Book Reviews

Reviews of new and upcoming books in the mystery, thriller, horror, crime, and suspense genres. Our editorial staff and reviewers choose which titles to review. All reviews meet standards of notability.

Gated Prey

A simple sting operation takes a violent and unexpected turn

Wolf Point

Corruption is rife on the streets of Chicago

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Neither realize to what lengths this villain is prepared to go

Fresh Brewed Murder

She finds his body in front of her coffee cart, a fatal slash across his neck

The Great Mrs. Elias

Hounded by the salacious press after a murder changes everything

In the Company of Witches

For 400 years, the Warren witches have used their magic for good

One More Kill

Their one purpose: to bring down the ruthless and elusive serial killer

Getaway With Murder

A killer on the loose and the lodge’s reputation hanging in the balance

The World Played Chess

Working alongside two Vietnam vets, he gets the education of a lifetime

You Can Run

“We have your son.” It’s the call that’s every parent’s nightmare.

Trial and Error

He uncovers clues that could bring him closer to the daughter he lost

A Flicker in the Dark

six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town

The Midnight Lock

He investigates in secret to untangle the mysteries behind the killer

The Family Plot

Horrifying secrets are exposed upon the discovery of another body in his grave

The Bookbinder’s Daughter

The mysteries of the library deepen when she stumbles upon the door

Velvet Was the Night

They can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives

The House of Hidden Secrets

She never imagined her new home would be an ancient mansion

The Lincoln Highway

He returns to Nebraska after serving a year for involuntary manslaughter

Hypnosis Is for Hacks

She has traded a career as a sham medium for a (relatively) respectable life

The Missing Hours

The whole city is trying to piece together the hours of that terrible night

Murder at Mallowan Hall

She must determine which of the Mallowans’ guests is the killer

Dark Night

A battered woman stumbles into the bar, and her husband is found dead

As the Wicked Watch

There’s a serial killer on the loose, and he’s hiding in plain sight

Mummy’s Little Secret

Four little words can end a life

Chasing the Boogeyman

The mutilated bodies of missing girls turn up in a small Maryland town

The Madness of Crowds

As sides are declared, a madness takes hold

A Terrible Fall of Angels

Angels walk among us, but so do other unearthly beings

A Different Dawn

For nearly thirty years a serial killer has been hiding in plain sight

These Toxic Things

A dead woman’s cherished trinkets become pieces to a terrifying puzzle

The Orphan Witch

With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all

Last Seen Alive

The missing victims are crying out for justice that only she can deliver

The Falling Girls

One of the cheerleaders dies under mysterious circumstances

The Unwelcome Guest

She had the perfect marriage, until her mother-in-law moved in

Gone for Good

He murdered seven women, binding them and leaving them for dead

1979

The year started badly and only got worse

Miss Kopp Investigates

These sisters put their unique detective skills to use in new and daring ways

Betrayal on the Bowery

Not all that glitters is gold from the city’s sanctuaries to its meanest streets

Billy Summers

He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business

Survival

A virus cycles out of control and changes the world

Mastermind

A mysterious electrical storm plunges Manhattan into darkness

Strength Under Fire

A veteran fights a dangerous terrorist group that has come after his boss

Paper & Blood

A master of rare magic solving an uncanny mystery in Scotland

The Cottage

Whoever is outside isn’t going away, and the nightmare is just beginning

It’s a Wonderful Woof

Chased through a Christmas Eve blizzard by a murderous foe

The Not Quite Perfect Murderer

A London gangster brings terror and murder to Bath

Stranded

Eight people arrive on the island, ready for the challenge of a lifetime

The Corpse Flower

A Danish journalist digs deep to uncover a web of lies

Vanishing Edge

Bad things happen in the wilderness, and sometimes they’re not accidents