Mystery

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 blond hair that’s s ...

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 ...

F
Martin Misunderstood

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and have read mysteries for years, so Karin Slaughter's Martin Misunderstood, an original audio novella, seemed perfect. It wasn't. Martin is an obese 36-year-old who lives with his mother. Bullied all his life by his mother and his peers, he's now bullied by his ...

B+
Lean Mean Thirteen

I should point out straight away that I have been a Stephanie Plum fan from day one and that I have read all of the books in the series with an almost equal degree of enjoyment. I don’t mind the similarities and comparative lack of development, and while I did want the love triangle resolved aroun ...

B
Murder Unfolds

The latest entry in the Stain-busting mystery series featuring Josie Toadfern opens with the gang literally up to their necks in trouble and the action is virtually non-stop from there. Josie has been asked to speak at the opening of the Pearl Oglevee Ohio History room at the local ...

B
Acts of Violets

The Flower Shop mystery series is written by a former romance writer and deliciously mixes a fun on-going romance with a cozy mystery and more than a mere soupçon of humor. Abby Knight owns a flower shop and fancies herself an amateur detective. After being accosted and threatened by Snuggles ...