Tag Archives: mystery

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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The Burning Soul by John Connolly

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of  mysteries, thrillers ★     ★    ★    1/2 “Now, in her office at the corner of Park and Freeport, she watched the rain trace an intricate veinery upon her window, as though the glass … Continue reading

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The Whisperers by John Connolly

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of  Charlie Parker ★     ★    1/2  Can some authors be ‘too big to fail?’ Is John Connolly one of them? I’ve had my ups and down with the series to be sure, … Continue reading

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Third Girl by Agatha Christie

Read September 2018 Recommended for fans of Christie ★     ★    ★    ★   Imagine, if you will, being a famous female mystery author. You’ve been publishing for over forty-five years, and you’ve become more than a bit tired of … Continue reading

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Spares by Michael Marshall Smith. Not spare. Quite full, actually.

Read September 2018 Recommended for fans of sci fi and detectives ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2 Calling Spares a ‘hard-boiled detective’ story is like calling Ben&Jerry’s Wavy Gravy ‘chocolate swirl ice cream.’ Sure. I guess, if … Continue reading

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Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh

Read September 2018 Recommended for Marsh fans ★     ★    Some things should be allowed to fade into obscurity, and the underwhelming Vintage Murder is one of them. Like Enter a Murderer, it is primarily a theater mystery. However, … Continue reading

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The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

Read August 2018 Recommended for fans of apocalypse settings, mysteries ★     ★    ★    1/2 The one-minute review: There’s loads of descriptions and reviews out there about this book, which surrounds solving a murder in an isolated community. … Continue reading

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Death In Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh

Read August 2018 Recommended for fans of low-violence mysteries ★     ★    ★    1/2 Forget comparisons to Christie. But consider instead Marsh’s similarity to Janet Evanovitch, or to Oscar Wilde as Detective Alleyn questions a suspect: “‘No worries … Continue reading

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A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino

Read August 2018 Recommended for fans of low-violence mysteries ★     ★    ★    1/2 Higashino is a popular Japanese author who writes mysteries emphasizing character and culture. Though by the time I reach halfway through the book, I’m … Continue reading

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Dope by Sara Gran

Read August 2018 Recommended for fans of noir ★     ★    ★    ★   Dope reminds me of that time I fell off the monkeybars. I landed on my back, hard enough that the wind was knocked out of me … Continue reading

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