Excerpt from Winter in Paradise

Excerpt from Winter in Paradise

I picked up Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand, which was billed as a mystery, but it is far closer to literary or domestic thriller so far. There is no investigation into the death of the main character's husband and the others in the helicopter with him, and I'm not even sure at this point that they're actually dead. Things are very suspicious ...
Excerpt from The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Excerpt from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

This week I am reading Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Book 1). I've read a number of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, including one with a female Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet Women). This one gives Sherlock a new apprentice, a young woman who meets him after his retirement and studies under his tutelage. There are a number of smaller mysteries within this book. I'm not sure whether that trend continues, or whether I am now onto the "main" mystery. ...
Excerpt from The Secret Adversary

Excerpt from The Secret Adversary

I just finished reading Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary, the first Tommy and Tuppence story. It's been many years since I read it last. I had forgotten the layers upon layers of adventure and misdirection. It is classic Agatha Christie, with fun and memorable characters. Definitely worth a read ...
Excerpt from Dan Brown's Origin

Excerpt from Dan Brown’s Origin

I am currently reading Dan Brown's Origin, Book #5 in the Robert Langdon series (which started with the daVinci Code). As with most Dan Brown, there are plenty of descriptions of art work, architecture, and symbols, with lots of interplay between religion and science. Intrigue, adventure, and plenty of twists and turns. ...
He Was Not There and more new releases!

He Was Not There and more new releases!

Today is launch day for He Was Not There, book #6 of Zachary Goldman Mysteries! If you have been following the series, you won't want to miss this one. And if you have not read any other books in the series, it can still be read as a standalone. ...
Excerpt from Strangers on the Train

Excerpt from Strangers on the Train

Believe it or not, I have actually never read Strangers on a Train before. I believe I saw the Hitchcock movie, some time ago. Or if not, I have seen enough clips about it to recall it as I am reading the book. I knew the premise of this classic mystery, but it has been interesting, it's actually quite different than I thought it would be. Rather than being a pure mystery, where there is a detective or some other sleuth trying to solve a murder, it is more of a psychological thriller where you know who the murder is, but are waiting to see how they are going to get caught. ...
Excerpt from Damaged

Excerpt from Damaged

I am reading Lisa Scottoline's Damaged. This one will have you fighting beside lawyer Mary DiNunzio all the way as she investigates a special education/abuse case. I have just started with this one, but can see a number of ways the plot might develop. Things are not always as they seem! ...
Excerpt from Force of Nature

Excerpt from Force of Nature

I have just finished reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper. A great thriller about five women who go into the Australian bush and the four who come out. Of course, none of the four knows what happened to Alice. As the story unfolds day by day, we hear each of the women's stories and try to unravel the threads of truth. Well done, keeps you guessing until the end. ...
Excerpt from The Perfect Mother

Excerpt from The Perfect Mother

I am reading The Perfect Mother by Aimee Malloy, a domestic thriller about a kidnapped baby. While the May Mommy group seems on the surface like a very supportive group of friends, there are a lot of secrets and undercurrents, resulting in some interesting twists and turns in the plot. I am interested in seeing how it will all turn out. ...
Excerpt 2 from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Excerpt 2 from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I don't usually post from the same book two weeks in a row, but this past week has been crazy and I haven't had much time for reading, so I am bringing you a second teaser from Elizabeth Smart's My Story. ...
Excerpt from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Excerpt from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I am just starting to read My Story, by Elizabeth Smart, and am quite looking forward to it. I have been amazed at what Elizabeth went through and what she has been able to do with her life. What a strong, faith-filled woman, and what an amazing family who never gave up on her either. I really appreciate and admire the insight and education that Elizabeth Smart and others like her bring to us. ...
Excerpt from What if?

Excerpt from What if?

After much consideration, I have decided to go with What if? I don't do a lot of non-fiction teasers here, but I love xkcd, and after the first few entries in What if? I can say that his humor and brilliance flow through in these Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ...
New releases! June, Into the Light, and more

New releases! June, Into the Light, and more

Today is release day for June, Into the Light, Book #6 of the award-winning Between the Cracks series! June Simpson has lost everything. Her family, the love of her life, and now her freedom. ...
Excerpt from Gatefather

Excerpt from Gatefather

I'll read pretty much anything by Orson Scott Card, whether it is in the genres I would normally read or not. I have read the first two books in the Mither Mages series, and although there are many negative reviews for the third book, I am enjoying Gatefather so far. It is similar to C.S. Lewis in some ways in its discussion of the nature of God, the universe, and the role of free choice. ...
Excerpt from Every Breath You Take

Excerpt from Every Breath You Take

I am currently working on Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense. This is book 5 in the Under Suspicion series. I have read at least two others in this series, and am enjoying the building of the case. Laurie Moran and her family and associates are familiar and fun to read, but I wish she would get back together with Alex ...
Excerpt from I Let You Go

Excerpt from I Let You Go

I am re-reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh this week. I had to check to see if I had done an excerpt on it here before, but it doesn't look like I have. This is a domestic thriller/police procedural mashup about the hit-and-run killing of a five-year-old boy. Despite the fact that I figured out most of the twists ahead of time, it was still an enjoyable read. It is well-written and intriguing, even if you know the plot ahead of time. ...
Do No Harm and other New Releases

Do No Harm and other New Releases

Do No Harm, our 17-book medical thriller collection is now live in all stores! The release price of $1.99 will not last; it will be going up to $9.99 next week, so get it at the lower price while you can! Even at $9.99, this is a great deal. That's just $0.59 for each full-length thriller ...
Excerpt from Two Kinds of Truth

Excerpt from Two Kinds of Truth

I have just finished reading Michael Connelly's Two Kinds of Truth, a Harry Bosch novel. Maybe some of you are watching Bosch on Amazon. According to Wikipedia, the 2019 season was based on Two Kinds of Truth. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil it for you (assuming the tv series follows the novel.) ...
Excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods

Excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods

I have just started reading The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel, an account of a hermit who lived in the woods of Maine for almost three decades, surviving off of bold thefts from the camp and homes just a few minutes from his tent without discovery. It's interesting to hear Finkel's firsthand account of his interviews with Christopher Knight and the investigation into how he survived without any contact with humanity. ...
Excerpt from I've Got my Eyes on You

Excerpt from I’ve Got my Eyes on You

I just finished reading I've Got my Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark. The Queen of Suspense is always good for for an interesting murder mystery, and does not disappoint with this police procedural. There are plenty of suspects in this book, and while I guessed the perp early on, I still enjoyed the telling of the story ...
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