Reviews and Blog Posts: mystery

Frozen heat

by Richard Castle

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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...

Chicagoland Detective Agency. No. 1, The drained brains caper

by Trina Robbins

Reviewer Rating:
4

Growing up, I always loved a good mystery and this is no exception. I really appreciated how The Drained Brains Caper was set up like an old school noir film. A dame walks in and... well I won't give anything away, but anyone who is a fan of noir will...

The anatomist's wife : a Lady Darby novel

by Anna Lee Huber

Reviewer Rating:
4

Kiera, Lady Darby, is a woman shunned and reviled by London’s polite society.  After the sudden death of her anatomist husband, it is discovered that she is the illustrator behind her husband’s textbook on anatomy and the knowledge sends shockwaves of horror and disgust rippling through society.   What society doesn’t...

Just one evil act

by Elizabeth George

Reviewer Rating:
3
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I admire Elizabeth George for being so committed to character development and plot detail, but this book would have been more enjoyable to me had it been more closely edited. I also feel it does a disservice to Barbara Havers, who has become by far the most interesting character in the series. Havers...

Did You Miss This?

The Delta Sisters

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title!

Come, My Little Angel by Diane Nobel
A slim novella tells the story of 10 year old Daisy who is praying for a miracle in the High Sierras. If you like the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, this story may be for you!

Massacre pond : a novel

by Paul Doiron

Reviewer Rating:
5
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This is the fourth entry in the Mike Bowditch Game Warden series, which is a fascinating look at the Maine woods area that Mike patrols. In this episode, a series of increasingly violent events occurs when a wealthy woman buys up thousands of acres in the area and wants to turn...

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

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