The Male Mystery Author Cliché I Hate: All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson’s All the Beautiful Lies is a pretty good psychological thriller, but it’s also emblematic of a male mystery author trope I hate. … More The Male Mystery Author Cliché I Hate: All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson

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Honeymoons Can Be Hell: Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman

When a newly married couple experiencing financial difficulty discovers (you guessed it) something in the water on their honeymoon, chaos quickly ensues. … More Honeymoons Can Be Hell: Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman

A Twist Too Far: Into the Black Nowhere, by Meg Gardiner

This is the second book I’ve read by Meg Gardiner and it’s the second book with a serious case of too-muchness. To be fair, Into the Black Nowhere is toned down compared to its predecessor, Unsub, which introduced us to the character of Caitlin Hendrix as she faced down a serial killer who enjoys antagonizing her family … More A Twist Too Far: Into the Black Nowhere, by Meg Gardiner

I Know What You Did Last Summer Camp: The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager

I have a pet peeve about books that deliberately withhold information from the reader and then tease you with the fact of that withholding. “If she only knew what really happened that night, she’d never forgive me. [End chapter]” “I’ll always hate myself for that thing I did that I don’t want to talk about … More I Know What You Did Last Summer Camp: The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager

Jo Nesbø Reinvents Macbeth as a Gritty Procedural

The idea of reinventing Macbeth as a gritty, noir-ish procedural sounded quite interesting to me, but I confess I had a very hard time getting into this story. The opening chapters are densely populated with information about the setting, its history, the crime that takes place within it, and (curiously) the passage of a single … More Jo Nesbø Reinvents Macbeth as a Gritty Procedural

Playing With Fire, by Tess Gerritsen: Book Review

If you’ve followed my Rizzoli and Isles reviews, you know that I think Tess Gerritsen is a solid thriller writer. I haven’t liked all of the Rizzoli and Isles books but she’s good enough to keep me coming back for more again and again. This was the first non-Rizzoli and Isles book of Gerritsen’s that … More Playing With Fire, by Tess Gerritsen: Book Review

You Only Live Twice, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

“You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face.” Twelve books into Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, the strain to keep things interesting is showing. This is a Bond novel that laughably pretends rock, paper, scissors can be a high stakes game like Bond’s casino showdown with … More You Only Live Twice, by Ian Fleming: Book Review