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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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