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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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Taken by Robert Crais

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of thrillers ★    ★    ★    I’ll say it right off the top: I hate kidnapping plots. When I realized this was centered on a kidnapping (that’s not a spoiler; it’s clear from both … Continue reading

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Claire DeWitt and the Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

Read May 2018 Recommended for fans of mysteries ★    ★    ★    ★   ★   Five million stars. But wait, if I rate this book that high, what does that make Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead? Fucking awesome, … Continue reading

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The Promise, by Robert Crais. Promised and delivered.

Read May 2018 Recommended for fans of thrillers, dogs ★    ★    ★   1/2  Another fine installment in the Crais series. In this, Elvis takes a job looking for Amy Breslyn, a missing woman who has been withdrawn ever since her … Continue reading

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The Sentry by Robert Crais

Read  April 2018 Recommended for thrills ★    ★   ★   ★ “Button’s face was blank as Pike approached, but a deep line cut Futardo’s brow. Pike wondered what she was thinking. Button’s jacket was already off in anticipation of the coming … Continue reading

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The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Read  March 2018 Recommended for mystery fans ★    ★   ★   ★   Both unusual and familiar, The Devotion of Suspect X is an unassuming mystery with an astonishing approach. It is a book that will toy with the very definition … Continue reading

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The First Rule by Robert Crais

Read  March 2018 Recommended for fans of mystery-thrillers ★    ★   ★     1/2 I’ve been enjoying Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole mysteries, but apparently Crais felt the need to punch things up by featuring Elvis’ best buddy, Joe Pike as the lead … Continue reading

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