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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Ken Follett’s Classic ‘The Key to Rebecca’ Remains One of the Best Espionage Books Ever Written [REVIEW]

WWII Egypt

In the midst of World War II, a Nazi spy plots the downfall of the British in Egypt in Ken Follett’s classic thriller, The Key to Rebecca. (Photo by Tom Beazley/courtesy aussiejeff, Flickr)

Although we primarily feature new fiction on our site, every now and again we like to revisit a classic. Pulling an oldie but a goodie off the shelf and dusting it off to re-read it is akin to having brunch with an old friend to reminisce about cherished memories. And sometimes we simply feel like digging into a favorite author’s past works, ones me may have missed the first time around. That is what happened with Ken Follett’s classic, The Key to Rebecca.  Read more of this post

‘The Alice Network’ Introduces Readers to the Great War’s Mysterious Female Spy Ring [REVIEW]

Woman in London

A young woman returns to Europe after the war in search of her cousin, only to discover the truth about a little known female spy ring known as “The Alice Network” in Kate Quinn’s new novel. (Photo courtesy William Morrow)

An American college student can’t believe that her favorite relative is dead, so she takes matters into her own hands and goes in search of her cousin in post-World War II London. However, the questions she has aren’t so easily answered and soon she learns much more than she bargained for in Kate Quinn’s new historical novel, The Alice Network.  Read more of this post

Rhys Bowen Breaks Down Social Barriers ‘In Farleigh Field’ [REVIEW]

English manor

With the onset of WWII, everything is quickly changing for Lord Westerham and his family in Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field. (Photo by Marc Pether-Longman, Flickr)

Spies. British aristocracy. A dead body. A love triangle. Rhys Bowen’s new World War II thriller, In Farleigh Field, has it all in spades, making for a truly delicious stand-alone novel that will delight fans of Masterpiece Theater’s Home Fires and Downton Abbey.  Read more of this post

Kilmeade and Yaeger Reveal George Washington’s Secret Spy Ring

circa 1790:  George Washington, the 1st President of the United States of America.

George Washington, the 1st President of the United States of America. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Most people are probably familiar with the various battles and cities that were instrumental in procuring the victory for the Patriots. However, do you know about the counterintelligence that occurred behind the scenes? I didn’t. Read more of this post