The author, a retired psychologist, does a fine job of building her characters; unlike some amateur-sleuth mysteries, whose protagonists seem either too clever or too cute by half, Fradkin populates her series with real people whose lives encompass more than solving the odd crime. Keep ’em coming.
Booklist, for Prisoners of Hope
? Fradkin, a retired psychologist, creates well-drawn, complex characters, and she knows how to build tension and drama that hold readers to the end.
Publishers Weekly, starred review for Fire in the Stars
? A high-adrenaline plunge
Publishers Weekly, starred review for The Trickster's Lullaby
Fradkin combines a white-knuckle mystery with a look at the serious social problem of foreign worker exploitation.
Publishers Weekly, for Prisoners of Hope
Readers of Tana French and Deborah Crombie may want to investigate.
Library Journal, for Fire in the Stars
Fradkin's forte is the emotional cost of crime.
The eloquently described landscape is a visceral part of the plot. Fans of regional mysteries will find much to like.
This crime novel is a good fit for both mystery readers and anyone trying to navigate the tricky questions of love and relationships in our highly mobile modern society.
Barbara Fradkin knows how to write a strong, compelling mystery, and her settings create vivid mental pictures as you read.
An informed and satisfying read that marks yet another milestone in Amanda Doucette's compelling cross-country odyssey.
Ottawa Review of Books