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reviewed Port Mortuary. April 23, 2011
It's often said that a good novel should be shown, not told, and that's the main problem with Port Mortuary. The first person narration by Kay Scarpetta turns what should have been a compelling …
The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel
Sigmund Freud made only one visit to America, in 1909, and author Rubenfeld uses that event to inspire his first historical novel. Budding psychologist Stratham Younger meets Freud, accompanied by Carl …
reviewed Broken: A Novel. November 01, 2010
Broken: A Novel [Hardcover]
Karin Slaughter merges characters from her earlier novels in Broken, when Special Agent Will Trent is called to Grant County to investigate the suicide of a jailed murder suspect. The local cops have …
reviewed Body Work. October 28, 2010
Body Work
   Sara Paretsky continues to compel her readers to confront uncomfortable truths about American society. In Body Work, she takes on the evils of war, corrupt corporate scheming, PTSD, and the …
reviewed The Smile of a Ghost. October 11, 2010
The Smile of a Ghost
The Smile of a Ghost (Merrily Watkins, #7)Kindred spirits My rating: 4 of 5 stars There's more than one ghost in historic, medieval Ludlow, and not all of them are dead yet. There's legendary …
The Girl of His Dreams (A Commissario Guido
Bravo, Donna Leon, for writing a mystery novel that delves into the underpinnings of crime and society. Italy, like all western European nations, is struggling with a huge influx of immigrants from other …
Always Say Goodbye: A Lew Fonesca Mystery
         My rating: 1 of 5 stars For a thriller, this book sure is talky. Lew leaves Florida on the advice of his therapist, heading Chicago to track down the murderer of …
In the Time of the Poisoned Queen
   Was Queen Mary Tudor, who died while relatively young, poisoned? Was it the poison that prevented her from bearing children? Nicholas Segalla, who has lived for centuries, travels to England, …
reviewed All Mortal Flesh. September 11, 2010
All Mortal Flesh, by Julia Spence-Fleming
     The Reverend Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne have fallen in love against the better judgment and best efforts of both of them. They’ve vowed to do the right …
Bad Boy: An Inspector Banks Novel
The Inspector Banks novels have been growing darker of late, and, number 20, Bad Boy, continues the trend in spades. Jaff McCready is one of those handsome charmers who has never developed a conscience, …
reviewed Hide. September 06, 2010
Hide
   You can run, but you can't hide - at least not forever. That's what decorator Annabelle Granger learns when, after 25 years of changing homes and changing names, she returns to Massachusetts …
reviewed The Killing Hour. September 03, 2010
The Killing Hour
   I read lots of serial killer novels, but few have hooked me the way The Killing Hour did, from the very first page. Mac McCormack, special agent of Georgia’s Bureau of Investigations, …
reviewed Angels Flight. June 13, 2010
Angels Flight
Wonder how Harry got so cynical, so lonely, so determined? Angels Flight answers all those questions, and more. Called out upon the discovery of the murder of an anti-cop lawyer, he immediately fears …
reviewed The Concrete Blonde. May 07, 2010
The Concrete Blonde
The third in the Harry Bosch series is one of the best of the entire thirteen currently available (yes, I've read them all). This entry has everything. Hard boiled Harry is the defendant in a civil trial, …
reviewed The Last Juror. April 02, 2010
The Last Juror
The year is 1970, and callow college dropout Will Traynor, with six months of journalism experience, buys the local newspaper in Clanton, Mississippi. The business is moribund until a woman is raped and …
reviewed An Air That Kills. March 11, 2010
An Air That Kills
Lydmouth is small, postwar English town along the Welsh border, a place that has seen better days. Still, newly promoted CID Richard Thornhill eagerly accepted a position on the Lydmouth police force. …
reviewed The Brass Verdict: A Novel. December 01, 2009
The Brass Verdict: A Novel
Only a few of my favorite authors produce stories in which their series characters intermingle. One of my favorites was the Church of England series by Susan Howatch (as far from stodgy as it's possible …
reviewed Hour Game. August 10, 2009
Hour Game
Hour Game serves as my intro to the work of David Baldacci, and it hasn't tempted me to try any others of his titles. The 150-plus Amazon reviews of this particular novel are divided into two camps, …
reviewed The Private Patient. May 30, 2009
The Private Patient
If Private Patient is truly PDJ's final Dalgliesh novel, she's taking him out in style! AD has always been the most human, humane, and cultured of the detective genre, and at long last, he's gained some …
reviewed The Overlook. April 26, 2009
The Overlook
When his lieutenant phones him after midnight, Harry is still awake. Arriving at the scenic overlook above Mulholland Dam, he finds a man dead in an execution style shooting. The victim's a medical physicist …
reviewed The Lace Reader: A Novel. August 06, 2008
The Lace Reader: A Novel
Brunonia Barry's impressive debut novel is not set in Kansas, but in Salem, MA, forever infamous as the home of witches and other "crazies". The site of the tragic trials in 1692 is like no other town …
reviewed Careless in Red: A Novel. May 30, 2008
Careless in Red: A Novel
Careless in Red is full of pain, in the true, human sense, not the mawkish or sadistic. Week after week, Inspector Thomas Lynley has been numbly walking the Cornish cliff path, so gripped by the pain …
reviewed The Chemistry of Death. January 30, 2008
The Chemistry of Death
Move over, Patricia Cornwell, Simon Beckett's on your turf. The Chemistry of Death is a page turner of a new, forensic/police procedural novel, with lots of psychology, chemistry, medicine, and red herrings. …
reviewed A Darkness More Than Night. November 14, 2007
A Darkness More Than Night
What's interesting about the Bosch novels is that every one has a slightly different twist. The twist in Darkness is the grudging collaboration between two old pros, Bosch and McCaleb. Neither one is …
reviewed Shutter Island (book). August 03, 2005
Shutter Island
Having read a great many mysteries by now, most of the time I can figure out whodunnit about halfway through. That's what is so refreshing about Shutter Island. I was absolutely blown away by the ending …
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