Tag Archives: mystery

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 Killing Kind by John Connolly

Read  August 2017 Recommended for fans of mystery/horror ★    ★    ★    1/2 to four stars Finally Connolly lives up to the promise in The Lovers, book 8 in the Charlie Parker series. It is a mystery series that often borders … 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 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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Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of Louisiana Bayou ★    ★    ★      Pairing Will Patton and James Lee Burke’s Cajun protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, was genius. Patton grew up on South Carolina and went to a school for the arts … Continue reading

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When Gravity Falls by George Alec Effinger

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who enjoy futuristic detective noir ★    ★    ★   ★    1/2 I don’t even. This book engrossed me, sucked me in, took me to the seediest bar in town, plied me with cheap booze and left … Continue reading

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The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert Van Gulik

Read  May 2017 Recommended for fans of period mystery ★    ★    ★   ★ Judge Dee is looking forward to getting out of the Chinese Metropolitan Court of Justice. He’s  tired of only seeing cases on paper, processing routine documents and … Continue reading

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The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille. Or Thriller as Ambien?

Attempted May 2017 Recommended for fans of DeMille and reallllly slow burns ★    ★    Abandoning this book. I just don’t have time in my life right now for this kind of detail. I think this is the kind of book … Continue reading

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A Curious Indian Cadaver (Inspector Singh Investigates #5) by Shamini Flint

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of detective mysteries ★    ★    ★   1/2 Yikes! So close to the end of the Inspector Singh series, and stalking checking out the website for Ms. Flint makes it clear that self-promotion isn’t in … Continue reading

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