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

Susan Spann Finds Her Muse High Atop Mount Koyasan [GUEST POST]

Konpon Daito Pagoda

Structures like the impressive two-storied Konpon Daito Pagoda elicit quiet contemplation and meditation from even the most experienced traveler. (Photo by Susan Spann)

Most of the time, the plot of each new novel drives my research, but in the case of Trial on Mount Koya, a sacred mountain turned that process upside-down. Each Hiro Hattori novel features a crime in a different setting, and a victim from a different social class or niche, allowing me to keep the series fresh and interesting. Read more of this post

Japan’s Sacred Peak Offers Quiet, Contemplation, and Murder in ‘Trial on Mount Koya’ [REVIEW]

Monk heading to Gobyo

A Buddhist temple may seem an unlikely place for a mystery, but Susan Spann’s ninja sleuth Hiro Hittori discovers death and treachery inside its walls in Trial on Mount Koya. (Photo by ccdoh1, Flickr)

A ninja and a priest walk into a Buddhist temple. Although it may sound like the beginning of a joke, it is actually the premise for the sixth installment of what is one of the most unusual and fascinating mystery series I’ve encountered in recent years. Penned by novelist Susan Spann, the latest Hiro Hattori novel, Trial on Mount Koya, reunites fans with her ninja sleuth and pays homage to one of the greatest mystery writers who ever lived, Dame Agatha Christie.
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