Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas (Mystery Novel, 2017). This new mystery is about a cold case and has a pronounced focus on the motivations, psychologies and obsessions of its characters (even the relatively minor ones). It will definitely appeal to readers who like a multi-layered narrative with subplots, some only tenuously connected to the case itself. […]Read more "REVIEWED: Penhale Wood"
A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Cat Detective Novel, 2017). Yes, our favorite feline co-author and her human helper are at it again. The title is, of course, a playful pun on a classic hardboiled mystery novel (shame on you for two weeks, if you can’t puzzle out which one). […]Read more "REVIEWED: A HISS BEFORE DYING"
Three in Death by J.D. Robb (SF/Crime Novella Collection, 2008). Nora Roberts is a pretty extraordinary writer–a huge and deserved success in a variety of genres with a fistful of series written under her own name and, as in this case, using the J.D. Robb pen-name. In some ways the “in death” series (numbering over 2 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Three in Death"
The Ultimatum by Karen Robards (Crime/Adventure Novel, 2017). Bianca St. Ives leads a double life, heading up a more-or-less legit security consulting firm in Savannah, Georgia as a cover for the real ‘family business’ (as a super-slick international thief). She’s learned that trade from best–a legendary figure who she’s always thought of as her father. But […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ultimatum"
Murder Wears Mittens by Sally Goldenbaum (Cozy Murder Mystery, 2017). This cozy mystery is set in Sea Harbor, a fictional New England town where four ladies of varying ages and circumstances get together to do some knitting, confirm their close mutual friendship and occasionally turn amateur detective when a new murder mystery pops up. This time, the victim is […]Read more "REVIEWED: Murder Wears Mittens"
Hell Hath No Curry by Tamar Myers (Cozy Mystery Novel, 2007). I was in the mood for some light reading and had no objection to an older title (but it was new to me and part of a familiar, delightful series I’ve enjoyed before). This one’s another of the pun-and-recipe-filled series of humorous cozy murder mysteries […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hell hath No Curry"
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Mystery Novel, 2017). Reichs is of course best known for the books featuring Temperance Brennan (and the Bones TV series that sprang from them). She’s also co-authored (with her son) a series of Young Adult focused books. This–her latest–is neither. It’s a sometimes grim, but exciting crime/missing person story centered around an embittered […]Read more "REVIEWED: Two Nights"