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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
This is a terrific read, with characters I really cared about (even when--maybe even especially when--I wanted to slap them upside the head). I loved ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
4.16
it was amazing
An eventful and illuminating entry in the series, and probably my favorite since the debut. Go, Flavia!
not set
Jul 02, 2013
 
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
4.22
it was amazing
Okay, the puzzle may not a gobstopper, and I understand the complaints about being thrown into the misogynistic villain's viewpoint, but the main char ...more
not set
Nov 11, 2015
 
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
3.92
really liked it
Police procedural/urban fantasy about a London cop who gets recruited into a little-known division of the department dealing with the strange and magi ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2013
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
Gobstopper of debut novel that you will mentally revisit over and over after you've read the last page. So much more than a space opera, and worthy of ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
3.98
really liked it
Terrific Holmes pastiche about Holmes and Watson tracking Jack the Ripper. Giving this one the "Oliver Twist Badge"--I want more, please.
Feb 29, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
The Queen of Bedlam (Matthew Corbett, #2)
4.23
really liked it
I'm not sure why this mystery series isn't better known. It's enormously fun, and this entry, set amidst the evolution of rudimentary law enforcement ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2014
 
A Question of Inheritance (A Very English Mystery #2)
3.95
really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this and the first book in the series, and was saddened to find that the author died in January 2016 after a short battle with cance ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2016
 
Call for the Dead (George Smiley, #1)
3.79
it was amazing
When I read The Spy Who Came In from the Cold a few years ago, it knocked my socks off and it's stayed with me ever since. Spymaster George Smiley was ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2018
 
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)
4.01
really liked it
Not my favorite of the series, but it was still entertaining, and it was great fun to see some more dimensionality to Flavia's sisters as well as some ...more
not set
Feb 25, 2018
 
The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #14)
4.16
it was amazing
A fantastic entry in one of the best mystery series going. It's a Sure Thing for Russell fans *and* for Sherlock Holmes fans who have a soft spot for ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2016
 
Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
3.64
liked it
This was a fun prequel to The Maltese Falcon recently written by Joe Gores. I read The Maltese Falcon earlier this month and was surprised by how much ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
The Maltese Falcon
3.92
really liked it
Wow--I did NOT expect to like this book at all--the hard-boiled/noir genre has always given me bad vibes--but I'll have to say that the vibes were all ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
The Marriage of Mary Russell (Mary Russell, #13.5)
4.19
it was amazing
Absolutely delightful short spotlighting an event Mary Russell's legions of fans have long wanted to know more about. If you're a Russell fan, this is ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2016
 
Pirate King (Mary Russell, #11)
3.46
really liked it
After several dark, intense cases, Russell and Holmes find themselves undercover on a silent film production featuring a bevy of blonde actresses and ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2011
 
Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)
4.16
really liked it
A solid third entry in a fun series. The protagonist is not as interesting as some of his colleagues and community contacts, but he makes for a good o ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2013
 
The Innocent  (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #2)
3.88
really liked it
Strong follow-up to the debut novel in this series, The Informationist. Very good, but--due to Munroe's objective in the story--somewhat lower octane ...more
not set
May 03, 2013
 
A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #1)
3.79
liked it
I enjoyed this series opener, but it didn't really hit me where I live. I've heard so many good things about the series, however, I plan to keep going ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 13, 2010
 
The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #1)
3.77
it was amazing
High-octane action, a fierce female protagonist, exotic locales--loads of fun for the price of admission! I did figure out the villain pretty early on ...more
not set
May 03, 2013
 
Mister Slaughter (Matthew Corbett, #3)
4.27
really liked it
Another page-turning entry in the Matthew Corbett series. I really enjoy these historical mysteries, but this one went too far down the horror continu ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)
4.09
liked it
Although I enjoyed this one, it seemed to leave a lot of threads dangling. It doesn't feel "done," and has too much stuff coming out of left field. Bu ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2011
 
Colin Fischer
3.73
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** An unlikely Sherlock Holmes, an even more unlikely Watson, and a chilling sort of Moriarty you could meet in any suburban high schoo ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2015
 
World of Trouble (The Last Policeman, #3)
4.05
liked it
The last entry in The Last Policeman trilogy, this story goes to the mat. It was well done, but I found it to be a good bit more interior than suited ...more
not set
Oct 04, 2014
 
Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #2)
3.99
liked it
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first. But it still needs more ghost. Give the haint some decent lines already.
not set
Apr 01, 2013
 
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)
4.10
really liked it
Not quite as good as the first entry, but still a lot of fun and worth the read. Rounding up from 3.5 stars.
not set
Apr 01, 2013
 
Mystic River
4.19
really liked it
Very well done, but it made me feel like I needed a shower after I finished.
not set
Jun 04, 2014
 
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
4.07
it was amazing
One of the best books ever--on my beloved bookshelf, for sure. Oh, and an electronic version is free from now until 4/15/09 at TheBeeisFree.com.

I'm ed
...more
not set
Aug 20, 2007
 
A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)
3.89
liked it
Good historical setting, and I like the detective. But it needs more ghost.
not set
Apr 01, 2013
 
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)
4.06
it was ok
I accidentally got the abridged audio version and didn't realize that it had been given a scene-ectomy until the closing narration mentioned it was ab ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2012
 
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
3.98
liked it
Good puzzle. Lego characters.
not set
Apr 28, 2014
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