Category Archives: Mystery

The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert Van Gulik

Read  May 2017 Recommended for fans of period mystery ★    ★    ★   ★ Judge Dee is looking forward to getting out of the Chinese Metropolitan Court of Justice. He’s  tired of only seeing cases on paper, processing routine documents and … Continue reading

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The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille. Or Thriller as Ambien?

Attempted May 2017 Recommended for fans of DeMille and reallllly slow burns ★    ★    Abandoning this book. I just don’t have time in my life right now for this kind of detail. I think this is the kind of book … Continue reading

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Necropolis by Tim Waggoner. Or, P.I. Mad-Libs, Magickal Edition

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans Simon Green ★    ★   Mostly, I have only Past Carol. to blame. You see, I realized my TBR list had over 600 books, over four years of reading if I ever tried to get … Continue reading

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A Curious Indian Cadaver (Inspector Singh Investigates #5) by Shamini Flint

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of detective mysteries ★    ★    ★   1/2 Yikes! So close to the end of the Inspector Singh series, and stalking checking out the website for Ms. Flint makes it clear that self-promotion isn’t in … Continue reading

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The Trespasser by Tana French

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of police procedurals All the stars   What does a star rating mean? Does it mean this is a work of greatness, that deserves to be read by every generation? That each word is … Continue reading

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The Black Ice by Michael Connelly. Eh, tepid.

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of police detectives  ★     ★    ★ Continuing on my quest for a new mystery series suitable for distraction, I hit up my librarian for the second book in Michael Connelly’s famous series centering … Continue reading

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Night Fall by Nelson DeMille

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of thrillers, government conspiracies  ★     ★    ★    ★   Generally, I’m not a fan of political thrillers. You say to me, “Carol, here’s a political thriller I just know you will love…” … Continue reading

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The Black Echo by Connelley

Read February 2017 Recommended for  ★     ★     ★     1/2 First impressions can be so deceptive. Well, actually, first, second and third impressions, but who’s judging? Me. Totally me. Still on the search for a new mystery series, and Michael Connelly’s … Continue reading

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Nemesis by Agatha Christie

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Miss Marple First published 1964  ★     ★    1/2    Nemesis. For such an ominous title, Christie presents a rather philosophically reserved and sedentary work. Miss Marple of the pink fluffy wool and … Continue reading

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A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Miss Marple First published 1964  ★     ★    ★    1/2 One’s time period can be such a bother, don’t you think? Or, in some cases, very inspiring. I, for instance, never thought … Continue reading

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