Fiction from Dahl, Leon, Macallister, Pywell, and Vargas, plus Newcomers | Xpress Reviews

A surefire winner for any mystery or suspense fan; Leon’s longtime fans will find many of their favorite elements; a crowd-pleaser for lovers of historical fiction; a thread of suspense weaves with elements of the paranormal; in a crowded field of art history whodunits, this first novel stands out

Fiction from Daniels, Kent, Richardson, and Rita, plus a Passel of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Two new cowboy romance series; Cavanagh hits all the right notes with her characters; readers who enjoy Fiona Barton might want to try Kent; an oddly moving, often funny debut from Peterson; Rita’s follow-up holds high the value of female friendship; Shafrir’s debut is full of humor and layered in truth; a snapshot into the lives of ordinary Germans during World War II

Fiction from Appel and Prebble with Debuters Heubusch and Hickie | Xpress Reviews

Resembling a psychiatrist’s clinical case study—a gripping one to be sure; Bondurant can carry a series, and this book demands a sequel! Hickie raises some interesting moral/ethical questions; plot twists may keep readers intrigued, but the stilted language and shallow characters make the novel less enjoyable

Fiction from Gundar-Goshen, Jenkins, and Winspear | Xpress Reviews

An auspicious entry on the English-language scene for Israeli author Gundar-Goshen; Jenkins’s sweetly enticing romance includes a good deal of historical detail; Winspear’s compelling series entry feels very timely in light of our current political climate

Deceptive Friends | Fiction Reviews, February 15, 2017

Bell’s edgy first novel is chock-full of dirty little secrets, lies, and manipulations; psychological suspense fans will find that Megan Miranda’s The Perfect Stranger will not disappoint

Time Travels | Fiction Reviews, February 15, 2017

Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by The Scribe of Siena while Julie McElwain takes readers on a suspense-filled journey in her new novel A Twist in Time

Fiction from Brown, Buchman, and Cross | Xpress Reviews

Brown’s well-written and absolutely compelling suspense novel will appeal to fans of psychological thrillers; Buchman concludes his series with a sensual, action-fueled romance; even readers who enjoy Cross’s series might be disappointed

Fiction from Debuter Salehi and Yokoyama | Xpress Reviews

This hybrid legal finance/international thriller may be suitable for fans of broad action/adventure tales; Yokoyama’s English-language debut is a complex procedural that takes time to get into high gear

Fiction from Evans, Miller, Peacock, Wilhide, and Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Mazzola’s debut draws on the notorious 1837 Edgware Road murder; Miller has created a quirky, relatable family; Murphy’s imaginative debut is a haunting ghost story and a thrilling mystery; Peacock’s second novel may appeal to readers of Sue Monk Kidd; two stories focus on filmmaking during World War II

Fiction from Bauer, Dial, Mendoza, and Stachniak, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

An intense, compelling novel from British author Bauer; fans of Clare Mackintosh and Tana French should add Corry to their must-read lists; Mendoza is a logical recommendation for admirers of the similarly themed novels of Don Winslow; Peelle parlays her short story skills into an endearing debut novel; dance fans will welcome this graceful and entrancing foray into the recent past