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The Seance
really liked it
This definitely satisfied my urge for a gothic mystery.
not set
Jul 30, 2009
No Ghouls Allowed (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #9)
it was amazing
I adore the M.J. Holliday Ghost Hunter mystery series, and it's still going strong in this 9th installment. Victoria Laurie's books have a magic combi ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Sep 08, 2014
Hollywood Homicide (Detective by Day, #1)
it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this fresh, funny, twisty-turny mystery. I'm looking forward to the next Detective by Day mystery.
Nov 20, 2016
Nov 20, 2016
Murder in G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #1)
it was amazing
An American classical musician who stumbles into a ghostly quest on the windswept cliffs of Ireland -- this is my kind of mystery. I was lucky to get ...more
Jun 20, 2016
Jun 18, 2016
Designer Dirty Laundry (Style & Error Mystery #1)
it was amazing
I was debating whether to give this fun mystery 4 or 5 stars. When I found myself thinking back on several of the clever lines in the book and smiling ...more
May 2012
Apr 11, 2012
The Demon of Dartmoor
it was amazing
Paul Halter is one of the most clever mystery novelists writing today. He has my vote as the successor to John Dickson Carr, for crafting brilliantly ...more
Sep 22, 2015
Jun 23, 2014
Trial on Mount Koya (Shinobi Mystery #6)
it was amazing
I was lucky to get an advance copy of this terrific novel. The page-turning historical mystery is reminiscent of And Then There Were None -- if the fa ...more
Mar 03, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
The Outsmarting of Criminals (Miss Felicity Prim, #1)
it was amazing
One of the best books I've read this year. If you adore traditional mysteries -- e.g. Agatha Christie -- like I do, then you'll have a great time with ...more
Apr 2014
May 10, 2014
The Secret of Terror Castle (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #1)
it was amazing
I just reread this mystery I loved as a kid. The first Three Investigators mystery holds up well after all these years. In addition to being the great ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Sep 03, 2016
Magpie Murders
really liked it
I didn't get into this book right away, but at the prompting of several friends I kept reading, and I'm so glad I did! The mystery takes several ingen ...more
May 05, 2018
not set
Jul 29, 2017
A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham, #1)
it was amazing
From the first page, I understood the praise and award nominations garnered for this book. It strikes the perfect balance of page-turning mystery and ...more
Dec 03, 2017
Jun 02, 2017
The Decagon House Murders
it was amazing
4.5 stars for this incredibly clever closed-circle mystery originally published in Japan in the 1980s, out this year in English for the first time. Th ...more
Aug 15, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
really liked it
I made the mistake of starting this book on an overnight flight when I should have been sleeping. Instead, I stayed up reading this page-turning book! ...more
May 05, 2015
Dec 03, 2014
Death in the House of Rain
really liked it
This Chinese locked-room mystery recently published in English pays homage to Golden Age impossible crime tricks in its own wonderfully unique way. I ...more
Jan 20, 2018
Nov 28, 2017
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
it was amazing
Veronica Speedwell is my new favorite heroine. A Curious Beginning is a Victorian mystery that's every bit as fun as the Amelia Peabody books by Eliza ...more
Mar 25, 2017
not set
Feb 15, 2017
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
it was amazing
A fascinating and enlightening history of a devastating illness that's not just one disease. I was already grateful for all the doctors, scientists, a ...more
Jun 24, 2017
May 05, 2016
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
really liked it
The Lost City of the Monkey God goes on my list of nonfiction that reads like a thriller. With a team of scholars and explorers, writer Douglas Presto ...more
Jan 14, 2018
Jan 21, 2018
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. I've read it several times, and it never gets old. A combination of globe-trotting adventure, mystery, and roman ...more
Dec 25, 2015
Sep 03, 2008
The Lord of Misrule
really liked it
Like Paul Halter's other mysteries, this is a very atmospheric impossible crime mystery that's reminiscent of the master of the genre, John Dickson Ca ...more
Jan 2016
Dec 10, 2015
A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery, #1)
it was amazing
Diane Vallere is one of my favorite mystery authors, and this might be my favorite series of hers yet. Before I began reading I already loved the idea ...more
Feb 2015
Nov 08, 2015
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
it was amazing
A brilliantly constructed fair-play puzzle mystery, with two armchair detectives solving a set of murders from 40 years before. I never saw the clever ...more
Jul 03, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (Roger Sheringham Cases, #5)
it was amazing
I love the Golden Age of detective fiction, but for some reason hadn't read Anthony Berkeley yet. What a unique and incredibly clever mystery. I'm off ...more
Jan 15, 2017
Jul 21, 2015
A Grave Prediction (A Psychic Eye Mystery, #14)
it was amazing
Another stellar entry in the Abby Cooper Psychic Eye mystery series that kept me up reading far too late into the night to find out what would happen ...more
Aug 12, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Shadow Divers
it was amazing
A thrilling story that's even more compelling because it's a true story.
Jul 04, 2017
Dec 20, 2015
Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, #2)
really liked it
When a book has been hailed as one of the best locked-room mysteries of all time, readers like me go in with high expectations. Rim of the Pit by Hake ...more
May 23, 2015
Aug 18, 2014
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
it was amazing
You don't have to agree with everything in this book to find it incredibly inspiring. I was skeptical about whether I'd enjoy the book, because I've a ...more
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (Local Foods Mystery, #1)
really liked it
A mystery series about organic local farming? I love both, so this was a perfect premise for me! In this first book in the Local Foods mystery series, ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 17, 2013
it was amazing
The author's grandfather was the great John Dickson Carr, one of my favorite mystery novelists. Talent must run in the family, because Shelly Dickson ...more
May 30, 2016
May 11, 2016
The Seven Wonders of Crime
really liked it
The Seven Wonders of Crime is incredibly clever, as all Paul Halter's books are. This one isn't one of my favorites of his, because it lacks the myste ...more
Jun 11, 2016
Aug 18, 2014
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
it was amazing
This book was exactly what I needed on my culinary journey. I've been teaching myself to cook over the last six years through books, cooking classes, ...more
Dec 17, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
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