Category Archives: Mystery

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Read December 2019 Recommended for middle school detectives  ★     ★     ★    ★     The Westing Game is first full-length mystery I remember reading. Well, besides Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew books. But the one mystery that I could still … Continue reading

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Small Vices by Robert B. Parker

Read November 2019 Recommended for Spenser fans ★   ★    1/2  Having read this over a decade ago, it wouldn’t normally make the re-read list. However, the dad enjoyed the last Parker book I gave him, so I thought … Continue reading

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Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker

Read November 2019 Recommended for Spenser fans ★   ★    1/2 Oh goodness, definitely a good thing I was a helicopter parent. Not a good fit for dad. Suddenly I understand why Parker has the Jesse Stone series: as … Continue reading

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Maggie Terry by Sarah Schulman

Read November 2019 For fans of NYC and addiction lit-fic ★    ★     Hey, a new category of fiction for me: the NFM. Not quite a DNF, it’s a Not For Me, a quit before I waste any more … Continue reading

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A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

Read September 2019 Recommended for fans of Crais ★    ★    ★    Here’s the scoop: A Dangerous Man is distressingly like Taken (Cole/Pike book #15), except that we skip the twist. It also reads more coherently; though Crais … Continue reading

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The Wrong Case by James Crumley

Read August to September 2019 Recommended for fans of boozers ★   ★     Was this a mystery? Nominally. Was this an extended bender through the days of Milo’s feeble attempts to distract himself from the drunken ennui of his … Continue reading

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A Time of Torment by John Connolly

Read July 2019 Recommended for series fans ★   ★    ★   Here’s the thing: I’ve been reading Bad Blood and I was in the mood for some retribution, so I switched to Connolly’s Charlie Parker series. Being more than … Continue reading

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Blanche Cleans Up by Barbara Neely

Read July 2019 Recommended for  ★   ★   ★   1/2 The other day I was thinking about what a mystery story would be like if the main character wasn’t an investigator, or an ex-cop, or a rich person with a … Continue reading

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Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Read July 2019 ★   ★   ★   ★    A bit of a slow start that required a reboot, then once I reached chapter seven or so, became very hard to put down. It didn’t occur to me while reading, … Continue reading

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The Toll by Cherie Priest

Read July 2019 Recommended for fans of Southern Gothic ★   ★   1/2    Loosely billed as ‘horror,’ I don’t think that The Toll earns the genre. With a Southern Gothic atmosphere, it has a dual plot line that only … Continue reading

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