Author's Favorite Books

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Review by mystery, thriller author, Michelle Files.

Six Years, by Harlan Coben

If you haven't read Harlan Coben yet, you are missing out. His books are full of action and intrigue. I haven't read one of his yet that I could put down. His characters are engaging and I get invested in what happens to them.

In this book, 6 years have passed since he watched the woman he loves marry another man. When he later tries to find her, a mystery begins. When secrets are uncovered, they won't be what you expect. This is a page turner.

Bio: Michelle Files currently has three mystery, thriller series published. One is a time travel thriller in which a serial killer is stalking a young woman through her many lives. She is currently working on a multiple book family saga series.

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Review by cozy mystery author, Vikki Walton.

Death Stalks Kettle Street, by John Bowen

There are very few authors that I put in the class of Agatha Christie. As someone who is a mystery genre fanatic and now a mystery writer, it's hard to impress me. But Death Stalks Kettle Street is one of the best mysteries I've read in years. I had recently completed a housesit in England and I could easily envision the neighborhood where the story occurs. The characters are unique and provide another great aspect. Plus, for mystery writers, you get a mystery "class" within the book and for readers, a mystery within a mystery. Well done and as they say in England, Brilliant!

Bio: Vikki Walton is not a fan of dead grapes, but she is a fan of cozy mysteries. That’s why she loves writing her own cozies. Besides her backyard farming mystery series, she‘s working on a new series set in a small town in Texas (where she lived much of her life). Early 2019  she completed a rhyming children’s book in collaboration with her illustrator daughter. When Vikki’s not murdering people on paper, she’s writing nonfiction, traveling the globe as a house and pet sitter, and teaching various topics like work-quilting/entrepreneurship to adults. 

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Review by crime, thriller author, Kevin Chapman.

Of Half a Mind, by Bruce Perrin.

Of Half a Mind, by Bruce Perrin, is the first book in “The Mind Sleuth” series, starring research psychologist Sam “Doc” Price. This is an intellectual mystery, filled with plot twists and puzzles and interesting characters.  It’s a well-written page-turner that will keep you guessing, and keep you wanting to keep guessing, to the very end. Throughout the story, the author gives us a narrative from the perspective of “the Experimenter,” who is the villain of the story.  The Experimenter is using human guinea pigs to test the limits of his "brain blocker" technology, and he doesn’t mind if they suffer or die in the process. The big mystery for the reader is figuring out who the Experimenter is, while sleuthing along with Doc as he follows the trail of scientific bread crumbs. If you’re paying attention, you will figure it out, but not so soon that it will spoil the plot. I will certainly be on the lookout for the next installment of the Mind Sleuth series to find out what happens in Doc’s next adventure.

Bio: Kevin has been an author all his life, but published his first book in 2001. He has now published three novels, with a fourth (the second in his current Mike Stoneman Thriller series) in process. Kevin wrote the Great American Novel, and now has turned to the much more enjoyable crime thriller genre.

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Review by mystery author, Anna Willett

The Handmaid's Tale, by Author Name here

Set in the near future this book is told from a handmaid’s perspective and recounts her story as a forced surrogate. A surrogate who has no rights and is required to endure life in a totalitarian society where fertile women are treated as property. It’s a society where men are the absolute rulers and women can no longer work, own property or even read.

One of the most unusual and spellbinding books I’ve ever read. While the story jumps back and forth, the writing is masterful and the narrative is riveting. Everything happens with frightening believability making the Republic of Gilead, the former USA, seem like a real possibility. Highly recommend.

Bio: Raised in Western Australia Anna developed a love for fiction at an early age and began writing short stories in high school. Drawn to dark tales, Anna enjoys writing thrillers with strong female characters. When she’s not writing, Anna enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her husband and two children.

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