book reviews

Book reviews for true crime junkies; probe the minds of murderers with our collection of novels, memoirs, biographies, criminal psychology and forensic science books.

Paul Levinson7 days ago
Review of John Stith's 'Pushback'
I usually review science fiction novels here. But when I came across Pushback, an adrenaline pumping mystery novel by John Stith, who wrote Red Shift Rendezvous, one of my all-time favorite science fi...
Trish Gilmore4 months ago
10 Intriguing Books About Dangerous Cults
How many times have you heard people say "don't drink the Kool-Aid" when you were getting a little overzealous about something? This, perhaps, somewhat insensitive phrase refers to the Jonestown Massa...
Sasha Konikovo4 months ago
10 Awesome Books About the Mafia
When it comes to organized crime, no one does it quite like the mafia. They aren't your typical street gangsters throwing up signs and making fools of themselves. They don't flag up or sell drugs on a street corner. They do things with style. They know how to wheedle their ways into business, how to make the most of their connections, and when to use force. More impressively, they do it all while wearing designer suits and driving fancy cars. Needless to say, there's a pretty good amount of peop...
Iggy Paulsen5 months ago
The 11 Scariest Books About Serial Killers
A serial killer is the real-life version of the boogeyman. They are murderous, they are evil, they are monsters that live inside human bodies, and they can be anyone in your neighborhood—even the coup...
Harriet Christabel5 months ago
Six True Crime Books to Add to Your Hitlist
I've been reading true crime for a long time, and have become a bit of a connoisseur on the subject. Once you get into it, you'll never know how fictional crime ever kept you happy before! Here are si...
Nicola P. Young5 months ago
The 10 Best Crime Novels of 2018
The year 2018 was great for crime novels. Exciting new releases from big names in the genre were released, including Ruth Ware and Megan Abbott, as well as some incredible thrillers and noirs from new...
Stefin Bradbury7 months ago
'Her Name Is Mercie' by Chris Roy
The first story in this collection by author Chris Roy is, "Her Name Is Mercie." It is a taut thriller with a lovable duo caught up in a conspiracy that reaches deep into the local police department. The author's powerful prose and tight pacing keeps the reader cheering for Mercie Hillbrook and her affable young companion, Kermit, a Vietnamese street-kid. After her parents are murdered, Mercie finds herself searching for answers. But every answer leads her down a dangerous road to more questions...
Ossiana Tepfenhart7 months ago
The Best 10 Books About Famous Serial Killers
Serial killers are a very uniquely warped, sick type of criminal—and that's exactly what makes them so fascinating. In the world of true crime, their strange crimes and bizarre way of thinking generat...
Hitarth Raval7 months ago
'The Girl in Room 105' - Book Review
I hated it. All that the people could talk in the month of January is the resolutions they (had) made! Now, I knew that the motivation to keep going with the resolution would die in a week (or less) f...
Stefin Bradbury7 months ago
'Apostle Unbound'
Detective Frank Castle may be retired, but there's still a killer to catch!
Morgan E. Westling8 months ago
Best Addictive Detective Novel Series
There is nothing better than finding the perfect detective novel series to get addicted to and cozy up with whenever you have the downtime. As avid readers of the genre already know, when looking for ...
DIYStudent 10 months ago
'The CleanSweep Conspiracy' by Chuck Waldron
The CleanSweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron is a novel on a blogger, Matt Tremain, who blogs about the truth and scams. Matt Tremain's life changes when he learns of CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Canada from a whistleblower. Matt get drawn into the fight to expose the conspiracy when his source is killed. As he races against the clock to stop countless deaths he find allies in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter. I personally am not big on conspiracies, but my feeling is that...
Book Review: 'Truth and Lies' by Caroline Mitchell
Detective Inspector Amy Winter has always wanted to be like her father—a great cop and an inspiration to all. She has followed in his footsteps all the way and now heads a special crimes unit that dea...
Nicola P. Younga year ago
Top 11 Japanese Crime Fiction Novels (Translated into English)
Riddled with reflections on mankind and the dark corners of our psyches, crime novels have a unique ability to give us much more than the simple story it directly portrays. They burrow into the things...
Best Investigative Journalism Books
Just like investigative podcasts, the greatest investigative journalism books of all time have several things in common. For one thing, the stories pull you in and refuse to let you go until you learn...
Mimo le Singea year ago
Proxy Meets Criminology
Rather than my usual essays, this piece is structured as a script intended to simulate what a conversation between myself and four criminologists across the decades might have looked like in the moder...
Leila Parkera year ago
Top Mystery Book Series
Summer is just around the corner and it is the ideal time to indulge in an addictive mystery book series. With juicy crime details unraveling at your fingertips, these books promise to be binge worthy...