Police Chief Krista Larson is the ‘Girl Most Likely’ to Catch a Killer [REVIEW]

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A high school reunion turns deadly when a killer starts silencing students from the class of 2009 in Max Allan Collins’ Girl Most Likely. (Photo by Tex Texin, Flickr)

The nation’s youngest female police chief. A retired detective. One of Chicago’s top investigative reporters. When the three of them are reunited at a high school class reunion, they have no idea a killer lurks among them. But who is killing classmates and why? Find out in Max Allan Collins’ new thriller, Girl Most Likely.  Read more of this post

‘The Woman in the Lake’ is Malevolent and Irresistible [REVIEW]

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Can a gown inspire treachery? (Photo courtesy Graydon House)

He didn’t mean to kill her. He swears the thought had never even entered his mind. Until he saw that dress. Yes, that was it. There was something about that golden gown that made him do the unthinkable. But why? And would anyone ever discover his secret? Find out in Nicola Cornick’s compelling new suspense novel, The Woman in the Lake. Read more of this post

Alex Kava’s New Ryder Creed Novel Announced

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Storms are on their way in Alex Kava’s new thriller! (Photo by elycefeliz, Flickr)

If you’re as big an Alex Kava fan as I am and love her Ryder Creed novels even half as much as I do, brace yourselves… there is going to be a fifth book debuting this spring! I know we were all speculating whether or not the previous book, Lost Creed, was the capstone to the series or not, but thank goodness I was right when I reviewed that book and suggested she had more stories to tell about the former Marine and his team of K9 scent dogs. Now here’s what we know so far. Read more of this post

Danger Lurks Behind Every Corner in Candace Robb’s ‘A Murdered Peace’ [BOOK BLAST]

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Royal secrets. Dangerous liaisons. A conspiracy that could destroy the throne. All the best literary elements are here in Candace Robb’s third installment of the Kate Clifford saga, A Murdered Peace. But this time out, someone close to Kate is hiding something, and she doesn’t know if he can be trusted. Will she discover what lurks behind the facade before it is too late? Welcome to York, where nothing and no one is what it appears.  Read more of this post

Queens Don’t Play: Fear and Gender Equality in Elizabeth’s Court [GUEST POST]

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Queen Elizabeth I lived during a precarious time for women. Still, she had a knack for handling the men in her life. (Elizabeth Receiving Dutch Ambassadors, 1560s by Levina Teerlinc, Public Domain)

We love a good mystery… especially when it transports us to a time and place we could never go on our own. In Suzanne M. Wolfe’s new novel, A Murder by Any Name, readers are taken to Elizabethan England, where the queen’s ladies in waiting are being killed off one by one, and only one man can find the killer. This premise made us wonder if while researching this story, whether or not Ms. Wolfe discovered any disparities between how the Queen dealt with men versus women. If so, to what extent did fear play a factor in how she dealt with each gender? The author answers all our questions in today’s fascinating guest post. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post