A Lot of Work for a Little Snow [GUEST POST]

Wintertime at the Monastery
Sometimes the smallest detail creates the largest amount of work for an author, like trying to pick the perfect time for a setting to have snow. E.M. Powell explains in this guest post regarding her new novel, The Monastery Murders. (Photo by Paul R. Robinson, Flickr)

Whenever we pick up a book by one of our favorite authors, we may not realize just how much research went into writing a certain character, choosing a setting, or crafting a particular scene, especially when the author does her job as seamlessly as historical mystery author, E.M. Powell. Reading her latest novel, The Monastery Murders, she excels at luring us into the story’s disarming setting and made us ask: How did holiday traditions differ way back in 1176 and how does she utilize these details to build suspense? Thankfully she explains in today’s guest post. Enjoy! —J&H

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Mary Kubica’s ‘When the Lights Go Out’ Is A Definite Snooze [REVIEW]

Insomnia

Ready to rebuild her life, a young woman is suddenly forced to confront the truth about her past in Mary Kubica’s When the Lights Go Out. (Photo courtesy BookClubbish, YouTube)

Enrolling in college usually marks the beginning of a new chapter in one’s life. But for a young woman who put everything on hold in order to care for her ailing mother, it is about to make life much more complicated than she ever dreamed possible after a shocking revelation turns her entire world on its ear. Is she prepared to discover the truth about her past? Find out in Mary Kubica’s new thriller, When the Lights Go Out.  Read more of this post

Forensic Artist Uncovers ‘Formula of Deception’ in Carrie Stuart Parks’ New Thriller [REVIEW]

The motion of drawing

An artist uses her talents to uncover long-buried secrets in Carrie Stuart Parks’ Formula of Deception. (Photo by Kendra, Flickr)

She did everything she could to escape. She got out of town. She moved to a remote location. She changed her name and hit the reboot button on her life. But the past has finally caught up with her. Does she have the mettle to survive the approaching storm once again? Find out in Carrie Stuart Park’s captivating new thriller, Formula of Deception.  Read more of this post

‘Tiffany Blues’ Is As Luminescent As Its Namesake [REVIEW]

Tiffany lamp with dragonflies

Everything looks better through beautiful Tiffany glass… except her past. (Photo by Can Pac Swire, Flickr)

A budding artist with a dark past. A wealthy socialite with a penchant for trouble. A living legend’s charismatic grandson. The three of them are brought together because of one shared passion. But will buried secrets shatter their jazz-kissed lives and destroy the bond they share? Find out in M.J. Rose’s beautiful and mysterious new novel, Tiffany Blues.  Read more of this post

Secrets Abound in Emily Arsenault’s ‘The Last Thing I Told You’ [REVIEW]

Dark road through trees

In his search for answers, a detective must travel down the dark roads of the human psyche to find the truth in Emily Arsenault’s new thriller, The Last Thing I Told You. (Photo by Angy DS, Flickr)

A murdered shrink. A tenacious detective. A convicted killer. And a runaway suspect with a violent past. Who is the killer? And what sordid secrets must be uncovered to get to the truth? Find out in Emily Arsenault’s mind-bending new thriller, The Last Thing I Told You. Read more of this post