Author Archives: A. J. Kinnaman

PIS and Spies: psychological suspense

In Watch me Disappear by Janelle Brown,  a suburban mom disappears on a solo hiking trip.   A year after failing to return she is presumed dead. This is, until her sixteen year old daughter begins having lucid dreams about … Continue reading

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PIs and Spies: suspense

In Sandra Brown’s Seeing Red, the hero who rescued survivors from a bombed hotel has gone underground.  Reporter Kerra Bailey wants to find out why.    In The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter,  two girls are forced into the woods … Continue reading

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PIs and Spies: true crime

American Fire  by Monica Hesse explores a bizarre five-month crime spree in rural Accomack County, Va., where over 80 arsons were committed.  At the heart of the crimes? A “gothic love story gone wrong”.   The Bettencourt Affair by Thomas … Continue reading

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PIs and Spies: the Dr Watson mysteries

Dead Man’s Land by Robert Ryan casts Holmes’ Doctor Watson as the hero on his own. The story finds Watson serving in the Army medical corps on the Western Front.  With men are dying by the thousands, one more body … Continue reading

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PIs and Spies: cozies for fellas

Stuart Woods writes uncomplicated tales about tough guys, willing gals, and bad hombres.  In Barely Legal, the tough guy is Herbie Fischer, Stone Barrington’s protégé, who gets the call to defend a college kid accused of selling drugs.  The bad … Continue reading

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PIs and Spies: Maggie Hope

Crime and espionage is the theme of the week on this week’s new book shelf.    New mystery favorite Maggie Hope seems to please both cozy and suspense fans. In The Paris Spy, author Susan Elia MacNeal has Maggie working … Continue reading

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Off the radar: family secrets

In The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman, nine-year-old Lilly Blackwood, who is has spent her entire life as parents virtual prisoner, gets sold to a passing circus.    Twenty-five years later, another Blackwood, 18-year-old Julia,  inherits  the family home.  It’s … Continue reading

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