Queen Anne’s Lace by Susan Wittig Albert. (Cozy Mystery Novel, April 2018). In this, the latest in a long-running series of cozy mysteries centered around former lawyer turned professional herbialist and amateur mystery-solver China Bayles, the author deftly blends generations-spanning family secrets, an unthreatening yet persistent and ultimately helpful ghost, the lore concerning the title plant […]Read more "REVIEWED: Queen Anne’s Lace"
Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (Short Story Collection, October 2017). One of the great British crime novelists of the current era, Jeffrey Archer also writes outstanding short stories. This is his first new collection in about a decade and features a wide-ranging variety of stories, including several truly outstanding efforts. Locales and subject matters covered in […]Read more "REVIEWED: Tell Tale"
The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett (Cozy Murder Mystery, 2017). A newly successful, yet ego-driven, creepy and womanizing author, Burton St. Clair gives a reading and talk in the library of Fethering, a small English coastal town. Then he promptly gets himself murdered in the parking lot after hours. In the process, he inadvertently […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Liar in the Library"
Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey (Crime Novel, 2018). Here’s another sexy, action-packed, complex and involving crime novel from Eric Jerome Dickey. Ken Swift is a tough-guy who works for a ruthless female crime boss in the Los Angeles area. He’s basically an enforcer, threatening and/or beating people up when they’re too slow […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bad Men and Wicked Women"
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Histotical Mystery Novel, 2018). There seems an almost endless number of crime-solving novel series. This, I’m informed, is the 14th book about psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs—yet it’s also my first exposure to her, the people around her and the various cases she takes on. Some basics: The series is set […]Read more "REVIEWED: To Die But Once"
Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier (Mystery Novel, October 2017). The lead character in this cozy mystery series, Lucy Stone, is a middle aged, happily married woman who works as a reporter for the local weekly newspaper in her small New England town. This time, she’s out for a run, training for the local Thanksgiving Day […]Read more "REVIEWED: Turkey Trot Murder"
Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Crime/Mystery Novel, Feb. 2018). Mosley, the best-selling author of the Easy Rawlins series, a multiple award winner and a recognized Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, here unleashes yet another very strong crime/mystery story. Joe King Oliver, the book’s first-person narrator, was a New York […]Read more "REVIEWED: Down the River unto the Sea"