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Christine Falls (Quirke, #1)
A joke from the 1970s : A stranger walks into a Belfast pub and orders a beer. The man next to him at the bar eyes him suspiciously for a few minutes,...more
Apr 21, 2008
May 29, 2008
The Jewels of Paradise
I was disappointed by this novel. Having read and enjoyed all of Leon's Brunetti novels, I had hoped that this would be a nice change. Sadly, it fails...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Treasure Hunt (Inspector Montalbano, #16)
There's nothing glaringly wrong with this novel (as there was with The Dance of the Seagull), but there's also not much to recommend it. It feels like...more
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
The Dance of the Seagull (Inspector Montalbano, #15)
Two rules:

1. Mystery authors should take their own work seriously. I don't mean they should avoid humor, but they should not mock their own creation.

Jul 04, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
By Its Cover (Commissario Brunetti, #23)
Before talking about the novel itself, I want to mention the awful job done by the publisher. The typography in the US edition, published by Grove Atl...more
Jun 02, 2014
May 23, 2014
Coyote Wind
This is a book about character and place. The murder mystery moves the story forward, but is used mostly to tell us about the character of Gabriel DuP...more
May 13, 2013
May 15, 2013
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I've read this novel six or seven times, starting from when I was ten years old. Most recently I read the annotated version published in 1996 by Bloom...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
As I Lay Dying
Apparently (and I did not know this until now) I don't always appreciate great literature. I read several of Faulkner's novels years ago (Absalom, Abs...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
Nostromo was a difficult read for me. I started this book many years ago and gave up after the first 50 pages. This time I plowed through, and I'm gla...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
The Triumph of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa, #12)
The Triumph of Caesar is the 12th in the Gordianus series of novels set in ancient Rome. 'Gordianus the Finder' is a kind of private detective who sta...more
Aug 02, 2008
Jul 13, 2008
My Revolutions
Chris Carver was a member of a radical left-wing group in London in the late 60s to early 70s. He fled the country and eventually returned to England...more
Jun 14, 2008
May 29, 2008
My Friend Maigret
This novel is about Maigret. Oh sure, there's a murder and an investigation, and we eventually get to know a good deal about the victim and about the...more
Mar 31, 2008
May 30, 2008
Spider Woman's Daughter (Navajo Mysteries, #19)
Very near the end of this novel, Bernadette Manuelito says something to the effect of "I should have seen this a lot earlier." I'm sure I wasn't the o...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
The Hobbit: Graphic Novel
I first read The Hobbit in 1967, the 1965 US paperback edition from the 1956 second edition of the novel. Sadly I gave away that edition many years ag...more
Feb 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Flight Behavior
The first 50 pages or so were pretty tough going for me - I nearly gave it up, in fact. The first 15 or so pages follows the main character as she wal...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Fault Line (Ben Treven, #1)
In Fault Line, Eisler introduces the character of Ben Treven, a special-ops soldier specializing in assassination. Gung-ho to the core, and convinced...more
Sep 29, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
A Partisan's Daughter
A Partisan's Daughter is the latest novel by Louis de Bernieres, the first since Birds Without Wings. It is a very small novel, almost a novella. Set...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Night Flight
Night Flight is a splendid novella about the hazards of flight in its early days, and about a certain philosophy of command. The principal character i...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
Drawing Conclusions (Commissario Brunetti, #20)
Drawing Conclusions is the 20th in the Brunetti series. Though I enjoyed the book, it seemed that it was not really up to the generally high standard...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
Midnight in Europe
Catalonian Cristian Ferrar is a high powered attorney working for a US international law firm in their Paris office and is recruited by the Spanish Re...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
Hector and the Search for Happiness
This is a novel about a psychiatrist who begins to wonder why so many of his patients are well-off, healthy, and have very few substantial problems, y...more
Nov 05, 2010
Nov 03, 2010
Angelica's Smile
This was substantially better than the previous two books in the series which were, frankly, unworthy of Camilleri and the Montalbano character. In th...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
Beastly Things (Commissario Brunetti, #21)
This is the 21st novel in the Guido Brunetti series. Most mystery series get pretty stale by this point, but not so in this case. In large part that i...more
May 26, 2012
May 23, 2012
Specimen Song
I'm not quite sure why I like this series, but I do. The Gabriel Du Pre character is the main reason, I guess. He's basically a redneck luddite who do...more
May 19, 2013
May 17, 2013
Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #2)
This book could be subtitled "Three Applications of the Praxis of Moral Philosophy, as Exemplified by the Circle of Mma Ramotswe". It's hard to say mu...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
The Age of Doubt
Montalbano is still moving through the five stages of grief over his advancing years (now well into his 50s) - arriving somewhere between bargaining a...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
The Book of Saladin (Islam Quintet, #2)
I can't really do justice to this novel. Tariq Ali is a brilliant writer with a deep knowledge of history; the history of the relationship between Isl...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
August Heat (Inspector Montalbano, #10)
This is the 10th book in the Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri, and the latest to be translated to English by Stephen Sartarelli. In this installm...more
Apr 14, 2009
Apr 07, 2009
The Blonde on the Street Corner
This is a very short novel written in 1954 and set in December 1936. The main characters are four men in their early thirties, unemployed and living w...more
Nov 2010
Oct 27, 2010
Death and the Olive Grove
This is the second in the Bordelli series (and the third that I've read), and once again Bordelli is having trouble sleeping, and can't seem to leave...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
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