Origin by Dan Brown

In the middle of Kirsch’s presentation regarding a breakthrough that will change the way we look at humanity’s past and future, he’s killed. And he, of course, is the only one who can release the rest of the presentation, so Langdon and the beautiful woman, this time around it’s museum …

From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming

I’m officially done with the James Bond books. I enjoy the movies, but the books are just too incredibly chauvinistic and sexist. Usually I can take books for when they were written, but when characters say things like, “All women want to be swept off their feet. In their dreams …

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

I read Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood a couple of years ago and was underwhelmed. At the time, however, I wrote “I think she’s an author worth giving another chance, even if this book had problems.” I’d been hearing a lot of positive things and The Death of Mrs. Westaway …

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Codename Villanelle stars two women, a top-level assassin and the former MI6 operative whose job it is to find and eliminate her. Both women are strong and well-drawn. Villanelle is a psychopath, but one who knows she’s different and uses the knowledge as a strength. Eve is a tough, but …

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sara Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal is a very timely courtroom drama. Just a warning, there is going to be a minor spoiler here. I don’t think I can help it. Handsome, charming James, a Junior Home Office Minister, is accused of rape by an ex-lover. Sophie is his wife who believes, at …

The Bookworm by Mitch Silver (with giveaway)

The Bookworm by Mitch Silver is a gripping thriller and enjoyable for the most part. There’s so much going on though that it gets a bit overwhelming. Lara, the bookworm, is a Russian history professor who get caught in the middle of a couple of conspiracies. First, we have the …