Book Reviews

Overkill

Ted Bell's series featuring British aristocrat and special agent Alex Hawke continues in his latest work, "Overkill." (William Morrow, 487 pages) Vladimir Putin, fleeing the Russian oligarchs who have plotted his death, plans to regain power in a daring plot called "Overkill." The plan ...

The Perfect Mother

Aimee Molloy's debut novel "The Perfect Mother" is a successful movie thriller in the making. (Harper, 317 pages.) The plot centers around a group of New York City new mothers whose babies have been born in the month of May, hence the name of their support group, the May Mothers. Besides ...

The Corporation: An Epic Story of The Cuban American Underworld

The epic "Godfather" movie trilogy introduced much of America to the Italian Mafia. But a lesser known organization, run by Cuban Americans, was perhaps even more violent and powerful according to journalist and screenwriter T. J. English who delves into the world of bolita, a Cuban numbers ...

The Missing

C.L. Taylor's novel "The Missing" is a story of a dysfunctional family as it deals with the disappearance of their fifteen-year-old son Billy. (William Morrow, 472 pages) Told from the perspective of the missing boy's mother Claire, the novel emphasizes how a family may break down in the ...

The Wild Inside

Some novels are very difficult to read. Jamey Bradbury's "The Wild Inside" (William Morrow, 290 pages) is a case in point. Dubbed by bestselling author John Irving as "an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel” (think of the Bronte sisters and Stephen King), the book is a stomach ...

All The Beautiful Lies

“All The Beautiful Lies” was hard to put down. I’m usually reading sports books but this mystery with a twist was outstanding. — Burt Angeli, The Daily News “All The Beautiful Lies” (William Morrow) is from Peter Swanson, acclaimed author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth ...

Look For Her

Emily Winslow's "Look for Her" (William Morrow Publisher, 278 pages) is a very tense crime drama told from the point of view of the main characters as they deal with the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a teenage girl. In 1976, in the tiny English hamlet of Lilling, which lies ...

In A Cottage In A Wood

When it comes to its first two chapters, Cass Green's "In a Cottage in a Wood" (HarperCollins, 312 pages) takes the cake for grabbing the reader's attention. The opening scene begins with party girl Neve Carey waking in a hotel after a one night stand. Battling a hangover, Neve heads to her ...

If I Die Tonight

Alison Gaylin’s latest book "If I Die Tonight" (William Morrow, 353 pages) grabs the reader with this ominous opening line: "By the time you read this, I'll be dead." The story is every parent's worst nightmare. In the tiny village of Havenkill in the Hudson Valley, a former pop star ...

The Gate Keeper

The mother-and-son team who write under the pen name Charles Todd have their 20th book in their popular Inspector Ian Rutledge series, "The Gate Keeper." (William Morrow, 306 pages) Ian Rutledge, the shell-shocked veteran of the First World War turned Scotland Yard detective, has attended ...

Sunday Silence

Nicci French continues her series featuring psychologist and police consultant Frieda Klein in "Sunday Silence." (William Morrow, 403 pages.) Frieda Klein is convinced that killer Dean Reeve is alive, though the London police believe he had killed himself. But when the body of Bruce ...

Odd Child Out

Gilly Macmillan brings back Detective Inspector Jim Clemo in "Odd Child Out" (William Morrow, 402 pages). Clemo has returned to the police force following a leave of absence after an emotionally devastating investigation. The Bristol police are notified that a woman claims to have ...

Not Safe After Dark And Other Stories

Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Alan Banks mysteries, has penned a collection "Not Safe After Dark and Other Stories." “Not Safe” offers four Inspector Banks stories included with a number of very good short stories without his popular British detective. (William Morrow, 469 ...

The Woman in the Window

A. J. Finn's debut novel, "The Woman in the Window" (William Morrow, 427 pages) has been getting a great deal of attention. What may have been the suspense novel of 2017 has been published in 36 languages and is slated to be in production as a major film. And all of this attention is ...

Detroit Red Wings: Greatest Moments and Players

Few teams in professional hockey have enjoyed more success than the Detroit Red Wings, one of the National Hockey League’s “Original Six.” In the newly-revised “Detroit Red Wings: Greatest Moments and Players” edition (Sports Publishing/Skyhorse Publishing), Stan “the Hockey ...

The Demon Crown by James Rollins

James Rollins, a veterinarian turned author, has another chapter in his Sigma Force science-fiction series, "The Demon Crown" (William Morrow, 441 pages). The premise of this thriller is based on the scientific fact that insects will kill one person out of 60 every year. Mosquitos alone ...

The Body In The Casket by Katherine Hall Page

Katherine Hall Page's latest book, "The Body in the Casket," is another serving of her acclaimed mystery series featuring caterer/amateur detective Faith Fairchild. (William Morrow, 238 pages). Max Dane, retired producer/director of a number of Broadway hit musicals, hires Faith Fairchild to ...

‘The Body In The Casket’ by Katherine Hall Page

Katherine Hall Page's latest book, "The Body in the Casket," is another serving of her acclaimed mystery series featuring caterer/amateur detective Faith Fairchild. (William Morrow, 238 pages). Max Dane, retired producer/director of a number of Broadway hit musicals, hires Faith Fairchild to ...

‘The Demon Crown’ by James Rollins

James Rollins, a veterinarian turned author, has another chapter in his Sigma Force science-fiction series, "The Demon Crown" (William Morrow, 441 pages). The premise of this thriller is based on the scientific fact that insects will kill one person out of 60 every year. Mosquitos alone ...

Act of Betrayal

Matthew Dunn continues his series featuring the former CIA/MI6 operative, Will Cochrane, in his latest novel of high stakes espionage, "Act of Betrayal." (William Morrow, 299 pages) Will Cochrane is a wanted man, having been accused of killing several federal agents. But his latest worries ...