The detective novel is one of the most celebrated forms of mystery fiction — and one of the hardest to get right. So, when a great new series comes out, I tend to take notice and shout it from the rooftops. Consider […]
When Heather Chavez’s debut novel was being compared to Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner — and had an advance blurb from Lee Child — I knew I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as possible. My request was answered […]
Your House Will Pay is one of the best pieces of crime fiction I’ve read this year, written with the craft and storytelling ability most authors aspire to.
There comes a moment in the last quarter of Temper (or earlier if you’re better at this game than I am) when you realize how the story must end. When I got there, I smiled, said “holy s__t” and made sure I had enough time to finish author Layne Fargo’s amazing, raw, borderline psychologically damaging debut thriller.
Recommended: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Twice in my adult life I’ve cried at the end of a novel. The first time was when I finished Stephen King’s 11/22/63. The second was when I read the final scenes of Delia Owens’ breakout debut Where the Crawdads Sing.
Little Black Dress by Kim Black doesn’t fit into one genre, and that’s great news for readers. Though it’s a spy novel, it does not rely on many of the tropes that oftentimes accompany traditional espionage fiction. The most obvious difference is […]
The year is early, but The Broken Girls by Simone St. James is by far the best novel I’ve read in 2019 so far. This is not your typical thriller, and I should point out that The Broken Girls has three elements […]
As with many good novels, Pearce introduces readers to a unique and interesting main character in Monk Buttman. A self-proclaimed “nobody,” he’s forced to play the part of a private investigator after his real job as a courier for a law firm […]