Category Archives: Mysteries

Bury Your Dead

Bury Your Dead is the sixth of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache novels (and the third I’ve read this year.) It follows closely on The Brutal Telling, revisiting events from that book and following through on the heavy foreshadowing Penny did … Continue reading

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Still Life

So. This is going to be a difficult review to write. So many people I know are fond of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. Jenny even put this first book from the series on my list of books to … Continue reading

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The Murder of Mary Russell

I’m a long-time fan of Laurie King’s Holmes/Russell series, so the title of this, the fourteenth, is calculated to make me shiver. (I did wonder, though — “of” is such a two-edged preposition.) King has done a lot of different … Continue reading

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Always a Body to Trade

It was very interesting to read K.C. Constantine’s sixth installment of the Mario Balzic series of mysteries, Always a Body to Trade. It was written in 1983 — more than 30 years ag0 — and it takes place in Rocksburg, … Continue reading

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His Bloody Project

I love a good historical thriller, so I was delighted to see this book by Graeme Macrae Burnet on the Booker longlist. It was, after all, the Booker longlist that finally got me to read Sarah Waters. Might Burnet be … Continue reading

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The Brutal Telling

This is the fifth in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series of crime novels, most of which take place in the small, secluded Quebecois village of Three Pines. I read the fourth novel, A Rule Against Murder, just a few months … Continue reading

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End of Watch

This is the third in Stephen King’s trilogy about Bill Hodges, a retired police detective. The first two, Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, were solid, fast-paced thrillers, nothing paranormal about them. Hodges and his two sidekicks, Holly Gibney and Jerome … Continue reading

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The Secret Place

I’ve been reading Tana French’s novels about the Dublin Murder Squad for a couple of years now, making my way through them with huge enjoyment. She writes so well, and her characters are always well-rounded, by which I mean that … Continue reading

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Red Lights

It’s Labor Day weekend in the 1950s, and the highways from New York to Maine are clogged with couples and families heading north. Steve and Nancy Hogan are going to Maine to pick up their children from a summer-long camp. … Continue reading

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A Rule Against Murder

The fourth book in Louise Penny’s series of mysteries starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache takes place (for once) away from the cozy village of Three Pines. (Three Pines suffers a little from Cabot Cove/ Midsomer/ St Mary Mead Syndrome, where … Continue reading

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