They horrify us while they edify us. Here is a rundown of a few slightly older true crime titles that have aged well.
I received another rejection for my novel* this week, from an agent who had “liked” my Twitter pitch. Is it strange that I’ve gotten so many rejections that it no longer bugs me?
Recently, I finished reading The Monkey’s Raincoat, a hardboiled novel written by Robert Crais and published in 1987. (That year, we were treated to such musical hits as Wang Chung’s Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Bangles’ Walk Like An Egyptian, and Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now. Good stuff to bop to. But I digress.) Continue reading “1980s Detective Fiction is Totally Rad”
Then She Was Gone is a bingeworthy suspense novel by Lisa Jewell, told in six parts with 4 POVs. Strangeness ensues. Continue reading “‘Then She Was Gone’ by Lisa Jewell”
No Exit by Taylor Adams is full of twists. Buckle up. Continue reading “‘No Exit’ by Taylor Adams”
JoAnn Chaney’s latest novel puts a different twist on domestic suspense.
Continue reading “‘As Long as We Both Shall Live’ by JoAnn Chaney”
And Then You Were Gone, a debut novel by RJ Jacobs forthcoming in March 2019, features an unreliable narrator.
I love reading immersive novels that teach me something new about the craft of writing. Along with being a swift and entertaining read, Newcomer by international bestseller Keigo Higashino is also an example of an expertly-crafted mystery. Continue reading “‘Newcomer’ by Keigo Higashino”
Big Woods by May Cobb is a mystery wrapped in 80s nostalgia. Continue reading “‘Big Woods’ by May Cobb”
The English countryside provides the backdrop for this atmospheric suspense novel by Claire Fuller. Continue reading “‘Bitter Orange’ by Claire Fuller”
In this debut suspense novel by Nathan Ripley, a man named Martin Reese is obsessed with murder. Continue reading “‘Find You in the Dark’ by Nathan Ripley”
Two killers are the focus of Death in the Air (2017) by Kate Winkler Dawson: a 1952 “London particular” with toxic levels of particulate, and murderer John Reginald Christie. Continue reading “‘Death in the Air’”
This isn’t a traditional mystery. Sara Gran’s The Infinite Blacktop is a dizzying ride into the tortured conscience of Claire DeWitt, “the world’s best private detective.” Continue reading “‘The Infinite Blacktop’ by Sara Gran”
Splinter in the Blood, from a British writing duo named Ashley Dyer, is a dark debut with a serial killer at the center of the plot. Continue reading “‘Splinter in the Blood’ by Ashley Dyer”
In Snap, a 2018 mystery by British author Belinda Bauer, a boy’s mother leaves to call for help after their car breaks down on the motorway. The boy, Jack, is left behind to look after his two younger sisters. But Mum never comes back. Continue reading “‘Snap’ by Belinda Bauer”