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The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #15)
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC. It gave me a chance to revisit characters whom by now are old friends. You could start the series here, but why wo ...more
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Sep 04, 2014
Spider Woman's Daughter (Navajo Mysteries, #19)
I don't think it's fair to compare this, work for work, with Hillerman's father's work. This is her first novel and should be judged accordingly on it ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
Yup, the 1st book in this series was not a fluke. I'll be sad if Jo Rowling never writes anything Harry Potter-ish again, but if she keeps writing abo ...more
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Sep 26, 2014
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
Okay, I'm one of those people who turns to the back of the book to see any afterwords or such. These days I brace myself for 3 pages worth of acknowle ...more
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Aug 14, 2013
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
This was a very enjoyable read, but I am giving this 3 stars for two reasons--I'd do 3.75, but of course Good Reads only allows whole numbers.
And one
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
Master and God
Know that I love Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco books so much that I special order them from Amazon's UK store in order to get them before they c ...more
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Jun 06, 2012
Saturnalia (Marcus Didius Falco, #18)
How can you go wrong with a book that features a guy dressed up as a 5 foot high carrot at the Roman equivalent of a police precinct's Christmas party ...more
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Oct 16, 2007
The Tale of Briar Bank (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, #5)
Is it me or are these books getting more "twee" by the book? Or is it just that my saccharine meter is set on high this week?

It's not just the animal
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Bloody Twist (Lupe Solano, #7)
Garcia-Aguilera came back to this series after having been away from it for some years, and I can't help wondering if her main goal was to wring some ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
I am extremely underwhelmed by Stieg Larsson's books but I am grateful to him for opening the door for other Swedish mystery writers like Lackberg. Bu ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Murder 101 (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, #22)
Thank you to Edelweiss for my ARC e book of this title.

One of my problems with the late, much lamented Robert B. Parker is that he refused to really t
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Sep 03, 2014
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope, #2)
MacNeal does good research, but at times there is so much research you really feel it and it can distract from the plot.

Now let's get onto the plot. W
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Nov 09, 2012
Though Not Dead (Kate Shugak, #18)
Authors burn out. I loved Robert Parker's "Spencer" novels, but by the time we lost him, it was getting obvious that he was just rewriting the same st ...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)
Fans of Anne Perry's troubled Inspector Monk, here is another hero of his ilk. Ian Rutledge has come home from the first World War with a voice in his ...more
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Sep 20, 2011
The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka #5)
Scandinavian mysteries have been hot since the "Milennial" books of Stieg Larsson came out, but anyone looking for a read alike for Larsson's books sh ...more
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Aug 18, 2014
Terra Incognita (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #2)
I was amused at the adulatory reviews on the back of this, including the reviewer insisting it was better than the books of Lindsey Davis or Steven Sa ...more
Jun 17, 2011
May 23, 2011
The Serpent and the Scorpion
This book has a blurb comparing it to,(among others) those of Dorothy L. Sayers and Jacqueline Winspear.
And there are similarities to Winspear. But Do
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Blindman's Bluff (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #18)
A lot of people have complained that this a police procedural. I suppose they want more Peter/Rima and family, but with 2 of their 3 kids out of the h ...more
May 2010
Apr 27, 2010
The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (The Darling Dahlias #1)
Albert's books are usually described as "cozy" mysteries, and this is pretty typical.Enjoyable fluff perfect for a summer day when I didn't want somet ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
By Its Cover (Commissario Brunetti, #23)
Dear Donna Leon,

Are you tired of Guido Brunetti? Are you turning out Brunetti novels as money makers so that you can write other stuff?

If so, Ms Leon,
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Apr 11, 2014
Medicus (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #1)
This is the sort of stuff I read because Lindsay Davis isn't writing any more Falco books right now--perhaps never (!)

Downie gets her setting and her
May 22, 2011
May 19, 2011
The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
I found the plot a bit bumpy, and figured out some of the twists. But Charlie is engaging company and I enjoyed the second book even more.
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Sep 03, 2013
Where Memories Lie (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #12)
I can't give an objective review about these books. I just inhale them in one short sitting and wish they were longer.
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Oct 15, 2008
Miss Dimple Disappears (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #1)
Frankly I wouldn't have been unhappy if Miss Dimple hadn't reappeared. She is a prototypical spunky-old-maid-schoolteacher-with-endearing-eccentrictie ...more
Aug 2013
Sep 03, 2013
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
The plot of "The Casual Vacancy" so turned me off I didn't read it, and I feared Jo Rowling was in Harper Lee country, and would not be able to write ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Revenge of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #3)
I find Izzie and her friends and family annoying beyond annoying--especially Rae, who is overdue for a nice commitment to a girls reform school. I hat ...more
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May 25, 2009
To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #16)
First off, I want to thank Edelweiss for giving me access to an ARC. This is a long running series where the characters have grown and developed and n ...more
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Aug 18, 2014
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
If this could get a 4.5 or a 4.75, I'd give it--it's that good. I started reading it last night and didn't go to bed until I'd finished it.
I had start
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
The Preacher (Patrik Hedström, #2)
Like many, I liked the first one better when Erika was more front and center.
There's darkness here, but not the deep darkness of Stieg Larsson. And t
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Murder in the Bastille (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #4)
Every one of the Aimee Leduc books has an intricate plot set in a different part of Paris, vivid description and dialogue that brings that part of the ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
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