Category Archives: Mysteries/Crime

Sunburn

I almost gave up on this contemporary noir novel by Laura Lippman after just a couple of pages because of passages like this, describing one of the main characters: He’s a Ken doll kind of guy, if Ken had a … Continue reading

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The Likeness

After thoroughly enjoying In the Woods as much as I did, I decided not to let that enjoyment subside before going right out and getting Tana French’s second Dublin Murder Squad book from the library. And, as I hoped, I … Continue reading

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In the Woods

I’ve been slow to read Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books, not because I didn’t think I’d enjoy them but because I really didn’t want a new series to read. But since I’ve finished the Patrick O’Brian books, that’s less … Continue reading

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To Fear a Painted Devil

This 1965 Ruth Rendell novel is more of a whodunit than I’m used to from her. It’s set in a neighborhood called Linchester, built on the site of what was once a large manor house and park. The families that … Continue reading

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Secret House of Death

Ruth Rendell, y’all. She’s just so good. I’ve read almost all of the books she wrote as Barbara Vine and a lot of the standalone books she wrote under her own name, as well as a smattering of the Inspector … Continue reading

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Beast in View

This old-school 1955 suspense novel by Margaret Millar features a fractured family whose secrets are being pulled out of the darkness by a resentful woman whose feelings have bred a sort of madness that makes her a danger to everyone … Continue reading

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

I became interested Sherlock Holmes mostly through Laurie King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. Prior to reading those books, I’d read maybe a handful of Conan Doyles’s short stories and The Hound of the Baskervilles. But I’m enjoying slowly working through the originals. … Continue reading

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Bluebird, Bluebird

Darren Matthews had every intention of becoming a lawyer, but, while he was in law school in Chicago, the lynching of James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas, drew him back to his home state and a career as a Texas … Continue reading

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Nothing That Meets the Eye

I read Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels (there are five of them, starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley, and they go by the collective name of the Ripliad) years and years ago, before I started this blog. Ever since, I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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Death in Ecstasy

This is the fourth of Ngaio Marsh’s detective novels starring DI Roderick Alleyn, the smooth, nobly-born, well-educated man who actually works for the police force rather than being a private detective who generously contributes his services. I have to say … Continue reading

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