Book Reviews

Book Review: Cat Chase the Moon

Shirley Rousseau Murphy has another chapter in her series featuring the fearless feline detective Joe Grey, “Cat Chase the Moon.” (William Morrow, 273 pages) Cats are said to have nine lives, but when Joe Grey interrupts a man trying to bury a savagely-beaten woman, the feline protection ...

Book Review: Collusion

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has collaborated with Pete Earley to write a riveting geopolitical thriller, “Collusion.” (Broadside Books, 347 pages) In Kiev, a group of terrorists assassinate U.S. Ambassador Stanford Thorpe. Before dying, Thorpe succeeds in passing a computer ...

Book Review: The Night Visitors

Carol Goodman’s latest novel, “The Night Visitors” (William Morrow, 288 pages), deals with the trauma of domestic violence and the scars it leaves on its victims. Mattie, a middle-aged social worker, gets an emergency call to pick up Alice and Oren, a young woman and boy, who are ...

Book Review: Mercy River

Glen Erik Hamilton’s “Mercy River” (William Morrow, 355 pages) is the next installment in his high powered series featuring former Army Ranger and lock pick artist Donovan “Van” Shaw. When Shaw learns that his former Army buddy Leo Pak has been arrested for murder in the backwoods ...

Book Review: If You Go Down To The Woods

Seth C. Adams has written a modern and much more terrifying boy’s adventure novel “If You Go Down to the Woods.” (Harper 360/HarperCollins Publishers, 286 pages) Joey, just 13 years old, has moved from California to Arizona with his parents and 16-year-old year old sister. Together ...

Book Review: Before She Knew Him

Peter Swanson’s latest novel, “Before She Knew Him,” is a clever take on the serial killer genre. (William Morrow Publisher/HarperCollins Publishers, 309 pages) Henrietta “Hen” and her husband, Lloyd, attend a neighborhood block party where they meet their next door neighbors, ...

Book Review: “Careless Love”

Peter Robinson has written his 25th Inspector Alan Banks novel, “Careless Love.” (William Morrow, 301 pages) Banks and his squad have a pair of suspicious deaths to investigate. The first involves a young woman, well-dressed and found in a car that had been in an accident out on a ...

Book Review: “The Next to Die”

Sophie Hannah’s “The Next to Die” introduces the most unusual of serial killers — one who kills best friends. The police have come to call him “Billy Dead Mates” and before “Billy” kills, the victims receive small white books with a snippet of literature written inside. ...

Book Review: Hunting Party

Lucy Foley’s “The Hunting Party” is a modern version of the classic manor home mystery in which a group of people are trapped in a remote location with a killer lurking among them. ((William Morrow, 327 pages) In Foley’s mystery, a group of friends plan on celebrating their 10-year ...

Book Review: Crucible

While the atomic bomb might be considered the ultimate doomsday machine, man’s insatiable quest for knowledge may generate a weapon as deadly, or even deadlier, than the bomb. In this age of the computer, the search for the ultimate super intelligent computer, or artificial intelligence ...

Book Review: Cemetery Road

I’ve been advised over the years to read Greg Iles. My opportunity came recently with the weather making many of us home-bound. “Cemetery Road” (William Morrow, 591 pages, release date March 5) really caught my attention with newspaperman Marshall McEwan returning to his hometown and ...

Book: Schoolgirl Missing

Sue Fortin's "Schoolgirl Missing" (HarperCollins) is one of those edgy British crime stories with plenty of psychological drama. Neve is married to Kit Masters, a widower with a 14-year-old daughter, Poppy, who suffers from neurological difficulties sustained during a difficult birth which ...

Book: The Good Lie

Tom Rosenstiel's political thriller, "The Good Lie" (Ecco/February 12, 2019), reads like a plot that may have been inspired by the headlines concerning the tragic attack on the American embassy in Benghazi. At a diplomatic outpost in Oosay, an attack by Islamic rebels on the American base in ...

Book Review: Pulse

Michael Harvey's "Pulse" (Ecco/ 386 page) blends gritty detective fiction with elements of the paranormal. The story takes place in the Boston of 1976 which is a tinderbox for racial violence following the decision to integrate schools. Daniel Fitzsimmons, a precocious 16-year-old ...

Book review: The Last Lie

Infidelity and dishonesty have destroyed many marriages. Such is the plot line behind Alex Lane's latest novel, "The Last Lie." (Harper 360/on sale Dec. 31) The prologue starts with a woman driving alone only to be shocked as she comes across a naked woman, apparently fleeing her ...

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 ...