The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

A new psychological mystery offering from one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors. Cool, cerebral Inspector Sejer sits in his office interviewing Ragna Riegel, middle-aged, dowdy perpetrator of a horrendous crime. Ragna is the eponymous whisperer. Her vocal chords were damaged in a botched surgery when she was younger. She lives her life in a […]


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

The prestigious Ellingham Academy only accepts the best. You don’t just have to be bright; you have be exceptional. The school was created by Albert Ellingham in his remote Vermont mansion. He strongly believed that learning should be a game and developed a school that reflected his beliefs. Tragedy struck in the early days of […]


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

When Jessica Farris sneaks into a psychological study about morality all she’s looking for is some quick and easy extra income. What she finds instead expands and diverts her life in ways she never would have expected, but is the study everything it seems to be? And can the seemingly calm Dr. Shields really be […]


An Elderly Lady is up to No Good by Helene Tursten

An Elderly Lady is up to No Good by Helene Tursten

Meet Maud. She’s a spunky octogenarian you don’t want to annoy. Her solution to being annoyed is to get rid of the offender. She is diabolically clever, thorough, and completely untroubled by a conscience. Maud is a classic example of a murderous, sociopathic, narcissistic little old lady. Very spry (able to climb the scaffold outside […]


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Historical fiction meets fantasy in this story of travel, adventure and friendship during the Victorian era. Merrick Tremayne, a botanist injured while smuggling opium for the East India Company, is sent by them to Peru to steal shoots from the “quinine tree” so that the Company will have its own supply. Merrick finds forests full […]


Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Golly, there are a lot of murders in Kembleford! And if it weren’t for clever, observant and somewhat nosy Father Brown of St. Mary’s Catholic church, played by the perfectly cast Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter), not a single one of them would be solved. Charm and period quaintness (early 1950s) abound in […]


The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

It’s a very hot summer in the Swedish vacation town of Fjällbacka. Campers, golfers, boaters and tourists flock to the town to enjoy the short, sunny season. When the body of a young woman is found buried near some coastal rock formations, and then two more skeletons are found buried just below her, the tiny, […]


The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers a tense, well-paced novel set in a forested region populated mostly with vacation cabins and a few permanent homes. Detective Louise Ricks has been newly appointed to head the Special Search Team–a missing persons task force that also handles cases with unidentified victims. Her first case turns out to be […]


Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion

I must be a glutton for punishment. On the coldest day in decades (-21 degrees, not a windchill number!), I dive into an Icelandic murder mystery.  The oblivion referred to in the title is the vast, empty, ice-filled expanses of the country so far north that in winter there only about 4 hours of gloomy […]


The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A record-setting heat wave in England in 1976 sets all the neighbors’ nerves on end. Gracie and Tilly, ten year olds who lives on The Avenue, watch the adults, closely following their reactions to the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy  from Number Eight. Mrs. Creasy was well-liked; everyone told her their secrets.  Now the neighbors are […]