Review: Fire With Fire by Candice Fox

[Note: “Fire With Fire” is published April 2023] Hot on the heels of “The Chase” (‘her most ambitious and byzantine novel’), Candice Fox returns with another cinematic blockbuster loaded with nail-biting suspense, bountiful twists, and a crackling narrative style. It’s the kind of thriller you can’t stop reading, but don’t want to end: you’ll enjoy … Continue reading Review: Fire With Fire by Candice Fox

Review: Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry’s “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” is antithetical to every celebrity memoir I’ve read. Which makes it one of the most extraordinary. This is no nostalgic trip down memory lane, replete with behind-the-scenes gossip and outrageous revelations about the cast of ‘Friends.’ There’s no swagger to Perry’s autobiography. Whatever hubris the man … Continue reading Review: Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Review: Triple Cross by James Patterson

The Alex Cross novels were a staple of my teenage reading, and I still like to check in now and again, even though the patented James Patterson storytelling formula has somewhat lost its lustre.  In “Triple Cross,” the titular detective is investigating the brutal slayings of whole families around the D.C. area by ‘The Family … Continue reading Review: Triple Cross by James Patterson

Review: A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin

When Ian Rankin retired John Rebus in “Exit Music” fifteen years ago and implied we’d read the last of the detective, I was gutted, obviously, but also impressed by the audacity of the decision to relinquish such an iconic character.  Oh, sure; Rebus has aged in real time since his debut, and he’d reached that … Continue reading Review: A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin

Review: Desert Star by Michael Connelly

In Michael Connelly’s “Desert Star,” Renee Ballard has revived the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit thanks to her benefactor on the city council, Jake Pearlman, and calls Harry Bosch out of retirement to work cold cases alongside a team of volunteers.  Bosch left the department acrimoniously, but the chance to use the LAPD’s resources to work his … Continue reading Review: Desert Star by Michael Connelly

Review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Sulari Gentill adds an intriguing wrinkle to the mystery genre with "The Woman in the Library," which sees Winifred “Freddie” Kincaid arriving in Boston from Australia as the recipient of a prestigious writers’ fellowship. While contemplating her manuscript in the Boston Public Library, a woman's scream pierces the stillness, which becomes  the central conceit of her … Continue reading Review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Review: Bad Actors by Mick Herron

Mick Herron's caustically satirical spy series continues with "Bad Actors," its eighth instalment, which deals with the disappearance of Sophie de Greer, a 'superforecaster' employed by the British government — who might be a Russian agent, which would be very bad news indeed for the man who hired her; Anthony Sparrow, the Prime Minister's key adviser; and for MI5 chief Diane … Continue reading Review: Bad Actors by Mick Herron

Review: Your Show by Ashley Hickson-Lovence

Uriah Rennie was the English Premier League’s first Black match official. He was a trailblazer. Or, at least, he should've been — Rennie retired more than a decade ago, in 2008. Yet he remains the only Black referee to officiate a match in the world's biggest football competition. Ashley Hickson-Lovence's "Your Show" isn't about Rennie's legacy, but I can't … Continue reading Review: Your Show by Ashley Hickson-Lovence