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The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs #7)
After I read one of these Maisie Dobbs' books, I always come away feeling a bit sad. I discussed this with a friend of mine last night. We're both wri...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)

It was great, but I've got to stop reading her books. They're too sad
Sep 20, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone, #21)
Okay, I finished this, and I'm still amazed Grafton can write so long about one character. I think she manages because, in her later books, she shifts...more
Dec 28, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
Gone Girl
Okay, this was a very well crafted story that sets the thriller genre on its head. I found the first third of the book hard to get into, but because i...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
The Woman in White
Because I read many different books at the same time, The Woman in White took me a year to complete. It was difficult until about midway through. Then...more
Jan 2005
Dec 27, 2008
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
A newish mystery series by Rhys Bowen, who also writes the Molly Murphy mysteries. This one was very fun set in 1932 and about the Queen's cousin who...more
Jun 2010
Jun 01, 2010
Dark Places
Although she is such a gifted writer, I don't think I can read anymore of Ms. Flynn's books. They are as dark or darker than Stephen King, and I gave...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)
Finely crafted mystery/thriller. One caveat, the violence in this book is intense. I think even excessive. I understand that the author was trying to...more
May 09, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Thirteenth Tale
I very much enjoyed this Victorian Gothic. I thought it was great fun, and it reminded me of a genre which is often neglected by today's publishers. I...more
Mar 2008
Dec 27, 2008
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
This is one of the best period mysteries I've ever read. Set just after WWI and told partly through flashback, Maisie is an endearing character. She r...more
Jan 2006
Dec 27, 2008
The Virgin of Small Plains
One of the great things about getting sick is all the books you have stacked up to read. I just finished this one and also loved her later novel The S...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18)
Sue Grafton is my favorite detective writer. Anyone up to "T" in her series and still coming up with ingenious new plots is someone we can all learn f...more
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Jan 02, 2009
4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8)
This is my absolute favorite. It still makes me smile when I think about how clever Dame Agatha was. If you want to read a fabulous mystery, this one...more
Jan 2001
Dec 27, 2008
Death Is a Lonely Business
I so enjoyed this wonderful homage to hard-boiled detective stories. It's a grand romp through Venice Beach, California, in 1949. I'm now listening to...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone #22)
Well crafted at always. I found myself more interested in Dante than what Kinsey was doing. I wonder if Sue Grafton felt the same way writing it. I di...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Death of a Cozy Writer (A St. Just Mystery #1)
Well, up to the very end, I really enjoyed this novel. Then, the ending just ruined it for me. I thought it was implausible, and the author tried very...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
S is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone, #19)
I'm a huge fan. Read them all. Sue Grafton is the first author I collected, and I've met her. She is a lovely lady with a penetrating wisdom. No wonde...more
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Jan 11, 2010
The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
This is one of my favorite Miss Marple mysteries. It concerns a house and one's past coming to claim one's present. A very good and twisty tale from D...more
not set
Dec 27, 2008
Black Out
I'm all about the thriller novel lately probably because I can't work in the garden. Takes my mind off its demise.
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1)
I'll read anything by the mother/son duo called Charles Todd. Rarely do they disappoint.
not set
Oct 05, 2009
When a Man Marries
Not one of her best. Convoluted, but I finished it to discover the end.
May 28, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)
The first book of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series.
Jan 2002
Dec 29, 2008
Fever Dream (Pendergast, #10)
It was pretty good. Some of the dialogue was extremely stilted, but the mystery was tightly plotted.

One thing, many male writers seem to think every...more
Jun 24, 2011
May 28, 2011
Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3)
Not as good as the first two. The resolution of the mystery was very contrived. I did enjoy the Scottish setting though and the airplanes.
Jun 03, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
River of Darkness (John Madden, #1)
This one kept me up late at night to finish it. A very good story with a tight plot, no strings left hanging. For those who are squeamish though, it w...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
This is one of the silliest things I've ever read. Now, don't ask me why I'm reading Book Two. I haven't a clue.
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
A Hoe Lot of Trouble (A Nina Quinn Mystery, #1)
I tried. Too formulaic for me.
not set
May 05, 2010
Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #16)
I liked it very much. Good twists!
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
I love this author's sardonic sense of humor about the human condition. A great second book which isn't easy to do. I don't like to give detailed revi...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe, #1)
This is the first of the Nero Wolfe books, and it was one of the most enjoyable I've read. I, of course, in love with Archie Goodwin who is Wolfe's se...more
Feb 10, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
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