In 1917, eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger stepped out in the early afternoon to pick up her ice skates, which she had taken to a shop to be sharpened. No one saw her again...
The first book in a long series, but the origin stories are always the best. And it takes place in Chicago! What's not to love?
With the proliferation of vampire/werewolf/whatever novels over the past decade-plus, you need some serious confidence to throw your hat in that ring. A writer needs to differentiate themselves from everything else out there, whether through world-building or a clever hook, and they need to do it without looking like they’re trying too hard. In A Tracker’s... Continue Reading →
At this point, author Alex Grecian has several more "Scotland Yard's Murder Squad" novels out and about. The Black Country is the second one in the series and also the second one I have read after the outstanding The Yard (read the review here). The Black Country differs quite a bit from the first novel. The locale is... Continue Reading →
It’s been awhile since I read something in the horror genre. In the case of The Haunting on Ruckman Road, I would say it’s more ghost story or psychological thriller than horror novel. That doesn’t stop some bad things from happening. In Hampton, Virginia, Detective Alex Penfield is trying to come back from a gunshot... Continue Reading →
Author Anthony Horowitz makes me upset. Upset that he’s a good writer. Upset for leading me down one path only to blindside me with epic-level plot-twists. Upset for making me think I could figure it all out before he revealed the solution to the central mystery. Did I mention that he’s an Officer of the... Continue Reading →
Considering how prolific he is, you would think author Michael Connelly's recurring characters, and especially the stories, would get stale. Okay, he's not James Patterson prolific, but he's also the only one writing his novels (as far as I know). The characters do have some recurring arcs and the occasional dramatic development usually reserved for... Continue Reading →
Not to be confused with the recently reviewed novel of the same name by a different author, Never Go Back, by Marla Bradeen is a murder mystery set in the quiet little town of Las Vegas, Nevada. (It's quiet if you don't go into the casinos or don't stay out after 7pm. Right?) Alison Carter... Continue Reading →