Book Reviews

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The Shards Is Worth the Wait

Bret Easton Ellis’ first novel in more than a decade

By Gabino Iglesias — NPR

It’s been a dozen years since Bret Easton Ellis published a novel. And his latest, The Shards, is a narrative that came to him in 1981 — more than four decades ago — when he was a 17-year-old high school senior.

Luckily, the novel is worth the wait. Hermetic, paranoid, sleek, dark — and with brief explosions of the sex and violence that have characterized Ellis’ oeuvre — The Shards is a stark reminder that the American Psycho author is a genre unto himself.



5 Great New Mysteries and Thrillers

By Richard Lipez — The Washington Post 



5 Book Reviews You Need to Read This Week

By Dan Sheehan — Literary Hub

Our vault of virtuoso reviews this week includes James Wolcott on Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner’s Heat 2, Leah Greenblatt on Tess Gunty’s The Rabbit Hutch, Rebecca Onion on Rick Emerson’s Unmask Alice, Rob Doyle on Emmanuel Carrère’s Yoga, and Namwali Serpell on Mohsin Hamid’s The Last White Man.



12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews

By Maddie Crum — HUFFPOST



18 Book Review Pet Peeves

Common things readers are sick of seeing

By Kelly Martinez — BuzzFeed



Stacy Abrams Wrote A Thriller in Her Spare Time

By Karen Heller — The Washington Post

Stacy Abrams’s first political thriller, is set in Washington, D.C., a city where, according to her ever-evolving spreadsheet of life goals, she aspires to reside someday as president of the United States. “While Justice Sleeps,” to be published Tuesday, is Abrams’s second book to come out in less than a year.



Adam’s Witness — Book Review

By Cheryl Burman

My monthly newsletter book reviews can be found on my Reviews of what I’m Reading page.



The Beachbum Bookworm

The Cozy Mystery Wrap Up
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Best Books of 2020

By emmie

Welcome to a somewhat emotional ride through so many of my most beloved books, enjoy!!



The Best Reviewed Crime Books of June 2022 

By CrimeReads

Featuring new novels from Kristin Chen, Katie Gutierrez, Riley Sager, and more.


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a daniel beckett thriller

By Dominic Piper

5.0 out of 5 stars I’ve Read All Four Twice Now

Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2022

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Okay. This reading was even better than the first time through. Still has the same great, creepy characters, too. Lots of nasty business there. So that hasn’t changed.
Now here’s the good news and the good news:
  • First Good News: I get to start reading the four – book series all over again.
  • Second Good News: I get to, once again, look forward to reading Book Five! HINT THERE, DOMINIC!

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Lawrence Block and P.G. Wodehouse

How two prolific writers found their voices

By Michael Dirda — The Washington Post

Sometimes a reviewer just can’t wait to write about a book. Even though Lawrence Block’s memoir, “A Writer Prepares,” isn’t available till June, I was recently sent an advance proof. Quite innocently, I started reading it — and couldn’t tear myself away. So consider what follows more a preview than a review of the pleasures awaiting in its pages.



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Book Reviews by Heller McAlpin

Book Critic

Heller McAlpin is a New York-based critic who reviews books regularly for, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.



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Bookshelf Tour

By jessethereader



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David Ellis

LOOK CLOSER — Twists and Turns

Edgar winner David Ellis has long been a go-to author for involving legal thrillers that land on best-sellers lists. But novels written solely by Ellis have been missing since 2013 (“The Last Alibi”) with good reason. He has had a string of best sellers as one of James Patterson’s co-authors. And Ellis became the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District in 2014.



David Ellis

LOOK CLOSER — The Perfect Mix

I have long enjoyed the work of David Ellis, both as a collaborator and individual author. His work evokes a sense of thinking and complete ‘buy in’ that I have found in few authors whose stories I read of late. Ellis combines a powerful writing style with great plot development to create the perfect mix for the reader who loves crime thrillers.





