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Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Maggie Rose is a true crime writer and a lawyer. She uses her experience with the law to find enough doubt about convictions that the conviction is overturned the the prisoner is freed. And, of course, she writes about what she finds to earn her livelihood. Hamish Wolfe is a convicted serial killer, found guilty [...]

Desert Noir by Betty Webb

Lena Jones hears screams and old instincts kick in, even though she is no longer a police officer. She then finds her friend, Clarice Kobe, dead on the floor of Clarice’s art gallery. She had been beaten to death. Clarice’s estranged and abusive husband is arrested for the murder. But then his lawyer asks Lena [...]

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty

I should never have been nervous to read Adrian McKinty’s latest Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly.  The reason I was hesitant was because in McKinty’s last Detective Duffy book, Duffy became seriously involved with a woman named Beth and they had a baby.  In general, in novels and TV shows, I [...]

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Kate Murphy is determined to be a police officer. Recently widowed, Kate has failed at all the other jobs she’s tried. If she doesn’t find a way to succeed in the Atlanta Police Department, then she’s going to have to go home to her rich family and admit defeat. That wouldn’t be so bad, for [...]

IQ by Joe Ide

Isaiah Quintabe and older brother Marcus are African-American youths living in a rough neighborhood in LA. Marcus is the bread winner for the family, and things are going well for the brothers when Marcus is killed in a tragic hit-and-run. The accident happens in front of Isaiah, but in spite of his presence as a [...]

Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

What else can I say about Adrian McKinty’s mysteries that I haven’t said already?  When he comes out with a new one, I almost don’t want to start it because I don’t want it to end!  His latest Rain Dogs is just as top notch as his previous works that feature Northern Ireland Detective Sean [...]

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

More than twenty years ago, beautiful nineteen year-old Julia Scott disappears into the night, never to be seen again. With no clues and no body, the mystery of what happened to her haunts her family still. Her two remaining sisters, Clare and Lydia, are estranged; Clare is married and rich, and Lydia is poor with [...]

Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt

Jack McBride, formerly an FBI agent, has taken the Chief of Police job in Stillwater, Texas. He arrives in town with his teenaged son, Ethan, buys the house of a local woman named Ellie Martin, and wonders about how his predecessor, Buck Pollard, left office in such a hurried fashion. Buck Pollard, he is told, [...]

The Searcher by Simon Toyne

A plane crashes near the town of Redemption, in the Arizona desert, and out of the smoke walks a bare-footed albino without any memory of who he is. The only clue to his identity is a label in the back of his jacket giving the name of Solomon Creed. His only possession is a memoir [...]

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

I discovered Louise Penny about five years ago, and she has quickly become one of my favorite mystery authors. The Nature of the Beast is Ms. Penny’s eleventh title in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, and this is the best book yet. In The Nature of the Beast, we find Armand Gamache living in [...]

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