Category Archives: Mystery

The Emperor’s Pearl by Robert van Gulik

Read February 2019 Recommended for people who like murders in ancient China ★     ★    ★   Judge Dee and his wives are attending the annual dragonboat races when one of the drummers suddenly dies as his boat is about … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

Read February 2019 Recommended for people who like traveling in the 60s ★     ★    ★  You know what’s lovely about Mrs. Pollifax? She’s unabashedly enthusiastic about travel and about meeting people from other cultures. Published in 1966, it … Continue reading

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The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

Read February 2019 Recommended for people who like haunted houses, mysticism ★     ★    ★     Even in a genre tolerant of oddness, The Supernatural Enhancements is going to be a mixed read for most readers. It’s described by … Continue reading

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Malice by Keigo Higashino

Read January 2019 Recommended for committed Higashino fans ★     ★     1/2    Higashino is a best-selling, award-winning, and prolific mystery author in Japan, but only six of his works have been translated into English. They’ve been extremely interesting … Continue reading

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The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Read January 2019 Recommended for fans of period mysteries, period adventure stories ★     ★    1/2  Sherlock has been enjoying a Hollywood resurgence. That’s not what lead me to pick this up, however. Vaguely headachey, I needed a reading … Continue reading

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The Last by Hanna Jameson. Well, I hope it isn’t hers.

Read December 2018 Recommended for fans of The Last Policeman ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2 I was all set to close the book (cough) on 2018; I had finished up the Peter Grant series in a very … Continue reading

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The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly

Read November 2018 Recommended for fans of horses, Claire Dewiitt ★     ★    ★    1/2 There’s a couple of things that keep me coming back to Connolly. One, he hits my prose sweet spot. “For after Barney Shore … Continue reading

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Hex by Maggie Estep

Read November 2018 Recommended for fans of horses, Claire DeWiitt ★     ★    ★    1/2 I sought this book out because of Sara Gran, author of Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead, mentions it in an … Continue reading

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The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Read November 2018 Recommended for fans convoluted police departments ★     ★    ★   1/2   For a first book, this was amazing. However, in the grand scheme of unsolved crime, police procedural and historical mysteries, this left something to … Continue reading

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Motor City Blue by Loren D. Estleman

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of  classic noir, detroit ★     ★     1/2 Some days, you’re just in the mood for whiskey, dying mobsters, journalists in hiding, porn shop owners, and hookers with a heart of gold, all … Continue reading

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