Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley

devilinabluedressTitle:  Devil in a Blue Dress

Author: Mosley, Walter (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mysteries, African-American Fiction

Bibliographic: Washington Square Press, 263 pages, Hardcover List Price $42.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook CD List Price $9.99, Audiobook List Price $21.95, ISBNs 9780393028546, 9780743451796, 9780671511425, 9780671019822, 9781442082427, 9781560547228, 9781451612486, 9781852427498, 9780330321143, 9781841975276

Publication Date: June 17, 1990

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors:  Character-driven, atmospheric, gritty, books to movies

Why I picked it up: I attended an event recently where Walter Mosley was the keynote speaker, and he was phenomenal, so I bought this for the bus ride home.

S.I.A.S.: Easy Rawlins needs money, and finding Daphne Monet seems like a good way to get some.

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The Trespasser, by Tana French

trespasserTitle: The Trespasser

Author: French, Tana (Author’s Website)

Genre: Police procedural, suspense

Bibliographic: Viking, 464 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Audiobook List Price $38.50, Audiobook CD List Price $55.00 ISBNs 9780670026333, 9781524708672, 9780735221093

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Psychological, first-person narrative, complex, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, dialect-filled

Why I picked it up: I’ve read the first five books in the series, and loved all but one of them.

S.I.A.S.: Antionette Conway must solve the murder of Aislinn Murray, but the facts aren’t quite lining up.

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Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry

goodasgoneTitle: Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense

Author: Gentry, Amy (Author’s Website)

Genre: Suspense

Bibliographic: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages, Hardcover List Price $23.00, Audiobook LIst Price $20.99, Audiobook CD List Price $24.99, ISBNs 9780544920958, 9780544916074

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, flawed characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: It was one of the October selections for the Book of the Month Club, and I am an absolute sucker for stories inspired by Martin Guerre.

S.I.A.S.: Eight years ago, Julie was kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint, but now she’s home — if it’s really her.

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Catering to Nobody, by Diane Mott Davidson

cateringtonobodyTitle: Catering to Nobody

Author: Davidson, Diane Mott (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, cozy mystery, culinary mystery, gentle read

Bibliographic: Bantam, 301 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $25.87, ISBNs 9780553584707, 9780449220467, 9781574902044, 9780312042776, 9781575110202

Publication Date: July 1, 1990

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♥ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Likeable characters, amusing, upbeat, engaging

Why I picked it up: It was assigned for my readers’ advisory class. I would never have picked it up otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: Goldy needs to prove that she didn’t poison anybody in order to get her catering business back.

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To Brew or Not to Brew, by Joyce Tremel

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Title: To Brew or Not to Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery

Author: Tremel, Joyce (Author’s Website)

Genre: Cozy mystery, mystery, culinary mystery, gentle reads

Bibliographic: Berkley, 304 pages, Paperback List Price $7.99, ISBNs 9780425277690, 9780698181748

Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Cozy, clean

Why I picked it up: The author’s son is a friend of mine.

S.I.A.S.: Max keeps finding bodies in her microbrewery, and needs to find the murderer before her grand opening is derailed.

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

crookedletterTitle: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Author: Franklin, Tom (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Southern Gothic

Bibliographic: Harper Collins, 304 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.95, ISBNs 9780060594664, 9780060594671, 9781410435019, 9780062048745

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Atmospheric, moody, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to described it as being very well-written, with imagery evocative enough that the setting — rural Mississippi — almost became another character.

S.I.A.S.: Larry Ott always claimed he didn’t murder that missing girl, but now someone else has disappeared.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware

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Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ware, Ruth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Bibliographic: Simon and Schuster, 353 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Downloadable Audiobook List Price $17.00, Audiobook CD List Price $19.99, ISBNs 9781501112317, 9781501112331, 9781410484987, 9781501112324, 9781594139918

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♥ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Intricately plotted, fast-paced, menacing, compelling

Why I picked it up: I got the author’s second novel from the Book of the Month Club, devoured it, and immediately went out and got this, her first novel.

S.I.A.S.: Nora attends Clare’s bachelorette party, even though they haven’t spoken in years, and things go from strange to sinister.

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