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Review: “In the Clearing,” Robert Dugoni

Pros: Fascinated by the investigation into the cold case. Cons: Modern-day mystery felt superfluous Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Robert Dugoni’s In the Clearing (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) is an interesting investigation into a cold case. In 1976, in Klickitat

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Review: “Don’t Say a Word,” Jennifer Jaynes

Pros: Fascinating to follow along Cons: The surprises aren’t really surprises Rating: 4 out of 5 Jennifer Jaynes’ Don’t Say a Word (Strangers Series) introduces us to twelve-year-old twins Zoe and Carrie. Their parents were killed, and they’ve been taken

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Review: “Decanting a Murder,” Nadine Nettmann

Pros: A mystery made for wine lovers Cons: Some foolishness and unlikable characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Nadine Nettmann’s Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery), Katie Stillwell is a sommelier who’s just failed her certified sommelier exam. She’s

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Review: “I Let You Go,” Clare Mackintosh

Pros: Fascinating story with deep characters Cons: This needs trigger warnings; depressing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Holy hell. Never has a book needed trigger warnings (for me personally, at least) more than Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go. This

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Review: “Dead Level,” Damien Boyd

Pros: Fascinating mystery solved by interesting characters Cons: Some unfamiliarity; got a little confused toward the end Rating: 4 out of 5 In Damien Boyd’s Dead Level (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series), Lizzie, the (pregnant) wife of young politician

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Review: “The Quality of Silence,” Rosamund Lupton

Pros: The story is so beautiful that you won’t even mind the lecture Cons: Stumbles into lecturing toward the end Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Rosamund Lupton’s The Quality of Silence, Yasmin has been told that her husband, Matt

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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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