“Captivating and Alluring” – Bookgasm

“Compelling…The chilly European setting is the perfect backdrop to very dark deeds…meticulously plotted.” -Publishers Weekly

“A crackling undercurrent. Jana steals the show.” -Booklist

“A good plot. Extremely readable. I liked it so much I have to catch up with the rest of the books.”  -AustCrime

“Outstanding yarn.” -Kirkus Reviews

“I really enjoyed the novel.” Jana Matinova is “One of my favorite European characters.”

“Genelin doesn’t disappoint…A breath of fresh air…Commander Jana Matinova is a champ.”
-Seattle Book Mama



“Requiem For A Gypsy is most certainly a complex yet deeply rewarding mystery”
-Mysterious Reviews

“Rich in compelling plot twists and sobering history lessons. It showcases Genelin’s skills as a writer. Buckle up, this is going to be wild ride.”
-Washington Post

“Genelin once again makes present-day Slovakia a compelling backdrop for murder in his superb fourth novel featuring Police Commander Jana Matinova.
-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“(Genelin) depicts vividly the effects of old-syle corruption on the burgeroning democratic society in present day Slovakia, and can weave together a fast-moving whodunit populated with flamboyant characters who flit through the European Capitals…Every character, major or minor in the plot, just about jumps off the page. Mr. Genelin seems incapable of writing a dull page.
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Jana, one of the more intriguing characters in fictional thrillerdom makes fallibility seem like a virtue.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“This is one of the better international mystery series currently available.”

“If you enjoy Requiem For a Gypsy the way I have (twice) you may want them all (all of the Jana Matinova books)
-Kingdom Books



“Genelin, like a consummate conjurer himself, effectively deploys a complex story and cast of characters to dazzle the reader and pull more than a few rabbits out of the hat.”
-The Boston Globe

“Mr. Genelin’s plot contains a great twist. It’s very 21st Century. …An insider’s look…”
-The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Genelin brilliantly blends action and detection, never allowing the plot twists to overshadow his characters’ humanity.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Magician’s Accomplice is a classic police drama and mystery complete with fine dedication to principles. It is a joy to read because author Genelin knows how to write, in the best sense of the word.”
-The New York Journal of Books

“In this exceptionally wrought story full of cloak and dagger suspense…this makes the third series title perhaps the best yet.”
-The Library Journal (Starred review)

“A superb example of a police procedural…It is one of the years best in the genre.”
-Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

“An exciting murder mystery and thriller with a European setting that starts small and escalates.”
– Gumshoe Review

Praise for “DARK DREAMS”


“It’s hard not to see Dark Dreams at or near the top of many best-books-of-the-year lists”
– Dick Adler

“A gripping novel of psychological suspense with a truly original central character. Genelin weaves a compelling plot with a unique central figure. Plan on getting the first Matinova novel, Siren of the Waters, too. You’re not going to want to miss an episode.”
-Globe and Mail

“A seething caldron of crime, corruption, political hypocrisy and violence.”
-The Washington Post

“Genelin ratchets up the suspense with smooth prose, evocative locals and distinctive characters who leap from the page.”
-Publishers Weekly

“In this masterly sequel to the acclaimed Siren of the Waters Genelin vividly describes a Central European country that remains fearful and subject to political machinations despite the fall of the Soviet Union.”
-Library Journal

“A chilly sense of reality.”
-N.Y. Times

“A seething indictment of Middle European politics”
-Kirkus Reviews

“…Superb deductive reasoning…on a par with Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme and Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta. Genelin’s characters are true to life and the story is well crafted with all the twists and turns of the best detective fiction.”
-School Library Journal

“Genelin is one of those intelligent writers who neither leads his reader around by the nose nor spoon feeds them globs of literary cop-talk transfats…He’s got full sails and following seas.”
-The Washington Times



“We must acknowledge that we have been held spellbound by a master storyteller. Highly recommended”
— Library Journal

“A truly fine novel. It’s filled with exactitude of place and people, taking us into a world that seethes with dangerous secrets. On that treacherous journey, Michael Genelin makes unfamiliar worlds seem knowable, and does so with great style
— Pete Hamill

“A terrific novel by a man who knows crime, knows Europe, and knows how to write. Siren of the Waters is a genuine pleasure.”
— Thomas Perry

“Solving the international murder~without~borders scheme becomes a puzzle even Agatha Christie would have been proud of; although the denouement is a lot fiercer. Grim, but undeniably believable in its depiction of secret police sweeps; hounded political protesters and the compromises necessary to redeem a disgraced career. Not your usual wispy escapism, but well worthwhile for current~events junkies.”
— Kirkus Reviews

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