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The Black Cat (Richard Jury, #22)
I finally read my first Richard Jury mystery (and I can hear several fellow mystery fans saying "You haven't read Martha Grimes?!"), and it was the mo...more
Jun 08, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
Whisper To The Blood (Kate Shugak, #16)
Another exciting entry in a wonderful series! I love Kate Shugak, as she is the strong outdoorswoman/private investigator/Alaskan native I will never...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
Death of a Dyer
This is the second of the William Rees books, set in Maine after the Revolutionary War. Rees makes a good amateur detective, and his community seems t...more
Apr 29, 2014
Dec 11, 2012
Dewey Decimated
This is a reread for me, and an enjoyable one. Someone is accusing the Werner-Bok Library in Washington DC of acquiring rare books of insufficient qua...more
Mar 22, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
Miss Julia Renews Her Vows (Miss Julia, #11)
From my blog:

Boy, have I been missing out! I read the first Miss Julia years ago, and was recently sent her newest book, Miss Julia Renews Her Vows fo...more
May 10, 2010
May 07, 2010
Roux Morgue
This is the second book in the Mary Ryan series by Claire M. Johnson, and I have to say I was disappointed. It's been at least 8 years since the first...more
Nov 07, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
As Dog is My Witness (Aaron Tucker Mystery #3)
I really enjoyed this third, and unfortunately last, entry in the Aaron Tucker series by Jeffrey Cohen. A young man with Asperger's Syndrome confesses...more
Oct 12, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
This was a much different book than I expected, based on what I remember reading about it when it came out. And then, once I started reading it,
I wasn...more
Nov 11, 2009
Aug 13, 2008
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
This was exactly what I was looking for last night to read, and I finished it in one evening. I like the character Georgie, who is 34th in line for th...more
Dec 05, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
Death Rides the Zephyr: A Mystery
3 1/2 stars

I really liked the characters in this book, along with the story.

But I didn't feel it was much of a mystery. Over half of the book was sho...more
Dec 09, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Trigger City (Ray Dudgeon, #2)
It's actually 4.5 stars :). I liked this book so much better than the first in Sean Chercover's Ray Dudgeon series. The problem I had with Big City, B...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
Bury Me Deep
Megan Abbott is such an amazing writer! She always takes you directly to the time period she's writing in, and you feel you are there as the story unf...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #1)
This title is better than some of the traditional mysteries I've read lately (thank goodness!). Sophie Winston is a food/home entertaining writer and...more
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
The Shanghai Moon (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #9)
What a terrific book, with wonderful storytelling. S. J. Rozan has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book was well worth waiting for. It'...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire, #4)
A very interesting entry in the Walt Longmire series. Walt is in the process of helping his injured daughter through rehab (injured in the previous bo...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Winter And Night (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #8)
What an amazing book! I read it before, when it came out in 2002, but forgot what an intense read it was. This book is told from Bill Smith's point-of...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Long Gone
Thanks to HarperCollins, I now have another author to read. They very kindly sent a review copy to me of Alafair Burke's Long Gone. And I'm hooked.

Jul 04, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
A Simple Murder
Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America’s 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.

One of the reasons I chose to read this book was because it won...more
May 26, 2012
May 24, 2012
Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery, #1)
I heard Juliet Blackwell speak at Poisoned Pen in June, and, as I was/am broke, borrowed Secondhand Spirits from the library. I am so happy I did. A v...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Money Shot (Hard Case Crime #40)
Definitely hard-boiled, and for me, also noir. A pretty dark book for me, but smart--smart writing, and a smart protagonist. Angel Dare, former porn s...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
A Mourning Wedding (Daisy Dalrymple, #13)
A good entry in a long running series. I've been away from the series for awhile, and it was nice to return to it. Daisy Fletcher has arrived a the ho...more
Jun 28, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues (Baby Shark, #2)
A good entry into this somewhat violent series. This series is a little more violent than I like my PI series to be, but I like the characters. Kristi...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Triple Play
Elizabeth Gunn writes an excellent mystery, as evidenced by her first mystery, Triple Play. Between a gap in publishing, and a gap in my reading, I fe...more
May 02, 2009
May 02, 2009
Hose Monkey
Our hero, Joe, has sunk about as far as he can; working as an oil delivery man (hose monkey), dealing with losing his job as a NYPD detective due to a...more
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy, #1)
This is an annual re-read for me, and it was fun, as usual. I love the description of Peter's outside decorations, and the escape he makes immediately...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
Feint of Art (An Art Lover's Mystery, #1)
This book was a lot of fun, though it seemed to have some first book errors. Annie Kincaid is the grandaughter of a famous art forger, and the one tim...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Dragonfire (Nameless Detective, #9)
In this entry in the Nameless Detective series, our hero and his best friend, Lieutenant Eberhardt are shot and seriously injured by a shooter who com...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
The Lover's Knot (Someday Quilts Mystery, #1)
This is a very sweet, light mystery, somewhat in the vein of the many "craft" mysteries out there. As I don't read many of them, I don't know how this...more
Dec 05, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
Par Four (Jake Hines, #2)
This is a great series to be rereading--I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Jake Hines has been promoted in this book, and there's been some re-arranging...more
May 14, 2009
May 11, 2009
The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
I'm so TORN! I wanted to give this book 5 stars and wanted to love it more, but the ending drove me crazy. Which, if Louise Penny is anything like Dan...more
Dec 23, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
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