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Jeff Mannix
Position: Staff reporter

New mysteries are entertaining summer reads

Stone Cold Dead, James Ziskin’s third Ellie Stone mystery, is every bit as good as his first two books, which were excellent. Ziskin is a natural storyteller and a very accomplish...

Mystery explores old murders in fact and fiction

Life is full of surprises, and The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle – written by a father-and-son pair of physicians and published by Square One Publishers, a small, indie book publisher in a town ...

Weak endings don’t diminish crime thrillers

Here’s a twofer today of superb books by two talented mystery writers whom I just couldn’t choose between because both stories have lousy endings. Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger was...

A dead-on, dirty mystery of internal affairs

There’s an old axiom among confirmed skeptics that cops and crooks are the flip side of the same coin. This suspicion is held most evidently by cops themselves and is responsible...

New suspense novel sure to garner awards

It isn’t often we come across a book that after reading only a few pages it is obvious that it will top the charts and win big literary prizes. Conditions were there when Murder ...

A Christmas gift: Six book picks for readers

Let’s take the 12 days of Christmas thing, and let’s suppose that you can read a 200-something-page novel in two days. Here are six golden eggs from the Geese-A-Laying day, my gi...

A U.S. military novel on honor, duty, depravity

Relocation of Native Americans follows a dark path – with sliver of light

Marwood pens pair of perfectly creepy books

The Killer Next Door is Alex Marwood’s second published novel; her first, The Wicked Girls, I reviewed in July 2013 along with two other debut books I lumped together as being only for reade...

An unexpected comfort read from Minnesota

The Life We Bury is the first book by a veteran defense attorney from Mankato, Minnesota – certainly not the place to call home if you’re blistering to set the publishing world on fire, and ...

Garnier masters multidimensional manipulation

Gallic Books in London has translated another of Pascal Garnier’s little gems of noir fiction entitled Moon in a Dead Eye. It is a wonderfully eerie and darkly humorous account of the first ...

Blind Moon Alley is hard-boiled, gritty enjoyment

John Florio is a journeyman writer of anything that covers the rent, and a closet novelist who’s finally come out with two very entertaining mysteries and the possibility of the creation of ...

Voyeurism and deceit dominate ‘The Stone Boy’

Some of the European press have mentioned Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 “Rear Window” when effusing about Sophie Loubière’s new book, The Stone Boy. It’s a simplistic comment but not a bad insinua...