Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...
Book Genre: Crime
Rebecca Musser shares her experiences with the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, an extreme polygamist sect of the Mormon faith. She became the 19th wife of 85 year old, Prophet Rulon Jeffs. After years of abuse, she escapes from the culture she truly believed in...
“Black Water” was my first journey into the world of Joyce Carol Oates, and a perfect autumn read. Lush descriptions of the day leading up to a car accident, vignettes of the main character’s life render descriptions of the accident and subsequent entrapment in the car underwater all the more...
Storm Front is one of those novels that navigates a couple of genres at once, namely, fantasy (Harry Dresden, the main character, is a wizard) and crime noir (he's also a private investigator who contracts sometimes with the Chicago PD). This is not, however, a slightly-parallel world...
Sarah Meadows is 17, and can't wait to have her life change. She's lived with a port wine stain on her face, and the stares and bullying that come with it, all of her life. The day she thinks she will get her first treatment for it, her dad's business crumbles, and they can't afford it. But...
As the eighth book in Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan series, Cross Bones follows a very familiar format. My struggle in reviewing the book is how much to let that bother me...or how much does it distract from the writing and the story?
First things first, the Tempe...
Meh,... uh let's see, this chick is supposed to be hard boiled or something but I found her to be ridiculous... Immature, angsty, slutty, uneven... The story was absurd... I have no idea how she has all these people that are so loyal to her; she's just a crappy person... Uhm, there were so many...
On the day of his 5th wedding anniversary, Nick is shocked when his wife Amy disappears. Their front door is open, the cat is out on the porch, a kettle is boiling on the stove, and there are signs of a struggle in their living room. As the story takes you back and forth between Nick’s bizarre...
Author Geoffrey Girard's protagonist Shawn Castillo is as flawed as they come. You can't help but root for him though especially when you realize who...and what he is up against. Girard skillfully combines philosophy, bio-ethics, history, psychology and political...
Brigid Quinn is 59, retired from the FBI, and hoping to put the secrets and lies of her past behind her as she settles into life with her new husband Carlo in Tuscon. When someone confesses to being the Route 66 killer--and the murderer of Quinn's young protegee--Quinn again finds herself...
Allie, Rob and Juliet are best friends bound together by their common weakness...Sunlight. All have a serious allergy to sunlight which causes them to lead their lives in the secrecy of darkness. With the desire to feel "alive", the trio eagerly begin to train in parkour. While training one day...
Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims. Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and tells...
Tired of post-apocalyptic fiction? Try some pre-apocalyptic noir whodunit. Instead of asking how you would survive, this book asks, what would you do if you knew the world was ending in six months? Detective Hank Palace keeps investigating a suspicious suicide while the most of...
NYPD Detective John Tallow – a traumatized loner, who after witnessing his partner’s gruesome murder stumbles into a crime scene like no other: an apartment loaded with guns – displayed in cascading designs covering the walls and floor.
The first novel in a series focusing on Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, this is both a good procedural mystery and an interesting character study. Prostitutes are being murdered, and DC Griffiths is the only one who sees the connection between them a shipping millionaire who died in a...
Connolly is a king of calamity - a lyrical master of disaster who stretches the boundaries of the traditional crime novel. His series of Charlie Parker thrillers model seamless psychological suspense. The Wrath of Angels is the 11th in the series, and may just be the grittiest and...
Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event...
“Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake.”
As first lines go, it doesn’t get much better than that. This book grabs you...
Inspired by a real unsolved murder case, this riveting novel by the author of Ordinary People reads with all the creepiness of true crime.
Agent Pendergast returns and is as unflappable as ever. A particularly gruesome series of murders brings Aloyisious Pendergrast out of his Manhattan setting and plops him in the middle of America. A gruesome mystery is taking shape in Medicine Creek, KS when a mutilated body is found in the...
Like the rest of the titles in her series, I really enjoyed this most recent mystery by the Scottish writer, Denise Mina. Her protagonist, Paddy Meehan, is a Scottish journalist/writer and in this book she unravels the mystery behind the murder of a friend and fellow journalist, Terry. Meehan is...
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