a New York police precinct in 1924. She is a plain, mouse ...more
Apr 08, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage: A Conway Sax Mystery
4.15
For fans of hunky protagonists and testosterone-driven action, Steve Ulfelder’s Conway Sax novels are just the ticket. The fourth in the series, “Wol ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
Cloudland
3.11
"Cloudland" is both the evocative title of Joseph Olshan's new novel and the remote, sparsely populated area of rural Vermont where it is set. Against ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
 
Vigilante (Shane Scully, #11)
3.95
Stephen J. Cannell, the novel and TV writer who died a year ago, leaves his readers panting for breath with “Vigilante,’’ a signature final thriller i ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Jan 07, 2012
 
City of Secrets
3.72
Miranda Corbie, the character at the heart of Kelli Stanley’s “City of Secrets,’’ combines the tropes of femme fatale and wisecracking private dick. S ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Jan 07, 2012
 
Defending Jacob
3.95
Many crime fiction writers have imagined the horror of losing a child. William Landay's "Defending Jacob" wades into truly dark territory, imagining p ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 25, 2012
 
Edge of Dark Water
3.91
Joe R. Lansdale's Southern Gothic "Edge of Dark Water" takes the reader down a river on a journey with a cast of unforgettable characters. Narrator Su ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
Clawback (Silas Cade #1)
3.72
Mike Cooper's debut novel "Clawback" is a frenetic, no-holds-barred thriller. CPA Silas Cade is like Rambo in green eyeshades. His clients are high-po ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #1)
3.72
Readers will recognize Vanessa (aka Michael) Munroe, the eponymous protagonist in Taylor Wait's debut novel "The Informationist." She's one of those e ...more
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Apr 23, 2011
 
These Dark Things (Captain Natalia Monte, #1)
3.19
Where better to set an noir police procedural than in streets awash in uncollected trash, against a backdrop of smoke rising from Vesuvius? That is th ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
 
November Hunt
3.84
For readers looking for comfort food rather than an adrenalin rush, Jess Lourey's "November Hunt" goes down easy. The setting is Battle Lake, Minnesot ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
Swift Justice (A Charlie Swift Mystery #1)
3.67
Author Laura DiSilverio’s debut novel, “Swift Justice” (her PI is named Charlotte “Charlie” Swift), opens in Charlie’s Colorado Springs office with a ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Jan 27, 2011
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