Category Archives: Mysteries/Crime

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

When I read the first of the Claire DeWitt mysteries by Sara Gran last fall, I had mixed feelings, partly because I found the world of the book and Claire’s methods so strange and the mystery not particularly satisfying. But … Continue reading

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Castle Shade

It continues to amaze me that Laurie King has managed to continue the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series for so long with such a consistently high quality. Maybe not every book has been spectacular, but there’s not a dud in the … Continue reading

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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

What a peculiar crime novel this is! I liked it, mostly because it kept me guessing, but a lot of my guessing was about the world of the novel, not so much the mystery. Claire DeWitt is a renowned detective … Continue reading

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One by One

I’m always on the lookout for mystery writers whose books are as consistently absorbing and well-written as Ruth Rendell’s, but mostly I don’t have much luck finding them. Ruth Ware had been on my radar for a while as someone … Continue reading

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Long Bright River

This book by Liz Moore offers exactly what I want in a crime novel. It’s thoughtful about crime and policing, it offers complicated characters, it’s well-paced and suspenseful, it takes some pleasing twists and turns, and it is generally a … Continue reading

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Missing, Presumed

I do love a really good, meaty crime novel, but there’s so much crime fiction that just doesn’t work for me. I think I want it all to have the perverse darkness of Ruth Rendell or Tana French or the … Continue reading

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August Reading in Review

It is amazing how much reading I can get done when there are no movies or live theatre to go to and no restaurants for safe dining out with friends or really anywhere much to go. It was even too … Continue reading

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July in Review

July brought a few baby steps toward normalcy. I started using my library’s no-contact curbside service, which works really well. And my church started having outdoor services last week, with masks, social distancing, and reservations required. (The reservations are to … Continue reading

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June in Review

Now that I’m into the third month of the pandemic, my new at-home life just feels like normal life. Virginia is opening up a bit more, but I expect to be working at home indefinitely, and it will be a … Continue reading

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February Reading in Review

I hadn’t intended to read all of the 2020 Tournament of Books contenders, but once I’d read most of them, I couldn’t help myself and ended up finishing the list. Alas the TOB brackets have my favorites (Girl Woman Other, … Continue reading

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