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The Killing Kind

 The Killing Kind is one hell of a good read. It is a quick-paced story of a hitman with who kills other hitmen but then becomes the target of another hitter. Chris Holm wastes no time setting up the story and then propels it forward with no extraneous filler. If you are looking for an entertaining and original thriller, this is it.Michael Hendricks is a black ops Afghan war vet presumed to have been KIA. In fact, he is making ... More

Mystery Show - Gimlet Media Podcast

 Starlee Kine. It’s an unusual name. When you first hear her speak it you can almost imagine that she herself is made up of an impossible white light pushing back against the dark abyss. Then you hear her weave her story in a digressive, conversational style that belies the complexity of the form as much as it makes for simple and easy listening. She has the kind of voice that you can fall in love with. The kind of voice ... More

Safe As Houses

 The information on the back of Safe As Houses by Susan Glickman suggests this is a mystery: “Liz … enters a world of violence and cruelty....”  It is not and she does not, unless you count a store window broken by pranksters on Halloween.. The body of real estate agent Andrew Scott is found in chapter one. The only and very ham-handed clue  is 136 pages later and the two amateur detectives talk to the killer two chapters later.Safe As ... More

The Lost Daughter

 Originally published in 2014, The Lost Daughter by Lucretia Grindle is the second in a trilogy of historical fiction set within the framework of factual political events of 20th century Italy.  It's historical backdrop and events are real, and one of the main characters is based on an actual person.  Here, the focal event is the kidnapping of the Christian Democratic Prime Minister Aldo Moro, by the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), a clandestine and violent organization of revolutionaries--not unlike some terrorist cells of today--who take ... More

Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente

 Death Al Dente is the kind of TV mystery you can follow even when you are brain dead. This Hallmark  adaptation of the Peter King Gourmet Detective series takes the viewer by the hand through every possible suspect and is big on expository dialogue to make sure you can spot the big neon clue signs. All that does not mean it is not a fun little thriller.Dylan Neal is Henry, the Gourmet Detective, and Brooke Burns is Maggie, the San ... More

Her: A Novel

 Her, is a very interesting mystery novel by Harriet Lane.  It centres around two women and their unique perspectives and perceptions of the events that connect their lives.Emma is the traditional stay at home wife of Ben, and the loving but often frazzled and exhausted mother of two young children: Christopher, and their new baby Cecily.  Emma is the innocent, and completely in the dark.Nina, likewise married, is the mother of a disengaging teenager.  An artist, she is by far ... More

Last Words

 Last Words by Michael Koryta is an interesting thriller. Markus Novak, an investigator working for a firm that defends wrongly jailed criminals, is asked to find out who killed a young girl some twenty years ago. The man who asks Novak to investigate the crime is not sure if he is as guilty of the crime as everybody says he is.The whole story revolves around Trapdoor cavern. Sarah Martin worked there as a guide twenty years ago and disappeared.  Expert ... More

Radiant Angel - a John Corey novel

 Radiant Angel reads like a Roger Moore era James Bond. Hero John Corey must somehow thwart the nefarious plan of a madman. There are lots of chases, shootings, and heroics. This action thriller is a perfect beach read.This is the ninth John Corey novel. Familiarity with the previous novel, The Panther, would help in understanding some of the references Corey makes here and there and understanding one of the important behind-the-scenes characters. If this is your first Corey, such knowledge ... More

The Ice Twins

 The Ice Twins is one hell of a psychological thriller by S.K. Tremayne. It is the story of Angus and Sarah Moorcroft and their identical twin daughters Kirstie and Lydia. One of the twins fell off a balcony and died and the Moorcrofts are having a difficult time dealing with the incident and their grief. There is an undercurrent of rage between Angus and Sarah as both have not been perfect. Things get even more tense when it becomes uncertain ... More

How a Gunman Says Goodbye

 How A Guman Says Goodbye is a very different crime novel. Malcolm Mackay delivers a procedural from the criminal point of view and does so through the story of sixty-something hitman Frank MacLeod. It makes for a very interesting read.Frank MacLeod has been the hitman for Glasgow crime boss Peter Jamieson for more years than he can remember. He is back from Spain where he recovered from hip surgery at Jamieson's villa. Jamieson needs a small-time dealer taken care of ... More

Losing Faith

 I am not the biggest fan of courtroom dramas because I often find them heavy on dialogue and a bit dry.  However, especially after reading Losing Faith, in addition to Adam Mitzer's previous novels of criminal justice, I am a card carrying convert! Kindle at AmazonLosing Faith is very interesting.  It takes a different approach from most legal thrillers, when Aaron Littman, one of the legal world's best, is caught in a web of deceit that places him dead centre ... More

The Doll Maker

 The Doll Maker is a very good thriller by Richard Montanari. Its basic story is of a serial killer couple who leave doll replicas of their previous victims next to their latest. Detectives Byrne and Balzano, who have appeared in previous Montanari novels are the detectives trying to solve the case. Particularly demanding readers will cringe at a couple of really unbelievable plot elementsvand perhaps give up on this book because of that. less demanding readers will swallow ... More