In the following essay, Quebec resident Jim Napier looks back at one of the 20th century’s greatest femme fatale novels, a work The New York Times called “a top-drawer mystery”: “Laura” by Valery Caspary.
Mina’s writing is consistently fresh and compelling, and nobody wraps an important social theme around a challenging and topical plot line better than she does. Her latest effort, “Gods and Beasts”, will not disappoint her many fans.
A classic cat-and-mouse game — except it’s no game. David Downing’s latest novel, “Lehrter Station” (Soho Crime), chronicles days full of promise, punctuated by nights full of peril, in a nation emerging from war and pulled in many directions at once.
Reynolds is a seasoned professional, and it shows. “Beach Strip” is an engrossing tale, with characters that are both believable and engaging.Nicely paced, with several twists and a story line that will hold the reader’s attention.
“Broken Harbor” is crime writer Tana French’s compelling tale about the horrific multiple-murder of a family in rural Ireland. But if gore is not your thing, don’t be put off: “Broken Harbor” is very much a police procedural married to a classic whodunnit.
Chicago-based crime writer Sara Paretsky has long dominated the contemporary hard-boiled private-eye genre with fast-paced tales featuring her indefatigable, often headstrong sleuth, V.I. Warshawski.