Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson | LJ Review

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McPherson is a master of slightly creepy narratives that are complex and character driven (Agatha Award–nominated The Child Garden). Her latest stand-alone is atmospheric and suspenseful and will intrigue Erin Hart readers.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2016

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Heart-racing adrenaline reads, atmospheric historicals, an operatic Spur of the Moment, plus revitalizing CF genre debuts, a season of searing erotica series, the moving journey of the Lilac Girls

Sweazy’s Pick of the Month, Chillers from Bayer, DuBois, plus new Series Lineup & More | Mystery Reviews, January 2016

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This month’s selections offer fascinating, complex protagonists, clever and intriguing story lines, and fine writing. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you love reading mysteries, and there is plenty here to get 2016 off to a great start.

Fiction from Bradford, Gaylin, Harrington, McKinty, and Straub | Xpress Reviews

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A charming romance peppered with Shakespearean quotations, a compelling protagonist from Gaylin, an exciting tale of intrigue despite some discrepancies, a strong moral point of view from McKinty, a master of two genres: that’s Straub

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 1, 2016

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Wickedly addictive thrillers from Whitehouse and Redondo; Erades’s frist novel begs to be read in one sitting; DePoy launches a promising noir series; well-done cozies from Karst, O’Connor, and Shelton, plus new series entries from Carter, Corby, Gregson, and James

Vatsal’s Debut of the Month, Cox, Lehane, Patrick, Scott, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, March 1, 2016

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A charming new historical series and an appealing fish-out-of-water sleuth; a fun read for mystery buffs and librarians alike; a champagne-flavored frolic of a first mystery set during Hollywood’s golden age; murder in postwar Oxford

Fiction from Ashe, Box, and Sigurdardóttir, plus Debuters de Silva and Kelly | Xpress Reviews

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Lovers of historical romance and mysteries will enjoy Ashe’s latest; more of Joe Pickett for Box fans; de SIlva’s debut features descriptive writing and excellent sense of place; a debut about the Houdinis; and a spooky, haunting thriller from Sigurdardóttir

Scandinavian Crime | LJ Reviews

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Bjørk pens a breath of fresh air, Blaedel excels at portraying the darkest side of Denmark, a twisty tale of political intrigue from Holt, Ould weaves family loyalties, human nature, and old secrets into a compelling work

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.