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The Day Of The Jackal
Re-reading The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth's 1972 Edgar winner for Best Novel, was perhaps even more satisfying than reading it for the first...more
May 30, 2008
Apr 05, 2008
Eye of the Needle
Carl Sandburg said (in another context) "it pays to have a good forgettery." In this case, a good forgettery allowed me to reread Ken Follett's EYE OF...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 08, 2008
Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire, #6)
Junkyard Dogs turned out to be a different book than I was expecting, especially since it won the Best Sidekick award at the Left Coast Crime conferen...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Dance Hall of the Dead (Navajo Mysteries, #2)
This 1974 Edgar Best Novel winner was a re-read for me -- I've read and enjoyed all of Tony Hillerman's novels featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and
Sgt. Jim...more
Jul 11, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
A Dram Of Poison
I am engaged in a (slow) project to read all the Edgar Award winning Best Novels, starting with the first in 1954. #4 was Charlotte Armstrong's A DRA...more
Oct 2007
Jan 19, 2008
A Load Of Old Bones
My goodness! I haven't laughed so hard at a book since Hector was a pup!
It's difficult to tell much about this book without spoilers, so suffice it to...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
A Firing Offense
I've read a few of George Pelecanos's more recent novels and liked them very much, so I decided to go back to the beginning. This was his first book,...more
Nov 09, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
A Fistful of Collars
The fifth in the Chet and Bernie series, the adventures of the Little Detective agency as told by Chet, the partner who happens to be a dog, is the be...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
New Orleans Mourning (Skip Langdon, #1)
New Orleans Mourning is one of the relatively rare Edgar Best Novel winners that I had already read, shortly after its publication. I've gone on to re...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming, #1)
I'm enjoying my alphabetical tour of the US, and "meeting" a lot of new-to-me authors. The project should take me well into next year at least, since...more
Nov 27, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
Bootlegger's Daughter (Deborah Knott Mysteries, #1)
I'd read this book soon after it first came out, but my memory was a bit hazy, and in any case my "rules" for the Edgar Best Novel project include re-...more
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 04, 2009
The Vows of Silence (Simon Serailler, #4)
Susan Hill's Simon Serailler novels are shelved as mysteries in libraries and bookstores, and here on my virtual shelves as well. Having read the firs...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
Come To Grief
Continuing my self-challenge to read all the Edgar Award winners for Best Novel, I’ve come to 1996’s winner, Dick Francis’s Come to Grief. I’m sure it...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
Under Orders (Sid Halley, #4)
I learned a few weeks ago that Dick Francis had written a fourth Sid Halley novel in 2006. I rushed to the library and found a nice large print versio...more
Nov 11, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
Warning Signs (Angels of Mercy, #2)
I recently responded to an offer of an ARC of Warning Signsfor review, and I'm glad I did. The medical thriller is not a subgenre I've read much of, s...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Silent Joe
I had somehow missed hearing of T. Jefferson Parker until I saw that he had won the Edgar for Best Novel not once, but twice. The first, in 2002, was...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
Another tour de force from Tana French, whose In the Woods was a stunning first novel. This one I listened to on Audible, and the reader (Heather O'Ne...more
Nov 15, 2012
Feb 26, 2013
Midnight Clear (Callahan Garrity Mystery, #7)
I'm almost certain I read this book in its first publication under the author's other name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. So if you, like me, have a little tr...more
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Oct 07, 2013
Watches of the Night (Ben Reese, #5)
Why have I not encountered Sally Wright's writing before? I recently got a copy of Watches of the Night, her fifth mystery featuring college archivist...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Baby Shark's Jugglers at the Border (Baby Shark, #4)
The year is now 1958, the place is still Texas. Otis Millett and his PI partner, Kristin van Dijk (Baby Shark) are enjoying a rest at the home of thei...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
Eight of Swords
First in a series featuring Warren Ritter, a 60s radical fugitive turned tarot card reader. Great setting in Berkeley, interesting characters and plot...more
Jan 2006
Jan 03, 2008
An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford #6)
I didn't like this quite as well as the earlier books in this series. As nurse Bess Crawford and Sergeant-Major Simon Brandon search a fairly small po...more
Aug 26, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
California Girl
Like Parker’s earlier Edgar winner, Silent Joe, California Girl is set in Orange County and brought home even more than the earlier book that Orange C...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
Hell Hole (John Ceepak Mystery, #4)
This is the best yet in the Ceepak series. Grabenstein is the best author I know at mixing humor with straight-up, scary, mentally challenging detecti...more
Nov 16, 2008
Oct 25, 2008
Beat Not The Bones (Paperback)
The first winner of the Edgar for Best Novel, this book by an Australian writer is set in Papua New Guinea shortly after WWII. Although it has an exce...more
Jun 2007
Jan 19, 2008
Them Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #1)
I continue my project of reading a mystery set in every state. The
other requirement is that it be by an author I haven't read before. I
chose the first...more
Nov 13, 2010
Jan 09, 2011
The Fabric of Sin (Merrily Watkins, #9)
I've always thought of Masons as a fairly innocuous (not to say slightly silly) group. My grandfather and some of my uncles were Masons, and, with the...more
Jun 05, 2008
Jan 25, 2008
The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)
This was only the second of the Edgar Best Novel winners so far that I knew for certain I had read before. But, I decided it would be worthwhile to re...more
May 30, 2008
Apr 05, 2008
The Lingala Code
In my project of reading all the Edgar winners for Best Novel (in chronological order), I've reached 1973. (The Edgars are awarded in May each year fo...more
May 30, 2008
May 12, 2008
Another Thing to Fall (Tess Monaghan #10)
With three critically-acclaimed standalones ( To the Power of Three, Every Secret Thing and What the Dead Know) now behind her, Laura Lippman return...more
Sep 08, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
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