Mystery

B+
In Plain View

While I enjoy mysteries with over-the-top clever detectives (I’m looking at you, Sherlock), what I like even better are mysteries with protagonists that captivate me as people. When I started In Plain View by J. Wachowski, I wasn’t too sure whether it would really appeal to me, as its heroine, M ...

A
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia de Luce, girl sleuth, makes a roaring first appearance in Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The first in a mystery series set in 1950s England, this is hands down, the best mystery I’ve read this year. I love Flavia de Luce. I should start by saying ...

B
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

After I had three people recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to me within the space of a week, I decided to give it a try. I discovered in the bookstore that I was not unique; the cover of Entertainment Weekly was devoted to the Dragon Tattoo phenomenon. Obviously, I had jumped on a very popul ...

B
In Shelter Cove

In Shelter Cove is the latest in Barbara Freethy’s Angel’s Bay series. While I haven’t read the other books, this one captured my interest from the first and held it until the end. Brianna Kane and her young son Lucas moved to Angel’s Bay after her husband Derek was killed weeks before hi ...

B
Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence is the first book of the Kate Burkholder series about a formerly Amish chief of police who is charged with maintaining the safety of both the Amish and the English citizens in her small Ohio town, Painters Mill. I quite enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series, coming t ...

A
In the Bleak Midwinter

After hearing reviewers and readers alike rave about Ms. Spencer-Fleming’s mysteries featuring an ex-army female Episcopalian priest, I had to give it a go. And man oh man oh man. Was I ever hooked. Meet Reverend Clare Fergusson – 35 years old, ex-Air Force, long dirty blon ...

D
Super in the City

I picked Super in the City to review because it sounded like an interesting combination of chick lit and mystery, two of my favorite genres. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me as either. Zephyr Zuckerman lives just a few floors from her parents in their New York City brownstone. I ...

B-
Laughter of Dead Kings

Laughter of Dead Kings is the long-awaited final episode in Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss series. While I found it to be an enjoyable read, my appreciation must be placed within the context of being a longtime fan of Ms. Peters' Amelia Peabody series, as well as a more recent fan of this one. ...

B+
I Shall Not Want

In the past eight weeks or so I have devoured all six of Julia Spencer-Fleming's Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mysteries. I was hooked from the very first book by the chemistry between the pair as well as the author's strong writing and solid plotting. I Shall Not Want is the most recent l ...

C
Death's Half Acre

Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott mystery series has been rather uneven for me. Unfortunately, the latest entry is not one of the better books in the series. Deborah is a judge in a formerly rural part of North Carolina that is now one of the fastest growing in the U.S.. In this lat ...