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The Rat Catchers’ Olympics by Colin Cotterill

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of gentle investigations, socialism, Olympic fun & games  ★     ★     ★   1/2 The Dr. Siri series follows Laos’s only coroner, a medical doctor and cynical party member of the socialist government. In the first … Continue reading

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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree

Read December 2016 Recommended for fans of Hercule Poirot  ★     ★     ★     ★   1/2 My favorite Inspector Singh yet. If you haven’t yet heard about the Inspector Singh detective series, I recommend giving it a try. Singh is a … Continue reading

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The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon. Or, the Heart Thief.

A perfect story for the end of the year. http://www.apex-magazine.com/the-toma… Mixing mythology with fairytales and the rise of the railroad can have lovely results. For a few moments, on New Years’ Eve, in the cold and dark north, I was … Continue reading

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The Singapore School of Villainy by Shamini Flint

Read November 2016 Recommended for fans of Agatha Christie  ★     ★     ★     1/2 The head of a prestigious law firm is discovered by his partners when they arrive for a mysterious, late-night meeting. The building is locked with key-card … Continue reading

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The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

Read November 2016 Recommended for fans of supernatural detective  ★     ★     ★     ★     ★   Possibly perfect. The more I love a book, the harder it becomes to review, because I don’t want to move out of my state of enjoyment … Continue reading

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A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint. Fair is foul and foul fair.

Read November 2016 Recommended for fans of Agatha Christie  ★     ★     ★     1/2 “Inspector Singh could hear the heavy groans of frogs and the harsh chirping of crickets. The sounds of Bali were so different from the din of … Continue reading

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A Most Peculiar Murder by Shamini Flint. Not ‘peculiar’ as much as ‘intriguing.’

Read September 2016 Recommended for fans of southeast Asia, gentle mysteries  ★     ★     ★     ★    I get the strangest feeling of Agatha Christie, lah? Not entirely sure why that would be as Inspector Singh is an Indian Singaporean, disrespected … Continue reading

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Or, How to Feel Good on your way to a Small Angry Planet

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of Firefly  ★     ★     ★     ★       Niceness is undervalued. In an age of cynicism, we believe very little is done altruistically: this politician is facilitating an international adoption for campaign-fodder; that site … Continue reading

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Dance of the Bones by J.A. Jance

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of Jance’s Walker/Beaumont series  ★    Note to self: Do NOT pick this up again. Yes, I know you are a bit desperate for a solid mystery series and thought you’d check out Jance … Continue reading

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The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia. Or, Back to class!

Read July  2016 Recommended for the author. To re-work.  ★     “This week’s assignment will be to write two chapters of a young adult book about a Pygmy girl, dragons and special powers.” At least, that’s how I imagine The … Continue reading

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