Dead RichBook 4 in the Karin Schaeffer series
NOTE: Published as The Money Kill in the US
A family vacation ends in an overseas manhunt for their children after Karin's and Mac's case investigating a Manhattan billionaire's infidelity collides with a murder investigation.
"[Dead Rich] is a edge of your seat suspense filled book that will grab a hold and will not let go. The story will take readers on a trip around the globe, to dark corners of Italy and the glittering towers of London, to the alleyways of New York and the peaceful, uber wealthy Connecticut suburbs. The characters are enchanting and multifaceted, and will reveal many deep layers to readers...For anyone seeking a heart pounding international mystery involving money, kidnapping, murder, blackmail and more, this book delivers. [Dead Rich] will not disappoint."
Night Own Reviews (read the full review)
"If you like riveting suspense and plenty of action, try this up-and-coming young author who knows how to create an entertaining thriller with interesting characters."
MyShelf (read the full review)
The 12th VictimBook 3 in the Karin Schaeffer series
NOTE: Published as Vanishing Girls in the US
The police call him the working girl killer. But no woman is safe...
Girls are vanishing off the streets of New York City, and young women are being murdered.When the violence descends on Karin Schaeffer and Mac MacLeary's neighbourhood, and their best friend becomes the lead investigator, they are drawn into the bewildering series of crimes.
As the mystery deepens, what looks like the work of a garden-variety serial killer turns out to be an evil darker than anyone imagined, with roots shockingly close to home.
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"As with her first book The 12th Victim is another fluid and pacy read, read over two days the story flows unhindered with a heady mix of intelligently placed characters and a well-structured plot.... [In] a rollercoaster of a finish Lief ties the story incredibly well and does a magnificent job of good old fashioned storytelling and giving us a few well-placed red herrings along the way. I have to confess I could happily read Katia Lief novels all day long, there's something comforting and relaxing about them—despite the grim and deadly threads—but they are so easy to read it makes reading enjoyable, you just lose yourself. Add a good tale to the mix I guess you can't ask for much more in a book."
Milo's Rambles (read the full review)
"[The 12th Victim] is powerful, provocative, and pulsating with verve; it also marks an evolution of character and circumstance that should serve the series well in future installments. Further, Karin Schaeffer is both complex and compelling, and arguably one of the strongest female figures in contemporary crime fiction—and her absolute strength of will is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit."
John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner (read the full review)
"Lief brings back Karin Schaeffer for a third turn in her latest book set on the streets of New York City, and this time she enters the world of a brutal serial killer. Intense and suspenseful, with a strong, vulnerable heroine and an intriguing plot, this one will keep readers guessing. A riveting read."
—Melanie Bates, RT Reviews (read the full review)
"[The 12th Victim] is about murder, but mainly, it's the story of a haunted woman determined to get to the heart of secrets of a most heinous sort. Three books into the series featuring Karin Schaeffer, author Katia Lief is still exploring the life of a woman shattered by death and still coming to grips with her pain, while providing her readers with cases that are never quite what they seem. Readers of thoughtful mystery will surely enjoy this series."
—Kristin Centorcelli, Criminal Element (read the full review)
Hide & SeekBook 2 in the Karin Schaeffer series
NOTE: Published as Next Time You See Me in the US
Three years after surviving a harrowing encounter with the serial killer who destroyed her first family, Karin Schaeffer and Mac MacLeary are married and living in Brooklyn with their young son. They have found peace together...but then Mac's beloved parents are murdered in what appears to be a botched home invasion. Mac's despondency grows, he disappears, and soon everyone is convinced he has taken his own life. Everyone except Karin. Plagued by the wishful thinking of a reluctant second-time widow, she doesn't believe Mac is dead. When she thinks she spots him at an airport, she launches an investigation that leads her to journey into the heart of darkness to rescue him. Along the way, she discovers that her husband has a dark past she had never imagined.
