Friday, March 03, 2006

Online Reviews: Sex, Drugs and Murder - Fine Fodder for Four New Mysteries

Carol Memmott of USA Today recently reviewed four new mysteries. Here is a brief overview of some of her comments.

Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante. "La Plante provides gruesome crime scenes, a clever killer, determined investigators and a horrific look at the life of prostitutes, child predators and substance abusers." (Note: Lynda La Plante is the author of the terrific Jane Tennison mystery series which was made into the PBS series Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren.)

Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass. "Carved in Bone has a unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor and a lovable protagonist, Bill Brockton."

Slipping into Darkness by Peter Blauner. "Even the most seasoned mystery authors will be hard-pressed to write a better novel than Slipping into Darkness, Blauner's sixth. It may very well be the crime novel of the year."

The Finishing School by Michele Martinez. "Martinez's special spin is a Latina single mother as the heroine who takes way too many chances on and off the job. Vargas adds texture to a realistic, of-the-times story that involves mixed-up kids, greedy adults and amoral criminals."

Read her entire review of all four mystery books here.

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