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 […]


I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

May and Libby were childhood best friends and together they created a character called Princess X. May wrote the stories about the purple katana wielding Princess X and her adventures and Libby drew the pictures. All this comes to an end when Libby and her mom pass away in a car accident. Fast forward a […]


Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

A medieval murder mystery, set in England during the reign of Henry II. After several children are murdered in Cambridge, the town blames the Jewish community, and Henry sends for a medical examiner from the medical school in Salerno, Italy, to help solve the case and restore order. The fact that the expert they send […]


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

If Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens had a baby, The Luminaries would be it. In southern New Zealand, the gold rush of 1886 is in full swing. Walter Moody, newly arrived from Scotland, walks into a hotel smoking room with twelve men who freeze upon his entry. They are in the process of trying to […]


A Separation by Katie Kitamura

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

When her mother-in-law calls to demand to know where her son is, she is not satisfied with the vague answer, “I don’t know.” But her son’s wife doesn’t know. She and her philandering husband of five years separated six months earlier with a demand from him not to tell anyone until later. They’ve had no […]


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

This book fairly reeks of gothic atmosphere and both fans of the old classics such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, as well as anyone who loves a suspenseful plot full of unexpected twists and turns will love this book. The tale is set in a haunted ruined mansion in the English countryside where biographer, […]


Death in Kashmir by M. M. Kaye

Death in Kashmir by M. M. Kaye

M.M. Kaye is best known for The Far Pavilions (which is also a terrific book!), but she also wrote a series of mysteries, all set in the locations she herself lived in during her husband’s varied military career. All are enjoyable, if typical of their era, and are comparable to Agatha Christie’s work. Kaye’s work stands […]


The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper

A polished debut offering from Australia, this really belongs in the mystery stacks. When the rain doesn’t come, when crops wither, when sheep die of thirst, and mortgage payments lapse, Aussies call it “the dry.” Adam Falk returns to his hometown farming community to attend three funerals. It appears that Luke Hadler, husband to Karen […]