COLD COLD BONES by KATHY REICHS

A Temperance Brennan Novel #21

#1 New York Times bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs returns with her twenty-first novel of suspense featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who, after receiving a box containing a human eyeball, uncovers a series of gruesome killings eerily reenacting the most shocking of her prior cases.

We aren’t in Montreal anymore and yet it’s still snowing in North Carolina. Its winter and crime is down. Not too many folks looking to be out in a storm. It also means a lighter caseload for Brennan. She would be happy to spend time with her daughter Katy, finally home after her stint in the army. But she brought some demons home with her so Tempe is treading carefully with her.

When they both arrive at Tempe’s home to find a wrapped package with an eyeball in it, things are weird. The eye seems pretty fresh, but where is the rest of the body? Finding GPS coordinates on the eyeball leads them to a Benedictine monastery. There another very strange sight awaits.

When she is asked to examine a mummified corpse found in a state park, even she is a bit jumpy.

These crimes are beginning to look a lot like crimes she solved years ago. Is someone angry at her?

And then her daughter disappears. And things get weirder. Revenge, it seems has no expiration date.

There has always been a coldness about Tempe. It was more evident in this book. I understood who the bad people were early on. It just did not hold my interest.

NetGalley/ July 5, 2022 Scribner






HER DARKEST SECRET by Jessica R. Patch

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

FBI SA Fiona Kelly is living in Chicago now. After blowing up her marriage to her husband and fellow agent, Asa Kodiak. It’s been almost twenty years since she and her sister and other girls were abducted and later found dead with a feather on their bodies. She was the only one who survived. Escaped. Dubbed the Nursery Rhyme Killer due to the posing of the victims, no one has been able to figure out who he is.

But now Asa is dealing with a murderer with the same MO. And Fiona wants in. Asa has tried to move on with his life after Fiona, but it just isn’t working. But the killer hasn’t moved on either. He still wants her. The one that got away. This time Fiona’s own secret about that time in her life will come to light and her life will be in even more danger. Someone wants her dead and someone wants her for himself.

Fiona has put her life on hold until she finds the killer. It has become the only thing in her life and she is taking chances she should not be taking. It just might get them all killed.

A really good serial killer novel! And the ending was perfect!

NetGalley/June 28th, 2022 Harlequin

THE LOCKED ROOM by ELLY GRIFFITHS

A Ruth Galloway Novel #14

This is the fourteenth book in the Ruth Galloway series.

Ruth is in London cleaning out her mother’s things before her father and his new wife get back. She’s a lovely woman and Ruth’s mother has been gone for three years. As Ruth is going through things, she finds a photograph of a cottage in Norfolk. Her cottage in Norfolk, only in 1963. The only clue is the date and the name Dawn. Her father isn’t any help and her mother hated the cottage and never spoke about it.

Back in Norfolk, Nelson has a murder on his hands. It looks like a suicide until more bodies with the same MO pop up. Just as Ruth returns, Covid hits, and everyone’s world is thrown into chaos, which makes it so much harder to find a killer.

Meanwhile, Ruth and Kate are bored to tears until they meet their neighbor, a healthcare worker who Ruth and Kate both like a lot.

Nelson is looking for a serial killer now and somehow links it to an archaeological discovery and thinks of Ruth. Breaking all of the lockdown rules, he enlists Ruth’s help in finding out how she can help find a killer. But first, he needs to tell her that her neighbor was accused of murdering patients. While Nelson is terrified for Ruth and Kate, the secrets that come spilling out will leave you with your mouth hanging open!

Love this series!

NetGalley/ June 28th, 2022 by Mariner Books



A RIP THROUGH TIME by KELLEY ARMSTRONG

A Rip Through Time #1

With Armstrong finishing up her Rockton series, which we loved, she has given us a new one. A Rip Through Time is the series debut about a modern-day homicide detective from Vancouver who is in Scotland to be with her Nan, who is dying in hospital.

She goes out for a run and in an alley hears a woman scream. She looks but it’s very fuzzy and then she’s attacked herself. Two women, 150 years apart, attacked in the same way.

