Category Archives: Mystery

Free Fall by Robert Crais

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of detective thrillers ★    ★    ★    ★   A solid James Garner on the GRS-MV* 1– Peter Falk 2–Tom Selleck 3– Tony Shalhoub 4– James Garner 5– Benedict Cumberbatch Robert Crais is my new … Continue reading

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Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of private detectives ★    ★    1/2 Checked out because 1) it was in large print, 2) I’m looking for non-torture-porn detective series for the mom, and she seems to not mind some of these … Continue reading

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Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Read  October 2017 Recommended for people who meet the checklist ★     1/2 Read only if: 1. You’re John Sandford’s A+ Number One Fan 2. You are a completionist and must read every book in the Lucas Davenport series 3. You’re … Continue reading

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The Black Angel by John Connolly

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of Charlie Parker ★    ★    ★    The sixth entry in the Charlie Parker series is a slightly different approach. To date, Parker has been involved in cases that touched him or were jobs he … Continue reading

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The White Road by John Connolly

  Read  August 2017 Recommended for fans of atmospheric writing, thrillers ★    ★    ★    ★    “To invite me into their lives was to admit failure and allow death its provenance, for I was the one who arrived when all hope … Continue reading

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School Days by Robert Parker

Read  August 2017 Recommended for Spenser fans ★    ★        Not the worst book I ever read. I went through this period in my mid-twenties when I was trying to work out on the elliptical and the bike at the gym, … Continue reading

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The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of police detectives, L.A. ★    ★    ★    ★      In book three of the Harry Bosch series, Connelly finally hits his stride. The preceding two books frequently referenced the lethal shooting of a … Continue reading

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The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata. Not the Last Good Woman.

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of military thrillers ★    ★    ★    Short version: a nail-biting action thriller. Read it if you want thriller, but not to experience anything new in female characterization or military sci-fi. “If Daniel could offer … Continue reading

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The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert Van Gulik

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of Hercule Poirot and an interest in China ★    ★    ★    ★    Who knew 7th century China could provide such fertile source material for mysteries? And who knew that it would take a Dutch … Continue reading

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The Haunted Monastery by Robert Van Gulik

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of Judge Dee ★    ★    1/2 Fresh off the case of The Chinese Gold Murders, I was rather looking forward to another of Judge Dee’s adventures. Judge Dee and his retinue are returning from … Continue reading

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