What a great month for Mysteries & Thrillers. Below is a selection of some of our favorite Mysteries & Thrillers of April. You can go here to see the full list.
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr - There's a throwback quality to Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels that I really enjoy. If you aren't familiar with him, Bernie is a detective working in Nazi Germany. Actually, there are two threads to Prussian Blue--one set in 1956 that has him being sent (forced, really) on a mission to poison a female agent, and one set in 1939, just weeks before Hitler's 50th birthday, where Bernie has a week to solve a murder that has occurred in an elite Nazi community. The threads come together perfectly, and you don't need to have read the previous books to read this one. Kerr is a master storyteller, so if you're looking for a great anti-hero created by a wonderful writer who has writing chops and a grasp of history, read this book.
The Devil's Country by Harry Hunsicker - Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines has lost his family to murder and just wants to hide out in the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs. But in this gritty crime novel, trouble comes looking for Arlo in the form of another woman and her children. When Arlo encounters the woman being attacked outside a bar, he is pulled into a crime that leaves him the top suspect. Piedra Springs hides dark secrets, as Arlo battles his own demons, the cops who suspect him of murder, and the question of what really happened to the mysterious woman and her children.
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline - For those who have been reading Omnivoracious/The Amazon Book Review for some time, it should come as no surprise that Lisa Scottoline is a favorite. (You can see an interview I did with her here.) In One Perfect Lie, she takes a high school in a perfect suburban community and turns it on its ear with a suspicious death, multiple plot twists, and an ending that's not to be forgotten.
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez - Want a little science fiction in your thriller? Suarez takes us to the year 2045; it's a future where the genetic editing of humans is a reality. And of course an underground market develops, one led by crime cartels that Interpol's Kenneth Durand must stop (human traffickers are delivering fodder for experiments, which is not good). When Durand himself is dosed with a change agent, the plot really thickens.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio - Think Shakespeare is only for the classroom? This book will make you reconsider. In her introduction to an essay by the author, Amazon Editor Erin Kodicek had this to say about If We Were Villains: "Whether you're a Shakespeare fan or not, there's a very good chance you will enjoy M.L. Rio's page-turning debut mystery, If We Were Villains. It opens with Oliver Marks, a former Shakespearean actor at an arts school, who is finishing a 10-year prison sentence for murder. But the detective who arrested Marks is still troubled by the dubious circumstances surrounding the crime, and wants to know the truth. Was Marks even responsible? Or was it one of the other actors, so in thrall with the Bard's words that the lines between reality and fiction blurred, with deadly consequences?"
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