Tough-As-Nails Attorney Spike Sanguinetti Returns In ‘A Thousand Cuts’ [REVIEW]

Gibraltar

The further Spike Sanguinetti investigates, the more secrets deep in Gibraltar’s past he uncovers in Thomas Mogford’s A Thousand Cuts. (Photo by Patrick McDonald, Flickr)

When secrets long buried simply can’t be forgotten, a violent insurrection shatters the peace of the present as a series of heinous murders ricochet across Gibraltar in a misguided search for justice in Thomas Mogford’s A Thousand Cuts.  Read more of this post

NANCY MEHL: Writing About Serial Killers [GUEST POST]

Serial Killer

Why would an inspirational novelist write about a serial killer? Find out in this guest post from Nancy Mehl. (Photo by Giampaolo Macorig, Flickr)

Do serial killers belong in inspirational suspense and mystery? Some say yes, some say no. I just wrote Dark Deception, where I took on a serial killer for the first time. Why? First of all, serial killers exist. We can’t just pretend they don’t. Actually, many writers include serial killers in their novels without assigning them the title. If the bad guy in a mystery or suspense novel kills more than one person, we could call him (or her) a serial killer, couldn’t we? Of course, these villains are usually trying to cover up a crime – they don’t kill for some kind of perverse gratification. But murder is murder, right? Read more of this post

Revisit the Mysterious World of P.D. James in ‘The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories’ [REVIEW]

Mistletoe

In P.D. James’s The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, four of the author’s classic stories are brought together to baffle readers all over again. (Photo by Nils Rohwer, Flickr)

I’ve been a fan of British crime fiction for decades, but one of my favorite authors was the Queen of Crime herself, P.D. James. Over the course of her career, magazines and newspapers commissioned her to write special short stories for the holidays. Growing up on the American side of the pond, I never got the chance to read any of these stories when they were originally released, so you can imagine my delight when Knopf decided to publish four of them together in book format. The result is the charming gift-sized volume, The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories. Read more of this post

Ace Atkins Ignites Boston In ‘Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn’ [REVIEW]

Warehouse fire

Will Spenser be able to find out who is burning down Boston? Find out in ROBERT B. PARKER’S SLOW BURN by Ace Atkins. (Photo by Mikhail Kryshen, Flickr)

Robert B. Parker’s iconic Boston based private investigator, Spenser, is back and snarkier than ever in Slow Burn. When an old church is torched in the South End, three firefighters are killed in the blaze and Captain Jack McGee wants answers. But the church was just the beginning, and soon a rash of fires engulfs Boston, and neither the cops or the arson unit are able to turn up any viable leads. So McGee enlists the P.I.’s help, and together with Hawk, Sixkill, and the sultry Susan, Spenser starts his own investigation off the books, rattling cages and earning himself even more enemies than usual. But will he identify the culprit before it is too late? Read more of this post

Lisbeth Salander Returns In David Lagercrantz’s ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ [REVIEW]

Spider + Web

You’ll get caught in David Lagercrantz’s THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB.
(Photo by Matthew Robinson, Flickr)

Sweden’s answer to Steve Jobs is murdered and his savant son witnesses the killing. A mole has infiltrated one of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies. And a beautiful but deadly woman appears to have her sights set on destroying the world’s favorite punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander, in David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web.  Read more of this post