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Review: “The Widow,” Fiona Barton

Pros: Fascinating mystery and characters Cons: Too many characters to keep track of Rating: 4 out of 5 The Widow, by Fiona Barton, is about a little girl named Bella, who disappeared from her yard one day. Except it’s also

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Review: “Point of Control,” L.J. Sellers

Pros: Interesting twist on an investigative main character Cons: Paid too much attention to that twist to the detriment of other characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Point of Control, by L.J. Sellers, is a thriller/mystery starring Andra Bailey, an

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Review: “Brotherhood in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: The Mira family; very dark; justice vs. vengeance Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Brotherhood in Death is the latest in the fantastic ‘in death’ series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). This time, Dennis Mira, the sweet and

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Review: “Flashpoint,” Lynn Hightower

Pros: Enjoyable serial killer mystery Cons: Somewhat predictable Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Flashpoint is book one of the Sonora Blair Mysteries by Lynn Hightower. Sonora is a homicide detective. The latest killing in her area beggars belief: someone stripped

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Review: “Devoted in Death,” J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Suspense Cons: “Meh” dialogue; didn’t really pull me in Rating: 3 out of 5 Expected publication date: September 15, 2015 Review book provided by publisher.   J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts’s) Devoted in Death is not the best example of

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Review: “The Informationist,” Taylor Stevens

Pros: Fantastic characters Cons: Gets a bit dark Rating: 5 out of 5 Vanessa Michael Munroe (she goes by Michael most often, and is androgynous enough to pass for either gender as she wishes) has a skill for learning the

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Review: “The Mask,” Taylor Stevens

Pros: Fascinating suspense with unusual cultural notes Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 The Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, by Taylor Stevens, is a delightful discovery for me–and one that will send me off looking to read earlier

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Review: “Killing Maine,” Mike Bond

Pros: Fascinating exploration of environmental damage and how that hooks into corrupt politics Cons: You’d better really want to read all about those conspiracy theories Rating: 3 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected

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Review: “Don’t Lose Her,” Jonathon King

Pros: Decent characters, plenty of tension Cons: Odd way of unfurling a mystery Rating: 3 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley. Expected publication date: June 2, 2015   In Jonathon King’s Don’t Lose Her (The

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Review: “Witches with the Enemy,” Barb Hendee

Pros: Fantastic mystery, politics, murder, mayhem, crazy people, and red herrings Cons: Sometimes characters are a little slow on the uptake Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley. Expected publication date: May 5, 2015

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