Interview: Kotaro Isaka

Thriller Fiction
Japanese crime author Kotaro Isaka

This week an interesting new crime novel from Japan will be pulling into the station. Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka is little different to most crime novels thus far translated from Japanese. Clever and sophisticated gives way to something that’s big on set-up, big on action, and populated with characters that tilt the balance more toward crazy than cultured...

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Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Horror Fiction Novel

red haired womena leaning against a tree which has been carved with marks, with a wolf nearbyWild Sign by Patricia Briggs,  CW: sexual assault, incest, infanticide, forced pregnancy, child death, graphic violence, pet death.

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs.  Anna and Charles are two of my favorite fictional people and I was excited to dive into Wild Sign. I did find it completely engrossing and compelling. I ripped through the book in about 48 hours...

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Shucked Apart by Barbara Ross

General

Shucked Apart by Barbara Ross (A Maine Clambake Mystery) The Snowden Family Clambake Company has a beloved reputation in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Almost as famous is the sleuthing ability of proprietor Julia Snowden. Two buckets of oyster seed worth $35,000, she wonders if somebody’s trying to mussel her out of business...

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Five New Books on the Horizon

Thriller Mystery Fiction

Five New Books on the Horizon,  Crime Fiction is no Laughing Matter… Or maybe it is. It happens, but all the crime novels here in our new books column this week come with a pinch of humor. Whether you’re riding the Bullet Train with a bunch of psychos in the latest crime novel from Japan...

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The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

Comedy Historical

The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson, A riveting glimpse of life and love during and after World War II—a heart-warming, touching, and thoroughly absorbing true story of a world gone by.

The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson,  In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided...

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The Cat And The Corpse In The Old Barn by Kate High

Mystery Fiction

The Cat and the Corpse in the Old Barn by Kate High, Clarice Beech has two passions in life: animal rescue and Detective Inspector Rick Beech. She is devoted to the first but she and Rick have been separated for the past six months – life without him is hard.
Clarice shares her other love, for contemporary ceramics, with the charming Lady Vita Fayrepoynt...

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The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse by Katie Ginger

Fiction General

The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse by Katie Ginger, Amelia loves her life in Paris. But with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, she has no choice but to return to the small village of Meadowbank to restore her great-aunt’s old farmhouse. However returning to Meadowbank means she has to confront her past, including old flame Adam...

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LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry

Historical Fiction Novel

Lonesome Dove  by Larry McMurtry, the novelist who put the American West on the literary map through his works, best known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Lonesome Dove, has died at the age of 84. The death was confirmed by Amanda Lundberg, a spokeswoman for the family. No cause was specified.

Lonesome Dove  by  Larry McMurtry,  Spanning a career of over f...

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Paladin’s Strength by T. Kingfisher

Mystery Fiction

Paladin’s Strength  by T. Kingfisher,   He’s a paladin of a dead god, tracking a supernatural killer across a continent. She’s a nun from a secretive order, on the trail of the raiders who burned her convent and kidnapped her sisters.

Paladin’s Strength  by T...

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The Source by Sarah Sultoon

Thriller Fiction Novel General
The Source by Sarah Sultoon front cover

The Source by Sarah Sultoon, Former CNN journalist Sarah Sultoon has won awards for covering major stories across the globe. But in her first foray into crime fiction writing she sticks closer to home. With a tale centered firmly in the British establishment, set in the late 20th century and the start of the 21st.

Marie is an assistant producer at Nine News, a nati...

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Henry Oxshott by Simon Fraser

Young Adult Mystery

Henry Oxshott by Simon Fraser, It is the 1980s. Henry Oxshott is a cat of medium intelligence, lazy but well bred. He lives in a flat which was left to him by one of his relatives who spent most of her time buying antiques and paintings which now fill the flat. He has no job, no income and is down to his last few pounds...

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The Housewife by Alex Kane

Thriller Fiction

The Housewife by Alex Kane,  Even perfect mothers have secrets…
Leah. She’s the perfect mum to ten-year-old Samuel, wife to loving husband Thomas, head of the PTA. But her closet is full of skeletons – and if the truth gets out, her world could be destroyed.
Annie. She’s the gangster’s moll with a brain...

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On the Radar: A drop of the Irish

Mystery Fiction General

On the Radar: A drop of the Irish, Scottish crime fiction is booming, Wales is getting its own national crime fiction festival and this week we’re kicking off our news column with a new novel by one of Ireland’s finest and most respected crime authors, Ken Bruen. So it seems as though crime fiction from the Celtic fringe is in rude health...

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The Dare by Lesley Kara

Thriller Fiction

The Dare by Lesley Kara,  As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.  ‘This time it’s different. She’s gone too far now.  She really has.’
When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will...

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Talk of the Town by Joan Smith

Historical Romance Mystery

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Talk of the Town by Joan Smith,  Daphne Ingleside’s visit to her Aunt Effie in London was meant to add a little spark to her placid country life. And it did—once the two women decided to write Effie’s memoirs. For Effie, a faded divorcée, had been the beauty of London in her day, and many of the ton feared their misbehavior would be disclosed.

