“Traffic: A Ronnie Lake Mystery” by Niki Danforth

In Niki Danforth’s book, “Traffic,” readers are taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotions when Ronnie Lake witnesses the violent kidnapping of a wealthy, high profile woman. Being a private investigator, Ronnie will stop at nothing to solve her cases, and this one is no exception. … More “Traffic: A Ronnie Lake Mystery” by Niki Danforth

“Mother Blues” by Owen Thomas

“Mother Blues” is a killer mystery set against both the background and foreground of motherhood. This story links the past with the future, and a childhood omen to adulthood danger. Mothering can come in many forms. Even if you don’t have a biological mother, there can be maternal forces that shape you, from your past and present. Maybe it’s a grandmother from long ago; or a godmother, aunt, or some other mother “figure” not related by blood. The title is perfect for this story because, much like a blues tune, the tale’s pace feels like it’s infused with an almost hypnotic pulse. … More “Mother Blues” by Owen Thomas

“Message in a Bullet: A Raymond Mackey Mystery (Book 1)” by Owen Thomas

I also love those old black-and-white TV series from the 1950s that had a narrator; the voice always sounded like he’d smoked eighty packs of cigarettes in one hour as he talked to the viewer about the crime committed, the cold, hard facts of the case, and how they eventually brought the slime responsible for the criminal act to justice. They were so much fun! So when I sat down and started to read this novel, my mind immediately produced that old black-and-white presentation for me to focus on, and I could almost hear the main character of this book, Raymond “Mack” Mackey, talk as he led me through one extremely cool crime. … More “Message in a Bullet: A Raymond Mackey Mystery (Book 1)” by Owen Thomas

“The Dark Remains” by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

“The Dark Remains” is listed as a prequel for McIlvanney’s other books with DC Jack Laidlaw. It clearly shows the type of character Laidlaw is when handling the murder mystery of lawyer Bobby Carter. Carter did work for a lot of unsavory characters and ended up with lots of enemies. So Laidlaw had his hands full when trying to solve his murder. Eventually enemies would go up against enemies to try to figure out who killed Carter and on whose watch. Did Laidlaw figure it out before the whole city was destroyed? … More “The Dark Remains” by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

“Uranium Drive-In” by Bert Entwistle

Uranium Drive-In Bert EntwistleBlack Mule Press (2014)ISBN: 978-0-9896-7612-0Reviewed by Amy Lignor for Reader Views (12/2021) The first time I met up with rancher-turned-private eye, Jack Bannister, I was enthralled. Most books in this genre tout their puzzle-solvers as being former cops before “hopping” over to the private sleuth career because of retirement, getting thrown off … More “Uranium Drive-In” by Bert Entwistle

“Death in Potter’s Woods” by Betty Jean Craige

This is a great mystery and a wonderful addition to the Witherston series. This reader especially loves how the book is tied together by online snippets from the local paper, included as separate chapters in the book. They push the story along by making it even more interesting to hear each of the characters’ views about the trials of Potter’s Woods in the form of Letters to the Editor, town announcements, obituaries, and opinion pieces. This was a very creative way, in my opinion, to keep the action rolling along. … More “Death in Potter’s Woods” by Betty Jean Craige