Recommended Reads: ‘Elusive Exlixir’ a mystery laced with supernatural components

Elusive Elixir, by Gigi Pandian Centuries-old protagonist Zoe Faust, the accidental alchemist, is traveling between Portland, Ore. and Paris, France in search of an Elusive Elixir that can help her friend and sidekick, Dorian the 3-foot-tall gargoyle chef. He is facing a dire dilemma as he is slowly turning into stone. As you can imagine,…

Recommended Reads: Enjoy a fast-paced mystery set in 1908 Los Angeles

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe The intrigue and danger of 1908 Los Angeles propels the pages of this well-researched, fast-paced fictional mystery by author Jennifer Kincheloe. This is the second in her Anna Blanc mystery series, a protagonist who is one of the first women working on the police force. Her…

Recommended reads: Tragedy in Appalachian town focus of enthralling mystery

Fast Falls the Night, by Julia Keller Prosecutor Bell Elkins soon realizes that her Appalachian hometown is facing a tragically fatal challenge — fighting a single day’s record number of heroin overdoses from a batch tainted with a lethal tranquilizer — as Fast Falls the Night. This is the most recent in the enthralling mystery…

Recommended Reads: ‘Dead Soon Enough’ an action-packed mystery

Dead Soon Enough, By Steph Cha The Juniper Song book series is written with a contemporary twist that adds dimension to the shadows inherent in a noir mystery story, while still paying homage to the great authors who created a masterful body of works in the genre’s beginnings. This newest book has a case that…

Recommended Reads: ‘The Freedom Broker’ a kidnap-and-ransom thriller

The Freedom Broker, by K. J. Howe Thea Paris is The Freedom Broker in K.J. Howe’s new kidnap-and-ransom thriller novel. Ripped from the headlines, this evil crime of kidnapping has become a dark, international financial exploitation. The protagonist in this fast-paced, forceful novel is one of the good guys who fight for captured victims. In…

Recommended Reads: ‘Deadly Solution’ a thought-provoking legal thriller

Deadly Solution, A Maeve Malloy Mystery, by Keenan Powell The reading jury has spoken resoundingly in favor of Legal Thriller Deadly Solution and its Alaskan attorney Maeve Malloy. Author Keenan Powell has created a stunning force in her Maeve Malloy character. Danger is ever present as Malloy uncovers powerful players’ secrets and the sinister someone…

Recommended Reads: Young authors share their favorite mysteries

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Spy Story by Stuart Gibbs The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Swindle by Gordon Korman At the prompting of a book recommendation shared at the Friends of the Edmonds Library Kindle Raffle last fall, I discovered a wonderful kids’ mystery author — Stuart Gibbs….

Recommended Reads: ‘Cold Betrayal’ a tale of revenge from J.A. Jance

Cold Betrayal by J. A. Jance Any novel by J. A. Jance that you choose to read is one of the best mystery books. Each of her several successful is each filled with thought-provoking characters, entertaining mystery and fast-paced plotting. A New York Times bestseller over and over again, she is one of those authors…

Recommended Reads: Buzz about this new psychological thriller well-deserved

The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine There’s been an excited hum about this new psychological thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish, and it’s well-deserved. This book is co-authored by sisters Lynne and Valerie, using the pen name Liv Constantine, and their collaboration will have you gasping and hanging on through twists and turns. This one…

Recommended Reads: Thriller explores psychological impacts of online attacks

Splinter the Silence, by Val McDermid Here’s a thriller mystery novel that could easily be tomorrow’s news headline. How dangerous are these internet trolls? See what could possibly happen when some of your worst imagined fears about venomous, online attackers come true in fiction. This plot is a timely look at the psychological impacts on…

Recommended Reads: ‘The Assassins’ a chilling espionage thriller

The Assassins, by Gayle Lynds “To say that assassination never solved anything is as inaccurate as saying crime never pays. Or that all assassins come to a bad end.” — The Book of Assassins, George Fetherling This quote describes part of the fast-paced plot in Gayle Lynds’ chilling international espionage thriller. Six master assassins, each…

Recommended Reads: Chicago is setting for gritty urban noir murder mystery

A Negro and an OFAY, by Danny Gardner This gritty urban noir book is a loosely fictional account about a real person, Lieutenant William Drury, a person “known for personal bravery” as was said after his death. The story takes place in the early 1950s in Chicago and includes fresh description and detail on the…

Recommended Reads: Danger and passion in this noir novel

Revenge In Paris, by Valerie J. Brooks New Year’s in Paris sounds like a dream, but in this contemporary noir novel it’s just the beginning of a swirling nightmare for a smart and impulsive protagonist. Angeline Porter is a criminal lawyer. She knows crime when she sees it, and she’s used to seeking justice in…

Recommended Reads: Twisted passions and intrigue in ‘Disturbed’

Disturbed, By Kevin O’Brien This book, which I recently inhaled over a lock-all-the-doors weekend, was suspense at its best. And yes, I was Disturbed, in a good way. Wow! This author’s characters and situations feel very realistic. The mystery all takes place involving everyday people, adding to the fearful feeling that grows as you read,…

Recommended Reads: A mystery set in the South, with ghostly connections

A Ghostly Murder, by Tonya Kappes Here’s an amateur mystery sleuth who believes in justice for all, even the ghostly. Emma Lee Raines has discovered that she is able to see and talk with ghosts. These spirits who are visiting her are “Betweeners” who are unable to “cross over” because they’ve got unfinished business. As…

Recommended Reads: A sweet book about the intriguing octopus

Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery Here’s a sweet read written by a mesmerizing storyteller who spins a true novel all about a sea creature that I discovered I knew very little about. This book entertains with so much interesting information that surprises. The octopus lives…

Recommended Reads: Enjoy this delicious mystery, with dash of humor

Beat Until Stiff, by Claire M. Johnson Are you hungry for a fun, summer read? Here it is — a taste of intrigue, with spicy characters, a dash of humor, and a steamy setting all blended into a delicious mystery. In this mystery, the protagonist, Mary Ryan, is a pastry chef at a fancy San…

Recommended Reads: Spy novel provides thrilling look at life of KGB agent

Deep Undercover, by Jack Barsky The tension and intrigue of a thriller, spy novel is irresistible for so many of us. What about reading a spy memoir? Can real life spying stand up to artistic license to kill? In this case, yes. I enjoyed reading all about the life of a real German, Russian spy…

Recommended Reads: ‘Ghostman’ a refreshingly intelligent crime novel

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs A casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly sideways, despite all appearances of its intricate planning. The brain behind the operation needs to repair the damage and make it go away. He calls in an old favor from a Ghostman. Occasionally called Jack, Ghostman lives completely off the grid and cannot…