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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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The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh

Read July 2018 Recommended for people who want Christie Lite ™ ★     ★    ★       Things I’ve Learned From British Mysteries 1. When a detective says, “oh, one other small thing…,” it isn’t. 2. Brush up on your … Continue reading

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Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

Read July 2018 Recommended for people who like Christie ★    ★   ★  Written in 1935, this was the second book for Ngaio Marsh, theater director and eventually one of the ‘greats’ in crime fiction writers. To write it, she drew … Continue reading

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The Wanted by Robert Crais

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of PIs ★    ★   ★   Alas; I have reached the current end in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, a collection of private investigator thrillers set predominantly in the Los Angeles basin. Over seventeen books, … Continue reading

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Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of mysteries ★    ★   ★   ★   1/2   The second mystery I’ve read by Higashino was even better than my first (The Devotion of Suspect X). There is something immensely satisfying about his approach … Continue reading

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Just What the Doctor Ordered by Colin Watson

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries ★    ★    ★   This is what happens when Agatha Christie meets Shakespeare. Not, you know, the MacBeth Shakespeare will allusions to guilt and all that. No, this is Comedy of Errors … Continue reading

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