Tag Archives: thriller

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

Read January 2020 Recommended for fans of Charlie Parker  ★     ★     ★    “A new fall of snow had settled upon the old, like memories, like the years. It would freeze, too, according to the weathermen, adding another … Continue reading

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Small Vices by Robert B. Parker

Read November 2019 Recommended for Spenser fans ★   ★    1/2  Having read this over a decade ago, it wouldn’t normally make the re-read list. However, the dad enjoyed the last Parker book I gave him, so I thought … Continue reading

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A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

Read September 2019 Recommended for fans of Crais ★    ★    ★    Here’s the scoop: A Dangerous Man is distressingly like Taken (Cole/Pike book #15), except that we skip the twist. It also reads more coherently; though Crais … Continue reading

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A Time of Torment by John Connolly

Read July 2019 Recommended for series fans ★   ★    ★   Here’s the thing: I’ve been reading Bad Blood and I was in the mood for some retribution, so I switched to Connolly’s Charlie Parker series. Being more than … Continue reading

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The Toll by Cherie Priest

Read July 2019 Recommended for fans of Southern Gothic ★   ★   1/2    Loosely billed as ‘horror,’ I don’t think that The Toll earns the genre. With a Southern Gothic atmosphere, it has a dual plot line that only … Continue reading

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The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel

Read April 2019 Recommended for fans of hipster thrillers ★   ★   ★     I really think my recommendation says it all, but here’s some specifics: A very, very down-on-his-luck record fan is getting desperate. The estate broiler finally broke, … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

Read February 2019 Recommended for people who like traveling in the 60s ★     ★    ★  You know what’s lovely about Mrs. Pollifax? She’s unabashedly enthusiastic about travel and about meeting people from other cultures. Published in 1966, it … 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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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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Unquiet by John Connolly. Yes, very.

Read August -Sept 2018 Recommended for fans of detective thrillers with a twist ★     ★    ★    ★   1/2 Intense. Connolly writes detective-style mysteries with a dash of supernatural elements. The trouble is, neither Parker, nor the reader, … Continue reading

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