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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

In my opinion, the best writer of Nordic noir is Jo Nesbø. I first encountered his writing with his third novel, Redbreast, and was electrified by its complex plot moving between contemporary life and the last days of World War II. I’ve just finished The Snowman, Nesbø’s latest novel, and I will never view this [...]

Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson once again hits a home run with Hell is Empty. If you are unfamiliar with his mystery series starring Sheriff Walt Longmire, I highly recommend it and you do not have to read the series in order. Although similar to C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series, I am beginning to prefer Johnson (Box’s recent [...]

Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates

I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland.  I haven’t got there yet, but  I do vicariously visit by reading fiction set in the land of fire and ice.  A new series by Quentin Bates, a UK journalist who lived in Iceland for 10 plus years, recently caught my attention.  Cold Comfort is the second Officer Gunnhildur [...]

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Crooked Letter,Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin is the story of two boys, one black (Silas) and one white (Larry), who become friends in rural Mississippi. The story takes place in the late 1970s/early 1980s and there still seems to be a lot of racial tension here. Larry’s dad owns 500 acres and his own business [...]

Sherlockian by Graham Moore

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore is a delightful and satisfying addition to the oevre of Sherlock Holmes tales written by other authors than Conan Doyle.  The book tells two stories.  The first story is contemporary and focuses on a possible murder among the Baker Street Irregulars, the pre-eminent Sherlock Holmes society.  In this tale we [...]

Hazard by Gardiner Harris

Hazard by Gardiner Harris feeds right into my fears of being deep underground-I don’t know how coal miners do it!  Hazard takes it name from the town of Hazard in eastern Applachian Kentucky and is indeed about coal mining (along with crime and corruption).  Coal mining is no longer unionized here and companies start taking [...]

Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

In Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto, Roy Cady is an enforcer for a loan shark named Stan.  Roy is pretty good at his job but the one fact that he can’t change is that at one time he had a relationship with Carmen, his boss’s current girlfriend.  It’s hard for Roy to believe that his boss [...]

The Devil by Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen is one of those authors who usually can do no wrong in my eyes and The Devil did not disappoint me.  The novel features one of Bruen’s most popular characters, P.I. Jack Taylor.  I found this book actually somewhat scary because it seemed so realistic-Jack keeps running across this guy who goes by [...]

The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron

If you like the author C.J. Box, then you will like Paul Doiron. In The Poacher’s Son”, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch risks his job and his life trying to prove his father Jack is innocent of murder. Jack Bowditch is a rough and tumble drunk who likes to get into bar fights but that [...]

When the body of a murdered illegal immigrant teenage girl is found in Richard Helms’ Six Mile Creek, it leads to more violent incidents that ratchet up the tension between the latino and white populations in school and in town. The town barely has any middle class left and seems to be made up of [...]

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