Sunder by Kristin McTiernan

Sunder by Kristin McTiernan © 2015 Isabella Jaramillo is her world’s Paris Hilton, the celebrity daughter of a famous industrialist, Alfredo, who invented the time travel system to which the masses flock for entertainment. Isabella lives in an alternative U.S. where the Spanish, rather than the English, were the colonizing influence. How did this happen?…

Lay Death at Her Door by Elizabeth Buhmann

Lay Death at Her Door by Elizabeth Buhmann © 2013 Red Adept I saw a great premise when I read the Publishers Weekly capsule on this one—a woman falsely accused a man of rape and murder, and now, after 20 years in prison, he’s been cleared by DNA evidence and is freed! Oh, this was…

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo © 2015, Atria Department of the Interior Special Agent Ted Systead is tabbed to investigate a murder in Glacier National Park. Someone duct-taped lowlife, Victor Lance to a tree, where he was mauled to death and partly eaten by a Grizzly. The tough part for Ted is that Ted…

Paradise Sky by Joe R Lansdale

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale © 2015, Mulholland Western about a young black man, Willie, on the run from vengeful white man, Ruggert, who caught Willie glancing at Mrs. Ruggert’s backside and is determined to hang ‘uppity’ Willie. That humorous premise gives you an idea how Lansdale will treat a Western. Willie is educated…

Q Island by Russell James

Q Island by Russell James © 2015, Samhain Q Island is Long Island, which is Quarantined after an epidemic breaks out. Those infected become, for a brief time, healthier and more intelligent than ever before, but they soon devolve into depraved lunacy, using their newfound strength and energy to kill with abandon. I’ve resisted dystopian…

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson © 2015 William Morrow Striking redhead, Lily Kintner is a university archivist with a sordid, secret past. Lily is something of a criminal mastermind, having gotten away with two murders. In Heathrow Airport, Lily strikes up a conversation with traveling businessman, Ted Severson, who met Lily through his…

Sweetland by Michael Crummey

Sweetland by Michael Crummey © 2014 Liveright Moses Sweetland is the last holdout in a public condemnation of the small Newfoundland island of Sweetland. Nobody will get their money until “Mose” settles with the government. The hard-headed bastard eventually settles to get his neighbors off his back and then goes and drowns in a fishing…