Michael Connelly is simply prolific. I am enamored by the fact that he has written such a strong female protagonist in Renee Ballard. This book is an exciting second foray with her. Fans of Harry Bosch, as I am, will be no doubt beside themselves to see these two strong renegade cops working together to solve the murder of Daisy Clayton.
I love Connelly's attention to detail about police work in general, and the specificity of the late show specifically. The moral ambiguity of Bosch coupled with the tenacity of Ballard is a revelation in this book. Excited to see where Ballard's future will take her.
Thank you to the Mysterious Bookshop for the beautiful signed hardcover!
I find myself thinking about this book a lot. Guess that means I should get the next in the series! Lucky for me there's lots of Inspector Rebus tales.
I had heard about Ian Rankin for a long time before picking up his work, but the clincher was definitely visiting his native Scotland, and specifically Edinburgh. Rebus is incredibly well-read, and an astute investigator. While there are some interesting characters in this novel, including our illusive antagonist, it is mostly a plot-driven piece. Yes, we're inside Rebus' mind, and he is indeed a focal point, but I wanted more character work from Rankin - including more about his hypnotist brother??
I will delve into the next in the series, HIDE AND SEEK, to continue to explore Rankin's prolific additions to the Scottish crime fiction canon.
Libraries had always made her feel like a kid, in a good way: secret and safe and taken care of, rocked to sleep in a cocoon of books. || Kate Racculia, TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS
As soon as I read the description of this book last year, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. It strikes a lot of facets of my biblio likes: treasure hunts, quirky characters, ghosts, and Bostonian history. And it was everything I wanted it to be.
Kate Racculia has crafted a well-conceived novel full of eccentrically lovable people, a compelling narrative about friendship, and an intricate history of Boston's landmarks.
I recommend it to all the fabulously gothic women out there. And the people who love them.
Any kind of historical NY fiction book will inevitably wind up in my hands.
I picked this book up at Kramerbooks last year, and added it to my short list when I got a galley of the sequel, Hudson’s Kill. I was completely intrigued by Justice’s character - he was a very compelling young man. There’s a fair bit of violence against women in this, but I was drawn into the central conceit of the prostitution houses who were being supplied by mixed race women by the corrupt leaders of financial NY. The historical note at the end of book was super informative as to Hirsch’s process in writing this book.
I’m always excited about learning, and/or imagining, new facets of NYC’s sordid history, and this book brought be through an old NY that I had never experienced before.
And I loved the brief appearance by Mr. Alexander Hamilton himself.
Currently reading the sequel, Hudson's Kill. Will post a review soon!
I was intrigued by the set up of this book, and felt like it delivered pretty well. The characters are what I’ll remember long after the details of the plot have left me. It wasn’t nearly as gripping as the title leads one to believe, and had a bit too much romance for my liking. But! It did keep my attention, and I can say that it was worth the read.
Will probably be a great Netflix series ala Pretty Little Liars.
Blake Crouch is an insane writer. I loved the WAYWARD PINES series so when his next standalone was available on NetGalley, I snapped it up. Boy, oh boy, did he not disappoint.
This novel is a wild ride through a future that is tangible yet foreign, frightening but possible. Not to even mention the morality questions that coincide with these scientific advances. I recommend this to folks who might be nervous about science fiction; it reads like what could be reality before we know it.
Thank you NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the digital ARC.
A killer premise, and excellent execution.
LOCK EVERY DOOR sets up a premise that leads us all to ask, what would I do in this circumstance?
Jules answers an ad to be an apartment sitter at the insanely luxurious and classic Bartholomew building on Manhattan's UWS. But with it comes strict rules, a creepy ambiance, and now a neighbor that can't be located... what is she to do? This novel is a real gothic suspenseful page-turner, and I willingly shirked responsibility to continue reading.
Riley Sager novels have been a tad hit or miss for me; I was underwhelmed by FINAL GIRLS, but really enjoyed THE LAST TIME I LIED. Happy to add LOCK EVERY DOOR to the list of books that I truly loved this year.
We creatures of the theatre must thrive on the variances of emotion, or how would we perform the roles required of us? // Karen Lee Street, EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER
This title has been on my shelf for a nice long time, and I had never gotten to it. But because my tour is in Baltimore, and Poe is everywhere, I decided to crack into it. While Baltimore isn't a locale in the book, I'm glad it spurred me into picking it up.
Karen Lee Street has created an entire world in the pages of this book, and I am delighted that there are more in the series. Poe is a dynamic character, haunted by his family at home, including his ill wife, but drawn into a mystery with Dupin - the first of his kind.
I was enthralled by the historical basis of this book, and the attention to detail within this period piece. Looking forward to more outings of Poe and Dupin; hopefully closer here to Baltimore's streets.
I bit the bullet and purchased a Kindle edition of this book, because I was so enamored of the previous two in the series. Plus I'm headed to Scotland in August. Plus I'm a theater nerd.
It was everything I wanted and more. I was floored that so much of what de Muriel included in the novel was based on actual writings/knowledge of the time. The confluence of Stoker, Irving, and Terry both in real life and in this novel opened my eyes to the theater of the time. And the enormity of the danger! Who knew?!
I was sucked into the storytelling, and the real life backstage drama. Working in a theater I'm familiar with how insane things can be, but these antics bested a lot of even what I've seen.
The continuing relationship between McFrey and Nine Nails is masterful. de Muriel continues to delve into their quirky dynamic, while still having real stakes to play throughout.
Can't wait to pick up LOCH OF THE DEAD.
The beautiful cover of this book peaked my interest upon first viewing. And then I kept seeing it on BEST OF SUMMER lists. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and it did not disappoint.
Sarah Gailey has created a universe where some are gifted with magic, and some are not. Ivy is not. Her twin sister is. That's just a first step in the divide between them.
Ivy is now a small-time private detective and finds herself investigating a gnarly murder at the very school for magic where her sister teaches. She feels out of her depth, but perseveres to try to prove to her estranged sister that whether or not she has magic, she can indeed solve this major of a crime.
I was sucked into this world, and I do love a good boarding school novel. This checked a lot of boxes for me: strong female leads, unreliable narrators, magic as normalcy, and a murder in a library!
I recommend this debut book highly, and I truly hope that Gailey has some more magic up her sleeves.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Books for the digital ARC, and BookishFirst for the ARC book.