When Mallory regains consciousness she is in a bed she doesn’t know and being called Catriona. That bump on the head was a doozy because somehow she has traveled back in time to 1869! Figuring that Cat must be the woman who was attacked before and somehow they have switched places.

Now she’s a maid. With a lot of knowledge about dead bodies. Ending up in the home of an undertaker is convenient as she is determined to find out who killed Cat and who did she bring with her into the past that is still killing people?

Lucky for her, the master of the house is also a bit of a sleuth in cahoots with the homicide detective who is impressed and leary of “Cat’s” knowledge and ability to read and write even. But finding this killer won’t be easy because Cat has a bit of a nefarious past and she isn’t well-liked by pretty much anyone.

But Dr. Gray’s sister is interested and here I think we have the beginning of a mystery-solving trio!

Armstrong is a strong writer. Her characters are interesting and strong women. Here we get a mystery, time travel, a little romance and a lot of good characters, and great writing.

NetGalley/May 31st, 2022 by Minotaur Books



THE MURDER RULE by DERVLA McTIERNAN

First Rule: Make them like you.

Second Rule: Make them need you.

Third Rule: Make them pay.


They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, and that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.

They think I’m working hard to impress them.

They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row.

They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him. 

And with that, we know Hannah has an agenda. Right now she is a third-year law student in Maine. Living with her mother, Laura, who is a master manipulator and an alcoholic. Hannah understands her mother is damaged by things that happened to her in the past. Things Hannah has read in her mother’s diary that covers the summer things went horribly wrong.

First, Hannah needs to convince the head of Virginia’s law school that she is transferring there and wants to be a part of the Innocence Project. The group working to get Michael Dandridge out of prison. While the court has vacated his conviction, the local DA is refiling charges. The project is trying to get him out. Hannah is working to make sure he stays in.

Hannah had a plan and boy did she stick to it. She pretty much blackmailed the professor to let her in the project and then proceeds to sabotage the case. But the sheriff and the district attorney are in cahoots and are blackmailing pretty much everyone in the town and they don’t need her or the team snooping around and they aren’t above killing to ensure they stay don’t get caught.

The mother-daughter relationship was really well-done. We tend to want to make excuses for our mother’s behavior so we believe what they say. Until we don’t and then, it’s over. Hannah was a really good character. Smart in all the ways that count, but naive when it came to her mother. Secrets and lies, and a shocking ending! Well Done!

NetGalley/ May 10th,2022 by William Morrow & Company

22 SECONDS by JAMES PATTERSON AND MAXINE PAETRO

A Women’s Murder Club Thriller #22

22 seconds… until Lindsay Boxer loses her badge – or her life.

Lindsay and Joe get to work together in this twisty thriller. All the women are back and doing what they love. Cindy is struggling with writing the memoirs of a sick serial killer and Lindsay is trying to decide if her CI is full of hot air or is telling her the truth about a huge gun and drug shipment coming in.

The former cops begin to show up dead. Professional hits. But who is running this and why? While each body has a message, You Talk You Die, it isn’t clear what they should be quiet about. Does it have anything to do with the dirty cop they put away? Could he be running things from prison?

As Lindsay and Joe get a little too close, their own lives are threatened and Lindsay isn’t having that.

Full-on action from the first page. Each of the women has her own battles and some are pretty sick and twisted.

Really good one!

NetGalley/ May 2, 2022 Little, Brown & Company

THE CHANGE by KIRSTEN MILLER

Big Little Lies meets The Witches of Eastwick–a gloriously entertaining and knife-sharp feminist revenge fantasy about three women whose midlife crisis brings unexpected new powers–putting them on a collision course with the evil that lurks in their wealthy beach town.

Well, that certainly describes this book!

Mattauk is an oceanfront community, where three midlife women are about to make some noise!

Nessa James is alone now that her twin daughters are off to college. In her neat house close to the ocean. A nurse who also sees the dead. A gift inherited from her grandmother. The voices in her head are screaming for help and she has no idea what to do.

Harriett Osborne has had enough of men taking what she has worked hard for. Now her husband has left her for a younger woman and her career has imploded. She returns to her home in Mattauk, and finds her power.

Jo Levison has an 11-year-old daughter and a husband. She’s happy with both. But she is at war. With herself. Her body and what is happening to it. Hot flashes have taken on a whole new meaning.

