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Mystery/Thriller

Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) by Margaret Mizushima

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(Release date 9-8-2020)

Yet another great mystery starring our favorite K-9 officer Mattie Cobb and her partner Robo. This time Timber Creek is having a lot of rain and areas are starting to flood. While out checking on damaged trails in the mountains, Mattie and Robo stumble on a dead body caught up on a tree in the flood waters. The deceased is linked to a new religious sect that has moved into the area. The members dress in 19th Century attire and practice polygamy.

Continue reading “Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) by Margaret Mizushima”

Two Widows by Laura Wolfe

Two widows

3 stars

This was an easy-to-read mystery/thriller set in northern Michigan. Continue reading “Two Widows by Laura Wolfe”

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

the turn of the key

3 stars

This was a fairly good Mystery/Thriller book about a nanny left to care for 4 children in a remote Scottish Highlands “smart” house that is reportedly “haunted”. The author did an ok job of building tension, but overall, the story was a little blah. Continue reading “The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware”

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace

4 stars

This was the July book for my book club. I’ve never read this author before, but I really enjoyed his writing and will definitely read more of his books. This book is written about one fateful summer in the life of 13 year old Frank Drum who lived in New Bremen, MN in 1961. The book is told from his perspective 40 years after the events. Continue reading “Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger”

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

the night swim

4 stars (release date August 4, 2020)

This is a quick and enjoyable mystery/thriller that has a story within a story. Rachel has a true crime podcast (think “Serial”) that grew in popularity after her first season when she investigated a murder trial and found evidence that set the defendant free. Now in her third season, she is following a rape trial in real-time in the small town of Neapolis. The town is being torn apart by the rape trial of a young teenage girl by a popular teenage boy training for the Olympics. Continue reading “The Night Swim by Megan Goldin”

The Bright Lands by John Fram

the bright lands

4 stars (release date July 7, 2020)

This book is a creepy, weird mixture of mystery/suspense and horror – a combination that works surprisingly well. I couldn’t stop reading it, even though part of me didn’t want know anything more about what happens and just wanted to go on about my life. Continue reading “The Bright Lands by John Fram”

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

i killed zoe spanos

3 stars

This is a pretty good YA Mystery/Thriller about a teenager working as a nanny in the Hamptons who confesses to the murder of a young woman that she may never have met. Continue reading “I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick”

The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson

The fire in the glass

4 stars

This was a very good historical fiction fantasy book set in 1914 London about a young girl that has visions of the future but is powerless to do anything to prevent the tragedies she sees. The book immediately captured my attention and I wound up reading it in one sitting. Continue reading “The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson”

Little Whispers by K.L. Slater

little whispers

3 stars

I had high hopes for this mystery/thriller about a young family that moves to a new, tonier neighborhood in a desirable suburban town, but if fell short for me. Continue reading “Little Whispers by K.L. Slater”

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