Author Archive | Mishka Rao

One of Us, an Essential YA Whodunnit by Karen M. McManus

The Bottom Line: An essential whodunnit for both YA and adult crime fiction fans. Karen M. McManus’ teen murder mystery is the perfect antidote to Netflix’s Riverdale, the Twin Peaks-meets-Archies mashup that never really feels set in high school. By contrast, McManus artfully sets up a believable single-setting high school atmosphere that feels inspired by […]

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The Bottom Line: Fans of Gone Girl will love Venessa Thompson, the book’s deliciously unreliable narrator. From the start, The Wife Between Us is a grand setup, a literary house of mirrors intended to invite expectations and then destroy them one by one. So yes, it’s contrived. But is it good? You betcha. This fast-paced […]

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Rising Fury, an Explosive Action Thriller by Wayne Stinnett

The Bottom Line: Can you think of a better way to spend a few hours than with sunny killing machine Jesse McDermitt in the Florida Keys? Read it. Retired Marine-turned-charter boat captain Jesse McDermitt is back for another adventure. As thriller characters go, Jesse isn’t all that unique. His skills as a sniper, diver and […]

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Swan Deception

Swan Deception, a new Psychological Thriller by Gledé Browne Kabongo

The perfect family, a house of full of secrets, and an ingenious killer out for revenge… Dr. Shelby Cooper is a busy modern woman trying to balance it all—career, motherhood, and marriage to an ambitious corporate power player. But Shelby is not who she seems. The perfect life she’s constructed comes crashing down one afternoon […]

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Kept Woman Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman, a Satisfying New Crime Thriller by Karin Slaughter

The Bottom Line: Even when Slaughter’s not at her best, she still brings heated emotions to the contemporary police procedural like few of her peers. Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future. Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them. The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex […]

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The Spartak Trigger, a Spy Thriller by Bryce Allen

Disgraced cop and degenerate cad Shane Bishop now makes his living as a professional set-up artist, using his unique skillset to frame his clients’ enemies for various criminal offenses. When his latest job goes wrong and his mark ends up in a body bag, the ex-lawman becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation […]

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The Kingfish Commission

The Kingfish Commission, a Suspense Thriller by Hal M. Harrison

Rob Baldwin is the middle-aged, middle-class owner-operator of a small-town radio station in Louisiana. That means he anchors a daily talk show, sells advertising, manages a small staff — and vacuums the offices on weekends. Sherry LeVasseur is a media-buyer for an advertising agency in Baton Rouge purchasing commercial airtime from Rob’s station, and dozens […]

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