Contemporary Mysteries and Thrillers

Contemporary mysteries and thrillers ranging from the mid 1900s (plus or minus) to the present time

A review of The Cluttered Corpse by Mary Jane Maffini – coming soon in e-book

Shades of Marie Kondo…hmmm… I remember reading a couple of the books in this series back in “real paper book” days, shortly after they came out, and I have pleasant, if somewhat vague, memories of them.  So I was pleased to receive an advance review copy of the new e-book edition of The Cluttered Corpse, …

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Review of Beyond the Headlines by RG Belsky – recently published

Smooth and easy to read… I had read and really enjoyed the previous book in this series, The Last Scoop, and so I was happy to also receive an advance review copy of Beyond the Headlines.   And I wasn’t disappointed – the things I had enjoyed in the earlier book were all also present in …

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The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths – A Review

Ruth is back in the Saltmarsh… I’m a big fan of mysteries with archeology/anthropology involved, so I was happy (and honored) to receive an advance review copy of Elly Griffiths’ latest book, The Night Hawks, featuring forensic archeologist, Dr. Ruth Galloway.   As the story opens, we find out that Ruth and her daughter, Kate, are …

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Review of The Russian Key by Jeri Laber – recently published

A fast-paced Cold War spy story… I was intrigued while reading about author Jeri Laber’s career as a founder of Human Rights Watch, and so I was happy to receive an advance review copy of her new spy novel, The Russian Key.   And The Russian Key turned out to be an enjoyable look back to …

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Review of Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells – recently published

A nice mix of mystery and science fiction… I’m a big fan of mysteries, and I like to read mysteries set in places that are new to me – or in this case, imaginary places that are new to me!  Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells fills that bill quite nicely.    Our protagonist, Murderbot, is a …

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A Death at Seascape House by Emma Jameson is out today – a review

A bit slow to start, but very enjoyable once it does…. I’ve read and really enjoyed all of the books in Emma Jameson’s Lord and Lady Hetheridge series.  So I was happy to receive an advance review copy of the first title in Jameson’s new series featuring Jemima (Jem) Jago and set in the Isles …

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Review of Farewell My Herring by LC Tyler, out today

A wonderfully funny “isolated mansion” mystery… In Farewell My Herring, author LC Tyler has created a thoroughly enjoyable novel that is a wonderful example of the understated British humor that I like so much.   And the humor comes writ large via Tyler’s spot-on send-up of the classic “isolated mansion in a snowstorm” trope – nicely …

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The Smuggler’s Daughter by Kerry Barrett – review

A really enjoyable then-and-now tale… I’m not normally a big fan of romantic suspense, but I do usually like the “parallel stories in different times” theme.   So I was happy to receive an advance review copy of Kerry Barrett’s The Smuggler’s Daughter, which has two intertwined storylines – separated in time, but both revolving around …

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Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy and Larry Bond – a short review

Red Storm Rising is a bit of an odd-ball among Tom Clancy’s books, not just because it was co-written with Larry Bond and isn’t part of the Jack Ryan series. It’s a stand-alone that details what World War III, between the US and Soviet Union, might have looked like, IF (and it’s a big if), …

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