Reviews of Stuart MacBride’s Birthdays for the Dead and Denise Mina’s Gods and Beasts.
Greatshell’s latest lassos the horror in the supernatural as mystical cults battle it out on a Catalina Island. Hanne Wilhelmsen hunts for a serial killer, while battling her inner demons. James delivers another masterpiece involving Austen and a “missing text.” Full disclosure in Ochse’s new military adventure, where secret commandos clash with supernatural threats, reflecting the all too real-life of SEAL Team Six.
While abhorrent to some, the appeal of historical true crime is not so difficult to imagine: vivid eras are brought to life in these accounts, many of which are assiduously researched, footnoted, and indexed. Furthermore, the story lines offer readers many compensations—the satisfaction of the compulsion to face the worst in human nature; the assurance that justice has been done; and, certainly not least, the chance to empathize with and offer witness to the victims in their hours of need.