Behind Closed Doors by Elizabether Haynes

Harper Collins 03/31/2015 Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes brings back the Major Crime detective team headed by DCI Louisa Smith. As in all of Haynes’ books she explores hard-hitting themes where the main character tries to gain control over her life. This police procedural deals with the subject of human trafficking, as the author looks at the dark side of humanity. The story starts with the abduction of fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford while she is on vacation with her parents and sister on the Greek island of Rhodes. Unlike Haynes’ previous books Scarlett is not perceived as a sympathetic figure from the very beginning of the...

MURDER BOY by Bryon Quertermous

Polis Books March 31, 2015 You can see the finish line. You can see the end result of your hard work and dedication to craft. It’s right over there. Just over that line. Look. See it? Yeah. It’s right in the hand of your professor. All he has to do, is sign that thesis form. Yeah. Sign that form, man. Sign it, and your dreams of becoming a professional writer are a reality. But what would you do if the sonofabitch just WON’T SIGN IT? You can’t reason with him because he won’t talk to you about it. He’s just a snob who looks down on your being a crime writer. He doesn’t respect you or what you write. He thinks everyone should write literary...

EMPIRE RISING by Rick Campbell

Empire Rising Rick Campbell St. Martin’s Press Feb. 24, 2015 Empire Rising by Rick Campbell is a riveting military thriller. He uses his personal experience as a retired Navy Commander to write an authentic story regarding submarine warfare. This novel is written in such a way that those who want a gripping story will enjoy it as well as those who want to know about the latest weapon systems. There is a great balance between a good plot, well-developed characters, and a discussion of different weapons. Campbell explained, “I made a conscious decision to balance the level of detail with the most crucial aspect of a thriller, the pace. Many...

February Fever by Jess Lourey

Midnight Ink February 2015   Mira James has had an unbelievable year. She moved from the big city of Minneapolis to small town Battle Lake in outstate Minnesota last May. Since then she has discovered dead bodies every month. Every. Month. Jess Lourey’s latest Murder by Month book staring Mira, FEBRUARY FEVER, takes place in, well, February. That makes at least 9 dead bodies that Mira has stumbled upon since May. She realizes that this is getting a little strange and cringes when she has to flip the calendar to a new month. A new month means the potential for finding a new stiff. Mira developed a serious crush on local eye-candy Johnny...

NOT EVEN PAST By Dave White

Polis Books 2015 Life is filled with “what ifs.” What if… you had turned left instead of right on the way to work this morning? Would you still have gotten into that fender bender? What if you ordered a burger instead of fish for dinner? Would you have avoided that stomach bug that’s been going around? What if What if… What if your fiancé hadn’t died in that car accident after all? What if she not only lived, but has been on the run for the last six years, and you didn’t know it? Yeah, that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach is exactly what ex-cop, ex-private eye Jackson Donne is feeling as he hits “play” on an email link that he...

WINTERSWIM by Ryan W. Bradley

WINTERSWIM Ryan W. Bradley 2014 Civil Coping Mechanisms The best noir is the kind that gets under your skin and makes you feel profoundly uncomfortable. Author Ryan W. Bradley does exactly that in Winterswim, and he pulls it off with a unique narrative set in Alaska that brings together familial tensions, murder, drugs, a touch of folklore, and the kind of religious angle that delves deep into the extreme kind of lethal fanaticism that thrives in the interstitial space between powerful faith and utter insanity. Pastor Sheldon Long had a bizarre life story. He was born in the woods and grew up in a secluded cabin with no electricity or...