Winner of the 2019 Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing
Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mysteries for Spring 2019
"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling author
Bluff is a mix of comedy of manners and revenge tale with an older society woman who plays badass poker! It was fun and unpredictable as the reader is led along through a murder, escape, and many surprises. Thanks to Cathy for this recommendation, I really enjoyed it!
Poisoned Pen Press Mystery/Revenge. 2020. Print length: 320 pages.
The Stolen Child. DCI Hanlon #1
Although I liked the characters and some elements of this one, the subject matter was depressing. There weren't any graphic descriptions and yet....
A good crime thriller, but you may want to consider that it is a dark look at evil and pedophiles.
I will give the author another try and hope the subject matter doesn't distress me.
Crime/Police Procedural. 2021. Print length: 302 pages.I've never read Fern Michaels before, but I'd classify No Way Out as a cozy. It started out very interesting with a young woman who never left her house. I wanted to know why and what she was afraid of.
A second thread involves a case of domestic abuse in the neighborhood.
What could have been a really suspenseful read turned into a "everything works out in the end" sort of book. That's fine, but building so much suspense and curiosity and then having half the characters reform completely--makes the original suspense feel false.
I didn't hate it, but it isn't really a genre I enjoy; however, it should appeal to those who are already fans of Fern Michaels.
Cozy. March 30, 2021. Print length: 322 pages.
Although, I actually reviewed this months ago, this is just a reminder that A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong will be published Feb. 2. Reviewed in October.
What else can I say--I like this series. :)