The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes


The Lodger, Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1913 My favorite quote: “For the first time in her life, she visioned the infinite mystery, the sadness and strangeness, of human life.” Most interesting characters: Mr. Sleuth, the mysterious lodger who may or may not be quite what he seems Opening scene: Middle-aged couple, Robert and Ellen Bunting, sittingContinue reading “The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes”

The Falls by Karen Harper


The Falls, Karen Harper, 2003 My favorite quote: “I have a feeling my survival training is going to come in real handy.” Notable characters: Keith Malvern, a man who allegedly commits suicide; Claire Malvern, his wife, who believes he was murdered; Nick Braden, the town sheriff-turned-love-interest Most memorable scene: The discovery of a hidden truthContinue reading “The Falls by Karen Harper”

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager


Lock Every Door, Riley Sager, 2019 My favorite quote: “Never take anything you haven’t earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.” Notable characters: Jules Larsen, the apartment-sitter; Nick, another resident Most memorable scene: The fire Greatest strengths: The character motivation. I think most people wouldContinue reading “Lock Every Door by Riley Sager”

Endless Night by Agatha Christie


Endless Night, Agatha Christie, 1967 My favorite quote: “‘Nobody shall drive us away,’ I said. ‘We’re going to be happy here.’ We said it like a challenge to fate.” Notable characters: Michael Rogers, a young man who can’t quite figure out what he wants to do with his life; Fenella Goodman, a business-smart heiress; GretaContinue reading “Endless Night by Agatha Christie”

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie


Hallowe’en Party, Agatha Christie, 1969 My favorite quote: “You and I have a principle in common. We do not approve of murder.” Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the sleuth with a really, really great mustache; Ariadne Oliver, an author who calls on Poirot for help; Joyce Reynolds, a bratty little busybody with whom you should neverContinue reading “Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie”

Make Them Cry by Kevin O’Brien


Make Them Cry, Kevin O’Brien, 2002 My favorite quote: “‘Why am I standing in this stupid empty tub?’ she asked. ‘So it catches all the blood,’ he replied.” (I mean, why else would you be standing in an empty tub, right?) Notable characters: Father Jack Murphy, a widower and spiritual advisor at Our Lady ofContinue reading “Make Them Cry by Kevin O’Brien”

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie


The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie, 1942 My favorite quote: “What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one’s house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.” (I’ve always felt exactly the same way. Thank you, Agatha Christie, for making meContinue reading “The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie”

Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald


Murder in the Wind, John D. MacDonald, 1956 My favorite quote: “Johnny Flagan would look over his glasses at you and grin wryly about his morning hangover and you would never notice that the grin did nothing to change the eyes. The eyes were small and brown and watchful and they could have been theContinue reading “Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald”

Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton


Fog Hides the Fury, Paula Minton, 1967 My favorite quote: “I could snap my fingers and suddenly the gray strands of fog would begin to curl around my body in a strange and mystical garment.”  Notable characters: Arlene Dade, a young woman who inherits a house of unhappiness; Alan Caswell, the handsome with mysterious intentionsContinue reading “Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton”

Ghost Walk by Heather Graham


Ghost Walk, Heather Graham, 2005 My favorite quote: “ … you can get the same feeling at a Civil War battle site — even with all the bodies removed. I guess it’s a way of feeling the past, of history, people, the emotions. Remnants of the lives that were lived there, lost there.” I likeContinue reading “Ghost Walk by Heather Graham”

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie


Cat Among the Pigeons, Agatha Christie, 1959 My favorite quote: “No sign, so far, of anything sinister—but I live in hope.” Ha! I’ve always loved Agatha Christie’s dark sense of humor …  Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the detective; Inspector Kelsey, and investigating officer; Honoria Bulstrode, headmistress of Meadowbank School for Girls Most memorable scene: WhenContinue reading “Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie”

And The There Were None by Agatha Christie


And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, 1939 My favorite quote: “Oh, yes. I’ve no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman — probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic.” (A dangerous homicidal lunatic YOU created, Agatha Christie!) Notable characters: William Henry Blore, the PI; Isaac Morris, the owner ofContinue reading “And The There Were None by Agatha Christie”

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen


The Shape of Night, Tess Gerritsen, 2019 My favorite quote: “Even now I still dream about Brodie’s Watch, and the nightmare is always the same. I am standing in the gravel driveway and the house looms before me like a ghost ship adrift in the fog.” Notable characters: Ava Collette, the troubled heroine; Captain JeremiahContinue reading “The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen”

Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham


Pearls Before Swine (#12 in the Albert Campion series), Margery Allingham, 1945 (Pearls Before Swine was originally published as Coroner’s Pidgin) My favorite quote: “Nobody, nobody ever killed anyone simply in order to provide an awkward corpse in someone else’s house.” (Sorry, but that’s just hilarious) Notable characters: Albert Campion, the detective who has justContinue reading “Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham”

A Gothic Recipe for Horror


The Thorne and Cross thriller, The Witches of Ravencrest, is the latest to come to audiobook and to celebrate, we’re sharing our recipe for Gothic horror. But first … a little about the book … Narrated by film and voice actor, Nathan Foss, The Witches of Ravencrest is book 2 of The Ravencrest Saga, precededContinue reading “A Gothic Recipe for Horror”