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Odds Against (Sid Halley, #1)
This was my first Dick Francis book. I have been avoiding them for a long time - even though my mother was a keen advocate. In browsing the shelves of ...more
Jun 04, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1)
I was given this book by a friend; it was not a selection I actively made. It was not a completely satisfying book. The fact that it took me over a we ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 17, 2009
Killing The Shadows
I have not read McDermid for quite a while, but I have loved her novels in the past. This book was a disappointment. It had a subplot that seemed irre ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
Game of Patience (Aristide Ravel, #3)
This is the first in Susanne Alleyn's series set in Paris just after the Revolution. (Note: I just learned that this is really the third book in the s ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
I have recently completed this book, the first in Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series - Track of the Cat. I enjoyed it and plan to read the next installm ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
A Real Basket Case (Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer, #1)
This is Beth Groundwater's first published mystery and an Agatha Award nominee. I became aware of it because Beth is a member of Goodreads and suggest ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
Alan Bradley's books are such fun. This is the third in his wonderful Flavia de Luce mysteries. Falvia is an eleven-year-old girl with a fascination o ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
I discovered and read Kate Atkinson a while before she became the source for another mystery series on PBS. I will have to watch the productions somed ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
The Ignorance of Blood (Javier Falcon, #4)
As Robert Wilson announces in his introduction to this book, this is the last in the Javier Falcon Seville quartet. That took me a bit by surprise, bu ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde Mysteries, #1)
Having recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Lyndsay Faye's book Dust and Shadow, I checked out this book. It is set in New York City in 1845, at the h ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2)
It has been quite a while since I read The Alienist, the prequel to this book, so I hadby to become reacquainted with Dr. Laszlo Kreitzler and his ban ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
Budapest Noir: A Novel
I found this book in the hotel where I stayed in Budapest in December and read it shortly after I returned home. I supposed my view is biased by the f ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 22, 2015
The Murder Stone
I am a huge fan of Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge mysteries. So I was excited to happen upon this book in the library. I was not aware of it, and I ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Death of a Squire (Templar Knight Mystery #2)
This is the second book in the Templar Knight series by Maureen Ash. I am enjoying these books, even though they are light reading. The details of lif ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Paganini's Ghost (Castiglione and Guastafeste, #2)
A while ago I decided to read The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam, which was on my mystery and suspense reading list. It was excellent and I was sad to ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
A Long Shadow (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #8)
This is the eighth book in the Ian Rutledge series, and a very good one. It seems that many of the books I am reading lately have references to WWI an ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
I have read and very much enjoyed Caleb Carr's two Laszlo Kreizler novels, so looked forward to this book, his treatment of Sherlock Holmes. Apparentl ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
I must have come across a very good recommendation for this book, because I am usually suspect of Sherlock Holmes tales written by someone other than ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
Murder With Puffins (Meg Langslow, #2)
I picked up this book while visiting my mother for Thanksgiving. I was not exited about the first book (literary awards not withstanding) but needed s ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
Mr. Timothy
I read this book based on the references I found while reading The Pale Blue Eye. Louis Bayard has impressive credentials - both academically and prof ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Entombed (Alexandra Cooper, #7)
This is the seventh book in Linda Fairstein's series featuring Alex Cooper, Manhattan Assistant D.A. I have enjoyed all the books so far, but this one ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Bloodline (Jack McMorrow Mystery #2)
I awoke at 2:45 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep, so I finished this book. It was satisfying, and I think I enjoyed it more than the first one. I f ...more
Jul 30, 2009
Jul 30, 2009
The Strangler
William Landay has written two books and this is the second. Landay does a decent job of weaving his plot around the mystery of the Boston Strangler, ...more
Nov 22, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Elegy for April (Quirke, #3)
I seem to gravitate to books with damaged characters. Benjamin Black's Quirk series supplies these in spades. This is the third in the series, startin ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Blood Trail (Joe Pickett, #8)
Blood Trail is the eighth book in the Joe Pickett series set in the mountains of Wyoming. I read this book in a single day. I enjoy the relationships ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Relic (Pendergast, #1)
A good friend of mine has been urging me to read these agent Pendergast books for quite a while. As it turns out, I have already read the third and fo ...more
May 24, 2009
May 21, 2009
The Marshal and the Murderer (Marshal Guarnaccia Mystery, #5)
Magdelen Nabb was a great find for me. This book is the sixth in her Marshall Guarnaccia series. For anyone who has been to Florence and loves Italy, ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Murder at the Lanterne Rouge (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #12)
This is book twelve in the Aimee Leduc series, one that I have enjoyed from the start. Of course part of my interest is the books' settings in Paris, ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #2)
Dorothy Sayers is great fun, in addition to being the creator of some excellent mysteries. This book is more on the fun side. The dialogue is filled w ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Concourse (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #2)
This, the second in the series, was even better than the first. While I liked the view into the Chinatown and Chinese culture in book one, I think I l ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
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