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While I read across all genres, when I really need to escape I turn to crime fiction--and in that genre I read everything from the coziest British mysteries (cats and tea cups galore) to the darkest urban and rural noir I can get my hands on!
Another book that will definitely be in my top 10 of the year. The main character is Virgil Wounded Horse, an enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation who gets called in to exact justice when local law enforcement turns a blind eye. When his nephew is unjustly accused of drug trafficking, Virgil is forced to take on some very bad men. A timely view into the continued injustices faced by the Native American population.
This will definitely be in my top 10 of the year if not the decade--believe the hype on this one, it's not to be missed! Featuring bad men and fast cars, it's the story of a former getaway driver who has tried to carve out a better life for himself and his family--but circumstances both beyond and within his control drag him back to a life of crime that threatens to destroy the people that mean the most to him.
A wildly original and darkly comedic crime thriller!
I loved this fun debut featuring not one but two intrepid female sleuths--the Holmes & Watson duo of Pentecost & Parker are both of their time (1940's) and thoroughly modern (I particularly appreciated the frank portrayal of Parker's homosexuality and the challenges she faces as a result). I hope this is the start of a new series!
A carefully-plotted mystery featuring not one but two complicated female characters made for some delightfully dark and twisted fun. A young woman leaves her publishing job in disgrace, only to land a much-coveted position as assistant to the famed writer Maud Dixon (who's true identity is a secret). But she soon learns of her new employer is hiding more than just her name.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Not one but two excellent twists-- I was shocked by both, and given the amount of crime fiction I've read that doesn't happen very often. I'm pretty sure this will be on my top 10 of 2020...
I will read anything Alexander McCall Smith writes and he never disappoints. This has all of his signature sly humor and charm!
This is an absolutely delightful series! Set in post WWII London, it features 2 strong women who are working hard at running their own business (The Right Sort Marriage Bureau) but who seem to have a knack for solving mysteries. Fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Alexander McCall Smith will particular enjoy this.
It's easy for people to dismiss the GoGo's music for its peppy tunes, but Beauty & the Beat was such an important album for women lwho came of age in the 80's. The GoGo's showed us that a group of women could succeed in a man's world, even when the men try to keep them down (as evidenced by the fact that every label but one refused to produce their pivotal debut record)--they did it by being original & true to themselves, and by kicking & busting ass. GoGo's bassist Kathy Valentine takes the reader back to the heyday of the band in an unflinching & honest look at the dynamics of the 5 members.
Lawrence Wright brings his considerable talents to this riveting tale about a pandemic that threatens the future of the human race. i read this as Covid-19 was spreading throughout the US so it was incredibly timely and quite disturbing. Wright goes into great detail about the history of pandemics--clearly this was well-researched--but in wholly engaging way. I raced through this in basically 2 sittings, really tough to put down!
A gripping story about 2 sisters-- one a beat cop, the other living on the streets-- set against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic in a rundown Philadelphia neighborhood. Both a police procedural & an emotional story of how addiction damages people & their families--I read this in 2 sittings!