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Book Review: The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth is the eighth novel in the charming Isabel Dalhousie series by the prolific  Alexander McCall Smith. Better known for the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series set in Botswana, the Isabel Dalhousie series is set in Edinburgh and has a...

Book Review: Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage

BLOOD OF THE WICKED is the first book in the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series by Leighton Gage. I’d never heard of the series before stumbling upon a reference to it in a Goodreads group. I was trying to see if I was the only one writing a mystery series set in the...

Book Review: The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

THE HANGMAN’s DAUGHTER by Oliver Pötzsch is a medieval murder mystery set in Germany. It is post-plague 1659, a few years after the end of the Thirty Years War, and children are being murdered in the small village of Schongau. It's the first in a series by the author,...

Book Review: The Golden Egg by Donna Leon

If ever there was a mystery author who I consider a role model, Donna Leon is it. Her Commisario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice has all the elements of a great mystery series: a perfect cast of characters starring Brunetti himself--the thinking man’s detective...

Book Review: False Impressions by Sandra Nikolai

FALSE IMPRESSIONS by Canadian author Sandra Nikolai was a real gem, a nicely composed whodunit that shies away from gore and violence in favor of a dialogue-driven narrative in which the characters’ brainstorming sessions take center stage. Am I mixing metaphors?...

3 Latino Reads with Universal Appeal

Each of these 3 exceptional books has universal appeal that transcends its roots, but for different reasons. The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters by Lorraine M. López In all honesty, I picked up The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters because it has an eye-catching cover. Luckily, the...

Book Review: Cold Service by Robert B. Parker

This review is dedicated to the people of Boston. I'm still surprised when I run across someone who is a mystery novel fan but who has never read a book by Robert B. Parker, creator of the Spenser novels that have come to define the mystery genre. His...

Book Review: A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

William Monk is back and better than ever in A SUNLESS SEA, the latest novel by Anne Perry about the amnesiac cop-turned private detective-turned head of law enforcement on the Thames River in 1860’s London. As always, Perry’s vivid descriptions put us right...

Book Review: The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell

Books starring the depressed Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander are growing on me, but not as fast as the portrayal of him by British actor Kenneth Branagh.  I like the book plotlines, the descriptions of rural Sweden, the nice balance of character introspection...

Book Review: Doors Open by Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is one of my favorite mystery writers, with robust, imaginative characters that are true to their environment, beautifully paced plots, and locations that I've visited and love despite the flaws he exposes. Up front I'll admit that I'm prejudiced in favor...

Book Review: Thursday’s List by V. S. Kemanis

The Amazon.com description of legal thriller THURSDAY'S LIST doesn't do justice to what is a revealing dive into the legal tangles involved in catching and convicting foreign money launderers in the US. Set in 1988, with a pre-cell phone, pre-9/11 and pre-Patriot Act...

Book Review: The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

THE LOST ONES by Ace Atkins is a well-crafted police procedural featuring the new sheriff of a small Mississippi county. Quinn Colson is back in his home town, fresh from war, and his old high school buddies are, too. Not everyone has come back to gainful employment,...

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