Book Reviews

Book Review: Stalker

Lisa Stone's second crime novel, "Stalker," (Harper 360, 366 pages) is a high-tech "nail-biter." The story centers on Derek Flint, owner of Home Security, a security firm which installs CCTV's in businesses and homes. But there is a problem with Derek Flint's Home Security — an ...

Book Review: A Dangerous Duet

Karen Odden, who has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, has released her second novel, "A Dangerous Duet" (William Morrow, 386 pages). Young Nell Hallam lives in London with her brother, Matthew, a Scotland Yard detective. Nell aspires to ...

Book Review: The Next Person You Meet In Heaven

The much anticipated sequel to Mitch Albom's bestseller, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," has been released as "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven." (Harper, 213 pages) In his first work, Albom tells the story of Eddie, a disillusioned war veteran who worked as an amusement ride mechanic ...

Book Review: Bad Sister

Sam Carrington's "Bad Sister" is a diabolically twisted little British crime novel (Avon, 356 pages) Psychologist Connie Moore is trying to put her life together after committing an error which nearly ended her career as a counselor. Moore had advised the prison authorities that ...

Book Review: Sean Parnell’s Man of War

The New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon makes his fiction debut with this electrifying military thriller—a gripping tale of action, suspense, and international intrigue that introduces a compelling new hero, Eric Steele. Eric Steele is the best of the best—an Alpha—an ...

Book Review: Charles Todd’s Forgotten Place

The mother-and-son writing team Charles Todd have another chapter in their popular Bess Crawford mystery series, "A Forgotten Place." (William Morrow, 354 pages) The Great War has finally ended with the signing of the armistice, but there are still many grievously wounded soldiers who still ...

War of the Wolf

I’ve watched both seasons on Netflix regarding Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales series. Although Netflix’s “The Last Kingdom” is binge-worthy, I found the books to be of the hard-to-put-down variety. One can’t go wrong with either. — Burt Angeli, The Daily News Bernard ...

Book Review: Agatha Christie, The Mystery Of Three Quarters

Sophie Hannah has released her third novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie. Her latest work, "The Mystery of Three Quarters," is a fitting tribute to the greatest mystery novelist of all time and creator of the endearingly eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. (William ...

Book Review: Field of Bones

J. A. Jance continues her popular series featuring Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady in her latest thriller, "Field of Bones." (William Morrow, 381 pages) While still grieving the loss of her mother and stepfather, Joanna Brady is busy sweating out a close reelection campaign. As she awaits the ...

Book Review: Walking Shadows

Faye Kellerman's "Walking Shadows" is the latest chapter in her popular series featuring Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus. (William Morrow, 367 pages) Decker and his wife have left the crime of Los Angeles and settled in the upstate New York college town of Greenbury. While ...

Book Review: Pieces Of Her

By REGINA M. ANGELI Books Writer Karin Slaughter, who has penned 18 novels including the Edgar-nominated work, "Cop Town," has a great mystery with one of the most original and thrilling plots conceived. Her latest thriller, "Pieces of Her" (William Morrow, 468 pages) is a most ...

Book Review: Little Girl Lost

By REGINA M. ANGELI Books Writer Wendy Corsi Staub, three-time nominee for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, has written the first installment in what promises to be an intriguing crimes series focusing on foundlings with the first entry, "Little Girl Lost." (William Morrow 385 ...

Book review: Under A Dark Sky

Lori Rader-Day, whose previous work "Little Pretty Things" won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, has another book "Under a Dark Sky" (William Morrow, 388 pages) which combines a touch of astronomy with a classic mystery genre. On what would have been her 10th wedding anniversary, ...

What Remains Of Her

Eric Rickstad's "What Remains of Her" (William Morrow, 404 pages) is a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of child abuse. One fateful day, Jonah Baum, an adjunct professor of poetry and literature at a small college in Vermont, returns to his home with an "apology" gift of a ...

The Summer Wives

In 1956, Grace Metalious rocked the literary world with the publication of her best-seller "Peyton Place" which told the story of sexual misdeeds among the seemingly proper residents of a quiet, conservative New England town. In like manner, Beatriz Williams has written a novel exposing the ...

The Other Woman

In the annals of espionage, the Cambridge Five, a group of intellectuals from the hallowed University of Cambridge, have earned a special notoriety in their efforts to spy for the Soviet Union. Having been recruited by the Soviets while they were students at Cambridge, the group were ...

Book review: The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

Charles Rosenberg, adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School, has written a nice piece of historical fiction perfect for the Fourth of July holiday. His work, "The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington," (Hanover Square Press/419 pages) is inspired by a few bits of forgotten ...

Splinter in the Blood

Britain has an interesting duo of mystery writers, Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper, who have written their debut story, "Splinter in the Blood" under the pen name, Ashley Dyer. (William Morrow, 388 pages) The women of Liverpool are being terrorized by a serial killer known as the Thorn ...

The Man Who Couldn’t Miss

Good read! Burt Angeli, The Daily News Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse in David Handler’s latest novel “The Man Who Couldn’t Miss.” (William Morrow, 240 pages). The Edgar award-winning series ...

The Moscow Offensive

Retired U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown has another chapter in his excellent military fiction series featuring the father and son team of Patrick and Brad McLanahan. The McLanahans continue their battle against the aggressive Russian President Gryzlov, who is plotting a number of daring ...