Franzen, Lethem, Oates, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2018

Franzen, Jonathan. The End of the End of the Earth: Essays. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780374147938. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374719289. CD. ESSAYS Legend-in-his-time Franzen veers from fiction, here collecting essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years that examine themes contained in his novels. From his young adulthood in New York to […]

Perry, Penny, & More | Mystery Previews, Nov. 2018

Bruen, Ken. In the Galway Silence. Mysterious Pr: Grove Atlantic. Nov. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780802128829. $26. MYSTERY Asked to investigate the murder of twin brothers even as he tends the nine-year-old of his new girlfriend, Jameson-downing former cop Jack Taylor encounters a stealthy vigilante assassin nicknamed Silence and learns the true meaning of the proverb […]

Cleeves, Todd, Weaver, & More | Mystery Previews, Sept. 2018

Blauner, Peter. Sunrise Highway. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781250117410. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250117434. CD. MYSTERY During a sun-blasted mid-Seventies summer on Long Island, troubled teen JT’s testimony helps convict a high school football star of a schoolgirl’s murder. Decades later, with numerous women found murdered along Long Island’s Sunrise Highway, tough NYPD […]

Pop Fiction from Robert Jackson Bennett to Koren Zailckas | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Bennett, Robert Jackson. Foundryside. Crown. Aug. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9781524760366. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524760373. Downloadable. FANTASY A winner of Edgar, Shirley Jackson, and Phillip K. Dick honors, Divine Cities author Bennett launches a new series set in a city run on industrialized magic. Crack thief Sancia Grado has been tasked with lifting an artifact from […]

Late-Summer Mystery, from Andrews to Muller | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Andrews, Donna. Toucan Keep a Secret: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250115478. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250115485. MYSTERY Dashing over to Trinity Episcopal to check on the toucan the reverend is fostering, Meg Langslow finds an elderly parishioner murdered in the columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. It soon […]

Summer Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Castillo, Linda. A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250121318. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121332. CD. MYSTERY In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It’s no accident, and […]

Missing Persons | Stephanie’s Picks

February mysteries and thrillers featuring someone (or someones) going missing

From Horowitz to Homes | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2018

Backman, Fredrik. Us Against You. Atria. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781501160790. $26.99. CD. LITERARY Sweden’s literary contribution to the New York Times best sellers list, Backman revisits Beartown, where the cherished hockey team is slated for the dust heap. The players join a rival team in Hed, a new team forms (with a surprise coach), […]

Mostly Domestic, but Not Bliss | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2018

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom. Viking. Jun. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780525522652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522669. MYSTERY Lori Shepherd drops off husband Bill at a client in rural England, then heads into a storm that strands her at the creepy King’s Ransom inn, where mysterious footsteps echo. Adviser-from-another-world Aunt Dimity reminds her that […]

Historical Mysteries | Fiction Reviews

A well-rounded debut novel that’s reminiscent of Agatha Christie; a debut historical fiction novel filled with glamorous detail to be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction and mysteries.