RaveBooklistKiernan’s smart writing carefully doles out twists and clues as the puzzle comes to an unexpected and edgy ending. Along the way, she paints a rich picture of contemporary Dublin life, its social pretenses and nothing-to-lose characters both crashing against the justice system. Readers will watch for more from Kiernan[.]
David R Dow
PositiveBooklistWhile the main character’s actions are sometimes a little far-fetched, the questions of who gets justice and why court procedure seems to take such precedence over indivdual lives will stay with readers after the satisfying ending to this surprising read. An apt suggestion for further reading is Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy (2014), a nonfiction exposé of the same kinds of wrongs.
Rachel Howzell Hall
PositiveBooklistThough some of the secondary characters aren’t made distinct enough from one another, which may prove confusing, those who give Hall’s fifth novel a try will stick with it for the compelling story and a more diverse set of characters than one typically finds in mysteries. The book is a solid recommendation for patrons looking for something after Fred Van Lente’s Ten Dead Comedians (2017).
PositiveBooklist...although it works fine as a stand-alone, this fast-moving, second entry in the series (after A Death of No Importance, 2018) builds an immersive account of life in the early twentieth century ... Readers will await more adventures with the plucky, wise Jane. Try this with patrons who enjoyed Jessica Fellowes’ The Mitford Murders (2018) and with fans of mysteries that have solid historical-fiction underpinnings.
PositiveBooklistDobbs’ hunt for the killer, aided by the dashing agent of the book’s title, is a lesson in English gentility; Winspear also offers an intriguing view of the WWII propaganda machine that sought to convince Americans to join the fray. The historical descriptions are sometimes stiff, as when characters discuss at length conditions that the other party in the conversation would already know about, but, overall, this is an immersive tale of wartime grit and grief. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed; the book can also cross over to historical-mystery buffs and devotees of British detective shows.
PositiveBooklist\"The geographic and personal odyssey portrayed in this detailed and, at times, heart-stopping saga takes readers from a rational, cozy U.S. existence to a Siberian hut, with the personal transformations just as startling. While the novel is somewhat topical, it can be recommended long after the current Russian government’s machinations leave the headlines; try it with fans of Paullina Simons and of Orange Is the New Black.\
PositiveBooklist\"As usual, the characters here are varied and described with gritty clarity, and the puzzle facing the duo involves a delightful mix of L.A. culture, this time from its dive bars to its much more serious side. Kellerman needs no selling to his legions of fans.\
RaveBooklistAward-winning Scottish author Russell makes his American debut here, and it’s not only one of the most memorable thrillers of the year; it’s also unique: the premise is strikingly original, and the mood created by the juxtaposition of the patients’ memories and the real-time horrors is utterly chilling. Readers will eagerly await other books by the author becoming available stateside.
PositiveBooklistA tale that illustrates all that families can be, good and bad. Without resorting to stereotypes, Ellis deftly shows just how different the stakes are for kids who supposedly live in the same world but who face very different obstacles and possibilities. This thoughtful entry in the Searchers series will satisfy fans of the previous work as well as those who enjoy a well-crafted look at New York’s underbelly.
PositiveBooklistWhite has written a \'returning-to-your-southern-roots\' tale with a difference; Kim is exploring roots she never knew she had, and the journey is as bumpy and fraught with bewildered feelings as readers might imagine. While secondary characters are not as developed as Kim, this worthwhile story of a woman’s quest for the truth will work with women’s-fiction readers as well as mystery fans.
PositiveBooklistGripping and terrifying ... Adams peppers the tale with twist after twist; these hairpin turns, coupled with a cast of devious characters, drive the narrative and build suspense. At times, one wonders if Darby really can possibly survive yet another perilous situation, but, overall, this is an enthralling tale that features a wonderfully relatable and gutsy heroine. Give it to readers looking for a female-led drama in the mode of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sibling works.
PositiveBooklistGentry’s take on building suspense is unconventional; the book starts out as a wry look at the struggle that is show business, then turns into a buddy story before finally becoming a gripping psychological thriller as revenge pranks become something other ... Both vividly realistic and taken straight from #MeToo headlines. A topical, compelling read that librarians should hand to Paula Hawkins’ fans.
Ed. by Huw Lewis-Jones
RaveLibrary Journal... [a] treat for literature and cartography fans ... insightful essays ... The text and images present...stellar quality, with the more than 200 maps (loosely defined; some are maps of the human body, for example) exquisitely reproduced in full color, often covering whole pages or spreads. Lengthy source notes and a thorough index are scholarly bonuses ... A must for large literary and cartography collections; a wonderful browsing item as well.
Antonio Manzini, Trans. by Antony Shugaar
PositiveBooklistIn the Alpine town of Aosta, Italy, endearingly bumbling police officers and quaint café-society denizens uneasily coexist with less-fortunate citizens and brutal criminals ... Chiara’s story torturously elongates time as readers suffer her bewilderment and pain, hanging on for rescue as the pages turn. This plot point alone is worth the read, with Schiavone and his hapless colleagues a bonus. A next-read for those who enjoy Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series and Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache novels.
