Leave No Trace

Imagine that the January sixth incident was run by a former Army General with a force of thousands using a military command structure. Would the U.S. government have fallen? That is essentially the plot of Leave No Trace. Someone is targeting national parks. Michael, who has a prosthetic foot fromContinue Reading

Under the Storm

Under the Storm is a rural Swedish police procedural. A woman is killed and her house burned to the ground. A bloody man is found wandering in a nearby forest. The man is arrested for the woman’s death. But a local policeman doubts his guilt. As the years pass, theContinue Reading

Hound GN

Hound GN is a classically illustrated graphic novel about war and what it does to its combatants. Private Barrow is a tosher, who hunts for sellable goods within the London sewers. He is the newest recruit in The Hounds, a special unit in the British army during World War I.Continue Reading

The Guest

The Guest is the latest novel by the author of Behind Closed Doors and a slew of other domestic suspense stories. This one is about a married couple, Iris and Gabriel, who have two challenges in their life. The husband recently found a boy dying after an accident whose lastContinue Reading

The Lantern's Dance

In The Lantern’s Dance, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are back to unravel another mystery. This time it involves Sherlock’s son and their genealogy, which makes fascinating reading. Mary and Sherlock visit his recently discovered adult son, Damien. It seems Damien and his family have been scared offContinue Reading

The Tainted Cup

The Tainted Cup combines a beautifully designed fantasy world (from the creator of the Foundryside series) and the sensibilities of a classic mystery duo like Holmes and Watson or Poirot and Captain Hastings. Luckily, fans of either genre will enjoy the book as the two genres are seamlessly entwined. “AContinue Reading

The Ghost Orchid

Another year, another great buddy police/psychologist procedural for Milo and Alex. I look forward to reading this series and The Ghost Orchid is another great entry. Two naked bodies are found murdered in a middle-class backyard in the LA adjacent and mega-wealthy Bel Air enclave. Which one was the intendedContinue Reading

The House of Last Resort

Becchina, a small Italian town, is dying. Its youth move to the cities as fast as they can. Its elders are dying of old age. To counter this trend, the town’s mayor is selling abandoned villas for only a single euro. It is a deal that Kate cannot pass up.Continue Reading

Clover Hendry's Day Off

Do you try to help everyone around you leaving little time for your own needs and wants? Have you ever just had enough? If so, you will love Clover Hendry’s Day Off, a humorous look at one middle aged woman’s first day of putting herself first. Clover is a BritishContinue Reading

Womb City

Womb City is set in a future African city. Women are treated atrociously. Really badly. The book includes the following trigger warning on its copyright page: “Content notice: Womb City contains depictions of blood, body horror, car accident, child death, death, death of a parent, domestic abuse, drug use, emotionalContinue Reading

The Busy Body

An unnamed female ghostwriter is tapped to write a failed third-party Presidential candidate’s memoir. The candidate is a witty elder stateswoman who is soon investigating a murder with the ghostwriter’s help in this homage to golden age mysteries, The Busy Body. I love golden age mysteries. I still hope thatContinue Reading