"Lief does it again... An awesome read."
Suspense Magazine (read the full review)
"Another fantastic and bone-chilling thriller! ...Don't miss this oneyou will be sorry!"
Fresh Fiction (read the full review)
"Katia Lief takes her readers on a whirlwind ride, overflowing with mystery layered upon mystery, ending in an unusual but gratifying finale. Readers will want to read more of this talented writer's work."
New York Journal of Books (scroll down the page to read the full review)
You Are NextBook 1 in the Karin Schaeffer series
Detective Karin Schaeffer was a happily married mother in New Jersey when her life was shattered by a serial killer who murdered her husband and daughter. Martin Price is known to the police as JPP for Just Plain Psycho because of the brutality of his attacks. To the press and the public he is known as The Domino Killer because he systematically murders whole families one by one, after leaving a trail of dominoes as clues. Now JPP has escaped prison...and with the help of her former partner and close friend, Mac MacLeary, Karin struggles to overcome despair and save her remaining loved ones as the clock ticks on all their lives.
"Katia Lief skillfully weaves a complex tale of an emotionally scarred central character, nail-biting suspense, and a diabolical killer that will grip you until the very last page. I can't wait for the next Detective Karin Schaeffer thriller."
"This riveting new book by Katia Lief... is nearly impossible to put down, and is highly recommended."
Spinetingler Magazine (read the full review)
"Lief pens a diabolically brilliant story and takes us on an amazing, wild ride... Karin will not rest until she finds Suzanna and untangles the web of lies and murder to find out what's really going on with all the players in this fantastic mystery."
Suspense Magazine (read the full review)
"This is the chilling thriller you have been waiting for... What a sensationally gifted writer!"
Fresh Fiction (read the full review)
Watch You Die
NOTE: Published as Names of the Dead in the US
Award-winning journalist Darcy Mayhew thinks she has faced her worst nightmare when her beloved husband dies in a car accident. But after moving to New York City with her teenage son to begin their lives anew, she discovers she has a stalker. Not only is the worst yet to come, but her husband's death may not have been an accident after all.
"Very fast, very slick, and very creepy."
London Evening Standard (read the full review)
"Watch You Die is without doubt a thriller but it's a good one in that it successfully avoids some of the clichés expected from this genre and builds tension without resorting to unbelievable plot devices."
Sue Wilsea, Book Noir (read the full review)
"In this new title by Katia, it is perhaps her best to date with some wonderful subterfuge, some great writerly sleight of hand and when blended with solid prose as well as great story arc really keeps you glued until the last page it is turned. Add to this some wonderfully realistic characters that the reader wants to spend time around which when blended with some great dialogue really adds up to one solid crime title that will haunt your mind for some time to come. Great stuff."
Falcatta Times (read the full review)
Five Days to DieNOTE: Published as Five Days in Summer in the US
Before the long drive home from vacation, Emily Parker made a quick run to the grocery store...and disappeared. When her car is found abandoned in the parking lot, her husband, Will, turns to a retired FBI profiler named John Geary for help. As her family scours the Cape for her, Emily's thoughts are not on her own safety. Kept helpless in a madman's lair, she watches him prepare a five-day countdown that will bring him to his real victimher seven-year-old son....
"Mesmerizing...Your heart will be pounding long after you've turned the final page."
"[Katia Lief] provides thriller readers with an exciting tale that will leave fans wanting to read any future books she writes. The pacing is swift, the action scenes leave the audience breathless and the suspense is at a high level."
The Best Reviews (read the full review)
"Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and Lisa Gardner will definitely want to pick this one up, as the suspense and thrills permeate each page...For a taut, edge-of-the seat mystery, look no further than Five Days in Summer."
Curled Up With a Good Book (read the full review)
A holiday home invasion spins out of control when a family of artists is pitted against a pair of burglars in a dangerous battle of wills.
