Best Reviewed Crime Books of the Month ‹ CrimeReads

Diana Rayburn, killers of a certain age
(Berkeley Books)

“…so imaginative, the only wise tales it deserves are the ones its characters make about themselves…a singular suspense story thanks to its volatile tone, which in turn is comical, violent and unexpectedly poignant…it is impossible not to root for these dangerous ladies and their refusal to leave themselves On a pile of ashes – a phrase that must be taken literally in this thrilling film.”

– Maureen Corrigan (The Washington Post)

Robert Harris the verb to forget

Fast-paced yet exquisitely detailed… cleverly, the adventures and denials of Ned Wally and his son-in-law, Will Joffe, are set against the trials of Will’s wife, Frances, as she hides in London with five young children, relying on the charity of her religious community as she confronts plague and poverty. and the great fire that will later destroy a large part of the city.”

– Alida Baker (New York Times Book Review)

Tracy Lian, All this was not said
(William Morrow)

“…suspense…Lien’s novel, alternately poignant and heartbreaking, gives way to tolerance and understanding. Ky knows all about her people, and knowing it all is to forgive everyone.”

– Arlene McCannick (book page)

Kate Atkinson shrines of joy
(double day)

shrines of joy It revolves around this dark struggle for power, and yet – ostensibly at least – Mrs. Atkinson’s best innovation to date. A light dessert of crossover dramas reminiscent of PG Wodehouse’s grotesque comedy, the novel has it all: a runaway teenager, a former librarian, a stubborn chief inspector, and even a stockpile of pure gems. There is a perfect balance throughout sweetness and heartbreak…and, as always, there is the evident enthusiasm of the dry Mrs. Atkinson…it is hard to think of another writer who can go from dark to obscurity, often in one sentence, without falling into shyness or sarcasm…Ms. . Atkinson has perfected the comic magic that keeps us in the air and immersed in her mosaic-like narratives… If such scenes approach farce—just as some of the novel’s dialogues veer toward wit—it only brings out the underlying darkness. Here, again, with careless brilliance, Mrs. Atkinson portrayed a world torn apart by war and a city still emerging from the shroud of ‘muffled mourning’.

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– Anna Mundo (The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Othman The bullet she missed
(Pamela Dorman books)

Osman creates a complex and satisfying criminal full of neat turns and wrong turns. But unlike most crime novelists, he ensures that the strength and momentum of his book does not stem from the plot or thrill of his writing, but rather from his elaborately formed characters. Once again, the quartet of friends makes for a delightful companionship…if there’s one mistake to be found, it’s a recurring mistake throughout the series – namely, Usman’s two legs have less than his woman does, and as a result they feel like extras in the neighboring main double verb. But what a double act…what could have been a duo and uninvolved is actually heartwarming and captivating. “They carried some kind of magic, the four of them,” said a policeman musingly. This magic is still present in abundance.”

– Malcolm Forbes (The Washington Post)

Barbie Lazza Nadu, The Godmother: Murder, Revenge and the Bloody Struggle of Mafia Women
(penguin books)

“Bobbetta, who died last December at the age of 86, may be the star, but she is not the only charismatic character in this meticulously written, sincerely researched book, which explores the role of women in a sector of Italian society not known for its embrace of #MeToo Soul… [Nadeau’s] The prose is straightforward, with flashes of welcoming sarcasm.”

– Clyde Haberman (New York Times book review)

Daniel Stafford The American Devil: Elliot Ness and the Hunt for Jack the American Ripper

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“The premise is the dream of a grinding house fever… The reality of this case is much more mundane and chaotic, and much more wonderful… Ness and Torso Killer are both working in Cleveland at the same time, but Stashower is admirably candid about how two threads barely cross. … Stashower shows an ear for the vibrant poetry of the era’s popular press while recreating the grotesque writing that came out of the press’s attempt to cover the Torso Killer … The American Devil is a short, meandering and sometimes confusing ride.”

– Patton Oswalt (New York Times book review)

Virginia Hartmann swamp queen
(show books)

With an atmospheric swamp environment, Hartmann’s debut brings to mind Delia Owens’ groundbreaking film Where Cordads sings (2018), while the mystery itself is on a par with Stacy Willingham’s twinkle in the dark (2022)…While the plot has many different threads to follow, the fast pace and short chapters make the story move in an interesting journey.”

– Carrie Dobell (Book List)

Ian Reed We are spreading
(Exhibition / Scout)

“..another masterful example of high-concept psychological horror. In captivating, first-person prose…Through Reed’s spare and fragmentary passages, the reader is immediately plunged into the depths of Penny’s solitary world: hours, days, perhaps weeks go by in a heartbeat. We only know What she sees and experiences… Red encounters the inevitable for all of us: aging and death. His skillful hand in plot and atmosphere summons the films of David Lynch or “Strange Tales” by English author Robert Ekman. We Spread is a fast-paced thriller that will have you in the fist of The opening came to an astonishing conclusion.”

– Justin Avery (Readings – Australia)

Ainsley Hogarth, maternity

“…a grim and disturbing novel of family drama and mental illness, and yet a funny and eerie glimpse into one woman’s mind…Hogarth shakes readers through Abbey turmoil, swinging from devotion to anger, from self-loathing to self-aggrandizement. Motherhood keeps readers Uneasy as the narrator, she struggles to manage the trauma and waves of emotion… The result of these rotting thoughts and images is a dark, multicolored comic tale of unhealthy engagements, love, murder, gifts and wounds that a family can inflict and one woman struggles to save herself.”

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– Julia Kastner (Shelf Awareness)

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