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Trailblazers: The Unmatched Story of Women’s Tennis

An elegantly presented book, told with much verve, about the rise and obstacles of women tennis players.

The Darkness Surrounds Us

Lukasik blends all the elements needed for a dark suspense novel: a forbidding mansion, ghostly presences, secret passages, a hostile housekeeper, a temperamental employer, and residents unwilling to talk to outsiders. For fans of Rebecca, The Woman in White, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

A Shimmer of Red

Odessa’s psychic gifts (divining a person’s emotions by seeing colored glimmers around their head, and sensing and smelling things that others can’t) are a creative plot device. Her aunts add humor to the mystery, and it’s good to see characters from the previous novels return. Recommend to fans of paranormal cozies and culinary mysteries.

Death Comes to Marlow

Thorogood gives the locked-room mystery a fun, modern twist that fleshes out the lives of its quirky protagonists; perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series.

Where They Lie

The plot takes many twists and turns and keeps readers guessing until the surprising end. For fans of Harlan Coben, Riley Sager, and Linwood Barclay.

Murder Visits a French Village

The quirky village residents make this an appealing series debut. Characters from Shea’s “French Village Murder” series also appear in this book, but that does not detract from the storyline. Recommended for those who enjoyed the author’s previous series and for fans of M.L. Longworth, Martin Walker, and Serena Kent.

Invitation to a Killer

In this sequel to Augusta Hawke, Augusta is further developed and comes into her own as an investigator, though it could have used more scenes with her friend Misaki Jones and with Detective Steve Narduzzi. For Malliet fans.


The Body Falls

The weather, as an additional character in the plot, is very effective. Though part of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone. Recommended for fans of Carlene O’Connor and the “County Cork” series by Sheila Connolly.

The Crime That Binds

This is another entertaining addition to the series. Subplots, featuring familiar characters from previous books, add to the story line. Recommended for followers of the series and fans of library cozy mysteries by Eva Gates and Holly Danvers.

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