Tag Archives: mystery

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 Good Kiss by James Crumley

Read December 2018 Recommended for fans of boozy detectives ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2 “When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint … 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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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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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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