A team of career criminals plans to rob a secluded country house in Waterbury, Connecticut while the famous owner is away visiting relatives. But volatile relationships within this brilliant family lead to a last minute change in plans, and three generations convene in Waterbury instead. When the burglars arrive to find the house occupied instead of empty, a simple crime quickly becomes complicated.
Personalities clash, power struggles intensify, and as day fades to night a robbery escalates into forced captivity and finally murder...but the victim is not who you might have predicted. Each character is driven by their own powerful motivations in this exhilarating novel in which the violence that drives a murder is fueled by desires and disappointments that reach beyond the day, or the crime, at hand.
One Cold Night
Detective Dave Strauss is happily married to Susan Bailey, owner of a chocolate shop nestled in the gentrifying industrial neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn. Susan's younger sister, fourteen-year-old Lisa, lives with them. When Susan is forced to reveal a long-held family secret, Lisa bolts and doesn't return. Assuming she has run away, Dave and Susan search the shadowy cobbled streets beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, but Lisa is nowhere to be found. Soon clues gather to suggest the stark probability that Dave's old nemesis has returned to torment him.
Over the course of one long, cold night, Susan struggles to hold onto her marriage as her faith in old decisions crumbles, while Dave relives the unsolved case of a girl who left her middle school one day and never arrived home. His worst fear is that the two cases are connected and he will fail to find Lisa, as well.
As the hours pass and the night grows darker, with only a trail of blood and a series of untraceable phone calls from "the groom" hinting at Lisa's fate, Dave and Susan know that her disappearance is not a tragic coincidence...and that they have limited time to find her before she vanishes completely.
"Jam-packed with heart stopping suspense, One Cold Night is a book not to be missed. [Katia Lief] has a magnificent way of bringing each character to life in this very fascinating and intriguing tale."
Book Fetish (read the full review)
"[Lief] hits all the right notes with intelligence and compassion in this very taut tale of past mistakes and ruined souls...we can see an author who has much more to offer than the standard suspense... leaving the reader eagerly looking forward to the next."
New Mystery Reader (read the full review)
Mysteries Galore (read the full review)
"One Cold Night is one of those fast-paced weekend reads, with some wonderful law enforcement characters...a great common-man deconstruction of Nabokov's LOLITA, andat its corea heart that cares about the people within its pages."
Bookgasm.com (read the full review)
Seven Minutes to Noon
On a day that seems perfectly ordinary, Alice Halpern waits for her best friend Lauren at Carroll Park, the Brooklyn playground where they meet with their children every afternoon. But when Lauren doesn't arrive, and then fails to pick her son up from school, a normal day transforms into a nightmare.
The police desperately search for Lauren, who is nearly nine months pregnant. Close friends rally around her distraught husband and little boy, offering comfort and support. But hope vanishes when she is finally found... without her unborn child.
Alice, herself pregnant, realizes she's being followed and has the creeping fear that she and her unborn twins are also in danger. As the investigation intensifies, she is shocked as her familiar world begins to unravel. When the truth finally reveals itself, and the danger turns out to be rooted closer to home than anyone had ever guessed, she fights to save what little innocence remains.
"A gripping story that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end."
Book Review Café
"From its brief but memorably creepy prologue to its haunting conclusion, Pepper's novel is a chilling look at how just a few minutes can turn very ordinary lives upside down..."
"In Seven Minutes to Noon...Pepper takes the fears every mother has for her children and exploits it to a terrifying degree."
Reviewers Choice (read the full review)
Here She Lies
When she discovers e-mail evidence of her husband's infidelity, Annie Milliken is shattered. Dismissing his pleas of innocence, she leaves their home in Kentucky and takes their baby daughter to western Massachusetts and the safe harbor of her identical twin sister, Julie. But Annie's sense of security evaporates when she arrives into a crime scene: a woman who resembles Annie and Julie has been murdered right in front of Julie's house.
