REVIEWED: Crusader’s Cross

Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke. (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2005). People who’ve read my reviews know I like a wide variety of genres. And of course I have my favored authors. Many of these are very prolific, and that is certainly the case with James Lee Burke. I’m hardly alone in my enthusiasm for Burke, as he’s […]

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REVIEWED: My Darling Detective

My Darling Detective by Howard Norman. (Novel, 2017). I’m really ambivalent about this book. The author is an experienced novelist with several major literary nominations and awards to his credit, yet this novel (my first exposure to his work) left me largely unimpressed. It’s certainly not terrible and kept me reading, but generated little overall satisfaction […]

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REVIEWED: Dead and Breakfast

Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury (cozy mystery novel, 2017). For once, I pick up the FIRST in a new series of mystery novels! Kingsbury, of course, is a veteran and highly successful writer with a bunch of popular series to her credit. But this one is the initial offering set in the Merry Ghost Inn. […]

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REVIEWED: Brazen

Brazen by Loren D, Estleman (Mystery/Crime Novel, 2016). A much-honored writer in the mystery and western fiction genres, Loren Estleman’s latest ongoing series involves an amateur detective named Valentino. He works at UCLA as a film archivist and motion picture historian. He lives in a rundown former movie theater he’s slowly restoring and his obsession with […]

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REVIEWED: Bryant & May: Strange Tide

Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler. (Detective/Mystery Novel, 2016). The latest book in this long-running series finds the allegedly elite team known as the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed for disaster. For all their past successes, they’ve always depended on aging detective Arthur Bryant’s eccentric brilliance, tempered by his steady partner John May, to solve […]

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REVIEWED: Death of a Ghost

Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton. (Mystery Novel, 2017). The above is the 33rd (!) Hamish Macbeth mystery novel by M.C. Beaton; the above is also the 1st of the series that I’ve read. The BBC did a series based on the books in the 1990s (which I’ve never seen, either). Coming in so late […]

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REVIEWED: Diablerie

Diablerie by Walter Mosley. (Pyschological Novel, 2008). Walter Mosley is one highly varied and ambitious author. In this relatively brief (180-page) novel he delivers a stunning psychological portrait of a deeply repressed man who must escape the inertia that has defined his life for decades, while facing-up to a past (and a brutal crime) obscured from […]

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