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reviewed The Rule of Four. April 07, 2011
The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four is a coming-of-age novel built around a real-life mystery, The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance book that has puzzled scholars and historians for 500 years. As a literary device, …
reviewed The Alienist. March 19, 2011
The Alienist
In 1896, Theordore Roosevelt hadn't yet made it to the White House. As Commissioner of the New York City Police, Roosevelt was sadly aware that the gruesome serial mutilation and killing of young …
Hound of the Baskervilles (Aladdin Classics)
When Henry Baskerville, the last remaining scion of the family, travels from Canada to England to take up residence in Baskerville Hall after the puzzling violent death of his uncle, Sir Charles, he is …
Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding)
In 1768, a recently orphaned Jeremy Proctor arrives in London and promptly finds himself in the dock facing false charges of theft under the gavel of the blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding. The justice, …
reviewed The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller. January 26, 2011
The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller
With no small amount of national pride, I'm thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray's debut success with The Fiend in Human.     Edmund Whitty …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. January 25, 2011
The Egyptologist: A Novel
The Egyptologist is an extraordinary, lush piece of literature that trots across the mummy-crazed globe of the 1920s and witnesses Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter's seminal discovery of the vast …
Dr. Mortimer and the Barking Man Mystery
In the opening paragraphs, Dr Mortimer teases lovers of the great Sherlock Holmes and introduces himself with flair referring fleetingly to Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, "I am …
reviewed The Secret of Chimneys. January 03, 2011
The Secret of Chimneys
Anthony Cade is a typical good-natured, rather shiftless upper crust British gentleman drifter. He always seems to have enough cash for smokes, a drink or two and a little travel and adventure but he …
reviewed Maltese Falcon. December 31, 2010
Maltese Falcon
Private eye, Sam Spade, and his erstwhile partner, Miles Archer, are having a slow day. Spade rolls a cigarette from his stock of Bull Durham. When a beautiful young dish introduces herself with an alias …
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes
Pitched at a reading level considerably higher than the justifiably famous Nancy Drew series, THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE continues the adventures of Enola Holmes, the hitherto unknown, late-arriving …
The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of
An encrypted cable summons from his older brother, the brilliant yet un-celebrated Mycroft who works secretly behind the scenes at the highest levels of His Majesty's government, sends Sherlock and …
The Fractal Murders (Pepper Keane Mysteries)
The Fractal Murders is nothing if not unique! Here's a first novel based on a completely fascinating premise that presents interesting, realistic and superbly developed characters; that develops a …
Death at Gallows Green (Victorian Mysteries, No.
Kathryn Ardleigh is a pretty interesting compilation - secret author of mystery "penny dreadfuls" written under the pseudonym "Beryl Bardwell"; heiress and now mistress of Bishop's …
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three
Louise Penny has done Canada truly proud with a debut mystery novel that can be characterized as roughly halfway between the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the deeper, psychological much darker …
Cold Dark Matter: A Morgan O'Brien Mystery
In a novel that will definitely appeal to those of us mystery lovers that lay rather fond, perhaps even snobbish, claim to the title of "geek", COLD DARK MATTER uses the Canada-France-Hawaii …
Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" can only be categorized as a classic among classics. In 1920, on the strength of a dare, Agatha Christie penned a cozy mystery that introduced a grateful reading …
reviewed The Angel of Darkness. August 18, 2010
The Angel of Darkness
In "The Angel of Darkness", Caleb Carr returns his readers to the atmospheric, intriguing, rough and tumble world of late nineteenth century New York. The story is told through the eyes of Stevie …
A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four (Dover
As Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" introduced a grateful reading public to Hercule Poirot, perhaps the second best known fictional detective of all time, Conan Doyle's …
Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1)
Damn! I wish I hadn't done that! "Naked in Death" is the first in JD Robb's popular Death series which is now almost two dozen novels strong ... and I loved it! My pocketbook will protest …
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
