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148
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Maggie Hope Mystery, #5)
3.80
it was ok
The Maggie Hope books have steadily gotten more and more ridiculous.
(Number 4 is less so, and is actually pretty moving as Maggie recovers from a prep
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Sep 06, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
 
142
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #15)
3.96
really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC. It gave me a chance to revisit characters whom by now are old friends. You could start the series here, but why wo ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 04, 2014
 
53
Saturnalia (Marcus Didius Falco, #18)
4.06
really liked it
How can you go wrong with a book that features a guy dressed up as a 5 foot high carrot at the Roman equivalent of a police precinct's Christmas party ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2007
 
163
Precious and Grace (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #17)
4.09
really liked it
There have been moments in recent books when I feel that McCall Smith is beginning to run out of gas with this series, but this one works really well. ...more
Oct 2016
Sep 29, 2016
 
153
The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery #1)
3.48
liked it
I would like to give this a 3.75 or perhaps a 3.80 if Good Reads allowed it. It's a very good read and I really liked it, but I have quibbles.

First of
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Feb 2016
Feb 18, 2016
 
133
Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn  & Chee, #19)
3.94
really liked it
I don't think it's fair to compare this, work for work, with Hillerman's father's work. This is her first novel and should be judged accordingly on it ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
 
98
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
3.80
did not like it
The dialogue is stilted and Flavia is about as believable as Bella Swan.
Not worth my time to keep reading this.
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
 
130
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
3.73
really liked it
Okay, I'm one of those people who turns to the back of the book to see any afterwords or such. These days I brace myself for 3 pages worth of acknowle ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2013
 
141
Murder 101 (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #22)
3.82
really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss for my ARC e book of this title.

One of my problems with the late, much lamented Robert B. Parker is that he refused to really t
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Aug 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
88
The Tale of Briar Bank (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, #5)
3.98
it was ok
Is it me or are these books getting more "twee" by the book? Or is it just that my saccharine meter is set on high this week?

It's not just the animal
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Aug 27, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
125
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery, #2)
3.87
it was ok
MacNeal does good research, but at times there is so much research you really feel it and it can distract from the plot.

Now let's get onto the plot. W
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not set
Nov 09, 2012
 
159
The Service of the Dead (Kate Clifford #1)
3.71
it was ok
When I was reading Shakespeare in college, long, LONG ago, I actually purchased my one and only Cliff Notes, on "Richard III", simply because I couldn ...more
May 2016
May 23, 2016
 
151
Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs, #12)
4.03
liked it
Maisie outside of her smug, perfect little life is a far more interesting character. This is why I liked the previous volume far more than the earlier ...more
Feb 2016
Feb 13, 2016
 
105
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
3.97
really liked it
If this could get a 4.5 or a 4.75, I'd give it--it's that good. I started reading it last night and didn't go to bed until I'd finished it.
I had start
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Dec 09, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
 
143
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
4.03
really liked it
Yup, the 1st book in this series was not a fluke. I'll be sad if Jo Rowling never writes anything Harry Potter-ish again, but if she keeps writing abo ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 26, 2014
 
124
Master and God
3.69
it was ok
Know that I love Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco books so much that I special order them from Amazon's UK store in order to get them before they c ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2012
 
134
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
4.41
liked it
This was a very enjoyable read, but I am giving this 3 stars for two reasons--I'd do 3.75, but of course Good Reads only allows whole numbers.
And one
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Dec 21, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
145
Hush Hush (Tess Monaghan, #12)
3.53
really liked it
Tess's struggles as a mom weave perfectly into the case she investigates. My parenting advice though would be to give Carla Scout some junk food and s ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2015
 
116
A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)
3.89
really liked it
Fans of Anne Perry's troubled Inspector Monk, here is another hero of his ilk. Ian Rutledge has come home from the first World War with a voice in his ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2011
 
170
Less than a Treason (Kate Shugak, # 21)
4.37
liked it
I love Kate, but her Superwoman routine is getting to be a bit much, and the final chapter is an "aww" moment that strains credulity. That said, it's ...more
May 07, 2017
May 08, 2017
 
161
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
4.21
really liked it
Jo Rowling might never have gotten these books published if it weren't for Harry Potter, and that would have been a shame. Not because HP isn't a fabu ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2016
 
137
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
3.83
really liked it
The plot of "The Casual Vacancy" so turned me off I didn't read it, and I feared Jo Rowling was in Harper Lee country, and would not be able to write ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
 
122
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)
3.91
liked it
Since putting this one on my "currently reading" shelf I have read it and all the volumes that follow.

These books are a cross between a murder mystery
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not set
Jan 12, 2012
 
164
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6)
3.98
really liked it
Outstanding writing, and French's most compelling Murder Squad officer yet. I hope that she makes Annette her protagonist again, as her personal growt ...more
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 01, 2016
 
126
Bloody Twist (Lupe Solano, #7)
3.13
did not like it
Garcia-Aguilera came back to this series after having been away from it for some years, and I can't help wondering if her main goal was to wring some ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
 
171
The Painted Queen
4.09
it was ok
There have been examples before of someone taking the unfinished work of a beloved author, and doing a very good job of it. The prime example I would ...more
Jul 2017
Jul 23, 2017
 
168
The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway, #9)
4.24
liked it
I find this series simultaneously addictive and annoying. That Griffiths writes in the present tense:
"Ruth picks up Kate at the child minders," someh
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Feb 09, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
 
152
The Lion's Mouth (Hanne Wilhelmsen, #4)
3.46
really liked it
Ever since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hit the best seller list, American publishers have been searching the Scandinavian writing world for things ...more
Feb 19, 2016
Feb 14, 2016
 
115
The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
3.69
really liked it
I am extremely underwhelmed by Stieg Larsson's books but I am grateful to him for opening the door for other Swedish mystery writers like Lackberg. Bu ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
156
1222
3.34
really liked it
The problem here is that this is the 8th book in the Hanne series. It is set years after most of the other books, and while Hanne had her ups and down ...more
Apr 12, 2016
Apr 01, 2016
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