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Beasts of the Night by Matejs Kalns

A hard-hitting tale… Kalns’s gritty debut explores child trafficking culture and the power of conviction. When eight-year-old Mei ended up in a dissipated hut after her harrowing escape from the clutches of a child trafficker, it was her grit and…
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Cake Popped Off (Cupcake Catering Mystery Book 2) by Kim Davis

A delightful, enchanting whodunit… In her second installment for the Cupcake Catering Mysteries, Davis throws in the mouth-watering descriptions of food galore, some well-placed red herrings, and a thoroughly intriguing murder mystery to create a delicious whodunit. The family feud…
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Requiem For Thursday: A Supernatural Mystery (Requiem Series Book 1) by Douglas Cockell

A knockout… Cockell’s latest brilliantly integrates psychological depth into a marvelous paranormal mystery plot. When Detective Eilert Weiss arrives at the legendary author A. L. Rouhl’s house to investigate his death, he finds the circumstances suspicious: the bullet is missing,…
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Knock on Wood by Leslie Tall Manning

A flawless tale of love, greed, and betrayal… Award-winning Manning takes the reader on an unsettling and surreal journey into a young boy’s life who emerges from coma a different person. After a drowning incident, Billy Baker’s life changed forever.…
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Demented by Joe Clark

Intense, dark, and an absolute page-turner… As much social commentary as crime drama, Clark’s solid latest finds a rape victim trying to deal with her past trauma. Cindy Foster was gang raped fifteen years ago after her then-boyfriend, the handsome…
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Cry from an Unknown Grave by Joseph LeValley

A nuanced, gritty mystery… LeValley’s enthralling second Tony Harrington mystery featuring the Pulitzer Prize journalist takes Tony throughout the Midwest, from Iowa to Chicago, to Kansas City as he gets entangled in a human trafficking investigation. Still trying to come…
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Blockbuster by Richard H. Smith

A knockout… Written in tune with the southern vibe of 70s Carolina, Smith’s engrossing mystery finds its young hero entangled in a murder investigation. Nate Burton is doing well as an assistant manager at a North Carolina movie theater, but…
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Dick Hartmann Series by Richard V Rupp

  A sophisticated and strikingly fresh crime thriller series… The excellent first two installments in Rupp’s crime series featuring the seasoned FBI agent Dick Hartmann, who heads up San Francisco’s Violent Crime Squad, finds him dealing with cunning killers who…
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Blood on Their Hands by Bob Brink

A deliciously readable crime drama… With a grim picture of racism embodied in the theme, Brink’s latest introduces a racist and miserly alcoholic yet endearing hero, a criminal defense attorney who finds himself in the middle of violent conspiracies involving…
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One Last Move by Wes Snowden

A stellar mystery… Packed with skill and nuance, Snowden’s latest is a treat for serious mystery buffs. When Doctor Lawrence Rosewood’s best friend and business partner Ted Villeneuve committed suicide, the latter left a Pandora’s box of mess in his…