Kim Devoe

Crooks, murderers, detectives, and spies — a lover of mystery and suspense, Kim is a crime novel enthusiast.

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ISBN: 9781250105639
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 6th, 2018

Force of Nature is an outstanding atmospheric thriller set in the remote Australian bushland. It involves five women who go on a corporate wilderness survival retreat. Only four of them return. The missing woman is a whistle-blower in a money-laundering scheme involving the accounting firm she works for. The tension builds slowly as the story alternates between the police investigation and the women’s recollections of the harrowing retreat. None of them tell the same story, but it was clearly a cold, wet and terrifying experience fraught with the dangers of both mother nature and human nature. Secrets gradually unfold in this twisty, layered novel, and Harper’s measured reveal and gorgeous prose are a treat. For fans of psychological suspense, wilderness survival, the Australian Outback, and Harper’s previous novel, The Dry.

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ISBN: 9780062389923
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 20th, 2018

Sunburn is a modern rendition of a classic noir crime novel. It is the summer of 1995, and Private Investigator Adam Bosk follows the woman he was hired to investigate, Polly Costello, to a sleepy Delaware town. They begin a torrid love affair, and a cunning game of cat-and-mouse unfolds. Polly is a formidably complicated femme fatale, and the plot slow-burns for awhile, then ignites. This retro novel has it all: seduction, deception, corruption, greed, murder, betrayal, and plenty of moral ambiguity. One of Lippman’s best. For fans of psychological thrillers, hardboiled detective novels and classic noir. 

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ISBN: 9781616957780
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Published: Soho Crime - January 9th, 2018

The Widows of Malabar Hill is a historical novel set in 1920s Bombay, introducing a Parsi, Oxford-educated woman lawyer, Perveen Mistry. Early in the book Perveen visits a polygamous Muslim household in which women are kept in total seclusion from the outside world. A murder occurs in their mansion, and Perveen gradually uncovers a complicated web of greed and deceit. The haunting traumas of Perveen’s past are revealed, also, and Perveen struggles to defend herself using deeply misogynistic Parsi law. The Widows of Malabar Hill includes a diverse array of characters and a fascinating portrayal of colonial Bombay’s rich multiculturalism. More books in this new series are planned. For fans of historical fiction and lawyer/sleuth novels.

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ISBN: 9781250115669
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 16th, 2018

A prison van is hijacked in broad daylight, and a lone prisoner escapes into a waiting car. The fugitive is a disgraced former police Special Branch agent, accused of illegal gun trafficking. But what if he is innocent? Espionage, corruption and clever plotting make The Silent Room a gripping thriller set in northeast England. Mari Hannah’s expert pacing shines as the chapters alternate between the police, the missing prisoner and three rogue agents who secretly engage in their own investigation. Their backstories and humanity help give this thriller a soul, and the pithy British copper dialogue adds to their appeal. Swedish thugs, a Russian whistle-blower, oil rig explosions and a dead brother are part of the the intrigue. For thriller and suspense aficionados.

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ISBN: 9781250170798
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 13th, 2018

The Mitford Murders is an engaging Downton Abbey/Agatha Christie mash-up set in the famous Mitford household in post-WWI Britain. It features the real-life unsolved murder of a war nurse who was the goddaughter of Florence Nightingale. A plucky young nursery maid, a railway policeman, and the eldest Mitford daughter, Nancy, team up to investigate the perplexing murder. The ravages of war, gender inequality, class division, and sibling rivalry are woven into the narrative. Five more books are planned for this clever series, each featuring a different Mitford sister. For fans of historical fiction, classic mysteries and Downton Abbey.

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ISBN: 9781616958619
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Published: Soho Crime - January 30th, 2018

This Is What Happened is a mesmerizing psychological thriller with a strikingly clever plot. It begins when an ordinary young woman is recruited by MI5 to install a surveillance program onto a London company’s computer network. The riveting account of her attempt to do this is followed by a shocking plot twist that completely shape-shifts the story. More surprises follow. Mick Herron’s talent is on full display in this compulsively readable book, which includes spies, misogyny, Stockholm Syndrome, missing people, and sisterly love. For fans of psychological suspense and dark, literary thrillers.

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ISBN: 9780525954958
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Published: Dutton Books - September 19th, 2017

The Scarred Woman features the cantankerous Carl Morck’s unusual and likable cold-case team, Department Q. In this book Copenhagen’s Department Q is tasked with investigating the murder of an elderly woman that is suspiciously similar to a cold case from a decade ago. Concurrently, a hit-and-run murderer of young women on welfare is on the loose, and Department Q’s smart and erratic Rose has a breakdown and disappears. The plot lines come together as Carl and his team investigate these cases and frantically search for Rose, before it is too late to save her. This book touches on a number of themes, including welfare system abuse, prostitution, physical disability, psychological abuse, and mental illness, but it is also laced with dark humor, kindness and love. For fans of Nordic noir, cranky detectives, dark humor, and social satire. – Kim

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By Joe Ide
ISBN: 9780316267779
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 17th, 2017

Favorites of 2017 I — a wild thrill-ride of a sequel to IQ, my favorite of 2016, featuring the one and only Sherlock Holmes of the 'hood.

— Sarah & Kim

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ISBN: 9781250066190
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017

Best of 2017 [Mystery] — enny won the Anthony award and the Agatha award five times each for this stellar series - enough said.

— Kim


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By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith (Translator)
ISBN: 9780385352161
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

Best of 2017 [Thriller] — Harry Hole vs. a deranged vampirist serial killer - Nordic noir meets Stephen King.

— Kim