“Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

  Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take the reader back to the town of Castle Rock, Maine where the unlikely is always likely to happen. In Gwendy’s Button Box, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson breaks a child’s cardinal rule; she talks to a stranger. When a stranger calls her over for a “palaver” she hesitantly joins him on a bench. In a King thriller, a stranger is … Continue reading “Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

“Crimson Dreams” by Georgiana Fields

             Crimson Dreams is not your usual romance. In fact, it is not your usual vampire, time travel story. Georgiana Fields has creatively blended a variety of genres to present a book loaded with love, tension, sensuality, and surprises. Beginning with widow Rose Kelley in modern day America and carrying the heroine back through time to Victorian England, Fields captures … Continue reading “Crimson Dreams” by Georgiana Fields

“Reservations” by Richard Paolinelli

  “Reservations” by Richard Paolinelli is an intriguing mystery/thriller set in the American Southwest. Super FBI agent Jack Del Rio is called upon to investigate bizarre murders in New Mexico. The President of the Navajo Nation contacts an old friend who is high ranking in the FBI for help in finding the killer of three members of the tribal council. The crimes occurred in the area … Continue reading “Reservations” by Richard Paolinelli

“Past Rites” by Claire Stibbe

Past Rites is the third book in Claire Stibbe’s Detective Temeke’s Crime Series and like the first two it packs a wallop. This is a deeply psychological examination of bullies and the cliques that engage in those behaviors. Beyond that Stibbe tackles the subject of child abuse and the subsequent psychological damage it does. When Temeke is removed from Homicide he is assigned the laborious … Continue reading “Past Rites” by Claire Stibbe

The Feathers by RC Heydn

“The Feathers” by RC Heydn is an intense serial killer thriller. The horrors of the crimes start in the first chapter and continue throughout. I was immediately hooked and had difficulty setting it down to go to sleep. The last line at the end of chapter one was so gripping and unexpected I sat open mouthed for several minutes before continuing. The story takes place … Continue reading The Feathers by RC Heydn

“What the Dead Know” by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is skilled at creating stories that have more twists and turns that a country road. What the Dead Know is a perfect example of her talent. From the first page she sets up the mystery, presenting the main character caught up in a situation she did not foresee and is ill prepared for. With flashbacks, different characters perspectives, and a puzzle thirty years … Continue reading “What the Dead Know” by Laura Lippman

The Architect of Revenge: A September 11th Novel by T.W. Ainsworth

  As a former New Yorker who watched the attack on the city of my birth I am frequently drawn to books that deal with the horrible events of September 11th. Sometimes it is difficult for me to get through the stories as they touch a nerve that was exposed that day and still lies just beneath the surface of my heart. I had “The … Continue reading The Architect of Revenge: A September 11th Novel by T.W. Ainsworth

“Stealth Moves” by Sanna Hines

I love a good suspenseful book with twists, turns, and surprise conclusions. Sanna Hines delivers all these in Stealth Moves. The title alone would draw any mystery lover to read this psychologically chilling tale. Hines has created a fascinating array of characters from Holly Glasscock, hired as a bodyguard to teenager Liv Smallwood, to Brandon/Stealth, the surviving twin of a housebound mother, who has taken … Continue reading “Stealth Moves” by Sanna Hines

“Magnolia Secrets” by Beth Hale

  Addressing the issue of domestic abuse is a challenge in fiction. Beth Hale handles the subject honestly in her romantic thriller “Magnolia Secrets”. From the first chapter in this compelling book I was firmly hooked.     The story revolves around Lainey Holley, her husband Chief of Police Evan Holley, and newly hired Officer Walker Bell. Beginning with a hot sexual encounter between Lainey … Continue reading “Magnolia Secrets” by Beth Hale

Behind Closed Doors by Brian L. Porter

I’ve been fascinated by Jack the Ripper since, as a child, I first heard of him. For me he was the ultimate boogey man. As an adult my interest in the mysterious killer, who strolled the streets of Whitechapel in London, continues. In Behind the Doors, Brian L. Porter touches on the Ripper’s crimes. The story, however, is about a much smaller series of murders … Continue reading Behind Closed Doors by Brian L. Porter