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Game Over- A Bob Skinner Mystery

 Game Over, the 2017 Bob Skinner mystery by Quintin Jardine, will please the author's long-time fans. It is however not the thriller to introduce a new reader to Jardine's series. There are too many characters to keep track of and familiarity with who the main characters are helps understand some of the dynamics.Quintin Jardine has an odd sense of humor with character names right out of the Clue board game: DCI Pye and DS “Sauce” Haddock, and secondary characters named ... More

Take Out

 Billed as a stand-alone novel, Take Out marks the final, although not chronological episode of Margaret Maron's mystery series featuring Detective Sigrid Harald.  The 1990's time line takes us between Maron's previous books, Fugitive Colors and Three-Day Town.Here, two homeless men are discovered dead in the park.  Both are bleeding, but no obvious signs of foul play are found.  One is identified as Matty Mutone, the godson of a Mafia mob boss's widow.  The older man is unknown.  They have ... More

The Thirst - A Harry Hole Mystery

 How do you bring a famous detective out of retirement? Jo Nesbo faces that conondrum in the eleventh Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-leh) mystery The Thirst. Nesbo solves the problem the same way many other writers have solved it: by having the famous detective blackmailed into getting back on the job to solve an especially heinous series of murders and having those murder echo something in his past that adds motivation. Overall, it makes for a satisfying read but not one ... More

The White Road

The White Road by Sarah Lotz is very enjoyable, and highly recommended.Si Newman is a thrill-seeker.  He is not the fit, driven, on-a-mission type, but rather one who jumps in with both feet regardless of the consequences.The White Road begins with Si in a cave; not just any cave, but a veritable cavern of death.  He sneaks into Cwm Pot; a dangerous labyrinth of passageways; some of which are barely negotiable by a snake on an exhale.  His grim objective ... More

The Burial Hour - A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

 The Burial Hour is the 13th instalment in the Lincoln Rhyme detective series by Jeffery Deaver.Rhyme is a forensic scientist who acts as a consultant on criminal investigations.  NYPD Detective Amelia Sachs is his fiancee and fellow investigator.  They are about to embark on their rather unusual destination wedding when they are called on to help with a kidnapping case, wherein a small noose is left as a chilling calling card.Unbeknownst to the authorities, the captured man is posed to ... More

Past Mortems - Life and Death Past Mortuary Doors

 Past Mortems is a good read if you are a mystery / crime fiction fan looking for something a little different and instructive between two whodunits. Carla Valentine is a Anatomical Pathology Technologist. She biographically takes you through the various steps to becoming a pathologist (coroner in the U.S, sort of), provides a history of the profession, recounts a couple of embarassing or touching moments, gets the reader inside the morgue, and shares a few somewhat gruesome but oh so ... More

Dead Man Switch

Dead Man Switch is an easy to read thriller. Someone is targeting Special Ops agents and only John Hayes can stop killer. That killer may or may not be protegee Claire Rhodes who may be innocent but have figured out what is going on before everybody else. Meanwhile, the killer is plotting to get all his targets in one easy to hit spot for a grand finale.You do not need to be familiar with Cold Barrel Zero, the previous thriller ... More

Rusty Puppy

 Rusty Puppy is one of the latest in a series of novels, novellas and short stories by Joe R. Lansdale that feature the entertaining duo of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine.  It takes place in redneck East Texas, where races rumble, and the police uphold their own agenda.  Hap and Leonard are a diverse but compatible pair.  They are as close as soul brothers could be, and they have each other's backs.Street-wise investigators without the paperwork, Hap and Leonard look ... More

The Dime

 Although The Dime is the latest novel in the growing collection by Kathleen Kent, it represents her first crime fiction, and the beginning of a new series. Detective Betty Rhyzyk is a driven, tough, and aggressive policewoman.  Law enforcement is in her family, and her blood.  Being a woman in a predominantly male profession has its challenges.  Being a gay woman brings more.After beginning her career in Brooklyn, she finds herself in Dallas where she and her partner Seth are ... More

Kill the Next One

 What an imaginative read; a psychological thrill ride!Although not his first book, Kill the Next One is the North American debut novel for Argentinian author Federico Axat.  His two previous novels have not been translated to English...yet?Ted McKay is a man on a mission.  He has a brain tumor and he wants to die.  He is just about to follow through, when a mysterious stranger is suddenly clamoring at his door.  Oddly, Justin Lynch knows exactly what Ted plans to ... More

The Silence Between Breaths

 It is an ordinary day.  People with ordinary lives are riding a train from Manchester to London. In closer quarters are a brash and exciting woman looking forward to a life of wonderful possibilities, a nervous young man going to a job interview, an exuberant family off to a wedding, an older couple on holidays, and an exasperated mother coping with a relative with dementia, a train worker collecting trash and going about his day, and a dog; all ordinary, ... More

The Obsidian Chamber - A Pendergast Mystery

 What a great read!  The Obsidian Chamber is the latest Pendergrast novel by the fabulous writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  It begins in the Massachusetts mansion belonging to FBI special agent Alonysius Pendergast, who is believed to have met his untimely end. His ward Constance has returned to the mansion to seek safety and isolation under the watchful eyes of Pendergast's loyal staff members.  Unfortunately, all hell breaks loose.  Her peace is shattered when she is suddenly ... More