Review of SHE RIDES SHOTGUN by JORDAN HARPER

HarperCollins/ECCO June 2017   Sometimes, you’ve just got to believe the hype. For the last five months, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from people I trust for Jordan Harper’s debut novel SHE RIDES SHOTGUN. Harper had already caused a stir with his short-story collection LOVE AND OTHER WOUNDS, so hopes were high for his forthcoming novel. That’s the thing about social media: when you tend to hang out with like-minded folks, everyone seems to have the same likes and dislikes that you do. We all dig the same stuff, look forward to the same books, rave about the same movies. This book was on my list, and it was just a matter of...

Review of MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz

MAGPIE MURDERS Anthony Horowitz 2017 HarperCollins Magpie Murders opens in the present day, with editor Susan Ryeland curled up in bed in her London flat. She has wine, snacks, cigarettes, and appropriate mystery-reading weather, rain. She’s settling in with the latest manuscript of the ninth Atticus Pünd mystery, Magpie Murders, written by her publisher’s highest grossing and most irascible author, Alan Conway. Four pages later, we leave Susan behind, and the Atticus Pünd mystery begins. This novel within a novel starts with a new, nearly identical title page. The difference is the author’s name — Alan Conway this time instead of Anthony...

Daniel Silva’s THE BLACK WIDOW Reviewed

THE BLACK WIDOW Daniel Silva July 12, 2016 Harper THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva, besides being an intoxicating thriller, is also a warning for Americans. While reading the book it appears that real life events mesh with fiction. The undercurrent of reality is front and center as evidenced by the author himself who wrote in the forward, “I take no pride in my prescience. I only wish that the murderous, millenarian terrorism of the Islamic State lived solely on the pages of this story.” The plot begins with ISIS detonating a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris. Gabriel Allon, the Israeli Mossad Agent poised to become the chief of...

Lauren Belfer talks about AND AFTER THE FIRE

  AND AFTER THE FIRE by Lauren Belfer intertwines history and music within a riveting mystery. The settings alternate between Berlin in the late 1700s to mid-1800s, and 2010 in New York and Germany. The plot starts with Susanna Kessler inheriting a manuscript supposedly signed by Johann Sebastian Bach. She is determined to return it to its rightful owner with the help of Dan, a Bach musical expert who is not Jewish. This journey will challenge her preconceptions about herself, her family’s history, and also offer an opportunity to finally make peace with her violent past. Intertwined with Susana’s current day story is the life of Sara...

Kimberly McCreigh’s OUTLIERS Reviewed

OUTLIERS Kimberly McCreigh Harper Collins May 3rd, 2016 OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight is the first in a series for young adults. Having changed gears from writing mysteries for adults she still maintains, in the first part of the book, her ability to draw out the different relationships between characters, including the bond between a mother and daughter. The story went from a psychological thriller that focused on grief and friendship to a conspiracy theory mystery. McCreight noted, “Writing a young adult mystery is not much different than writing an adult novel. In my adult books I had killed teenagers so to be fair and balanced I killed...