Mystery, Police Procedural, Suspense

Kingdom of the Blind by Penny

Kingdom of the Blind is Louise Penny’s fourteenth installment in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series. With a phenomenal cast of characters that come to life on the pages, a setting that is both brutal and beautiful, and a mystery that is skillfully and artfully woven, Penny’s latest is a winning addition to the… Continue reading Kingdom of the Blind by Penny

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Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Psychological Thriller

The Listeners by Quinn

Anthony J. Quinn’s latest novel, The Listeners, is the first in a new crime series featuring a new protagonist—young wife and mother, Carla Herron, only months out of police training as a Detective Sergeant—and a new brooding landscape, the darkly forested borderlands of Scotland. While the tale is a departure from his Celcius Daly series,… Continue reading The Listeners by Quinn

Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural

Silence by Quinn

Anthony J. Quinn’s Silence is the third installment in the Inspector Celcius Daly series. The author’s talent for creating police procedurals that read with the disquieting lyricism of a work of literary fiction is on stunning display again with this tale. Daly is a taciturn, melancholy detective in Northern Ireland, and this mystery finds him… Continue reading Silence by Quinn

Crime Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural

Undertow by Quinn

Undertow is Anthony J. Quinn’s fourth installment in the Inspector Celcius Daly series. References are made to previous personal entanglements, family tragedies, and investigations, but I was comfortable reading this police procedural as a standalone. The author’s lyricism and poetic prose elevates this crime novel to a work of Irish literary fiction. The tale is… Continue reading Undertow by Quinn

Crime Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural

The Ruin by McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan’s debut, The Ruin, is an atmospheric first novel with an engaging mystery and a refreshing protagonist for the genre. The writing is concise and straightforward while still maintaining an eloquent tone, and the setting is a grimly resilient Ireland, perpetually wet and foreboding. As much as it is a police procedural, the tale… Continue reading The Ruin by McTiernan