Tag Archives: Crime

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

Synopsis: A man is dead, but it turns out he has not one grieving wife, but three–and the detective investigating his murder finds herself affected by his apparent passion for love, and how it shows the defects in her own relationship. Review: A Circle of Wives surprised me with its emotional complexity. If only I…

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Synopsis: When a childhood friend asks PI Cormoran Strike to investigate the suspicious-looking suicide of his supermodel sister, Strike battles personal demons in order to revive his career and prevent the killer from striking again. Review: I am really, really picky when it comes to crime novels. I don’t love the genre in its own…

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Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois

Synopsis: When exchange student Lily Hayes is accused of murdering her roommate in suburban Buenos Aires, her every move falls under scrutiny from her father and the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, and what seemed like childish impulsivity now appears sociopathic, even to those who loved her. Review: I devoured Cartwheel in almost on…

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A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

Synopsis: When a young woman is suspected of murdering her father, a mismatched team of detectives, both haunted by their own ghosts, seek out the truth and risk losing themselves. Review: I am very picky about the detective novels I will read, and A Great Deliverance had everything I look for–emphasis on character over procedure,…

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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Synopsis: Time travel makes a vicious serial killer unstoppable, but when one of his “shining girls” survives, the paradoxes in her case send her looking in the right direction, even as the killer grows more disorganized and deadly. Review: The Shining Girls is, quite simply, a great crime story with time travel element that probably…

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Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers)

Synopsis: This sequel to Huntress Moon follows Special Agent Roarke as he tracks a female serial killer who sets prostitutes and abused children free from their captors, while wondering if a cold case holds the secrets to her deadly sojourn. Review: Blood Moon was an outstanding follow up to Huntress Moon and I cannot wait…

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A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry

Synopsis: When her roommate’s sort of boyfriend’s body is discovered frozen in a lake, a journalist struggles to separate personal from professional while pursuing the truth behind what might have been murder. Review: A Cold and Lonely Place is steeped in character and setting, much like the novels of my beloved Tana French. I only…

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Luthecker by Keith Domingue

Synopsis: Gifted with prescience borne of his preturnatural ability to make the most minute observations possible about people, Alex Luthecker lives in the criminal underworld, until an impulsive choice to save a strange woman’s life by revealing her future to her exposes him and puts him in jeopardy from the government and criminals alike. Review:…

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