The Duke o...

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Hop ‘Til You Drop by J.M. Griffin

Mystery Fiction

 Hop ‘Til You Drop by J.M. Griffin

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Hop ‘Til You Drop

When an Easter egg hunt becomes a crime scene, it’s up to Jules and Bun to crack the case . . .

Juliette “Jules” Bridge is devoted to rabbit rescue and rehabilitation on her beloved Fur Bridge Farm in rural New Hampshire...

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Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

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The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse front cover

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.  High up in the Swiss Alps perches Le Sommet, a luxury hotel which used to be a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. In the late-19th and early-20th centuries Switzerland had numerous sanatoria where people with long-term illnesses were sent to recover in the clean, crisp mountain air.

It is in this remote setting that British poli...

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Future Perfect by Felicia Yap

Thriller Fiction

Future Perfect by Felicia Yap,  What if today was your last day…A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer. is still at large… and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger’s worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret...

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The Missing Queen by Sally Watson

Fantasy Historical Fiction

The Missing Queen  by Sally Watson,  King Tutankhamon is dead. The possibly-divine ivory cat Nefru is still (perhaps) putting a paw into royal Egyptian affairs.  Lord Ay wants a royal wife-Tut’s widow, actually-to give him the blood-right to the throne. She flees marriage with him and finds long-lost relatives...

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A Game of Cones by Abby Collette

Mystery Fiction


            A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette

A Game of Cones by Abby Collette.  In this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!

A Game of Cones by Abby Collette, Bronwyn Crewse is delighted that Crewse Creamery, the ice cream shop her family has owned for decades, is restored to its former ...

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A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements

Historical Fiction
A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements front cover

A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements. At the centre of the intrigue in each of Rory Clements’ World War II espionage novels sit true historical events.  A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements,  Cambridge history professor Tom Wilde’s task is to step in and save the world from the iron glove of Nazi tyranny. One false move and the consequences will be lethal.

No p...

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Under the Bridge by Jack Byrne

Historical Mystery Fiction
Under the Bridge by Jack Byrne, front cover

Under the Bridge by Jack Byrne, A debut crime novel with a title echoing that of a Red Hot Chilli Peppers song. Must be set in Los Angeles, then? Nope, put all thoughts of the US aside, because this Under the Bridge refers to a part of Garston, a run down docklands area of Liverpool.

We arrive there in 2004, as developers are starting to tear down the old and repla...

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The Left Behind Bride by Mahrie Reid

Historical Fiction

The Left Behind Bride by Mahrie Reid, Maggie Conrad’s husband of ten days is sent overseas in WW1 and never comes home. A second suitor is lost at sea in Nova Scotia’s August Gale. Turning thirty, and on her own, she resolves to make a life for her herself and her younger brother, Ivan.

Against her wishes, Ivan goes to work for the rum runners and operates a ...

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Fruit Baskets and Holiday Caskets by Gayle Leeson

Mystery Fiction

Fruit Baskets and Holiday Caskets by Gayle Leeson;  Christmas comes with chaos—and a murder—in the fifth book in the Down South Café cozy mystery series!

Fruit Baskets and Holiday Caskets by Gayle Leeson;  Amy Flowers thinks her biggest problem is going to be creating an enormous cake dummy to mount atop her car for Winter Garden’s upcoming Christmas parade...

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Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison

Historical Fiction
The Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison front cover

Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison, Glasgow has a hard reputation, as anyone who has been ‘kissed’ by one of its residents will tell you.  In his first novel he takes us back to the 1930s.. The city and its denizens are at the heart of Edge of the Grave, the debut crime novel by Robbie Morrison.  Shipbuilding was still a booming industry on the Clyde...

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Float Plan by Trish Doller

Young Adult Fiction

Float Plan by Trish Doller,  Anna Beck is still grieving the death of her fiance, Ben Braithwaite, by suicide some months before the book begins. He had been fixing up a sailboat, an Alberg (as yet unnamed) and planning on sailing it from their home in Fort Lauderdale to the Turks and Caicos Islands, a journey of some 1700 nautical miles...

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Deadly Darkness by Kate Parker

Mystery Fiction

Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker

Deadly Darkness by Kate Parker, As Britain prepares for an imminent invasion, the murder of a celebrated Arctic explorer leads to the discovery of a web of Nazi spies on the south coast.

July, 1939...

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Angelino Heights by Adam Bregman

Thriller Fiction
Angelino Heights by Adam Bregman front cover

Angelino Heights by Adam Bregman, Quirky thrillers that don’t follow typical hero’s journey plotting have great appeal. You really don’t know what’s coming next. Adam Bregman’s debut thriller is one of these books, with the quirkiness intensified by the characters’ passion for the Los Angeles of decades ago...

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Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel

Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel,   “Winona Farmington once dreamed of graduating from college and moving to New York City.   Then real life got in the way and she returned to her small Michigan hometown to care for her sick mother.”

“Years later, Winnie is stuck in a dead-end job and an unsatisfying relationship...

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