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Not Quite Dead Enough (Nero Wolfe, #10)
4.00
liked it
Really two in one, and neither is up to snuff. It's as if Rex Stout took a couple of weekends out of his time working for FDR to do his thing for the ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women
4.21
it was amazing
When I found this book, I was really excited to find that there were so many more than Agatha Christie, P. D. James and that cat woman mystery writer. ...more
Jan 1996
Oct 06, 2008
 
The Continental Op
4.16
really liked it
Early short stories from the rightly famous author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man.
I liked to see the writing style and the development of the
...more
Mar 11, 2011
not set
Apr 11, 2011
 
The Case of the Lame Canary
3.80
really liked it
Best Perry Mason I've read to date. Way better than the formulaic stuff from which they made the tv series. Twists I certainly didn't see coming, and ...more
May 20, 2011
May 20, 2011
 
In the Best Families (Nero Wolfe, #17)
4.21
really liked it
**spoiler alert** 1950

Oh, yes! My favorite Nero Wolfe book to date. Funny, suspenseful, moralistic, pompous, satisfying. More Archie, less Wolfe. If i
...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
 
A Tangled Knot of Murder
3.00
it was ok
Since I knew that this was the last book in the series, I thought perhaps there would be a wrap-up. No such luck. Just another blah story, with consta ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
 
Electric City
3.33
really liked it
3rd in series 1994

"Imagine a cross between Nora Charles and Kinsey Millhone, a female sleuth who walks and talks like a thirty-something Lauren Bacall
...more
Jan 1996
not set
Mar 27, 2009
 
Miss Melville Regrets (Susan Melville #1)
3.83
it was amazing
Well written story that is so subtly funny that I have read it twice when I needed a good laugh, a quick read, and a reminder that there's a job for e ...more
Aug 21, 2012
May 12, 2009
 
The House on the Roof
4.58
it was amazing
1935, 8th book
I actually bought the book because of the great cover art and a faint recognition of the author's name. It's the first I've read, but i
...more
Aug 20, 2012
Mar 28, 2009
 
The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin, #1)
3.71
really liked it
It's probably been over 35 years since I first read this book, and had forgotten its charm. I've read somewhere that Mr. Quin was Agatha Christie's fa ...more
Dec 13, 2016
Feb 24, 2009
 
Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher, #8)
3.83
it was ok
Sorry, folks, but this is the worst in the series. It reads like a writing exercise for a class in how to emulate and spoof the 'Golden Age of Mystery ...more
Oct 12, 2017
Oct 12, 2017
 
Cold Smoked
3.48
really liked it
4th in Jane da Silva series 1995


"Imagine a cross between Nora Charles and Kinsey Millhone, a female sleuth who walks and talks like a thirty-something
...more
Jan 1996
Mar 27, 2009
 
The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
4.19
it was amazing
Because I recently read 'The Swerve', which is a history of a man who dedicated his life to searching for original manuscripts over 200 years ago, I f ...more
Apr 05, 2018
May 01, 2018
 
Philomel Cottage: A Short Story
3.87
it was amazing
I just listened to a BBC adaptation of this story that is perfect, and with a full cast performing the whole thing. Is just as pertinent today as then ...more
May 2018
May 01, 2018
 
The Spellman Files (The Spellmans, #1)
3.88
it was amazing
The narrator for the audiobook was the funniest American reader I've heard. Her voices are amazing, and I totally love her deadpan Izzy and excited Iz ...more
Dec 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2017
 
Might as Well Be Dead
4.08
really liked it
#26 is a fun, quick read. I just loved the descriptions of the players, how they interacted, and how I actually guessed who-dun-it this time. (A rare ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
A Classy Touch of Murder
3.21
really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book. It's a lot more gentle in leading into letting you get acquainted with the regular characters and situations than several o ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
 
Mystery on the Isle of Skye
3.96
really liked it
I read this as a young teen, and loved it then. I guess that it would read as dated now.
Jan 1962
May 11, 2009
 
A Nasty Bit of Murder
3.34
liked it
Lord Aviemore isn't the dead person. Who puts this stuff in the descriptions?

It's infanticide, and it's ugly. Really disturbing to read of the baby's
...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
 
A Torrid Piece of Murder
3.20
it was ok
Meh. This series is getting a little monotonous.

Jean Montrose is beginning to look like a doormat for her husband and secretary, a woman who can't say
...more
Sep 08, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
 
She Walks These Hills (Ballad, #3)
4.08
really liked it
My favorite McCrumb mystery.
Jan 1998
Oct 10, 2008
 
Black Girl, White Girl
3.42
#18 of 19, 1989
not set
Nov 24, 2016
 
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
4.50
it was amazing
Everyone, and I do mean everyone, should read at least one novel and 5 stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I was lucky to d ...more
Jan 1966
Feb 23, 2009
 
Thou Shell of Death (Nigel Strangeways, #2)
3.85
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** #2 in series. Originally published 1936.

WooHoo!!! I have a new favorite author to mine!
Cecil Day-Lewis (father to Daniel Day-Lewis)
...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant, #1)
3.81
really liked it
After reading "Miss Pym Disposes", this was a bit of a disappointment, but understandably so, since this is her first book. I'm already seeing a patte ...more
Sep 11, 2014
Mar 28, 2009
 
Listen to the Silence
3.95
#20
not set
Aug 15, 2012
 
The Tiger in the Smoke (Albert Campion Mystery #14)
3.95
it was amazing
14th in series. 1952.

This is Margery Allingham at her very best.

She's written 13 Albert Campion mysteries leading up to this one, and it was worth the
...more
Sep 09, 2012
Feb 25, 2009
 
Photo Finish (Roderick Alleyn, #31)
3.85
liked it
I've read an analysis of the books of Agatha Christie, which counted the length of the words in the books, and the syllabic content dropped over the y ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Feb 24, 2009
 
The Train Now Departing
3.53
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Loved this. More in retrospection than while I was actually reading the two stories.

Because of time restraints, I read the second f
...more
Aug 19, 2012
Mar 26, 2009
 
Death of a Village
3.89
really liked it
M.C. Beaton has really blossomed as she's written this series, and this is a very good one. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although the 'mysterious' ...more
Jan 10, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
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