Category: Mystery

Showcase: Pistols and Petticoats by Erika Janik

Showcase: Pistols and Petticoats by Erika Janik

A lively exploration of the struggles faced by women in law enforcement and mystery fiction for the past 175 years

In 1910, Alice Wells took the oath to join the all-male Los Angeles Police Department. She wore no uniform, carried no weapon, and kept her badge stuffed in her pocketbook. She wasn’t the first or only policewoman, but she became the movement’s most visible voice.

Police work from its very beginning was considered a male domain, far too dangerous and rough for a respectable woman to even contemplate doing, much less take on as a profession…






Review + Giveaway: War Hawk by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood

Review + Giveaway: War Hawk by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood

Tucker Wayne’s past and present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She’s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist-a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government.

From the haunted swamplands of the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and his beloved war dog, Kane, must work together to discover the truth behind a mystery that dates back to World War II, involving the genius of a young code-breaker, Alan Turing…






Posted February 23, 2017 by Kimberly in Mystery, Reading, Thriller Thursday, Thrillers / 2 Comments
Showcase & Giveaway: Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers

Showcase & Giveaway: Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers

Holly, jolly, and downright deadly—the third Santa Fe Café mystery unwraps surprises both naughty and nice… It’s the most picturesque time of the year in Santa Fe, and Chef Rita Lafitte of Tres Amigas Café hopes the twinkling lights and tasty holiday treats will charm her visiting mom. Rita is also planning fun activities, such as watching her teenage daughter, Celia, perform in an outdoor Christmas play.

What she doesn’t plan for is murder.






Posted December 8, 2016 by Kimberly in Contests/Giveaways, Mystery, Suspense / 3 Comments
Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot–the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens.






Posted August 11, 2016 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Mystery, Reading, Suspense, Thrillers / 0 Comments
Guest Post: Radio Days by LS Hawker

Guest Post: Radio Days by LS Hawker

Setting a novel in a radio station has been a long-time dream of mine. Early in my career, when I had no concept of how much money was required to both pay rent and eat, I worked at a small-market top-forty station in a Midwestern college town. My current thriller Body and Bone is set in a radio station modeled on that one, and the memory of it sparks almost insane levels of weepy nostalgia.

This was my first full-time job after graduating from the University of Kansas, and most of the employees were early-twenties recent college grads eager to take on the broadcasting world. We built that station from the ground up—the building wasn’t even finished when I was hired—and worked twelve- to sixteen-hour days for weeks ramping up to go on the air.






Review: The Wages of Sin by Nancy Allen

Review: The Wages of Sin by Nancy Allen

In rural McCown County, Missouri, a young pregnant woman is found beaten to death in a trailer park. The only witness to the murder is Ivy, her six-year-old daughter, who points to her mom’s boyfriend—father of the unborn child. County prosecutor Madeleine Thompson promises the community justice, and in the Ozarks, that can only mean one thing: a death sentence.






Posted May 26, 2016 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Mystery, Reading / 0 Comments
Showcase + Giveaway: Bryant’s Gap by Michael E. Burge

Showcase + Giveaway: Bryant’s Gap by Michael E. Burge

I’m excited to feature a showcase today of Bryant’s Gap by Michael E. Burge. You may remember reading my review of this fun and well-written mystery a few months ago here. If you haven’t read BG yet and you like mysteries, I highly recommend that you just go order/download a copy already, purchase links are below. There’s also a great giveaway at the bottom of this post!