Review – Green Girls: A Novel of Suspense by Michael Kimball

Green Girls opens with Jacob Winter, pseudo-novelist and expert carpenter, waking up in a jail cell. He’s told that he assaulted his former psychiatrist and his wife’s boss. Jacob recalls some events of the previous night, but no assault. Told that his wife has left his car in front of the police station, packed with Read More

Review – Traps by Paul Lindsay

Banter between lead characters, a look at office politics and FBI procedures and the discovery of an unlikely hero all make Traps, the latest novel by FBI veteran Paul Lindsay, an enjoyable read. FBI explosives expert Jack Kincade is a loser in many respects, but there is a sense of decency about him. Ben Alton, Read More

Review – Bubbles in Trouble by Sarah Strohmeyer

If I hadn’t been asked to review Bubbles in Trouble I wouldn’t have considered reading it. The title alone turned me off. The book jacket is pink, blue and yellow with a pair of spike-heeled leopard print shoes and a water pistol emitting yellow bubbles. My first thought was that it was a book about Read More

Review – Gray Matter by Gary Braver

Do intelligent people have better lives? Do more opportunities come their way? Do they get into better schools? If you could give your child straight white teeth, would you? If your child needed plastic surgery to be accepted on the playground, would you have it done? If your child were falling behind in the classroom, Read More

Review – Still Lake by Anne Stuart

Still Lake, the newest romantic mystery from Vermont writer Anne Stuart, is a fast-paced novel centered around three 20-year-old murders. Of the 60-plus novels Stuart has written, this is the only one set in her hometown of Greensboro, Vt. Stuart works in three genres: historical romance, romantic suspense, and series romance. All have similar elements, Read More

Review – Killer Waves: A Lewis Cole Mystery by Brendan DuBois

Killer Waves is the fourth novel in the Lewis Cole mystery series by New Hampshire native Brendan DuBois. Its premise comes from an article DuBois saw in the Boston Globe a few years ago about a German submarine brought to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at the end of World War II containing uranium for a nuclear Read More

Review – Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

Fans and first-timers to Janet Evanovich, the nationally bestselling mystery writer who lives in New Hampshire, will find the eighth Stephanie Plum novel, Hard Eight, great entertainment. Stephanie Plum is Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter. She’s not the best at what she does, but she provides lots of entertainment for the local police department. Read More

Review – Sitting Up with the Dead: A Storied Journey through the American South by Pamela Petro

Sitting Up with the Dead is a travelogue and journal of writer Pamela Petro’s trips through the southern states to find storytellers willing to share tales of the Old South. In the prologue, Petro explains the spark for this novel. It was a kneejerk reaction she had to a line Tony Horowitz wrote in Confederates Read More

Review – The Disappearing Body by David Grand

David Grand’s second novel, The Disappearing Body, is an intriguing, well-written piece of 1930s crime fiction. It’s a tale of murder, union busting, corruption and chaos on both sides of the law. It has everything you would expect in a post-Prohibition crime story set in fictionalized New York City: busty beautiful women, crooked newspapermen, grizzled Read More

Review – First Light: The First Ever Brady Coyne and J.W. Jackson Novel by Philip R. Craig

First Light is an entertaining collaboration between two crime novelists who know Martha’s Vineyard well. It is a slow-paced novel but a quick read if you don’t get confused by which character is narrating. The first-person narration alternates between the two protagonists for the entire book. Their voices are similar, and a few times I Read More