Julie Whiteley

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The Sculptress

The author’s obvious fascination with--and homage to--Gustave Flaubert’s melodramatic style falls a bit flat. Despite that, the novel is thoroughly researched, drawing readers fully into the saga with descriptive, often graphic details and strong characterizations. For fans of World War I historical fiction.

Murder on Cold Street

This magnificent locked-room case is a dazzling holiday gift for fans of the series.

Regrow Your Veggies: Growing Vegetables from Roots, Cuttings, and Scraps

This book is perfect for beginners or for those with limited space, plus it encourages habits that are good for your wallet, your health, and the environment.

Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest

An illuminating, stirring biography of the extraordinary “Queen of American Folk.”

Vinyl Countdown

Sharpe’s enthusiasm is contagious

Murder at the Mena House

Stunning revelations, romance, adventure, and intrigue abound in this multilayered, delightfully entertaining whodunit. Neubauer’s debut dazzles, with a smart plot, remarkable scenery, and skilled execution.

The Wicked Redhead

A few tense moments of suspense and high-seas adventure liven up an otherwise lethargic plot in this sequel to the first book in the series, The Wicked City. [See Prepub Alert, 5/20/19.]

The Wrong Girl

Old Hollywood, silent film stars, the Jazz Age, and strong female characters all combine to create a solid read for crime fiction fans of all stripes.


The pace is a shade too slow in the beginning, but soon this debut develops into a troubling and tense thriller. The writing style is sparse, powerful, and effective. Although this book may not appeal to a mainstream audience, New Zealander Jochems’s startling and award-winning portrait of the postmillennial generation will cause readers to sit up and take notice.


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