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Always Something Sings

Once readers get past a housewife with no police experience knowing how to investigate a murder, this first book in a proposed series is a good, well-written story. There are twists and turns, several plausible suspects, and a satisfying conclusion. More police procedural than cozy mystery, Howell’s (The Reclamation; The Magpies’ Song) novel is for fans of strong women characters, historical mysteries, and good investigative techniques.

A Killer in the Family

This fifth book in the Jonah Sheens series (after Little Sister) stands on its own. It is a solid police procedural with a believable and interesting plot, good characters, excellent pacing, and multiple twists and turns. Perfect for fans of Peter Robinson.

The Last Songbird

This debut mystery has a good storyline with adequate characters. However, a plot digression and Adam’s amateurish song lyrics sprinkled throughout mar its even flow. Still, worth the read.

A Death in Tokyo

This solid police procedural, the third in the Kaga series (after Newcomer), stands alone. Despite a less than compelling plot, fans of smart detectives with less observant, more laid-back sidekicks (à la Holmes and Watson) will enjoy this book through all its twists and turns.

Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds

An uneven set of stories touching on Jewish identity, religion, and history.


A tense debut thriller with excellent characters and a timely, satisfying plot; knowledge of recent Argentinian history would help readers contextualize the violence Díaz depicts. For fans of Philip Kerr’s “Bernie Gunther” novels.


Mrs. March

Feito’s debut can be classified as a literary psychological thriller, but it doesn’t fit neatly into one genre. Fans of novels about psychological degeneration will be satisfied.

The Woman in the Purple Skirt

Imamura’s first novel to be translated into English is a character study with psychological thriller overtones. The matter-of-fact prose jibes well with the anticlimactic ending. For fans of Virginia Feito’s Mrs. March.


This 17th book in the “Jack Swyteck” series (after The Big Lie) is a low-key legal thriller for the first two-thirds of the book, after which the action heats up to inferno proportions. Hold on to your seats after that. Fans of Grippando and of legal thrillers will not be disappointed.

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