A suspenseful story of envy and obsession that will make you doubt that seeing is ever believing.

Brian Klingborg, author of the new Inspector Lu Fei mystery, Thief of Souls, stops by this week to provide us with his list of recent noir films from Asia.

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Book Review: Godspeed by Nickolas Butler

Jackson, Wyoming is a town. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a valley. I didn’t know that—I thought it was all “Jackson Hole”. That’s the problem with a place becoming famous, it pushes reality aside.  The town of Jackson has, somehow, become an afterthought within the town of Jackson. This townie/outsider dynamic is the space Nickolas Butler…

Book Review: Murder at Keyhaven Castle by Clara McKenna

Miss Stella Kendrick and Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst are almost at the altar. From the get-go, their courtship has been beset with mayhem and murders.  The couple met in Murder at Morrington Hall, Morrington Hall being Lyndy’s family estate. Stella is a motherless American from Kentucky. Elijah Kendrick, her bombastic, controlling father, is a very wealthy…

Golden Boy by John Glatt: New Excerpt

PROLOGUE It was a routine Sunday afternoon for Thomas Gilbert Sr., the founder of a multimillion-dollar hedge fund and a longtime fixture on Wall Street. After playing two strenuous rounds of tennis at the River Club, he was relaxing in his bedroom watching a football game. Three days earlier, on New Year’s Day 2015, the…

Cooking the Books: A Glimmer of a Clue by Daryl Wood Gerber

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly has a secret: she can actually see fairies and is in the process of helping her own, Fiona, earn wings by doing just and righteous things. So when Fiona urges Courtney to hose down a pair of arguing ladies in the courtyard outside of her store, Courtney knows it’s…

Book Review: Draw and Order by Cheryl Hollon

Since returning to Appalachia, artist Miranda Trent has carved out an exhilarating and exhausting career. She inherited a rundown family farmhouse in rural Kentucky, which serves as her base of operations. Miranda organizes and leads hikes to a variety of scenic venues. Not ordinary tours, rather “a unique experience blending art, adventure, food, and drink…

The Rocky Road to Ruin by Meri Allen: Featured Excerpt

Chapter 1   If you looked up “New England” you’d probably find a picture of my hometown, Penniman, Connecticut. Miles of gray stone walls bordering narrow country lanes? Check. A covered bridge? A town green with a war memorial in the center of the emerald swath of grass? Check and check. My rented car’s engine…

Book Review: False Witness by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is at the pinnacle of a career that shows no signs of slowing. The stats speak for themselves: Twenty-one novels published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold. She’s alternated between equally successful series and standalone books and has both in development for on-screen adaptation—the Grant County and Will Trent…

Book Review: The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

Addison Hope is planning a wedding and launching a photography career—all without knowing who she was two years ago. She was discovered walking along the highway when a kind truck driver, Ed, offered her a lift. Realizing she didn’t know who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her, Ed and his…

Book Review: Golden Boy by John Glatt

On a Sunday in January 2015, Thomas Gilbert Sr., hedge-fund founder and member of the Manhattan social elite, was laying in bed watching a football game. Then his son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., known as Tommy, walked in wearing a hoodie. Tommy pressed a gun to his father’s head and shot him. After, Tommy went back…

Book Review: Fallen by Linda Castillo

Young men and women who leave their Amish communities to seek a new life among the English do not always find happiness even though sometimes it’s cruel circumstances in their childhood that necessitate a fresh start. Such was the case with Rachael Schwartz. Why did she come back years later to the fictional town of…