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Nesbo's 'The Leopard' typically riveting

I read “The Leopard” only after a friend handed it to me; it was the first of the works of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo I had encountered. Within a few short weeks, however, I had ordered the rest of Nesbo’s books on my Kindle. This is one riveting...

'I Murdered the PTA' a quirky, funny mystery

If you’ve ever sat through an excruciatingly boring PTA meeting, you’ll be able to relate to author Wendy Dager’s debut novel, “I Murdered the PTA — A Daphne Lee-Lee Misadventure.” Daphne Lee-Lee is not your typical PTA mom. She is something of a...

Eisler’s ‘Detachment’ packed with action

One of the best surprises in the international intrigue genre during the past decade was the creation of the John Rain series by ex-CIA operative Barry Eisler. He created a Japanese-American character who basically kills with his hands and feet and...

Authors put own twists on Sherlock Holmes

With the release of the next “Sherlock Holmes” movie nearing, a fantastic new book, “A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon,” gives a bit of new life to the famed master detective’s impeccable reputation. Holmes, the fictional...

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' a great Christmas read

It’s never too early for a sweet Christmas tale, and author Susan May Warren has written a lovely holiday story with her latest book, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside." Frost, Minn., hasn't had a blizzard in a while, but in 1949 one is on its way, and five...

Sandman Slim returns to The Underworld in 'Aloha From Hell'

Author Richard Kadrey returns to his popular and irreverent “Sandman Slim” series with his latest novel, “Aloha From Hell,” and once again he takes his readers on a wild roller coaster ride through the scenic streets of Downtown, aka The Underworld...

Author wraps up faery series with 'The Iron Knight'

Hard days are few for faeries, but for Ash, every day seems to be pretty rough lately. As a prince of the fey Winter Court, Ash cannot be with his true love, Meghan Chase, the queen of the Iron Court. To enter her world would result in his death. So...

Friends reconnect in touching 'Falling Together'

Charlotte Bronte once said, “If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.” It's been six years since Pen Calloway has been in touch with her close college friends, Cat and Will...

'Cooking School' challenges kitchen chickens

Do you have fuzzy green mysteries lurking in your refrigerator? Are the spices in your cabinets as old as the hills? Then you may be afraid of your kitchen. But Kathleen Flinn can help. A writer from Seattle, Flinn was fortunate to study at Le...

‘Choke Hold’ packed with sex, violence, suspense

It’s been more than three years since Christa Faust’s first crime-noir novel, “Money Shot,” appeared on the scene as a Hard Case Crime original publication. That novel told me that Faust was a talent worth keeping an eye on, as was her lead...

Rita Mae Brown takes murder mystery to the dogs

Murder is going to the dogs in mysteries lately, and one of the most recent releases proves that a smart pet can be a great ally when it comes to solving crimes. Best-selling author Rita Mae Brown is known for her cat-centric series featuring Mrs...