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The Dark Wives

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Written with her customary finesse, this is an author that always proves impeccable. With this, a typically densely-plotted, engrossing mystery, and #11 in the Vera series, we are back with all our favorite characters, and a new one to size up, at the same time. As DI Vera Stanhope…

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Death at the Sign of the Rook

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Peppered with the author's signature dry (and often laugh-out-loud) humour, this is PI Jackson Brodie, former cop and always wise guy, at his most unflappable. Hired to track a stolen painting, lifted from a country estate by a mysterious woman who just may have many more crimes up her…

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Knife River

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An unrelenting read that works its way deep inside your head, leaving thoughts and impressions that have lingered with this reader, beyond the page. Knife River, a small town in NY, based in a valley between two forests, is the setting for this atmospheric tale of sisters tormented by…

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The Blood Promise

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Darkly themed, this Scottish crime story is brutal, intense, and layered with police procedural details that ring with authenticity. DC Jazzy Solanki, β€” recently demoted from Sergeant to her new lowly rank on the D-team, has lived through some hard times. Still suffering from the effects of her traumatic…

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Garden Girl

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An engrossing, engaging and comfy (more so than cozy) story, set in gorgeous Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where small-town charm, coastal ocean views, and the singularities of island life provide the perfect backdrop to a complex mystery. Detective Gordie Maclean is fifty-three years old, a police veteran with the…

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The Main Character

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A clever and turbulent story, paced largely by: an achingly slow character-driven build; a plot-driven puzzle that surfaces early, is tweaked and dangled and kept alive with tiny tantalizingly hidden clues (very much solvable, if the reader sticks with it); and a supremely chaotic, crazily consistent ending. Our story…

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The Graveyard Killings

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Gritty and dark, this fourth installment in the Yorkshire Murders series is my first by this author, working well as a stand-alone read. With shades of Ian Rankin, this is a world of drug lords and bosses, rival gangs and enforced loyalties, haves and have-nots, the universally-suffering arm of…

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Listen For The Lie

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An unputdownable thriller, creatively centering on a true-crime podcast, a cold-case mystery, and a totally captivating nasty-but-nice heroine. Lucy Chase is almost thirty, - a beautiful, sarcastic, darkly hilarious, tough-as-nails loner who is used to being on the outside looking in. On the very outside, that is, - as…

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House of Glass

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An edge of your seat thriller that has it all - a creepy mansion occupied by a strange and repressed family; a child, old before her time, who is truly unsettling; a murder (maybe?) tied to a mystery; and a first person POV heroine who is female, authentic and…

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What We Buried

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« I’m always so pleased to discover a fantastic and new (to me) Canadian author, and particularly one in the legal/mystery space. This intricate and haunting story, involves two contemporary murders, based in Toronto, Canada, as well as war-time atrocities and the wounds left behind on a global and historical…

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