The best 'who-dun-it' fiction

Who am I?

My passion for true crime fiction started in 2016 with the murders of eight family members in a neighboring county in Southern Ohio. The case made international news, and five years later there are still more questions than answers. I felt the victims of this heinous crime deserved some closure which the legal system has not yet provided. So, writing a fictional version of this story was my way of providing closure - at least in my own mind.

I wrote...

Murders on the Ridge: Mystery in Briar County

By Andrea Smith,

Book cover of Murders on the Ridge: Mystery in Briar County

What is my book about?

Eight bodies were found in less than four hours in Briar County, Ohio. Every significant member of a local family, their ages ranging from 16 to 44, were shot execution-style inside of four different homes not far apart. Local, Federal, and State law enforcement officers swarmed the community, interviewing more than 50 people and combing the wooded areas surrounding the crime scenes. The Ohio Attorney General said the massacre was “pre-planned” and “sophisticated.” A businessman out of Cincinnati offered a $25,000 reward to anyone with answers.

But when the answers started to come, they only raised more questions. Fingers began to point, family conflicts grew, and before this crime was solved, one more local would be found dead.

The books I picked & why

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The Writer: A Psychological Thriller Romance

By Gina A. Jones,

Book cover of The Writer: A Psychological Thriller Romance

Why this book?

If mystery and suspense are your thing, this is a who-dun-it that will suck you in quickly. This book totally captivated me from start to finish. I think what hooked me was the way the author took the prologue to actually show the past, and then when the novel started, all the threads of the story were sewn together so beautifully. Full of twists and turns which make a great suspense experience. There is some romantic drama tossed in which is always the icing on the cake for me as well.

Mud Vein

By Tarryn Fisher,

Book cover of Mud Vein

Why this book?

Dark, psychological mystery who-dun-its and why they did it is key to this book. Tarryn Fisher can write some dark suspense, but this particular book is so disturbing and mysterious at the same time, it begs the questions: Who? What? Why? and How?  When a reclusive, bestselling author Senna Richards wakes up on her 33rd birthday, she is in an unfamiliar place. It feels like she is being held captive, but when she realizes she isn't alone in this strange place, her fellow captive happens to be an ex-lover. So, who had put them in this remote cabin in the middle of nowhere? It's a page-turner that will stay with you long after you finish.

Michael's Wife

By Marlys Millhiser,

Book cover of Michael's Wife

Why this book?

So I read this book back in the late 1970s and when the title of a book that I read so long ago still floats through my mind, demanding a re-read, then that is a great suspense mystery read. Yes, as I re-read this recently, the book captures the 1970s prior to cell phones, internet, etc., but it still holds up with the twisty events of a woman haunted by a past she does not remember. You will have a challenge in trying to figure out exactly which character to believe! A young woman wakes up on the desert floor with nothing but the clothes on her back. No clue as to who she is, where she is, how she came to be there and how she can find any of the answers to those questions. So she does the only thing she can do: she walks. She finds a highway, and then she leaves her future to chance as she has no choice but to trust the person who rescues her from the desert, as puzzle pieces of her past surface over time. It isn't a picture she particularly likes.

Black Lies

By Alessandra Torre,

Book cover of Black Lies

Why this book?

I personally love twisted relationship books, especially when the antihero is hard to distinguish. This book deals with a marriage that is far from typical. I can't say more without spoilers, but take my word that this makes for a fabulous suspenseful read. If you read a book that makes you want to kick and scream when you finally "get it" then this is a perfect read for you. All I can say about Black Lies is expect the unexpected!

The Wrong Side of the Glass

By Rick Incorvia,

Book cover of The Wrong Side of the Glass

Why this book?

First of all, do not start reading this book at bedtime--unless you don't have to get up at any specific time in the morning. I was drawn in from the first paragraph and was hooked. I ended up finishing the book in two long sittings, taking only meal and bathroom breaks!  It was totally worth it!

There are no mind-bending twists, but there are twists. Overall, it is just a great read for a gloomy afternoon, or anytime you need an escape from reality!

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