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Five Great New Mysteries and Thrillers
to Look Forward to This Spring

By Richard Lipez — The Washington Post 



12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews

By Maddie Crum — HUFFPOST



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.



Best Books of 2020

By emmie

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



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.



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.



Book Reviewers Wanted

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Bookshelf Tour

By jessethereader



The Crew Reviews

go behind the scenes with the world’s best storytellers




By Emma B. Books

Check ’em out. There must be thousands!



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?



How to Get Those First Reviews

By Farrow Communications



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. 



Los Angeles Review of Books — LARB



The Naked Sun — Book Review

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The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov reviewed by Megan Darragh.




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Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache Books

These dark detective novels are really about ethics and hope

By Aja Romano — VOX



The Prairies Book Review

first-rate editorial book reviews for indie authors and small publishers

The Prairies Book Review Submit your book at our website to get a review.



The Real Book Spy

Book Reviews

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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. 



Union Square Review

Not All Book Reviews Are Created Equal


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.




By Adam James

Red Widow

By Alma Katsu

An exhilarating spy thriller written by an intelligence veteran about two women CIA agents whose paths become intertwined around a threat to the Russia Division — one that’s coming from inside the agency.

Lyndsey Duncan worries her career with the CIA might be over. After lines are crossed with another intelligence agent during an assignment, she is sent home to Washington on administrative leave. So when a former colleague–now Chief of the Russia Division–recruits her for an internal investigation, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Lyndsey was once a top handler in the Moscow Field Station, where she was known as the “human lie detector” and praised for recruiting some of the most senior Russian officials. But now, three Russian assets have been exposed–including one of her own–and the CIA is convinced there’s a mole in the department. With years of work in question and lives on the line, Lyndsey is thrown back into life at the agency, this time tracing the steps of those closest to her.

Meanwhile, fellow agent Theresa Warner can’t avoid the spotlight. She is the infamous “Red Widow,” the wife of a former director killed in the field under mysterious circumstances. With her husband’s legacy shadowing her every move, Theresa is a fixture of the Russia Division, and as she and Lyndsey strike up an unusual friendship, her knowledge proves invaluable. But as Lyndsey uncovers a surprising connection to Theresa that could answer all of her questions, she unearths a terrifying web of secrets within the department, if only she is willing to unravel it….


My Review:  Smoke and Mirros

January 18, 2022

“Don’t be a chump: it’s all smoke and mirrors. And has been since day one.” — Alma Katsu

This excellently crafted story will have you guessing from page one, and keep you guessing throughout.

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


Face of Murder

A Zoe Prime Mystery—Book 2

By Blake Pierce

FBI Special Agent Zoe Prime suffers from a rare condition which also gives her a unique talent—she views the world through a lens of numbers. The numbers torment her, make her unable to relate to people, and give her a failed romantic life—yet they also allow her to see patterns that no other FBI agent can see. Zoe keeps her condition a secret, ashamed, in fear her colleagues may find out.

When women are found murdered, their bodies branded with mysterious numbers, outside Washington, D.C., the FBI, stumped, calls in Special Agent Zoe Prime to decipher the mathematical riddle and find the serial killer.

Yet the numbers make no sense. Are they a pattern? A formula?

Or do they have no meaning at all?


My Review:  By the Numbers!

January 1, 2022

The only way Zoe and Shelley can make any sense out of this one is to follow the numbers. Only everything is ass backwards. The more they figure, the crazier it gets. And in the end, its another cliff-hanger.

Another exciting ride on the Synesthesia Express.

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


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The Crime Beat

Episode one: New York

By A.C. Fuller

A brilliant reporter, haunted by her husband’s death . . .

A disgraced cop, tangled in a web of lies . . .

Two unlikely heroes. One unthinkable crime.

Perched on the soft tar of a New York City rooftop, a mysterious sniper fires a single round from a fifty caliber rifle. Five stories below, his target collapses on the marble steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dead.

Crime reporter Jane Cole needs this story badly. Suspended NYPD cop Robert Warren is desperate to clear his name. They don’t trust each other, but they make the perfect team. And as Cole and Warren track the killer, they uncover a plot so ruthless it shocks the conscience, a crime so expansive it will rock the world.


My Review:  No Way Out!

December 26, 2021

An unlikely duo are thrown together in conflict and animosity. But a sudden assassination changes everything. Just when they think it’s all figured out, the bottom falls out.

Now there’s no way out!

This first Crime Beat eBook is FREE on Amazon!

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


Razorblade Tears

By S.A. Cosby

A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.


My Review:  Don’t Miss it!

December 25, 2021

We live in multiple worlds. Same planet. Same timeframe. But different worlds defined by race, sex, sexuality, education, income, literacy and religion. Yet we’re all humans.

It’s strange. Buddy Lee and Ike are finding out just how strange in their pursuit of truth, justice and retribution. What starts out as bad business quickly turns personal. And that means there’s no end to it.

This fantastic story is one strange trip. It’s one you don’t want to miss.

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


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A Trace of Death

A Keri Locke Mystery — Book 1

By Blake Pierce

Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles.

