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The Crack in the Lens
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Working Stiff (Sofie Metropolis, #4)
Make a note that the Sofie Metropolis series has potential read-alike value for Janet Evanovich or Charlaine Harris readers. Spunky heroine, bounty hu ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Faces of the Gone (Carter Ross Mystery #1)
Great debut! Young investigative newspaper reporter out of Newark gets the story of his life and he'll be lucky to stay alive once he figures out who' ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #1)
Humorous debut featuring former RN turned deputy coroner in small-town Wisconsin. Author knows her nursing--plus it's an easy read, with a touch of ro ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Ghost a la Mode (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, #1)
California mystery set in Julian. Bit of paranormal--could be cloying but it avoids that with terrific dialogue and a local history angle. Sue Ann Jaf ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
Closed room drama set in San Francisco apartment complex: landlord dies from fall. Did he jump or was he pushed? Tenant cum retired police officer int ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
Brush With Death (An Art Lover's Mystery, #3)
Third in the Art Lover's Mystery series is a fun romp through the hills of Oakland and S.F. Annie Kincaid is an art restorer, gifted--but reformed fro ...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Buy Back
Another terrific art heist caper (Still raving about Donna Moore's Old Dogs). Tom's an entrepreneurial insurance investigator who's own art theft has ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
Eggs Benedict Arnold (Cackleberry Club, #2)
Laura Childs can readily "craft" a mystery to meet the need--and this is evidenced by her third series, which features the Cackleberry Club cafe in Ki ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
To Fetch a Thief (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #3)
Third in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. Chet's the dog, the narrator--and this works surprisingly well. Bernie's a good PI and in this outing he' ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Flipping Out (Lomax & Biggs, #3)
Police procedural, 3rd in series. A continuation of my "keep it light" mood: irreverent humor, LA locales, plenty of great one-liners.(Think Jerry Orb ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Full Dark House (Bryant & May, #1)
I'm late to the game (book published in 2003), but glad to know of this intriguing series. This is 1st in Bryant & May series; they are detectives ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
Armed and Glamorous (Crime of Fashion, #6)
Great opening line: "No loaded weapons in the classroom." I enjoyed meeting Lacey Smithsonian (that's right) in the 6th entry in Byerrum's Crime of Fa ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Handbags and Homicide (Haley Randolph, #1)
1st in a new series by veteran romance author Dorothy Howell. Super-light and fits into my "murder goes retail" frame of mind, since I just finished t ...more
May 10, 2010
May 11, 2010
The Witch Doctor's Wife (Amanda Brown #1)
Not my normal fare, but it was quite a fascinating read--lots of subtle humor and cultural observations. The setting goes back to Tamar Myers being a ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
Quick Study (A Murder 101 Mystery #3)
Professor Alison Bergeron is a devout NY Rangers fan, dates a local policeman, teaches English at a small Catholic college in NYC, and is very funny. ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Jan 03, 2011
Buzz Off (Queen Bee, #1)
A fun read for the holidays--beekeeping mystery, late summer, set in rural Wisconsin. Story's a local girl who owns the grocery store and is a dedicat ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
Flavia de Luce--aptly described as "unflappable" and yes, she's a budding chemist--returns in her 3rd entry. Bradley's books are a delight, not overly ...more
May 02, 2011
May 04, 2011
Swift Justice (A Charlie Swift Mystery #1)
Debut in a new series featuring an independent female PI--and her eventual partner, a not-so-independent sidekick, Gigi. Plenty of snappy dialogue and ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
November Hunt
When the daughter of a hunting "accident" victim thinks it's a murder case instead, Miranda (Mira) James suddenly gets hired (working on her PI appren ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes (Domestic Equalizers Book 4)
The Dixie Cash series (this is the 2nd I've read) are what I'd call high-comfort reads. Totally chick-lit with a whisper of empowerment for the small- ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
Eyes of the Innocent (Carter Ross Mystery #2)
I was so excited when I got my hands on the sequel to Faces of the Gone, and happy to report I wasn't disappointed. Parks' protagonist--Carter Ross--i ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
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