Readers familiar with Margaret Millar’s suspense novels, will immediately recognize her style and language in Wives and Lovers. (Just yesterday I discussed Vanish in an Instant, another volume in the Syndicate reprint series.)
“It was a shoebox of a room, with the ceiling pressed down on it like a lid, and Gordon and herself, two mis-mated […]
Margaret Millar’s mysteries are being brought back into print by Soho Syndicate. The Master at Her Zenith volume is comprised of five of her well-known books, including the Edgar-winning Beast in View.
Throughout, her interest in psychology is evident. Both she and her characters are fascinated by detail. And the emotions which often erupt in […]
Steven Price began as a poet, so the hype surrounding his new novel, By Gaslight, must have been disconcerting. But that’s appropriate, because it is intended to be a disconcerting story.
McClelland & Stewart – PRH, 2016
The majority of readers probably won’t be interested in either the rumours surrounding its acquisition (apparently a six-figure sum) […]
In the final volume of the Bill Hodges trilogy, the timeline briefly veers back to the opening scene of Mr. Mercedes. This time, a few minutes after the scene which opens the series. (Then it returns to a contemporary setting, a few years after Finders Keepers.)
Scribner – S&S, 2016
This kind of attention-to-detail, […]
How many times have I fallen for this trick? A Stephen King novel opens with a vividly sketched scene, of ordinary and likeable people going about the business of their everyday lives, when disaster strikes, and someone dies.
Gallery Books – S&S, 2016
Mr. Mercedes is no different. A job fair is planned and desperate job-hunters […]
Such good reading this summer, so far. In other respects, perhaps mine has not been the most productive summer. But it all depends what one puts on a to-do list, doesn’t it! What if your to-do list was all about the books in your stacks?
Cormorant Books, 2015
For coming-of-age devotees:
Accompany Lawrence Nolan on […]
Crimes of the past lurk beneath the stories in Ian Weir’s Will Starling and Linden MacIntyre’s Punishment and the main characters lurch towards and stumble into confrontations and altercations with life-long repercussions.
Goose Lane Editions, 2014
These are both dark tales, but Ian Weir’s novel is literally and figuratively so: “And every step I had taken since […]
Readers are introduced to Cormoran Strike in a moment of need. His.
“A double fee. Strike’s conscience, once firm and inelastic, had been weakened by repeated blows of fate; this was the knockout punch. His baser self was already gamboling off into […]
The second volume in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series is an enticing follow-up to Omens.
Random House Canada, 2014
Those who have read the Otherworld series will recall that the earliest novels concentrated on Elena’s character and here, too, in her return to Cainsville, the main character remains consistent.
Olivia Taylor-Jones is now seeing both […]