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Best Crime Fiction 2019


When Hell Struck Twelve

The action starts on the first page and doesn’t slow down, unfortunately sacrificing backstory in the process. Readers of World War II fiction and those who enjoy plot-driven stories will find much to love; however, Benn assumes a level of war knowledge that might leave some readers frustrated and confused. Purchase where previous volumes circulate, but new readers should start with the first in the series, Billy Boyle.

Where the Light Enters

Storytelling so rich in detail it borders on minutiae may be a distraction for some readers. Despite a central theme based on a police investigation, this story should not be confused for a mystery. Give this to readers who care more about the journey than the destination. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

Lost You

Fans of domestic suspense, particularly those with a penchant for the dark side of motherhood, will be engrossed. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

Speaking of Summer

Readers looking for contemporary suspense with a social justice twist will appreciate the storytelling.

Under Currents

Prolific and hugely popular author Roberts (Shelter in Place; Year One), who also writes as J.D. Robb (“In Death” series), combines complex characters with a vivid setting to create a real page-turner. Broken into four sections, each of which packs a punch, this contemporary fiction mixed with a bit of suspense is completely engaging. Expect wide appeal beyond the author’s regular fanbase. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

The Better Sister

Burke (The Wife; The Ex) writes a straightforward and uncomplicated character-driven mystery that also delves into the topics of sisterhood and abuse. Vague references to current events might eventually date the story, but mystery lovers will find much to enjoy in this fast-moving whodunit.

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

The first-person narrative gives authenticity to the voice of this complex woman, as Thornton expertly weaves the events of her life. Fans of presidential fiction will devour this book, and biography lovers may be intrigued as well.

Dark Sacred Night

Mystery-suspense readers will not only enjoy this quick read but will look forward to the duo's continuing partnership. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

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