Category: crime fiction.

Book Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Book Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore

This is the second book about opioid addiction that I’ve read in the past few months. Although that seems a bit strange, we are learning that in the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, an even bigger problem is looming, killing more people than ever before:...
Book Review: Cutting Edge edited by Joyce Carol Oates

Book Review: Cutting Edge edited by Joyce Carol Oates

In 2018 an award called “The Staunch Book Prize” began, and it’s awarded to ” a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.” Although there was lots of criticism surrounding it,...
Book Review: Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan

Book Review: Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan

If you read Nicole Lundrigan’s last book The Substitute, you’ll have a good idea of what you’re in for in her latest novel, Hideaway. Both books deal with traumatized children, neglectful parents, and big family secrets. These sound like heavy...
Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Are you the type of reader that’s affected by book hype? If an upcoming release is getting a lot of attention, does it make you want to read it even more? It’s ok to admit it affects you, that’s why they call it ‘buzz’, it’s so...
Book Review: Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn

Book Review: Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn

Mystery readers are a picky bunch, and I’m allowed to say that because I count myself as one of them. The pacing needs to be tight but not rushed, the detective needs to be believable but not unlikable, and the solution better be conclusive but not obvious. And...