Category Archives: Crime Fiction

Audiobook Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

  Program Type: Audiobook Listening Length: 13 hours and 24 minutes Publisher: Hachette Audio (September 16, 2014) Source: Library Detroit Detective Gabriella Versado is used to unusual cases. Her latest, however, goes beyond anything she’s ever seen. The body of a teen boy is somehow fused to the body of a deer. Unfortunately, this is just the […]

Review: The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (June 12, 2014) ISBN-10: 0670016586 Source: Publisher Washington D.C. reporter Sully Carter has seen his share of brutality. A stint in war-torn Bosnia left him wounded, his body full of shrapnel, leaving him an alcoholic, full of rage. Back home in D.C., he’s often witness to the darker sides […]

Review: Stumptown Volume 1 by Greg Rucka

Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher: Oni Press (April 5, 2011) ISBN-10: 1934964379 Source: Personal copy Dex is a private investigator in a bit of a slump. Not only is business slow, but she in debt with the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast to a tune of $18,000. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast’s casino, offers […]

Frightful Friday: Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.  This week’s featured title is Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough: Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (January 14, 2014) ISBN-10: 1623650860 Source: Publisher (egalley) The detectives of Scotland Yard are already immersed in the […]

#Mx3 Review: The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 10, 2013) ISBN-10: 0312641753 Source: Publisher The year is 2019.  Police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with investigating the deaths of two women, both killed when the drug phenol was  injected into their hearts.  When a third victim is found, a Broadway actress Vivian Jessup, all stakes are […]

Review: Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense by Sarah Weinman

Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Penguin Books (August 27, 2013) ISBN-10: 0143122541 Source: Publisher We’re all familiar with modern bestselling crime fiction authors like Gillian Flynn and Tana French, but before them were a host of trailblazing women writers who paved the path for others like them. In Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers […]

Review: The Inquisitor’s Key by Jefferson Bass

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: William Morrow (May 8, 2012) ISBN-10: 006180679X Source: Author In the seventh volume of the Body Farm series, forensic investigator Dr. Bill Brockton leaves the body farm-an outdoor enclosure that studies various levels of body decay-to join his protege, Miranda Lovelady, in Avignon, France. Miranda is spending the summer there excavating […]

Frightful Friday: Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s Frightful Friday featured book is Nocturnal by Scott Sigler: Hardcover: 576 pages Publisher: Crown; 1St Edition edition (April 3, 2012) ISBN-10: 0307406342 Source: Publisher Inspector Bryan Clauser of the San Francisco Police […]

Review: Helsinki White by James Thompson

Reading level: Ages 18 and up Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult (March 15, 2012) ISBN-10: 0399158324 Source: Publisher In the third Inspector Vaara novel, Inspector Kari Vaara has recently learned he has a brain tumor. Experiencing debilitating headaches for some time now, he finally sought treatment, never expecting the news he received. The timing […]

Review: The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 13, 2012) ISBN-10: 031266768X Source: Author As Carter Ross is reading the obituaries (“some of the happiest news we print”) he comes across the entry for Nancy Marino, just 42 years old.  As Carter scans the rest of the entry, he sees that Nancy was a carrier for the Eagle-Examiner, the […]