Reviews and Blog Posts: mystery

One kick : a novel

by Chelsea Cain

DPL Rating:
4

A wonderfully pulpy thriller that I couldn't help but read in one sitting. Kick was abducted as a child and spent five years with a "family" of pedophiles. Her return to her family at the age of 11 was a national sensation.  Since then, she has spent the last 10...

Red delicious : a Siobhan Quinn novel

by Kathleen Tierney

DPL Rating:
4

This sequel to Blood Oranges does not disappoint! Quinn (don't ever call her Siobhan) is still the same in-your-face cantankerous werewolf/vampire who can't seem to untangle herself from Mean Mr. B's dirty work. She is developing a persona not unlike Sam Spade and other hard boiled detectives: super cynical and an...

Samedi the deafness : a novel

by Jesse Ball

DPL Rating:
4

Jesse Ball seems to be to be a writer’s writer. He’s a good read for anyone with a love of language and semantics. This story is kind of a nonsensical, suspenseful spy-mystery story with a heavy feel of the surreal. Reading other reviews of his writing, Jesse Ball has been...

White fire

by Douglas J Preston

DPL Rating:
4

The latest of the FBI Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child in which the authors take on an old mining story and combine it with current crimes being committed in Roaring Fork, Colorado, a very wealthy ski resort.  The authors are not very subtle in their description...

The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they...

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

DPL Rating:
5

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the first book in a series (that currently has 14 books in it). These books are gentle mystery reads that are engrossing, touching, and funny.

Frozen heat

by Richard Castle

DPL Rating:
4

This fourth book in the meta-fictional Nikki Heat series, based on the Castle television show, is the best so far. Written in the same tone as the show, and paralleling key plot points and character arcs, these books within the TV show are perfect companion pieces. Johnny Heller's reading fits...

Miss Fisher's murder mysteries. Series 1

DPL Rating:
5

Set in Melbourne during the 1920’s, Miss Fisher’s Mysteries is a fun and less gory take on the typical murder mystery. Phryne Fisher is a wealthy flapper whose devil may care attitude conceals her continued obsession with the disappearance and presumed death of her sister. The series is funny and...

Miss Fisher's murder mysteries. Series 1

DPL Rating:
5

Phrynne Fisher is a fashionable and daring Australian flapper with a golden gun. This lady detective attracts trouble and friends in equal measure. Each mystery is solved with finesse and panache. I am eagerly awaiting season 2!

Murdoch mysteries. Season one

DPL Rating:
5

Set in turn of the century Toronto, Detective William Murdoch makes cutting edge forensic advances with the help of the fetching coroner, Dr. Juila Ogden. Featuring fascinating historical touchstones and an endearing line-up of supporting characters, this murder mystery TV series focuses on forensic science without being gory. One of...

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