September 18, 2018

The Kellerman father-son team produces a new crime thriller

The Kellerman family is a writing phenomenon. Papa Jonathan has written 33 thrillers in his Alex Delaware series as well as at least 14 other novels and five nonfiction books. Mama Faye is the author of 25 Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus mysteries plus eight other novels. Their son, Jesse, has written a total of […]

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September 12, 2018

The most intelligent spy novel I’ve read in many years

1979 was a watershed year in world affairs: Islamic forces led by the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah of Iran and imprisoned 90 hostages in the US embassy in Tehran. At the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty. Civil war broke out in El Salvador, and the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew […]

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September 11, 2018

Murder most foul and sex toys in the latest Virgil Flowers novel

On the first page of the latest Virgil Flowers novel we learn that David Birkmann is a killer. “He’d gotten away with it, he thought.” Naturally, since we also know that Virgil will be called on to investigate the murder, we’re perfectly well aware that David most certainly will not get away with it. However, […]

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September 4, 2018

Brother Cadfael, the perfect detective for the Middle Ages

If there had been a detective in medieval times, he might well have looked a lot like the Dominican monk of the venerable Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. A medieval detective could have depended only on his five senses, his experience of life, and his knowledge of the natural world. Brother Cadfael’s expertise as an herbalist […]

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September 3, 2018

Somali pirates, Al Qaeda, and home-grown terrorists in England

When a young British man turns up among a boatload of captured Somali pirates, Liz Carlyle rushes to France to interview him. Amir Khan holds a driver’s license from Birmingham. He’s of Pakistani descent and, as soon becomes clear, he had previously traveled to Pakistan at the urging of a radical cleric in his home […]

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August 29, 2018

A #1 bestselling psychological thriller that’s suspenseful to the end

What can explain the success of a #1 bestselling psychological thriller? In The Woman in Cabin 10, British author Ruth Ware demonstrates one likely explanation with consummate skill. She combines elements of a whodunnit, a locked-room mystery, and an unreliable narrator without falling victim to the sins of any one of the three formulas. The novel […]

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August 21, 2018

A cranky detective and a kangaroo in the Brittany salt marshes

The magic of place and time leaps from the pages of the best mystery novels: James Lee Burke celebrates the misty charms of rural Louisiana in his Dave Robicheaux series. Donna Leon brings Venice into the bright light of the sun in her tales of Commissario Guido Brunetti. Cara Black whisks readers around the arrondissements […]

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