"Because many of the stories’ endings are ambiguous, they would make excellent fodder for book club discussion. But any reader with a love of fine writing in short story format should find pieces to savor among these well-written offerings."
"This is everything a good supernatural thriller should be: It’s fast, fun, and has undeniable thematic depth. Two (hairy and clawed) thumbs up."
Like the roiling waves that attract Dana, the narrator of Kathleen Doler’s suspense novel, the story washes over readers and leaves them caught in the currents, excited and breathless.
"Steve Dimodica’s exciting thriller revolves around a young woman caught in the aftermath of Chile’s 'Dirty War'...Accidental Evils is an engrossing read that should enthrall fans of action-packed and intelligent suspense."
"The Body on the Lido Deck will keep readers guessing until the action-packed end. And when it’s all over, the story’s satisfying solution will leave them eager to explore Toni Day’s other adventures."
"Larkin’s linear writing style, interesting premise, and satisfying conclusion will appeal to detail-oriented readers intrigued by a worst-case scenario threatening the nation. With buckled roads, collapsed buildings, injured people, and no way to reach others, this is an eye-opening cautionary tale."
"Frick’s story offers many twists and turns, and his presentation of the complex relationship between the US, Israel and Iran is intriguing, but it comes too late in the book to give a firm context for the plot. Ultimately, readers will find the makings of a heart-pounding thriller here, but the story requires revision to reach its full potential."
"Nedelea’s descriptive skill is impressive (one character, for example, is “a short unremarkable blonde with a face like a seal’s.”) Her locales paint a perfect sense of place, with pinpoint specificity of sights, sounds and even smells. And her literary tour of medieval torture devices? Explicit—-and chilling."
"This superbly written novel details the comings and goings of ordinary people gracefully confronting extraordinary circumstances in the small town of Hesterwine, Texas in 1943...It is immensely enjoyable and deserving of an honored place on bookstore shelves."
"Old-time spy buffs will appreciate the tradecraft and attention to detail, while adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the unique perspective and setting for a WWII story."
"The appeal of the novel is that many of the characters are not who they appear to be. The book is peopled by informants, crooked cops and undercover cops, and by the end, part of the thrill is parsing out who is who. In clipped, noir-ish prose, Rill adds unexpected twists that deliver beyond the familiar cops-and-crooks scenario."
"The plot is also disappointingly uneven; Jack's frequent war flashbacks aren’t very illuminating, while Diana's numerous internal monologues rarely advance the story. All these flaws threaten to derail Jack's arc of redemption, but like British heroes do, he manages to finish the book with a stiff upper lip."
"In this engrossing, action-packed legal thriller set in the modern day, the teen daughter of young Texas lawyer Mickey Grant goes missing...This work of crime fiction is fine story-telling. Satisfying and entertaining, it is certain to be a crowd-pleaser among fans of the genre."
"The unending cast of townies, low-lifes and grifters may be dizzying to readers jumping on this series train mid-stream, although fans of world-builders such as the late Robert B. Parker may be unfazed. "
"West Texas Crude has a great deal going for it, and may entertain readers despite its flaws. A bit of polishing and a more fully developed solution to the mystery, however, would put it in the league of James Magnuson’s wryly powerful works of Southwest noir."
"The charm of this comic thriller springs mostly from the frantic gymnastics of its hero, an old-family San Francisco aristocrat, as he conducts a quixotic search for a stolen French painting that may (or may not) prove his blood ties to Louis XVI of France...a polished, entertaining performance with vivid characters and clever plot twists."
"A fast-paced WWII historical novel that dramatically illustrates how war can transform ordinary citizens into heroes and villains alike. Ultimately, the novel explores human endurance in wartime, and well-crafted descriptions
"Komar uses workplace bullying as the catalyst for a fast-paced, surprising thriller. The choice to have head bully Arana Skudlarick narrate several chapters is one of the novel’s few missteps. Overall, Jobmobbers deftly combines a page-turning thriller with a provocative topic that should be discussed more openly."
"The central mystery of the novel feels more like a thinly veiled conspiracy theory regarding the death of England’s Princess Diana rather than a work of fiction. Once the mystery has wrapped up and the motivations behind the events have been explained rather than revealed, readers are left feeling like they’ve missed most of the adventure."