PositiveBooklistHarris successfully captures Holmes’ brilliance, talent, and arrogance, as well as Watson’s dogged devotion to Holmes and the atmosphere in London during the dark days of war. The case he has imagined for Holmes to solve is both thoroughly challenging and pleasingly multilayered. A satisfying, albeit gruesome, read.
RaveBooklistA mesmerizing, highly original tale that’s part spy thriller, part ode to a postwar Paris, part love story, and part mystery, Lunney’s latest features unique and captivating characters, rapid action, and a cliff-hanger ending.
RaveBooklistStonex’s unique tale juxtaposes oddly compelling reality—the daily challenges of being a lighthouse keeper for the men and their families—against a series of strange, poignant, near-mystical happenings that will pull readers in and keep them mesmerized right to the end. A fine read.
RaveBooklistLenox’ latest adventure has humanity, heart, and humor; it offers a captivating glimpse of America’s richest citizens in the late 1800s; it delivers a gripping and cleverly plotted mystery; and, of course, Lenox remains a thoroughly charming lead character. A pleasure to read on every level.
PositiveBooklistAtkins continues to do the late author proud. Atkins again captures the Boston PI’s brash, principled, action-oriented personality to near-perfection, complete with Spenser’s signature smart-alecky humor ... With similarities to the Jeffrey Epstein case adding resonance, the talented Atkins delivers another engrossing thriller.
PositiveBooklist... absorbing ... What starts like a murder mystery shifts into an examination of the consequences of loneliness, rejection, and despair, as readers gradually find out—in a series of riveting flashbacks—why Eleanor is so traumatized by her past. A gripping read with a heroine who is both a frustrating and an empathetic character. No revelatory ending, but a fascinating character study.
PositiveBooklistThomas presents another engaging entry in her Lady Sherlock series ... While the case itself is intriguing, it is the portrayal of the societal expectations and restrictions faced by women in Victorian times, along with Charlotte’s ingenuity in surmounting these obstacles, that makes this such a winning read.
RaveBooklistOsborne evokes the exciting, tawdry, thrumming danger of Bangkok in this riveting tale of a woman whose poor choices, lack of will, and desperation lead to disaster. There’s an ominous sense of foreboding from the first page, and the tension ratchets up to a terrifying pitch before the horrifying and brutal conclusion. A gripping read but maybe not for the depressed or easily frightened.