Category Archives: Mysteries

The Murder of Mary Russell

How’s that for a title to make long-time fans of a series nervous? The fourteenth book in Laurie R. King’s Russell/Holmes series begins with Russell facing down an unexpected visitor in her and Holmes’s Sussex home. The intruder appears to be … Continue reading

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Broken Harbor

This is the fourth of Tana French’s loosely-linked mysteries that I’ve read, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed each of them more than the last. Broken Harbor is no exception. In it, French explores love, mental illness, the … Continue reading

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Dark Places

The Days were a clan that mighta lived long But Ben Day’s head got screwed on wrong That boy craved dark Satan’s power So he killed his family in one nasty hour Little Michelle he strangled in the night Then … Continue reading

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Dreaming Spies

I’m not sure how I managed to miss this, the thirteenth novel in Laurie King’s series of Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes novels, when it came out in 2015. I’ve been reading them since the very beginning, and normally I leap … Continue reading

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An Old School Tie

I started reading Andrew Taylor’s mysteries about William Dougal a few years ago, when I stumbled across the first of them: Caroline Minuscule. Dougal begins as a cynical, amoral, and cowardly graduate student, working in medieval studies in a sort … Continue reading

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Evil Under the Sun

It’s been years — no, decades — since I’ve read a mystery by Agatha Christie. I can remember quite vividly when I first discovered her: it was about the time I started to read adult fiction at all, when I … Continue reading

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Midnight Sun

As a fan of crime fiction, I’ve long been interested in exploring some of the popular Scandinavian crime writers, but there’s so much to choose from! And so many of the big-name writers write long series that I’m not particularly … Continue reading

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The Weird World of Wes Beattie

Wes Beattie is a known liar and a convicted thief and now a murder suspect. His lies have always been ridiculous, but now that his uncle has been beaten to death with a blackthorn stick shortly after cutting Wes out of his … Continue reading

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The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes

Am I convincing any of you to read these K.C. Constantine mysteries yet? This is the fifth of them I’ve read (and the third in fairly quick succession — I feel like a bit of a glutton), and I am … Continue reading

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The Whites

Just as I was getting started on The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt), I saw that the readers in the Tournament of Books group on Goodreads were mostly unimpressed with it, and my interest in it flagged a bit. I’m … Continue reading

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