Category Archives: Mysteries

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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A Fix Like This

I’m slowly reading through the mysteries of K.C. Constantine, an author I stumbled across because his most recent (possibly last?) mystery, Grievance (2000), was recommended by Michael Dirda. I started at the beginning of the series, and was surprised at … Continue reading

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The Blank Page

In The Blank Page, Mario Balzic is still chief of police in Rocksburg, Pennsylvania. It’s an old steel-mill town, full of blue-collar people doing their best to get by: these books are police procedurals, yes, but they are also a … Continue reading

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The Coroner’s Lunch

Dr. Siri Paiboun shouldn’t really be a coroner. He’s served most of his life as a doctor for the Laotian people, and now, at the age of 72, he thought he’d be able to take a peaceful, if not ideal, … Continue reading

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Faithful Place

I read Tana French’s first novel of Dublin’s Murder Squad, In the Woods, two years ago. Her novels aren’t a series, but they’re linked: a character from In the Woods, Cassie Maddox, is the point-of-view character in her second novel, … Continue reading

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Funeral Music

I picked up the first two of Morag Joss’s award-winning Sara Selkirk series — Funeral Music and Fearful Symmetry — at a book sale in the spring, mostly because I like the name Morag, and also because it was appealing … Continue reading

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Black Water Rising

Attica Locke’s debut novel is a great example of why diversity in fiction can be such a pleasure. In many respects, it’s a typical thriller, with its reluctant hero, wide-ranging conspiracy, and multi-threaded plot that all comes together in the … Continue reading

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Broken Monsters

I’m not sure where I first heard about this novel by Lauren Beukes, but I was given the impression that it’s a sort of science fiction mystery. It’s not that exactly. It’s really a straight-up horror novel that reads like … Continue reading

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