Book Reviews



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


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!!



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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Bookshelf Tour

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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?


How to Get Those First Reviews

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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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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. 


Union Square Review

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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.


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