4.4 Stars on Amazon

“Bringing exciting elements of murder, politics, journalism, and ethics, this novel kept me guessing who till the very end. The Question is Murder is a breath of fresh literary air in a world of much predictability.”

 -McKay Wommack, Reedsy Discovery

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Jonas Hawke Series

Hawke’s Point

A heart stent that may save lives—or end them—creates an ethical minefield that threatens the future of an entire town in this first of the Jonas Hawke novels.

Hawke’s Return

When a teen cries #metoo with nothing but her word to back it up, Jonas is left to sort out a mystery that could destroy the career of a man who may be innocent .

Hawke’s Discovery

Hints of a dark secret from the past could easily upend the gubernatorial election in Vermont, putting Jonas on the spot in the latest Jonas Hawke novel.



Anxious People: Another Win From Fredrik Backman

Nothing is what it seems. Remember that as you romp through Fredrik Backman’s latest gem of a novel, Anxious People. The bank robbery that begins the book isn’t actually a bank robbery, and the resulting hostage situation that follows in an apartment across the street isn’t really a hostage situation,...


Crime Fiction At Its Best

I’ve read a lot of crime fiction over the past couple of years–first because I was writing my own and lately because I’m trying to decide whether to write another. Three that I read recently are very different but all excellent, no doubt because the authors are skilled and experienced....


Review: Who Is Maud Dixon?

Summer reads (aka beach books) get a bad rap, the phrase often treated as a synonym for mindless drivel.  But I can’t think of a better book to recommend for summer readying than Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews. It’s fun, easy lifting, and hard to put down. And...


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5 of 5 stars to The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender https://www.goodreads.com/review/show?id=4239649245

Interesting list of Booker Prize finalists -- https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/14/books/booker-prize-2021-shortlist.html?smid=tw-share

Our feature today is The Question Is Murder by @MarkWillen. Visit our blog to read an excerpt and enter our monthly giveaway: https://themysterysection01.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-question-is-murder-by-mark-willen.html

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Timely, thoughtful short story in this week's New Yorker (subscription) from Han Ong -- “The Monkey Who Speaks” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/the-monkey-who-speaks?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker&utm_social-type=earned via @NewYorker

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