Articles Written By: Jodi Chromey

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The Dry

The Dry

The bad thing about Jane Harper’s The Dry is I figured out pretty quickly “whodunit.” The good thing about The Dry is that the writing is so good and the characters are so interesting that I didn’t care about spoiling it myself, I still read it through to the very…
Don’t You Bother

Don’t You Bother

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica should have had the distinction of being the first book I quit in 2017, and yet somehow I finished it, though I’m not entirely sure why. I guess, maybe, I wanted to see if I was right about this wooden mystery populated by unbelievable-as-humans…
History of Wolves

History of Wolves

There’s something extra cozy about curling into your flannel-sheathed bed in the dead of a Minnesota winter with a book set in the northwoods of Minnesota, in a small town with lakes a few churches and not much else. So this is the world fourteen-year-old Linda live in. Madeline, at…
Murder at Trivia Night

Murder at Trivia Night

The other night I was watching the SAG Awards and caught a commercial for an HBO Limited Series based on Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and I went all Buddy the Elf in my head. “I know that book! I read it!” I had no idea the book was being…
An After-School Special Wrapped in a Mystery

An After-School Special Wrapped in a Mystery

Over the holidays I read Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls a gritty mystery that made me think, for the first time, “oof, this needs to come with a trigger warning.” Even so, I enjoyed the mystery that kept me guessing and only got a little draggy in the middle. I’m still…
Nix The Nix

Nix The Nix

The Nix by Nathan Hill was the It book of late summer. Everywhere you turned there was effusive praise and comparisons to John Irving and Charles Dickens, and while I can generally avoid these kinds of books, the author’s local connection (he’s on leave from a teaching gig at St.…
All the Writerly Shenanigans

All the Writerly Shenanigans

For a wholly different and more enthusiastic take on All the Missing Girls, I’d like to direct you to LeAnn’s review. She loved this one. I did not. A few weeks ago I expounded on my theories about mysteries whereby some are thrillingly good and literally keep you guessing while…
Not the GenX Novel I was Looking For

Not the GenX Novel I was Looking For

When I read a review of Alice Adam’s Invincible Summer that described it as a novel that attempts to define a generation, specifically GenX, I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. I’m all in for GenX novels, being a GenXer myself and kind of loving the zeitgeist we…
All the Pretty Words

All the Pretty Words

Tess is a twenty-two-year-old running from, I think, boredom, claiming she was reborn when she crossed the George Washington bridge. Upon arriving in New York City, Tess gets a job at one of the best restaurants in town. The kind of restaurant where “back waiters” can make $60K a year,…
A Few Thoughts on Recently Read Mysteries

A Few Thoughts on Recently Read Mysteries

I’ve become intrigued by mysteries lately. Mostly since one of my writing group friends mentioned how he was writing a bunch of “work for hire” choose-your-own-adventure mysteries. I was confounded by the idea. Writing a choose your own adventure book sounds really hard and then to make it a mysteries…
Smug Narrator Ruins Everything

Smug Narrator Ruins Everything

First things first, Wendy Walker’s All is Not Forgotten starts with a pretty graphic description of rape. Teenage Jenny Kramer is brutally raped for an hour outside a party in her affluent Connecticut town. When her parents get to the hospital where their daughter has been taken they are given…