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Review: In Owen Laukkanen's latest, a dog unites strangers

"Deception Cove," (Mulholland Books), by Owen Laukkanen It would be easy for Owen Laukkanen's superb "Deception Cove" to evolve into just a dog story about the power and love of a de...

Review: Peggy Townsend delivers outstanding second novel

"The Thin Edge" (Thomas & Mercer), by Peggy Townsend Journalist Peggy Townsend delivers an outstanding second novel about investigative reporter Aloa Snow that may overshadow her...

Review: Tense 'If She Wakes' moves to a surprising finale

"If She Wakes" (Little, Brown), by Michael Koryta Multi-award winning author Michael Koryta again shows his affinity for smoothly melding sophisticated action with solid character de...

Jennifer McMahon's 'The Invited' is a powerful novel

"The Invited" (Doubleday), by Jennifer McMahon Jennifer McMahon again proves that the modern ghost story is more than things that go bump in the night. It hinges on reality, slowly b...

Review: Erin Kelly's new novel staggers at an asylum

"Stone Mothers: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Erin Kelly An imposing former mental asylum reconfigured as a high-end spa and apartment building looms over a remote England town and over th...

Review: Rachel Howzell Hall writes a breakout novel

"They All Fall Down" (Forge) by Rachel Howzell Hall After four well-received novels about LAPD homicide cop Elouise "Lou" Norton, Rachel Howzell Hall confidently delivers a highly en...

Savannah reporter McClain returns in 'A Beautiful Corpse'

"A Beautiful Corpse" (Minotaur), by Christi Daugherty Appealing characters and an insider's look at ethical journalism in the midst of newspaper cutbacks lend a solid foundation to "...

'The Last Woman in the Forest' has suspense-filled plot

"The Last Woman in the Forest" (Berkley), by Diane Les Becquets Diane Les Becquets succinctly melds an adventure story, a look at conservation and a coming-of-age tale in a suspense-...

Review: Jane Harper writes engrossing 3rd novel

"The Lost Man" (Flatiron Books), by Jane Harper The three Bright brothers, bonded by blood, history and the vagaries of the Australian outback, are the true lost men of Jane Harper's...

Review: 'Nowhere Child' is Christian White's stunning debut

"The Nowhere Child: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Christian White A young woman's fond memories of her happy childhood and loving parents are turned upside down when she learns she may hav...

Review: Real and emotional prisons flow through 'No Mercy'

"No Mercy" (Minotaur), by Joanna Schaffhausen Prisons come in various forms, as Joanna Schaffhausen shows in her second outstanding novel, "No Mercy." There are the mortar-and-brick ...

'The Widows' is intriguing debut by Jess Montgomery

"The Widows: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Jess Montgomery The atmosphere of an old-fashioned Western permeates this intriguing debut that mixes workers' rights, corruption, Prohibition an...

Book review: 'Freefall' is entertaining, suspenseful

"Freefall: a Novel" (HarperCollins), by Jessica Barry "Freefall" begins as an action-packed/heart-stopping thriller as it logically and smoothly leads into the self-examination of tw...

Mesha Maren's debut novel, 'Sugar Run,' is heartfelt

"Sugar Run: A Novel" (Algonquin), by Mesha Maren Flawed people and a forceful look at an area ravaged by an economic downturn and a rising opioid epidemic meld in the character-drive...

'Broken Ground' gives new insight to Scotland's role in war

"Broken Ground" (Atlantic Monthly Press), by Val McDermid The past is always in the present for Edinburgh Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, making her fifth appearance in Val Mc...