Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut from Koenig who also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist, Hannah has re-created Agatha Christie’s legendary sleuth, a smart and original page-turner from Higashino
Koenig’s Debut of the Month, Hannah’s Hercule Poirot, New Lewis Trilogy, plus Series Lineup, & Much More | Mystery Reviews
Black, Bowen, Bradley, Evanovich/Sutton, Haynes, Perry, Winspear | Seven Essential Mystery Novels, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1
Black, Cara. Murder on the Champs de Mars. Soho Crime. Mar. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781616952860. $27.95. MYSTERY Sassy, open-hearted, and one of my favorite characters ever, Aimée Leduc is back for a 15th outing that takes readers to Paris’s elegant, old-gold seventh arrondissement—not her usual stomping ground, because Black’s series typically details Paris’s rougher corners […]
Jussi Adler-Olsen, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Thomas Keneally | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3
Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Alphabet House. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780525954897. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE The author of the Department Q series (e.g., The Purity of Vengeance), Denmark’s top crime writer offers a surprising departure with this stand-alone. Shot down on a special photo-reconnaissance mission over World War II Germany, British pilots James Teasdale […]
Freeman’s Debut of the Month, Keller’s Rural Noir, Maron’s Latest Judge Knott Outing, plus Series Lineup, & More | Mystery Reviews
I always get such a kick when a little-known author that LJ has covered suddenly gets wider recognition in the literary world. Linda Lappin’s Signatures in Stone, an atmospheric mystery that I reviewed last year, was honored this past weekend with the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
Fiction from Best-Selling Authors Krentz, Itani, Neuhaus, Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4
Banks, Maya. In His Keeping. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780062312488. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062312495. ROMANCE A New York Times and USA Today best-selling author with 1.4 million copies of her “Breathless” trilogy out there in this country alone, Banks seems to be leaving behind mass market for the trade paperback format. Arial, dumped […]
Brown’s Debut of the Month, Historical from Hanley, new Ziskin, Series Lineup, Left Coast Crime, & More | Mystery Reviews
Baldacci, David. The Escape. Grand Central. Nov. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9781455521197. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455521272. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579402. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Following Zero Day and The Forgotten, here’s the third novel featuring Army Special Agent John Puller, who takes on the nation’s most problematic cases. No plot details yet, but lots of promo […]
Agatha Christie may have killed off Hercule Poirot in 1975′s Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, but come September her beloved Belgian sleuth will be resurrected in new adventure penned by psychological thriller author Sophie Hannah with the official approval of the Christie estate. Today HarperCollins revealed the book’s title and details about the plot.