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Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs, #4)
This book, the fourth in the series, is a failure as a mystery. Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate a death that might be murder, and eventually she ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 23, 2007
Dancing With The Virgins (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #2)
I've wondered why I seem to need so much time to read Stephen Booth's books, and I've decided that it's the pacing. The plot does not drag nor does th ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 04, 2008
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #7)
Intrigued by the title, I picked up this book for some light reading. For a couple of reasons, I stopped about halfway through to read Murder in the B ...more
Jun 14, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1)
This is a combined review of "The Surgeon" and "The Apprentice."

I found and read these books because of the television series "Rizzoli and Isles." I a
Aug 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Bootlegger's Daughter (Deborah Knott Mysteries, #1)
The first in the Deborah Knott series, this book charmed me because of its setting, eastern North Carolina. We lived in Smithfield (Johnston County) f ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 01, 2014
At Risk (Liz Carlyle, #1)
Liz Carlyle works for MI5, the agency of which Stella Rimington was the first female director general. Her experience is used well in this, her first ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
I would have given this book five stars, but I thought the ending was simply too abrupt. Without knowing what Anna does the next day, we really can't ...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
Cast of Shadows
The setting is a Chicago very much like the current city but in a universe where human cloning is as common as in vitro is in our world. Cloning, howe ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 16, 2008
Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper, #8)
Fairstein's books are interesting because she takes her readers on a different virtual tour of New York City in every book. In this case, it is the wo ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
The Resistance Man: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
Modern crime mixed with a famous train robbery at the end of WWII. This is the plot of the latest Bruno book. The problem here--and the reason I only ...more
Jan 2015
Feb 01, 2015
The Torment Of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #4)
Although still very good, this fourth novel in the Hill/Jordan series seemed a bit formulaic.
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Jun 30, 2007
Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)
This is the first Stephanie Plum novel I've read, and I found it very enjoyable. It isn't really a mystery but rather a comic novel with police, bount ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 13, 2008
Friend Of The Devil (Inspector Banks, #17)
In this latest entry in the Inspector Banks series, life has settled down for Banks. He seems, for once, content with his work and his life. His relat ...more
Jul 27, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
The Glass Devil
What a relief to find a series in which the Scandinavian detective has a fairly normal and happy homelife! Irene Huss has a happy marriage and almost- ...more
May 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus, #3)
Reading an early Rebus (this is from 1992) forces one to realize how much Ian Rankin has evolved. His Rebus novels have gotten not only longer but als ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 13, 2008
Where Memories Lie (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #12)
It seems that every author at some point finds it necessary to write a book about World War II and the Holocaust. This is Deborah Crombie's. Luckily, ...more
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Sep 26, 2008
A Place of Execution
Most of this book is written as an intriguing procedural about the disappearance of a thirteen-year-old girl from her small village. It's told from th ...more
Feb 2009
Jun 30, 2007
The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus, #16)
One names the dead in memorials to show they are not forgotten, but, as Siobhan Clarke says at the end of this novel, "It's not enough, is it? Just sy ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 25, 2008
The Three Evangelists (Three Evangelists, #1)
The original French title of this book is "Debout les morts," but the title of the English translation is perhaps more accurate: "The Three Evangelist ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 13, 2008
Murder in the Bastille (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #4)
This episode of the Aimee Leduc saga is set before "Murder on the Ile-Saint-Louis," but it doesn't matter. And, for some inexplicable reason, the even ...more
not set
May 25, 2008
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
I started this book several years ago after a trip to see La Fenice, but it quickly bored me. When, feeling nostalgic for Italy, I picked it up again, ...more
Nov 2007
Dec 01, 2007
Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries)
My comments here apply to the three books of this series that I have read. Charmed by the "Grantchester" TV series but skeptical about some of the rel ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, #3)
Third book of the Maisie Dobbs series, but the first one I've read. At first I was extremely annoyed by the writing style. However, the plot and the p ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 23, 2007
Nocturne (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #13.5)
Although part of the Kincaid/James series, this short story is not a mystery nor does it lead into the book "No Mark Upon Her." This is simply a vigne ...more
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
The Expats
A modern sort-of spy thriller set mostly in Paris and Luxembourg with visits to other European cities, this book seems at first to be another version ...more
Jan 2015
Feb 01, 2015
Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)
I picked up this book when I needed a quick, light read, but it did not live up to my expectations. I had enjoyed another Stephanie Plum book; this on ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 04, 2009
A Market Tale (Bruno, Chief of Police, #7.5)
I don't rate these short pieces. Some of them, like this one, are fun to read; others are too slight for any rating. In both of the Bruno singles (the ...more
Jan 2015
Feb 01, 2015
Morgue Drawer Four (Morgue Drawer series)
I borrowed this because it's set in Cologne, a city I remember fondly. The novel is very clever and does what seems to be a good job of portraying a s ...more
Jan 2012
Jul 19, 2014
Final Jeopardy (Alexandra Cooper, #1)
First of the Alex(andra) Cooper mysteries. The strengths of this series are (1) the realistic portrayal of the New York court system and, in particula ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2007
Enemy's Enemy
Commander Count Carl Hamilton serves in an intelligence division of the Swedish navy. After participating in a very secret mission against a Russian i ...more
May 20, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
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