Niki Danforth

REVIEW: Eileen: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh

Depressing circumstances are the backdrop for noir suspense
Be ready to enter the dark, dark world of a disturbing protagonist. Her snowy New England hometown, her secretarial work in a boys’ prison, and her upbringing in the disgusting squalor of her parents’ house that makes foster care look like a welcoming escape — all add up to a bleak scenario. The writing is so powerful and beautiful — the scene setting, the development of the characters, the voice of the Eileen — but at times I wasn’t sure I could continue reading and inhabiting her awful world. How could the stars so completely line up against this central character? I hung in because of the amazing writing — and as the story progresses you grow to understand why Eileen ended up so “bent,” and the reader can find sympathy for this character.
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REVIEW: Escape Clause by John Sandford


Lots of fun, and almost made me forget about Lucas Davenport…almost. 🙂
Having been a devoted reader of the Prey series with tough guy Lucas Davenport, I can highly recommend readers check out John Sandford’s other tough guy in a different stand-alone series. Virgil Flowers may be someone you don’t want to mess with, but he also shows his “softer” side to his family and dishes out plenty of humor along the way. In this book, readers will find themselves rooting for the tigers, and the resolution and ending are not to be believed. It all wraps up in one superbly written magnificent battle.
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REVIEW: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


The perfect beach read even if you’re not at the beach!

I didn’t think I was going to like the back and forth between the present, or after the fall, and “before the fall” or the crash…I would so want to continue the part of the story I was reading when the author would suddenly introduce one of the other casualties of the crash. But every time, Noah Hawley drew me in with a fascinating, many-layered back story on another of the characters, and most of the rich and powerful in the novel are a fairly unappealing group. The scene about the two survivors is beautifully written and my favorite in the book. The central character, the artist’s naiveté about the growing media circus was almost painful to watch, but he comes through it all in his own quirky way. And to finally understand why the plane came down is a reminder of how events can be almost innocently set in motion far in advance.

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REVIEW: Lady Cop Makes Trouble (A Kopp Sisters Novel)


Huge Fan of Constance Kopp & her sisters in this superb early 20th century mystery!

I love the page-turning mysteries at the heart of this series, but I love the personalities and solid character of Constance Kopp and her sisters even more as they push the traditional female boundaries of early 20th century New York and New Jersey. Based on the real-life Kopp sisters, Author Amy Stewart expertly spins her crime fiction, weaving social issues of that era into the suspense. This second entry is as strong as the first with the bonus of a hint of a developing relationship between Constance and her boss, the fair and supportive Sheriff Heath. Recommend highly!

To check it out for yourself, click here to go to the book’s description and sample.

REVIEW: Bosch (Season 3) by Michael Connelly

To binge or not binge-watch — what’s a fan to do when it comes to this first-rate series!

Another superb season of Bosch, with each season better than the last. I continue to love the noir-L.A. world of Harry Bosch and the noir characters who inhabit it. The character of Bosch’s daughter is the exception — she is the burst of sunlight in Harry’s seamy world of crime. The big dilemma for those of us who are fans — to binge watch it all at once or stretch it out one episode a day like a sinful dessert or an excellent glass of wine.

To take a look at this season or find the others, click here!

Who Wore It Better: The TV or the Book?

If you’ve been around my blog, my social media, or my physical person for even a short time, you know what a huge mystery/thriller fan I am. One of my go-to favorites are the 21 books (yikes! yes, twenty-one!) in Michael Connelly’s series featuring Harry Bosch.

When Amazon announced it was creating an original series out of the books and the character, I was highly hesitant. Did I want to risk ruining my love for this character by putting it in the hands of TV people? Then I remembered something critical: I used to be one of those TV people! 🙂

So I gave it a try, and I have to admit, the series blew me away. It’s one of my all-time binge watch mainstays, and I’m looking forward to Season 3 when it comes out on April 21st. In case you want to catch up before then, here is the link to the Season 1 pilot.

REVIEW: The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

Stepping into the world of Harry Bosch is always superb!
Every time I begin one of Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, I want to savor every moment of the story and the dark world of Harry Bosch, dreading the moment the book will end. Because Harry is tracking down a trail that starts some sixty years earlier, this novel is especially L.A.-noirish. Harry’s the perfect P.I. for a journey that requires going back to the 1950s in order to figure out the present-day answers. There’s the bonus of another case he’s working simultaneously, and Connelly masterfully weaves back and forth. A truly satisfying read.
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Don’t Miss These Awesome FREE Mysteries and Thrillers!

Check out the 32-book mystery and thriller giveaway, going on now courtesy of Anne Tan and #instaFreebie. There are so many great authors–humbled to be included in their number, in fact!–and each of their works is available for download from now until March 21st. Hurry!

Who Needs Some Great Mysteries Right Now?

Once again, I’ve been given a rare gift in the opportunity to join ranks with some truly incredible mystery writers. This time, Fairfield Publishing has generously extended an invitation to more than twenty writers to offer either excerpts or full-length reads in their new Mystery Giveaway!

Take a look at some of the great titles. Each one is offered through instaFreebie, so the download process for your preferred format is seamless. Just browse the ones that grab your attention, and click! And don’t forget the Ronnie Lake’s latest adventure is tucked in there as well!

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REVIEW: The Whites by Richard Price

5 STARS- The Whites
Gritty, tough, hard-boiled mystery
Beautifully written, Price not only creates a fascinatingly complex character in Billy Graves, the cop who runs an overnight team in New York City, but gives equal attention to each character who makes up Billy’s world — his old buddies he worked with in the 1990s, his father who used to be very high up in the NYPD but now suffers from dementia, his two sons, his second wife Carmen, her gay brother, the woman who helps take care of his family, and the bizarre stalker murderer who weaves in and out of all their stories. In addition, the portrait of NYC as the backdrop of the novel is rich.
To read an excerpt of The Whites, click this link so you can check it out here!