The Poison Pen

American ex-pat and Scottish bookseller Delaney has done it again. The amateur sleuth has become entangled in a murder, a hoarder’s life, a pushy attorney, and a possibly stolen national artifact. Can Delaney solve the crime and determine the proper answers to the other questions? You will spend a delightfulContinue Reading

Lili Gray and the World’s Most Embarrassing Superpower

Poor ten-year-old Lili Gray! In Lili Gray and the World’s Most Embarrassing Superpower, Lili’s mother is dead. Her stepmother, Bella, is pregnant and constantly plotting against her. Now, Lili’s Dad has disappeared without even saying goodbye. Oh, and she keeps blowing holes in her pants, chairs, and even her closetContinue Reading

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

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 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

The Heiress

Camden is through with his family. For ten years, he has been living the independent life of an English teacher with his wife Jules, and he likes it that way. However, when his uncle dies, he feels compelled to return to the family’s North Carolina mansion. You see his familyContinue Reading