Moody’s Debut of the Month, Dugoni’s Latest “Tracy Crosswhite,” Honda, Salvalaggio, & others | Mystery Reviews, May 1, 2016


WITH MAY’S ARRIVAL the countdown to summer vacation begins. Before you hit the beaches or the mountains, start prepping with some crime fiction.

LJ Fiction Reviews: May 1, 2016


A delightful reinvention from Tyler, Rosen delivers chick lit at its best, DeBoard’s tale of domestic suspense achieves pitch-perfect pacing, Moody’s latest will satisfy aficionados of British crime fiction, Griffith’s solid police procedural

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda | LJ Review


Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises, and introduces a memorable and powerful female protagonist.

Dodgers by Bill Beverly | LJ Review


With characterizations recalling the best of George Pelecanos, this debut novel by Beverly (American literature, Trinity Univ.; On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America) follows the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin.

American Procedurals | Top Ten Series Writers


From beat cops patrolling rough neighborhoods to rogue detectives with their own ideas of justice, the American police procedural has myriad forms.

Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills | Genre Spotlight: Mystery


Psychological suspense, unreliable female narrators, and gritty antiheroes dominate the spring/summer lineup

Morfoot’s Pick of the Month, Hallinan, Maberry, McPherson, Plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, April 1, 2016


TRUE DETECTIVE fiction is considered to have begun in 1841 with the publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” which starred the first fictional sleuth, the eccentric and brilliant C. Auguste Dupin.

Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson | LJ Review


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


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


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.