Mystery

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Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders | LJ Review

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This elegant literary mystery from Sanders (English, Columbus State Univ.) makes a fine debut, bringing to vivid life one of America’s greatest poets and presenting a fresh perspective on a less-familiar period of U.S. history.

Murder Most Traditional | 2015 Agatha Christie Award Nominees

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Agatha Christie was the queen of the traditional mystery, and every year Malice Domestic, a fan convention, honors those titles published in the previous calendar year that best typify the qualities of Dame Christie’s work (no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, among other elements). The nominees for the 2015 Agatha Christie Awards reflect a wide range of authors, publishers, styles, and themes.

Song Ying’s Debut of the Month, Sanders, Upson, Weiss, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, February 1, 2016

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Ying’s first-class procedural, an elegant literary mystery from Sanders, Leon is more complex and less dark, Weiss launches a delightful new series with a humorous cozy, Montanari tells of hardscrabble living, remorse, and renewal

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2016

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A grieving widow finds joy again Where She Belongs; the stunning and otherwise uneventful Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper; famous author sleuths return to the crime scene

E-Originals from Cole, Cullen, Fenske, Smith, and Thomas | Xpress Reviews

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Mystery, sexual tension, and sexual explosions from Cole; Cullen mixes a bit of mystery with romantic historical fiction; Fenske’s burgeoning romance between a corporate power couple; Thomas’s immensely readable thriller

LJ Fiction Reviews: January 1, 2016

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Naughty fun from Jackson, Kent, Lauren, and Rock; Faye’s and Lowell’s Brontë-inspired fiction; world fiction roundup; graphic novels from DeConnick, Gaiman, Morrison; Sweazy’s Pick of the Month in mystery; Brodsky debuts The Immortals

Mizushima’s Debut of the Month, Hartwell, Schofield, Yarbro, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, December 1, 2015

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Debuter Mizushima’s classic police procedural adds a fresh angle involving the work of K–9s, Schofield makes a big splash with his original debut mystery, Yarbro launches paranormal series, Hartwell’s well-drawn characters and tightly knitted plot will bring a smile to readers

LJ Fiction Reviews: December 1, 2015

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Standout debuts from Johnson (Julia Claiborne), Johnson (Julie Christine), Lord, Messinger, new mystery series from Hartwell, Khan, starred sf/fantasy from Anders, Bennett, and Tregillis

LJ Fiction Reviews: November 1, 2015

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Winners of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest, festive inspirational CF, top fall indie fiction, recent Jewish fiction, plus riveting new entries from Crais, Eco, Preston/Child

Lives, Loves, Losses: Books for Black History Month and Beyond

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Stunning memoir, fiction, poetry; thought-provoking history, political science, sociology; and fun mystery, romance, erotica to satisfy and stir readers all year round.