The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Why are so many fantasy and science fiction novels set in Victorian England? Could it be that there were so many changes to the society brought about by new science and technical discoveries?  Nathaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the British government. His home is a tiny room where, one day when he awakens, there […]


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

For as long as Alice can remember, she and her mother have kept on the move. Never staying in one place too long; always trying to outrun the inexplicable bad luck that seems to follow them everyone. After Alice’s grandmother, the author of a dark and twisted fairy tale book with cult following, dies on […]


The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

There is a tiny Jewish community in Stockholm. When one of the community’s preschool teachers is shot dead by a sniper outside the school building; and when a few hours later, two ten-year-old boys are reported missing, police detectives Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman think at first that there’s a killer/kidnapper terrorist targeting Jews. The […]


Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Why this offering from Australian crime writer Jane Harper is not cataloged as mystery, I haven’t a clue (pun intended). There’s a cold case, a serial killer, a missing person, a couple of bodies and a couple of detectives. There’s a complex but linear plot and a nice cast of characters (read: those with motive). […]


The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

If you’re looking for a well-written, intricately plotted mystery/thriller, this one’s for you. I couldn’t put it down and inhaled it in two days, choosing this over all other kinds of entertainment. It’s gripping and tense and I dare you to predict all the twists and turns the story takes. The atmosphere is decidedly noirish […]


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This book has been described as “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars” and I couldn’t agree more. When Simon, the creator of the school’s gossip app, mysteriously dies in detention, the police are suspicious of everyone who was also in detention that day. Bronwyn – the Ivy league bound valedictorian Addy – the pretty, […]


Confessions by Kanae Minato

Confessions by Kanae Minato

Revenge can have a long shelf life, and often leads to all sorts of unintended consequences. This twisty and often disturbing tale is full of surprises, revealed in the successive confessions of the protagonists involved in the murder of a middle school teacher’s four-year-old daughter. Minato starts slowly and then gradually intensifies the suspense. She’s […]


The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Scared straight. After reading this horrifying, twisting, mystical story, I would NEVER do anything to land in a Juvenile Detention Facility though the crimes don’t define the characters (everyone is innocent, of course). Or they do (everyone is guilty, of course). The intersection of truth and memory is slowly revealed by the teenage girls who […]


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Junior librarian, Lazlo Strange, knows many stories, but only one story fills his dreams both at night and every spare waking moment. This is the story of Weep. A city not only lost to the desert for over 200 years, but a city that has also lost its very name. Nobody can remember its true […]


Night Film: a novel by Marisha Pessl

Night Film: a novel by Marisha Pessl

If you’re looking for the novelistic equivalent of film noir, this is the book for you. Unexpected twists, great storytelling, interesting characters and amazing graphic artifacts make this a visual and narrative pleasure. Pessl tells the story of a disgraced journalist’s attempt to find out why the daughter of legendary (fictional) horror film director, Stanislas […]