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.

Ashton Hall

She confronts what mothers throughout history have had to do

My Wife is Missing

A family vacation turns into a nightmare

Edge of Dusk

Her life changed the night her sister was kidnapped

Augusta Hawke

Staring out the windows for inspiration means she notices things

The Children on the Hill

Monsters are real—and one of them is her very own sister

The Drowning Sea

Secrets, crime, and village politics are woven through this seaside community

Black Tide

It was just another day at the beach, and then the world ended

Peril at the Exposition

She must venture to Chicago’s streets to learn what happened

Devil's Ride West

Hiding by day, he begins to unravel the mystery of the deaths

From Bad to Cursed

Someone is sabotaging the celebrations leading up to the Beltane festival

Snowstorm in August

Central Park is buried under tons of snow; only it’s not snow, it’s cocaine

Death by Beach Read

They find the dead body of a man they don’t recognize in their kitchen

Rotten To The Core

A second cider-related murder takes place

The Island

An accident propels them from an unsettling situation into a nightmare

One of the Girls

It was supposed to be the perfect weekend away

The Grief of Stones

He has stumbled over a scandal of the city—the foundling girls

Dear Little Corpses

The reality of separation becomes more desperate and more deadly


She’ll try to save her herself from the ghost of her mother-in-law

Should I Fall

A complex murder plot with multiple victims

Beneath Cruel Waters

The sins of the mothers are the sins of the sons

The Breakdown

What really happened the day of the accident?

Smile Beach Murder

When another death rocks Cattail Island, she must face her fears alone

Moment in Time

It’s been eight years since a tragic accident changed their lives forever


there is something in the house, trying to communicate with them

The Housekeeper

Who is this woman suddenly wearing her mother’s jewelry?

While the Wolf's Away

He and the Arctic wolves are seeking a new life in the wilds of Minnesota

Miss Morton and the English House Party Murder

All is not well at the estate


A seamstress carrying generations of secrets when she sets sail from Scotland

The Murder Rule

Her mother’s diaries tell about the man who abused her

Hostile Intent

He must find a way to repay the debt of honor while stopping World War III

Watch Out for Her

With hidden cameras in her home she wonders if her past caught up to her

Wild Prey

Into the lawless wilds of Myanmar, he infiltrates the compound of a warlord

Buried in a Good Book

She arrives with her daughter at her grandfather’s cabin in the woods

No Less The Devil

It’s been seventeen months since the Bloodsmith butchered his first victim

The Recruit

Darkness lurks just beneath the respectable veneer of modern life

Make Me Disappear

She had to disappear, so she arranged her own kidnapping

Cold Snap

No means of communication and grizzly bears lurking in the shadows

Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold

A mysterious plague known as the Grey grips the small village

The Younger Wife

A heart surgeon at the top of his field is getting married again

Dry Heat

He’s offered a deal: his freedom in exchange for cooperation

Where the Wandering Ends

There is no sacrifice or sin a mother wouldn’t commit to save her child

All the Queen's Men

Sometimes, it takes a Queen’s eye to see connections where no one else can

The Resting Place

She came face to face with the killer

The Homewreckers

She takes the life insurance money, buys a small house to flip

Can't Look Away

She locks eyes with the lead singer, and can’t look away

Blood Sugar

The Miami homicide detectives are not convinced of her happy marriage

In Place of Fear

She stumbles across something dark in the heart of the medical community


Dark secrets and corruption buried in Chicago’s neighborhoods