Mystery Corner

Welcome to my Mystery Corner. Here, you’ll find the novels I’ve read, with updates every week. These novels are invariably in the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre and usually are part of a regular series with a recurring protagonist. You can always return here as a reminder of a book or author I’ve mentioned, to find a great escape from the demands of the business day or as a handy reference for books you want to read. Browse my selections below.

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley I love Walter Mosley, and I’m thrilled that my favorite character he writes about, Easy Rawlins, is back in Charcoal Joe. Picking up where his…
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No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci David Baldacci has just published the 4th book in the John Puller series, No Man’s Land. Puller is a combat veteran and the best…
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Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child Night School by Lee Child is Number #21 in the Jack Reacher series. I spent some time with Lee Child several years ago. A very…
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The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly The Wrong Side of Goodbye is Michael Connelly’s 23rd book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is now a PI, having retired…
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Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler Last week, I mentioned The Whistler, the latest novel by John Grisham. Not edgy enough, I said. Not so, Livia Lone, the latest novel from…
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The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler by John Grisham John Grisham certainly needs no introduction. He’s written a book every year since 1988 and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently…
Read More
This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer

This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer

This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer Finally we arrive at the conclusion of The Clifton Chronicles, the 7 book series started by world-class storyteller, Jeffrey Archer. Last week, Cometh…
Read More
Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben As I’ve said before when speaking of Fool Me Once, Harlan Coben is one of the few authors who doesn’t always write about a series character….
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Escape Clause by John Sandford

Escape Clause by John Sandford

When I know a new book featuring “that effin Flowers” is on my list, I know there’s a real treat on the horizon.Virgil Flowers, a detective working for the Minnesota…
Read More
Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor

Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor

Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor In the summer of terrorist ass-kickers, Pike Logan continues the trend with Brad Taylor’s Ghosts of War, #10 in the series. Logan is the…
Read More
Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap

Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap

Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap It’s been a great summer with some of the biggest ass-kickers around filling the shelves … and none tougher than Jonathan Grave, the leading man…
Read More
First Strike by Ben Coes

First Strike by Ben Coes

First Strike by Ben Coes The latest Dewey Andreas novel, First Strike, is #6 in this great series from Ben Coes. He is one writer I can absolutely say only…
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Foreign Agent by Brad Thor

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor Ok, so I cheated again. I previously told you I was going to power through Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy. I did finish Mr. Mercedes…
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Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader So, following last week’s debut of Eric Van Lustbader’s Jack McClure/Alli Carson series, I moved on to #2, Last Snow. In this novel, street-smart…
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First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader Somehow, I lost track of Eric Van Lustbader … until now. I loved his Nicholas Linnear series, starting with The Ninja, a NY Times bestseller for 24 weeks…
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House Revenge by Mike Lawson

House Revenge by Mike Lawson

House Revenge by Mike Lawson Ok, so I cheated a little. I told you I was going to power through Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy. I did finish Mr. Mercedes and…
Read More
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King Mr. Mercedes is Book #1 in the Bill Hodges Trilogy, the first hard-boiled detective novel by the ridiculously prolific Stephen King. While I am a…
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The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist with 19 novels to his credit. Ace has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction, including the Edgar three times…
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The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer It’s a difficult challenge for novelists in the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre to walk the line between keeping things vague enough to sustain the mystery…
Read More
Extreme Prey by John Stanford

Extreme Prey by John Stanford

There aren’t many series characters that have been around for 25+ books, but Lucas Davenport is still kickin’ ass and takin’ names in Extreme Prey … and I’ve read one each year…
Read More

Must-Read Thrillers Written by Women

Have you read any of the books or authors on the 9 Must-Read Thrillers Written by Women? I think I have read a book or two from Tana French, but…
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Mystery Corner

Welcome to Lary’s Mystery Corner. Here, you’ll find all of the novels that I’ve included in Sword Tips, the weekly Exkalibur Newsletter. These novels are invariably in the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre and usually are part of a regular series with a recurring protagonist. You can always come back here as a reminder of a book or author I’ve mentioned, to find a great escape from the demands of the business day or as a handy reference for books you want to read. Browse my selections below.

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley I love Walter Mosley, and I’m thrilled that my favorite character he writes about, Easy Rawlins, is back in Charcoal Joe. Picking up where his…
Read More
No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci David Baldacci has just published the 4th book in the John Puller series, No Man’s Land. Puller is a combat veteran and the best…
Read More
Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child Night School by Lee Child is Number #21 in the Jack Reacher series. I spent some time with Lee Child several years ago. A very…
Read More
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly The Wrong Side of Goodbye is Michael Connelly’s 23rd book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is now a PI, having retired…
Read More
Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler Last week, I mentioned The Whistler, the latest novel by John Grisham. Not edgy enough, I said. Not so, Livia Lone, the latest novel from…
Read More
The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler by John Grisham

The Whistler by John Grisham John Grisham certainly needs no introduction. He’s written a book every year since 1988 and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently…
Read More
This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer

This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer

This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer Finally we arrive at the conclusion of The Clifton Chronicles, the 7 book series started by world-class storyteller, Jeffrey Archer. Last week, Cometh…
Read More
Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben As I’ve said before when speaking of Fool Me Once, Harlan Coben is one of the few authors who doesn’t always write about a series character….
Read More
Escape Clause by John Sandford

Escape Clause by John Sandford

When I know a new book featuring “that effin Flowers” is on my list, I know there’s a real treat on the horizon.Virgil Flowers, a detective working for the Minnesota…
Read More
Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor

Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor

Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor In the summer of terrorist ass-kickers, Pike Logan continues the trend with Brad Taylor’s Ghosts of War, #10 in the series. Logan is the…
Read More
Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap

Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap

Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap It’s been a great summer with some of the biggest ass-kickers around filling the shelves … and none tougher than Jonathan Grave, the leading man…
Read More
First Strike by Ben Coes

First Strike by Ben Coes

First Strike by Ben Coes The latest Dewey Andreas novel, First Strike, is #6 in this great series from Ben Coes. He is one writer I can absolutely say only…
Read More
Foreign Agent by Brad Thor

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor Ok, so I cheated again. I previously told you I was going to power through Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy. I did finish Mr. Mercedes…
Read More
Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader So, following last week’s debut of Eric Van Lustbader’s Jack McClure/Alli Carson series, I moved on to #2, Last Snow. In this novel, street-smart…
Read More
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader Somehow, I lost track of Eric Van Lustbader … until now. I loved his Nicholas Linnear series, starting with The Ninja, a NY Times bestseller for 24 weeks…
Read More
House Revenge by Mike Lawson

House Revenge by Mike Lawson

House Revenge by Mike Lawson Ok, so I cheated a little. I told you I was going to power through Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy. I did finish Mr. Mercedes and…
Read More
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King Mr. Mercedes is Book #1 in the Bill Hodges Trilogy, the first hard-boiled detective novel by the ridiculously prolific Stephen King. While I am a…
Read More
The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist with 19 novels to his credit. Ace has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction, including the Edgar three times…
Read More
The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer It’s a difficult challenge for novelists in the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre to walk the line between keeping things vague enough to sustain the mystery…
Read More
Extreme Prey by John Stanford

Extreme Prey by John Stanford

There aren’t many series characters that have been around for 25+ books, but Lucas Davenport is still kickin’ ass and takin’ names in Extreme Prey … and I’ve read one each year…
Read More

Must-Read Thrillers Written by Women

Have you read any of the books or authors on the 9 Must-Read Thrillers Written by Women? I think I have read a book or two from Tana French, but…
Read More
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