Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Mycroft Holmes had three major strikes against it – 1. written by a celebrity 2. co-written with a  professional writer and 3. a story in a major and wildly popular canon. However, after reading an excellent op-ed written by Abdul-Jabbar in the Washington Post, …

Jane Willan

The author the Sister Agatha mysteries, Reverend Jane Willan, does a wonderful job evoking the peaceful life of a rural Welsh Abbey. Of course, being a mystery, there is plenty of murder and mayhem. But like many of the best mystery authors, the whodunnit is second to the …

Tim Myers

Set in rural North Carolina, innkeeper Alex Winston struggles to keep his one-of-a-kind inn open. Despite being miles from the sea, his inn features a full-size replicate of the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras. The series is a pleasant, low-key look at life in a beautiful, small town – …

Lorraine Bartlett

Author Lorraine (or LL) Bartlett writes the thoroughly enjoyable Booktown mystery series, a definite must-read for cozy fans. However, she has a  lesser-known series that is, in many ways, more compelling.

Bartlett’s Jeff Resnick series follows a former insurance adjuster, now part-time bartender. After a nearly fatal mugging, …

Kelley 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 …

Susan Cox

This book was humming along, being all wonderful and and stuff.  And then it ended!  The nerve! Worse, it is Cox’s first and was just published (Dec. 2015). Despite these short-comings, I would highly recommend picking up The Man on the Washing Machine. Theo Bogart, looking to escape …

Case of the Gilded FlyEdmund Crispin

Crispin is one of those golden-era British mystery authors that is too little known today. His Oxford don, Gervase Fen, is funny, snarky, whitty, absent-minded and brilliant. Whirling from one unlikely event to another, finding clues (and only clues) in the oddest places, Fen and associates solve crimes …

Gretchen 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 …