A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be ignored. Yet something about the mother’s voice strikes a chord, and Keri decides to investigate.

What she finds shocks her.


My Review:  Another Winner!

December 22, 2021

Poor Keri has a very rough time of it. But she makes the most of it. She’s a real inspiration.

This first Keri Locke eBook is FREE on Amazon!

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


FREE on Amazon Kindle


The Making of Riley Paige

By Blake Pierce

Watching — The Making of Riley Paige is book #1 in the psychological thriller series.

22 year old psychology major—and aspiring FBI agent—Riley Paige finds herself in a battle for her life as her closest friends on campus are abducted and killed by a serial killer. She senses that she, too, is being targeted—and that if she is to survive, she must apply her brilliant mind to stop the killer herself.

When the FBI hits a dead end, they are impressed enough by Riley’s keen insight into the killer’s mind to allow her to help. Yet the killer’s mind is a dark, twisted place, one too diabolical to make sense of, and one that threatens to bring Riley’s fragile psyche crashing down. In this deadly game of cat and mouse, can Riley survive unscarred?


My Review:  Meet Riley Paige!

December 16, 2021

When murder and violence surrounds Riley Paige, she learns her lesson well, graduates from college and discovers her hidden talent for psychological profiling. Blake Pierce has developed another great character. Now there’s a total of seventeen books featuring Riley.

This first Riley Page eBook is FREE on Amazon!

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


FREE on Amazon Kindle

Face of Death

A Zoe Prime Mystery—Book 1

By Blake Pierce

FBI Special Agent Zoe Prime suffers from a rare condition which also gives her a unique talent—she views the world through a lens of numbers.

The numbers torment her, make her unable to relate to people, and give her a failed romantic life—yet they also allow her to see patterns that no other FBI agent can see. Zoe keeps her condition a secret, ashamed, in fear her colleagues may find out.

Yet when a serial killer strikes across the Midwest, strangling women in remote places and seemingly at random, Zoe, for the first time, is stumped. Is there a pattern? Can there be no pattern at all?

Or is this killer as obsessed with numbers as she is?


My Review:   A World of Numbers!

December 5, 2021

FBI Special Agent Zoe Prime sees things that others can’t. Things invisible to normal people. She sees numbers and calculations everywhere. This is her secret. She lives in a world of mathematics. Synesthesia turns clues into visual numbers into facts in her head. And she’s on the spectrum, just a little bit.

Fibonacci Sequence 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34

This is a captivating read. Enjoy!

This first Zoe Prime eBook is FREE on Amazon!

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James


The Grifter’s Daughter

By Duane Lindsay


Dani Silver doesn’t have to imagine. She just did it. And she’s got big plans for her share of that million in cash she and her father scammed from her billionaire fiancé (although strictly speaking, that might make him her ex-fiancé.)

Now she’s going to run her own operation—a long con, a dying art currently practiced by only a few old-timers. Fortunately, she learned from the best con man still living, as he’s happy to remind Dani . . . often — Leroy “Pops” Amadeus Logan, who happens to be her pops.


My Review:   The Long Con

November 30, 2021

If you’re interested in the ins and outs of the “Long Con,” here’s your chance to find out more than you thought possible. This excellent first-person narrative is told in the voice of Dani, the conman’s daughter. Here you will learn about the following:

  • Long Con
  • Razzle
  • Big Store
  • Lottery-Letter-Scam
  • Flash Roll
  • Carrie Watson
  • St. Dismas

Enjoy the read and keep your hand on your wallet . . . just so we know where you keep it.

Happy Reading!
Adam James


Wired In

a paradise crime thriller — book one

By Toby Neal

Paradise has no protection from a hacker with a hidden agenda. What would you do to uncover a deadly conspiracy?

MMA fighting computer hacker Special Agent Sophie Ang catches a child kidnapping case that twists her heart with memories from her past. Meanwhile, her rogue data analysis program identifies a pattern that leads her into a cat-and-mouse game online with a deadly vigilante whose motives are unclear.


My Review:   A Masterful Job

November 17, 2021

This one’s got it all: action, villains and a super plot that moves right along. You’ll be glad you started this one. And here’s the best news: First, there’s a whole bunch more books of Sophie’s adventures. Second, there’s dogs in all of ’em.

Can’t beat that with a stick.

Happy Reading!
Adam James


Winter Falls

jimmy blue series book 1

By Ian W. Sainsbury

They murdered his parents, shot him in the head, and left him to die. They should have made sure.

Twenty years after Tom Lewis watched his parents die, those responsible are being killed. One by one.

Gentle, brain-damaged Tom, a giant of a man who can barely speak, can’t be responsible for their deaths. Can he?

When Tom Lewis was shot, something new was created. Something unique. Something deadly. Something patient enough to plan revenge for twenty long years.

Meet Jimmy Blue.


My Review:   Can’t Put it down!

November 9, 2021

Well written. Moves right along. Great characters — especially Tom and Jimmy Blue. Great action and suspense. The best news is that there are even  more books in this series. 

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James

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