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Book Review: Cartel Rising by Guillermo Paxton

There are various subsets within the crime fiction genre; “tartan noir” for books set in Scotland and “Nordic noir” for those that take place in the Scandinavian countries. If there is a “narco noir” sub-genre for crime fiction set in Mexico, then Paxton is surely the...

Book Review: For Love of a Cause by Elly Michaels

Every once in awhile we come across books that we simply can't put down. FOR LOVE OF A CAUSE by Elly Michaels is one of them. In 1970’s Bolivia a small insurgent group is battling an undefined but assumed corrupt and brutal government. American suburbanite Annie...

Book Review: The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo

THE REDEEMER by Jo Nesbo is the midpoint novel in the Harry Hole series set in Norway, picking up where the last left off and priming the reader for another just as fast as Nesbo can write it. I’ve been reading them out of sequence and this one both filled in some...

Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

I wasn't the first to buy much-hyped thriller INFERNO by THE DA VINCI CODE author Dan Brown but I'm glad I eventually did. But you'll be surprised why. The Kindle verson of the book was pricey these days when great books can be had for $2.99. So I waited to read some...

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...

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