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reviewed Sympathy Between Humans. March 01, 2011
Sympathy Between Humans
Jodi Compton has toned up her plotting skills in Sympathy Between Humans, the sequel to her debut novel, The 37th Hour. In 37th, protagonist Detective Sarah Pribeck embarked on a search for her missing …
reviewed Third Girl. February 14, 2011
Third Girl
Poirot is grossly overweight in this film. This is not a factor in the plot and does not distract from it, but it may disconcert some viewers.      A woman arrives in Poirot's …
reviewed The Postcard Killers. January 19, 2011
The Postcard Killers
   Best selling authors James Patterson and Lisa Marklund collaborate in writing a thriller about serial killers on a crime spree through Europe. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon takes on a mission …
reviewed The Postcard Killers. November 18, 2010
The Postcard Killers
James Patterson wrote this book with Liza Marklund, a Swedish author who sold nine million of her mysteries in thirty languages. The publisher gave her the same size billing with the same color on the …
reviewed The Third Secret Tara Taylor Quinn. November 13, 2010
The Third Secret Tara Taylor Quinn
The Third Secret by Tara Taylor Quinn is Book three in Ms. Quinn's Chapman Files, but the first of the series that I've read. That said, this is a stand-alone book that doesn't require previous knowledge …
reviewed The Postcard Killers. October 13, 2010
The Postcard Killers
I have read many of Patterson's books, including the Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. This is neither. This one is about a NYPD detective whose daughter and her boyfriend were …
reviewed Sweet Women Lie. September 29, 2010
Sweet Women Lie
Estleman and his Detroit detective Amos Walker is my favorite hard-boiler of all time. He's almost always dead-on laconic, and the settings in dirty and decaying Detroit are perfect for the less-said-the-better …
reviewed 7 Souls. September 23, 2010
7 Souls
7 Souls is the story of Mary Shayne and the worst day of her life, her birthday and the day she dies.    The first part of the book tells the story from Mary's point of view. The story …
reviewed The Babes in the Wood. September 14, 2010
The Babes in the Wood
       It’s raining in Kingsmarkham. And raining. And raining. There’s flooding in the town, close to the home of Inspector Wexford, who is worried about his adult daughter, …
reviewed Step on a Crack. September 06, 2010
Step on a Crack
   My rating: 2 of 5 stars A team of highjackers crashes a funeral at NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, taking as hostages dozens of high profile mourners. The police immediately …
reviewed The Holy Thief: A Novel. September 01, 2010
The Holy Thief: A Novel
Ryan's novel is set in Moscow 1936, where Captain Alexei Korolev, a veteran of the Revolution and member of the Moscow Militia's Criminal Investigation Unit is assigned the case of a murdered and mutilated …
reviewed Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden. August 19, 2010
Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden
   Moscow Sting, by: Alex Dryden is a standard Russians vs. the United States spy novel, set in modern-day Putin times, instead of the 1980's "Cold War." I have read quite a few …
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of
With all the books I receive for review (and given that I have a library a block away from my house), I rarely *buy* a book any more.  But on a recent trip, I wandered into a bookstore and had a …
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa may Alcott is perhaps best known for 'Little Women' and perhaps you are already turning away, not a big fan of this classic story. I wasn't either, in fact 'Little …
reviewed The Holy Thief: A Novel. August 06, 2010
The Holy Thief: A Novel
Recently we've seen a slew of books based in Stalin era Russia, and involving murders and mysteries. "Child 44" immediately comes to mind, among others. This book also takes place in Russia, in 1936, …
reviewed The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and t.... August 02, 2010
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of
In the early 1900s New York, like any sprawling city, exhibited the best and the worst of human behavior. Some of New York's worst came under the lax scrutiny of the elected coroners, not always the sober …
reviewed Pirate Trade. July 19, 2010
The cover of my 1995 Ivy Books paperback edition of Rick Boyer's DOC ADAMS mystery, PIRATE TRADE, is unforgettable. It features a carved ivory miniature of an Eskimo or Aleut in a kayak. In his right …
reviewed Doctor Frigo. July 18, 2010
Dr. Frigo is the nickname of Dr. Ernesto Castillo. His father either died or was assassinated and was a leading figure in the Democratic Socialist Party in St. Paul-les Alzes. With his death, leadership …
posted a Quick Tip about Nancy Drew. July 13, 2010
Nancy Drew
Read all these as a teenager, was fascinated by Nancy Drew...now it makes mystery movies no challenge to figure out 'who done it'...
posted a Quick Tip about Nancy Drew. July 09, 2010
Nancy Drew
What young girl can't like Nancy Drew? I am glad to see these books making a comeback.
reviewed The Sculptor. July 09, 2010
The Sculptor
Gregory Funaro’s The Sculptor is an engrossing thriller with unusual events and suspenseful twists. Although this is Funaro’s first novel, it reads like a book produced by a long-time experienced …
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone Mystery) [Hardcover]
U is for Undertow is one of the many Sue Grafton mystery novels. I love all of Sue Grafton’s books, and find her writing to be quite humorous. She has an edgy, sarcastic bite to her writing, which …
posted a Quick Tip about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (b.... July 04, 2010
McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Part travel guide, part ethnography, and part detective story, this book will show you modern Africa in a way that no other book can. Delightful from beginning to end, a storyteller's masterwork, and …
posted a Quick Tip about Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bon.... July 01, 2010
Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science
If you ever wanted to know just how tough real CSI is - read Dr. Bass!
posted a Quick Tip about Nancy Drew. July 01, 2010
Nancy Drew
HUGE Nancy Drew fan growing up. Might have contributed to my career in competitive intelligence.
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