MixedBooklistTruss transplants the quirky, clever wit that drove her nonfiction best-seller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, to fiction in this adaptation of a radio show starring Brighton, England, police officers Steine, Brunswick, and Twitten and featuring assorted oddballs on both sides of the law. Newbie Twitten, who’s thought to be too smart for his own good, hopes his career is on the upswing when he happens to be seated beside a malodorous, mean theater critic just as the man is killed. Inspector Steine believes the crime is related to a massacre in Brighton years before, and the ensuing investigation takes delightful twists and turns that reveal sordid secrets and long-ago crimes underlying the resort town’s jolly character. It is, at times, difficult to keep track of the numerous characters involved in this post-WWII drama, but a close reading brings rewards. Truss’ language, unsurprisingly, sparkles, and her portrayal of class and its exasperating effect on even the British underworld is memorable. Readers of Agatha Christie are a natural audience for this study in peculiarity.
PositiveBooklistThe mysteries involved, one of which hints at the supernatural, are satisfying and wrapped up in a way that readers won’t see coming. Recommend to fans of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels.
PositiveBooklistFans who are familiar with Carpenter know that his wisecracks mask a determination to find justice; there is plenty of smart-alecky talk here, as expected, but the tale is also rife with exciting showdowns, plot twists, and, yes, a little holiday warmth, after all. Fans of legal thrillers that freely move in and out of the courtroom should definitely get acquainted with Andy Carpenter.
RaveBooklist\"A tenth-wedding-anniversary weekend turns nightmarish as several siblings, cousins, and their spouses gather in a fancy house on the Scottish coast to celebrate ... The family members realize with horror that they have been to this house before, when they were much younger, and there are hints dropped that something awful happened then ... Though some secondary characters are indistinct, this realistically written, gripping suspense tale is one readers will want to finish in a single long sitting, especially if they crave country-house mysteries. McPherson is also the author of the Dandy Gilver series.
PositiveBooklistA compelling flashback-and-present-day mystery ... fans of British mysteries or of cold-case procedurals are the natural audience for this strongly written outing ... it may also appeal to devotees of the many true-crime podcasts out there today.
RaveBooklist\"The multiple, intertwined points of view cleverly reveal how a horrific crime isn’t a day in the making, nor is it quick to recover from, and the story will leave readers looking anew at events they thought they had figured out. Readers who enjoy a police procedural with a sturdy lawmaker at the helm are the audience for this slow-burning but thoroughly satisfying mystery.\
PositiveBooklistIt’s refreshing to read a tale in which the heroine is likable even as her decisions will make readers shake their heads in frustration; her exit from deprivation is by no means guaranteed, and the ending to the treacherous dilemma she’s dragged into is deftly handled by Massey. Often-piercing language is a bonus, as are the nail-biting poker games whose play-by-plays are drawn out to satisfying effect. Readers who enjoy Wiley Cash and Willy Vlautin should try this notable debut.
PositiveBooklist\"Fans of the series will appreciate that Lieutenant Leaphorn, injured in a previous series entry, makes an appearance here. Also present in Hillerman’s accessible and relaxingly paced work are her usual unobtrusive and enjoyable details about Navajo culture and the southwestern landscape. Readers who enjoy the work of Anne’s father, Tony Hillerman, as well as mysteries by Nevada Barr, will welcome another outing with Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito.\
PositiveBooklistSchepp’s previous books in the trilogy were highly successful, and this fast-moving tale of intrigue and revenge will likely find a similarly large readership. Fans of Scandinavian crime novels will enjoy Schepp’s work, which is a natural choice after Jo Nesbø and Anne Holt; Jana Berzelius will also be a hit with readers who enjoy a strong female lead.
PositiveBooklistWhile the first story is more enjoyable than the second, which drags a little, this is overall a very entertaining set of tales, and readers will enjoy finding clues in the whodunit that will help solve the mystery in the latter tale. Perfect for readers of Christie and Sophie Hannah, for lovers of mysteries with a splash of metafiction, and, of course, for fans of Horowitz’s other work in multiple genres, for both young people and adults.
Malin Persson Giolito
RaveBooklist...astonishing ... In crafting a first-person narrative told by a school shooter, many authors would go too far, creating an overly likable character; Giolito masterfully walks this fine line, developing a protagonist whom readers will remain intrigued by and ambivalent about, but whom they won’t necessarily like. Giolito’s past as a lawyer and as a European Union official poke through the pages as she exposes the cutting racism that refugees in Europe endure, even in supposed left-wing-idyll Sweden. Praise must also go to translator Willson-Broyles, as the incisive language that’s on display here surely involves translation precision that’s second to none.