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a daniel beckett thriller

By Dominic Piper

5.0 out of 5 stars  Second Time Through

Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2022

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This reading was even better than my first reading. Some great and weird and funny characters in this one — just like in all of Dominic’s other ones. I’m still hoping for Book Number Five. Maybe a film series. Wouldn’t that be fun binge-watching about 30 or 40 episodes?

Cheers and Happy Reading!

At First Light

Reviewed By Sandra Dallas — The Denver Post

Tough Chicago detective Adrianne “Addie” Bisset is called in when police discover a body on the grimy banks of the Calumet River. This isn’t your garden-variety killing. The victim is laid out in a ritualistic style. His legs are impaled with wooden stakes, and carved bones radiate from his head. Even more ominous, he was bashed in the head, his throat cut, and there is a noose around his neck. Any of the three could have caused his death.



Get Reader Reviews Now to Drive Sales Later

By Mike O’Mary 



Getting Book Reviews

By Joanna Penn — The Creative Penn

Book reviews are important for social proof as well as getting marketing opportunities like BookBub placement, for mining quotes for ad copy, and understanding how your author brand is perceived. But how do you get reviews, especially if you’re just starting out?



Homecoming Heist — Book Review

Reviewed By The Prairies Book Review

When another deal goes haywire, the hapless real estate developer Bo knows he must find a way to keep the bank from taking him down. 



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Killers of a Certain Age

Review by Maureen Corrigan — The WashingtonPost

The women in ‘Killers of a Certain Age’ are no coastal grandmothers.

In Deanna Raybourn’s thriller ‘Killers of a Certain Age,’ four assassins on the brink of retirement get a chance to show their stuff one more time



Martin Edwards’s The LIfe of Crime

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By Michael Dirda — The Washington Post

Start reading this history of the detective story — from Poe to P.D. James — and you’ll soon find it hard to follow my heartfelt advice: Slow down and space out the book’s 724 pages so that you can enjoy it for more than a few days.



Lisa’s Book Critiques

Sharing Books and Authors, with an Emphasis on Mysteries

Reviews by Lisa Holstine



The Lincoln Highway Joyride

With four kids in an old Studebaker, Amor Towles takes readers on a real joyride

Reviews by Heller McAlpin — NPR

Four boys — three 18-year-olds who met in a juvenile reformatory, plus a brainy 8-year-old — set out from Nebraska in June, 1954, in an old Studebaker in pursuit of a better future. 



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Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache Books

These dark detective novels are really about ethics and hope

By Aja Romano — VOX


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Catherine Raven — Fox & I

An uncommon friendship

Reviewed By Barbara J. King — NPR

Friendship Between A Woman And A Fox Leads To Transformation

In an isolated mountain valley in Montana, Catherine Raven and a wild red fox meet, take each other’s measure, and gradually become friends.

This summary of Raven’s nature memoir may seem to hint at a simple story. On the contrary, Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship is a multi-layered exploration of a world in which humans honor rather than dominate nature.



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The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order

How the neoliberal order triumphed — and why it’s now crumbling

Reviewed by Mario Del — The Washington Post

A “political order,” U.S. historian Gary Gerstle writes, “is meant to connote a constellation of ideologies, policies and constituencies that shape American politics in ways that endure beyond the two-, four-, and six-year election cycles.” The New Deal met that definition from the 1930s to the 1970s, and neoliberalism, he asserts, did so from the 1970s to the 2010s, when it began to splinter after the war in Iraq and the economic crash of 2008.



They Only Wear Black Hats

By Edward Izzi


A taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns . . .

Edward Izzi’s latest thriller features the sharp, gutsy Detective Mike Palazzola of Detroit’s Third Precinct embroiled in a serial killing investigation. 



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What to Read This Spring

Reviews by Harlan Coben — TODAY

Harlan Coben joins TODAY to recommend books to read this spring and to talk about his new book, “Win.” He discusses “Heaven’s A Lie,” by Wallace Stroby, “The Beauty of Living Twice,” by Sharon Stone, and more.



The Woman in the Library

Reviewed by Doreen Sheridan — Criminal Element

Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.


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