When the voices Nessa hears lead her to a remote beach by an exclusive housing development for billionaires only, they are there when they find the first body. The police are not part of the solution, but the problem. And the normal rules don’t apply to the sick and fabulously wealthy men who have a lot of secrets.

So the women pool their talents and get to work. Women’s work. Cleaning up the mess of men.

What a thrill of a tale! I loved these women. A strong story of women who are tired of men getting away with murder and are about to turn the tables!

NetGalley/ May 3rd,2022 by William Morrow & Company






CITY ON FIRE by DON WINSLOW

Winslow is back with the first book in a new trilogy. This time set in his own backyard. And it is fire!

The Irish and the Italians share an uneasy peace. Each controlling a different area of New England. Things seem to be pretty set in stone with the old guard being replaced by the new and sometimes impetuous generation.

Danny Ryan is part of that new generation. His father was head of the Irish until he drank himself out of that job. Now Danny is married to the daughter of the boss and looking to move up. Although he would much rather move on from that life.

The fragile peace explodes when a gorgeous woman comes into the group pitting them all against each other and leaving a trail of bodies in the streets.

With everyone turning on each other, Danny steps up. And he is ruthlessly practical. I admired that about him. I am pretty sure everyone in Providence and beyond was on the payroll of one of the gangs. And some were on both.

This is the first in a trilogy. I don’t think there is anyone better at crime thrillers than Winslow. And I read a lot! As soon as I received this I read it. All. There is no good stopping point in this book. You’re pulled through like a train gaining speed. And I can’t wait for the next one.

If you arent’ aware, Mr. Winslow is retiring. These will be his final three books. I can’t wait to join him in what comes next!





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HOOKER AVENUE by JODE’ MILLMAN

HOOKER AVENUE is the second in the Queen City Crimes series, which sees the return of attorney Jessie Martin in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley. Jessie is on her way home during a pop-up thunderstorm when she spots a woman drowning in a storm drain. She pulls over to save the woman—only to discover that no good deed goes unpunished.

Jessie’s sort of best friend, Detective Ebony Jones, and her partner are on the case and investigating missing women. Some are sex workers and the cases have been put on the back burner. But now they have a live victim who can give them a description. But the witness is shaky at best and is now missing.

Jessie’s personal life is complicated. Her boyfriend, Hal, is the DA and she is a lawyer. On extended maternity leave. With a horror of a husband, she is trying to divorce. He is demanding she stay home with their daughter, Lily, for a year. And then Jessie receives an offer from the attorney who ruined her former career. Work with him. His health is bad and she does like him.

Things go from bad to worse as a killer in an insane asylum keeps calling her and threatening her. She is keeping secrets and so is everyone here.

Jessie and Ebony are determined to help find these women. Only from two different directions and without telling each other anything. Miscommunication causes lives to be harmed and Jessie is putting her life on the line.

There are so many questions I have about this one. For one, where did Ebony put the money? And why didn’t anyone bring this up? $30,000? Parts dragged on and parts were brushed over.

NetGalley/April 19th. 2022 by Level Best Books

THE FALL by RACHAEL BLOK

The sins of the past echo in the present in the new literary thriller from Rachael Blok.

The wind is cold this high up. The man shouts out, but nobody hears. The cathedral roof has caught his fall, but it will not hold him for long. The night is dark. And it is such a long way down…

And so begins The Fall. It’s Good Friday at St. Albans cathedral and Willow is late. It’s dark and the exhibition materials she is bringing to St. Albans are late. It’s dark and while she is walking she could swear she could hear a scream. As she is leaving a man falls from the top of the cathedral.

DCI Jansen thinks it looks like a suicide. But this is an elderly man. How did he even get way up there and why? Digging into the past he finds the man was a verger here for a long time. He also helped out at a local mental hospital where a nurse went missing. And what does it all have to do with a pregnant woman, a child, and over fifty years of secrets and silence?

As Willow’s own family history becomes entangled in this case everyone is beginning to look suspicious.
A morally bankrupt verger has a lot of secrets and untangling them all was wickedly good!

NetGalley/ April 14th, 2022 Head of Zeus an Aries Book