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The Cold Cold Ground
We had the very good fortune a couple of years ago to meet and visit with a Goodreads friend in Ireland ( My...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
No Place to Die
As another reviewer mentioned, it's always with some trepidation that one purchases and starts reading a book written by a Goodreads friend. There's a...more
Dec 13, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
Perfect Hatred
My foray into Brazilian police procedurals was rewarding indeed.

A terrorist kills a woman using her baby and carriage to hide a bomb which he detonate...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
Jar City (Inspector Erlendur #3)
Bleak landscape, bleak characters, bleak story. Icelandic murders are simple ones usually insists Inspector Erlendur. This one is certainly not. An el...more
Nov 2010
Sep 30, 2010
The Wench Is Dead (Inspector Morse, #8)
The book begins with poor Morse in the hospital suffering from a bleeding ulcer and enlarged liver, the result of all those pints. It's so different f...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
I Hear the Sirens in the Street
I really enjoy McKinty's Sean Duffy series. This is the second of a proposed trilogy. I read the first and immediately ordered the second. I have just...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport, #16)
There seems to be a new rule in American crime fiction that all perps have to be really evil, nothing subtle or conflicting. It’s not enough to murder...more
May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012
The Heckler (87th Precinct, #12)
**spoiler alert** I am mystified that the Department of Homeland Security--doesn't the name have an anachronistic teutonic flavor to it, you know, kin...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
Superbia 2
This very short sequel to Superbia 1 feels almost like a transition to the longer Superbia 3. Frank continues his battle with the chief in a rather on...more
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
Firstly, let me say that this is an excellent book and I will be reading more in the series. The following are not intended as criticisms, merely as o...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
The White Lioness (Wallander, #3)
Some of the best police procedural/mystery writing is coming out of the Scandinavian countries. Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, for example, also come fro...more
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Jan 31, 2009
New York City has about 36,000 cops. All report to the same chain of command. Philadelphia is surrounded by counties divided into multiple municipalit...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
Until Death
I read the first in the Sean Richardson series and liked it. This 2nd is even better

The mark of a good entertainment, regardless of genre, is being c...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
A Long December
As you know, I am a big fan of Donald Harstad. This book is of even more interest because it takes place in the fictional town of Battenberg, clearly...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
Friends in High Places (Commissario Brunetti, #9)
I'm surprised to see some of the negative ratings here. Perhaps it's because you need to get to know the characters and appreciate the interplay betwe...more
Feb 08, 2009
Nov 13, 2008
Death and Judgment (Commissario Brunetti, #4)
**spoiler alert** Commissario Brunetti, a regular readers of Rarebits, will remember, is the creation of Donna Leon. He's stubbornly honest in an Ital...more
Jan 2001
Nov 15, 2008
Death Without Company (Walt Longmire, #2)
The publisher's blurb compares Craig Johnson to Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. Parker. I have no idea what they must have been smoking when th...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Bad Boy (Inspector Banks, #19)
"My daughter has a gun." Banks is on holiday, but that's the concern a woman brings to Annie, Banks's DI, while Banks is on vacation. Even though unli...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Slipping Into Darkness
How do you find someone who’s not supposed to exist? That’s the detective’s conundrum.

Francis X Loughlin is losing his sight. He's a cop, and because...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (Jesse Stone, #12)
I have always preferred the Jesse Stone series over Spenser and was sad that the series never blossomed into many more books. The relationship between...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire, #4)
Sheriff Longmire is back in Wyoming nursing Katie back to health following the devastating attack on her in the last book. This one has parallel plots...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
City Police
I read this book several decades ago and it made a profound impression. I was reminded of it while reading the news stories related to the Cambridge a...more
Jan 1975
Jul 24, 2009
The book takes place shortly after WW I. Tensions between the Army, IRA, and local cops are horrible, with each shooting the other almost at will. Goi...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Before She Dies
Steven Havill writes a wonderful series​​​​ about law enforcement in fictional Posadas County, New Mexico. Under-sheriff Bill Gastner is overweight, o...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
Pattern of Wounds (A Roland March Mystery, #2)
Roland has a chip on his shoulder. Still devastated by the death of Jessica, his daughter, in an accident committed by a drunk driver, he has made a l...more
Apr 06, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
In the Morning I'll be Gone
I wish this were not a trilogy. This is the third (and presumably the last) of McKinty’s “Troubles” trilogy. Disgraced and thrown off the police force...more
Jun 14, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Prague Fatale (Bernard Gunther, #8)
It’s 1941 and Bernie is back in Berlin from his work with the SD (Sicherheitsdienst), the intelligence arm of the SS (the Kripo, Kriminalpolizei, or G...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Death Wore White (DI Peter Shaw & DS George Valentine, #1)
I know that I am no judge of what constitutes good writing, but this book is filled with evocative images. For example, as the inspectors regarded a b...more
Sep 07, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu, #1)
I read elsewhere that the author is really the joint venture of two different people, and this explained my sense of distinctness of two separate plot...more
Oct 30, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
The Vault (Peter Diamond, #6)
Detective Superintendent Diamond, of Bath, has a peculiar crime on his hands. A pair of hands is discovered by workmen excavating a old cellar that tu...more
Jan 2001
Jan 04, 2009
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