Mystery

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 ...

B
Glossed and Found

This is the third romantic mystery in the Bath and Body mystery series, and after having gobbled up all three in one week, I hate to wait months for another one. Persia Vanderbilt mixes personal scents for Venus Envy, the beauty spa she co-owns with her Aunt Florence. Persia has her hands full b ...

A-
The Snow Dogs of Lost Lake

Although Foxglove Corners may be covered in snow, school-teaching sleuth Jennet Greenway’s mind is focused on spring and her upcoming marriage. And, with Christmas only a few weeks away, Jennet looks forward to spending time with her fiancée, Crane, as well as friends and family. But her perfect ...

A+
The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield's debut novel, is without reservation the best book I have read all year. It's complex, engrossing, improbable and yet appealing, especially to my fellow bibliophiles. Although it's not overly long, it took me several weeks to read for I found it so intense tha ...