Annie and Julie cooperate with the murder investigation. Meanwhile, the sisters become as close as they were growing up, spending their days together, dressing the same, sharing the baby. But when Annie applies for a job, everything comes undone. Her credit cards are stolen just as she's arrested for grand larceny. She realizes that she is the victim of identity theft, but has yet to understand the true scale of the crime. As her losses continue to mount with the abduction of her daughter, Annie fears that a deeper, darker crime has been at play all along.
"If you love Alfred Hitchcock classic mysteries, then do not hesitate to buy this book. Just when you think you know what is going on, a new twist springs a fresh revelation on you. Not until the very last page do the shocks end. This is a fascinating read, plain and simple."
A "page-turning thriller, pick up Here She Lies. Don't expect to put it down until the last page."
Book Fetish (read the full review)
"Besides being a great thriller, Here She Lies gives readers an incredible look at the consequences of identity theft and how it impacts the victims. [Katia Lief] rolls up the tension in this cleverly written suspense laden urban crime thriller."
The Best Reviews (read the full review)
The Rise and Fall of Rocky Love
Aspiring cartoonist Catherine "Cat" Gold earns her living as a celebrity assistant in uptown Manhattan, while navigating the cramped downtown spaces of life, love, and alternative art. Her boss is Rochelle "Rocky" Love, a celebrated 1970s feminist and has-been '80s radio and television star who is convinced she can forge a '90s comeback with an autobiography.
But the ghostwriter hired to glorify her life instead reveals a battleground of treachery and hypocrisy, littered with lies and sex that cross all the boundaries.
Cat, meanwhile, has her own personal challenges. The man she loves is afraid of commitment, which becomes a real problem when she discovers she's pregnant. Unsure if she can make it on her own, Cat goes to Rocky for advice; but the older woman, famous for championing independence and choice, has nothing useful to offer her.
When Cat herself experiences Rocky's duplicity and learns that the icon is a fraud, she is fueled by a sense of disappointment and conspires with the ghostwriter to reveal the unspeakable truth about their narcissistic boss.
Love, Sex & the Wrong Bride
Dawn and Hank's breakup is so fresh that she can see the tan line where her engagement ring used to be. She is still in love with Hank, who dumped her for Christineand they're living together now. But when Dawn realizes how much Hank misses her, and might even regret their breakup, the game is on.
Dating in 1980s Manhattan is confusing enough. Then Mike Blitskya.k.a. Mike Mauvais of "Misled Mike's Marvelous Men," a transvestite escort servicebursts into Dawn's life when she becomes the editor of a tell-all memoir he's writing to pay for his legal defense. Unbeknownst to Dawn, Hank is Mike's lawyer, defending him against charges of running a male prostitution ring. Dawn's friend Katherine, a doctoral student in eighteenth century literature, is hired to do research for Mike's book. With everyone working at cross purposes, the result is a modern day comedy of errors that doesn't wind up until the wedding bouquet goes flying in the final scene.
"Wonderfully funny and terribly true."
"Urban, hip, sad, funny, a tipsy walk on the wild side."
"In this deliciously amusing, multi-barbed novel, condom-carrying New York City yuppies assess one another... with hilarious intensity... The finale, a wedding ceremony, is laugh-aloud funny."
We were delinquents, addicts, mental cases, orphans and kids from broken homes."
It is the mid-1970's, and at the progressive school where she has landed, Kate tries to cope with the unexpected upheaval that has shattered her family. It helps when she makes new friends. It definitely helps when she falls in love with Patrick, her first boyfriend. But a new dose of reality hits when she discovers that Patrick is struggling against the lure of drugs.
Faced with an inscrutable headmaster, uncommunicative parents and a doomed romance, Kate makes her way into a thicket of tough new challenges. As Patrick loses himself to addiction, she finds solace beneath a "soul catcher," the rope contraption dangling inside a geodesic dome built on campus by an eccentric boy who surprises her with unique wisdom, friendship and hope.
Gillian Green (editor)
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