Malice Lurks in Carol Goodman’s ‘The Widow’s House’ [REVIEW]

Woman of the Lake

In Carol Goodman’s The Widow’s House, a woman looking for a new beginning gets caught in a modern mystery.
(Photo by Christos Tsoumplekas, Flickr)

A couple hard on their luck, a decaying estate, and a creepy mystery. All the elements are here to make Carol Goodman’s new Gothic thriller, The Widow’s House, a total scream.  Read more of this post

David Baldacci Delivers Another Tension-Filled Ride With ‘No Man’s Land’ [REVIEW]

No man's land

Special Agent John Puller is back in David Baldacci’s No Man’s Land. (Photo by Jody Sticca, Flickr)

A thirty-year-old cold case. A parolee seeking revenge. The accusation that threatens to tear a family apart. An unexpected journey into the past. In David Baldacci’s No Man’s Land, all the key components are in place for one troubling, relentless thriller.  Read more of this post

Jane Haseldine’s ‘Duplicity’ Explodes with Malice [REVIEW]

Woman with photos

A reporter will stop at nothing to get her story in Jane Haseldine’s Duplicity. (Photo by Emilie Barbier, Flickr)

What do you get when you cross The Good Wife, Criminal Minds and the 2009 film, State of Play? The answer may very well be Jane Haseldine’s Duplicity, an engaging new thriller that blends taut suspense, riveting characters, heinous crime, family drama and professional journalism into one compelling read.  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

Nothing Is What It Seems in Jayne Ann Krentz’s ‘When All the Girls Have Gone’ [REVIEW]

Three women in shadow

One is dead. A second is missing. When a killer strikes Seattle, no one is safe in Jayne Ann Krentz’s When All the Girls Have Gone.(Photo by Thomas Rousing, Flickr)

A woman named Louise is dead. Her best friend, Jocelyn, has gone missing. And now a third woman’s life is in danger. No one is safe in Jayne Ann Krentz’s intricately plotted new novel, Where All the Girls Have Gone.  Read more of this post