Mikael Blomkvist, investigative journalist and owner of Millennium magazine, is on top of his world. He's just published a hard hitting series of sensational financial articles exposing the staggering …
The Chemistry of Death
Seeking to escape sad memories of his life in London, Dr David Hunter joins a small practice in Manham, a village in Norfolk. The owner of the practice, Dr Henry Maitland, is the survivor of a car accident …
Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum) [Paperback]
It was a slow day in the bounty hunting business and the best that Stephanie could do was an FTA. "Uncle Mo" Bedemier, well-loved owner of the local ice cream parlour, was a "failure to …
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" might be the locked room mystery that holds down honours for being the novel in which Agatha Christie introduced Hercule Poirot to a grateful reading public. …
The Case of the Crimson Kiss
Fay Allison, the happy bride-to-be, is going to marry the man of her dreams, Dane Grover. In rather marked contrast, her somewhat more bohemian roommate, Anita Bonsal, is having a tawdry, clandestine …
Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, No 8)
The Plum family's next door neighbour, Mabel Markowitz, needs Stephanie's help. Her grand-daughter, Evelyn Soder, has disappeared with her daughter and Evelyn's husband is threatening to …
reviewed Jar City. June 05, 2010
Jar City
Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is a homicide detective. He isn't as rough around the edges nor is he quite as libertarian in his approach to law enforcement but Harry Bosch has got nothing on Erlendur …
reviewed Rumpole of the Bailey. June 02, 2010
Rumpole of the Bailey
In "Rumpole of the Bailey", John Mortimer has served up a veritable smorgasbord of short snappy tales that are the very best that British courtroom humour has to offer. Whether it's criminal …
reviewed Ffolkes' Medicine. May 19, 2010
Ffolkes' Medicine
You have to give first-time author, BR Stateham, full marks for creativity and imagination. Geoffery Armitage Ffolkes is a very interesting character, indeed. Imagine if you will a tall, cocky, swaggering, …
reviewed The Terminal Experiment. May 19, 2010
The Terminal Experiment
Robert J Sawyer has never been an author to think small and he certainly didn't start in "The Terminal Experiment"! Soul-searching (literally) provocative discussions on the nature and the very …
Watery Grave (A Sir John Fielding Mystery)
In 1767 off the shore of Cape of Good Hope, the crew of British naval frigate HMS Adventure encountered what, to them, must have seemed the typhoon of the century. At the height of the powerful storm, …
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
Nancy Springer is finding her stride. Far from being derivative, Springer has effectively used the fame and atmosphere of the much-loved Holmes canon as a springboard to develop her Enola Holmes character, …
reviewed Mistletoe Man. May 04, 2010
Mistletoe Man
Small town Pecan Springs, Texas, plays host to three new businesses - a wildly successful tea room called Thyme for Tea and its adjoining herbal shop Thyme and Seasons opened by China Bayles, a former …
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
Dickensian in depth, scope and grandeur with the feminine overtones of Bronte's JANE EYRE, staunchly upper crust British in its attitudes and values, Victorian in flavour and yet deliciously undated …
reviewed The Naked Sun. April 14, 2010
The Naked Sun
A thousand years earlier, mankind had split into two groups who now hated one another with a visceral prejudice born out of fear and a complete lack of cultural understanding of one another. Spacers, …
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)
Harry Dresden is a hapless, down on his luck wizard. In fact, he's the only licensed wizard in the Chicago phone book. Business isn't exactly brisk so from time to time he acts as a consultant with the …
reviewed Dark Fire. April 03, 2010
Dark Fire
CJ Sansom introduced an appreciative reading audience to Matthew Shardlake, a crafty 16th century attorney specializing in property law, in his well received debut novel, "Dissolution". In "Dark …
Hide and Seek: A John Rebus Mystery
The plot is certainly simple enough on the face of it. Inspector Rebus is assigned to investigate the death of a junkie in his run down tenement squat. The victim's body has been obviously arranged after …
Holmes on the Range (Holmes on the Range Mysteries)
Unlike so many others of this very specialized but rather crowded niche genre - the parody of Sherlock Holmes - Hockensmith's unique entry, "Holmes on the Range" amuses, entertains and succeeds …
reviewed The Bodyguard and the Rock Star. March 12, 2010
The Bodyguard and the Rock Star
Natasha Chamberlain is a "protection specialist". You and I would call her a "bodyguard". She works for her boyfriend, Jonce Striker (a very studly man's man) who harbours less than …
reviewed Fresh Kills. February 14, 2010
Fresh Kills
How did this first time author do that so easily? Bill Loehfelm uses a cleverly crafted blend of slow-paced, compelling action together with some down to earth, gritty, even vulgar dialogue to introduce …
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