jesus cowMichael Perry

On Christmas Eve itself bachelor Harley Jackson stepped into his barn and behold there illuminated in straw a smallish newborn bull calf upon whose flank was born the very image of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

‘Well,” said Harley, “that’s trouble.”

And thus begins The Bard o’ …

cityofthelostKelley Armstrong

This atmospheric mystery is a gripping read. Homicide Detective Casey Duncan has a nasty secret in her past and a best friend who she is trying to protect from an abusive ex. When things come to a head, the two decide to drop out of society. They are …

Double DipGretchen Archer

There are magical-realism authors that can spin a fine web or fantasy – making you believe a little bit of magic, and then a bit more – until you find yourself believing in a whole other fantastic realm. They do so subtly, slowly and skillfully. Writers like Hoffman …

Sue Grafton's Alphabet SeriesSue Grafton

The other day, my dad said “This Grafton woman has another book on the NYTimes bestseller list.  She’s up to V.  I wonder if they’re any good.  You should read one and find out.”  And I did.  And they were.  Very, very good. But then again, she IS …

Nightside SeriesSimon R. Green

Green’s Nightside series is the perfect read for Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher fans waiting for their next fix.  The first title, Something from the Nightside, does tend to feel heavily derivative of of Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Butcher’s Dresden Files in places.  However, there are definitely …

Catch Me If You CanFrank W. Abagnale

The movie version of Catch Me If You Can is exciting and fast-paced, with plenty of Hollywood glitz that adds a glossy veneer, making many of Frank Abagnale’s exploits seem fake and overblown.  While enjoyable, the movie doesn’t begin to compare to Abagnale’s descriptions of his short …

Raven BlackAnn Cleeves

The first in her Shetland Island thrillers, Cleeves’ story is dark and gripping.  The isolation, small-town atmosphere and like of privacy on the tiny island add to the tense atmosphere and ominous air.  Suspicion over the death of two local girls bounces from one resident to the other, …

Star IslandCarl Hiaasen

Hiaasen’s newest title, Star Island, is by far my favorite since Skinny Dip. Using the trite and oft-seen story of a starlet going off the rails, Hiaasen drags Cherry Pye, a mediocre singer filled with blind ambition, had her double Ann, into the psychotic world of …