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Chasing Fire
3.5 stars.

Personal distate for smart-mouthed, tequila-shooting, alpha-inclined main characters aside, I enjoyed Chasing Fire. Yes, both the mystery an...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
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Like most book lovers, I have a bit of a thing about books about anything remotely book...more
Feb 19, 2011
Aug 22, 2010
The Empress's Tomb (Kiki Strike, #2)
I’m an unabashed pusher of middle years and young adult books with feminist themes and characters, and Kirsten Miller’s work epitomises the sort of gi...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
Getting Away is Deadly (A Mom Zone Mystery, #3)
Ellie Avery isn’t barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, but she is pregnant, and stands little hope of putting up her feet any time soon. Despite bein...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
The Bad Always Die Twice (Nikki Harper Mysteries #1)
As the daughter of Hollywood star Lana Turner, Cheryl Crane has some big stilettos to fill, and so does her protagonist Nikki Harper, herself the daug...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Bean There, Done That (Maggy Thorsen Mystery #3)
Maggy Thorsen is one tough coffee bean. No matter what life throws at her, she refuses to be ground down. Running a small business? Meh. A few murders...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)
Only the Good Spy Young is the Gallagher Girl equivalent of the later Harry Potter books: the vibe becomes increasingly dark, motivations increasingly...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
Love, Honour, and O'Brien (A Holly Love Mystery #1)
Looking back over my recent chick-lit reviews, there seems to be a direct correlation between the presence of a mystery in its pages and the number of...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
Seance for a Vampire (Dracula Series, #8)
Sherlock Holmes, the smugly omniscient protagonist of the eponymous detective series, saw such popularity in his time that his creator, Sir Arthur Con...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Claim of Innocence (An Izzy McNeil Mystery #4)
Having been out of the legal sphere for a good year, Izzy McNeil is worried that her well-honed skills are going to waste. So when her friend Maggie B...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
The Man with Tiger Eyes
If my voracious reading of R L LaFevers’ Theodosia books is any indication, it seems that I have quite a thing for reading about go-getter female sleu...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin, #1)
I have to admit this book was a rather unintentional read: I picked it up whilst travelling in Malaysia, having, run out of material to read after a f...more
Aug 04, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
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She may live in a town with a population that could almost be counted on two hands, but...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
Peril At End House (Agatha Christie Collection)
Agatha Christie is a writer for whom many readers will have a soft spot. Along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, she’s perhaps one of the best known myster...more
Feb 07, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #1)
You might have realised by now that I’m somewhat of a sucker for a pun. I feel a certain sort of solidarity with authors who are absolutely determined...more
Feb 15, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Dead Politician Society: A Clare Vengel Undercover Novel
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Readers of this site will no doubt be aware that I have rather a soft spot for mystery...more
Dec 21, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford #3)
2.5 stars

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I’m one of those for whom work never really seems to end: I roam distractedly...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
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It's a sad fact that most child prod...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
A Fatal Appraisal (A Collectible Mystery, #2)
Although A Fatal Appraisal is the second of J B Stanley’s cozy mystery series featuring writer and antiques lover Molly Appleby, readers new to the se...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
The Celtic Dagger (An Alistair Fitzjohn Mystery - Book 1)
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May 2011
May 19, 2011
A Stranger in My Street
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I’ve always wondered why my grandparents were so determined that my dad and his siblin...more
May 27, 2012
May 29, 2012
Hung Out to Die (Toadfern / Stain-Busting Mystery, Book 4)
Sharon Short is an author of several cozy mysteries, including today’s Hung Out to Die. Her novels follow the domestic delights of stain-busting and c...more
Feb 19, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Demon of the Air (Aztec Murder Mystery, #1)
Simon Levack’s debut novel, Demon of the Air, the first in his Aztec series, earned him a number of accolades and awards, and having spent much of Sun...more
Apr 21, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Death of a Trophy Wife (A Jaine Austen Mystery, #9)
I’ll preface this review by saying that it’s likely that I’ll lose a whole lot of literary cred by admitting how much I enjoyed this book. Perhaps it’...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
Murder on Ice (A Figure Skating Mystery, #1)
Murder on Ice is the first in a series of figure skating mysteries by best-selling author Alina Adams. Adams is well-versed in her chosen subject, hav...more
Mar 21, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Tapped Out (Jenny T. Partridge, #2)
Tapped Out is the second book in Natalie M. Roberts’s cozy dance mystery series starting hapless dance teacher Jenny T. Partridge. While for most, dan...more
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Jun 30, 2010
Death al Dente (Gourmet Detective Mystery, Book 4)
Death al Dente is the fourth in the culinary mystery series featuring the Gourmet Detective, and I can only be a little sad that I came on to the scen...more
May 09, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mystery #1)
The Case of the Missing Books is the first in Ian Sansom’s new cozy mystery series bout put-upon would-be librarian Israel London. It’s a wry and witt...more
May 18, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
The Mask of Ra (Amerotke, #1)
“What is it?” Tuthmosis asked.

“An omen, your majesty. A dove flew over the courtyard.”

In ancient Egypt, doves aren’t associated with peace and happine...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
The Bone Magician (Tales From The Sinister City, #2)
The Bone Magician is E F Higgins’s paraquel (a portmanteau of ‘parallel’ and ‘sequel’) to the 2007 release The Black Book of Secrets. Aimed at the mid...more
May 29, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
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