COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter’s first stand-alone novel is a force to be reckoned with. At once a gripping crime novel and astute commentary on American society, it starts off with a bang (literally) and doesn’t let up. The story concerns a spate of cop killings in Atlanta in 1974...

SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN by Sarah Hilary

I never know quite what to expect when I open a first novel, and finding a good one, with a lead character I like and want to get to know better, is a real treat. SOMEONE ELSE’S SKIN is such a delight. Detective Inspector Marnie Rome is tough, smart, and haunted. When...

THE DAY SHE DIED by Catriona McPherson

I am a big fan of Catriona McPherson’s stand-alone novel that was published last year, AS SHE LEFT IT (as well as her Dandy Gilver series). I haven’t gone much more than a week without recommending it to someone since I first read it. So it will come as little...

WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham

I’m not exactly sure how to describe WATCHING YOU by Michael Robotham because for me, it was several books in one. Part procedural, part psychological thriller, part noir, and all engrossing, readable wonderfulness. This is the seventh entry in Robotham’s Joe...

THE PROFESSOR by Robert Bailey

I confess: I love a good, juicy legal thriller, particularly one set in the American south. It goes back to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, I imagine. Few reading experiences can compare with getting knee-deep into a case with a lawyer and his staff, following along with them...

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is an incredibly reliable author. Whether a Rebus or Malcolm Fox tale, readers can count on him to deliver a super smart, interesting story. SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE is an exceptional book, even by this standard. I read two Ian Rankin books last year, but...