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Hamish Macbeth - Death of a Nurse

 Reading at least one Hamish Macbeth mystery by M.C. Beaton is pretty much a must if you are a fan of the genre. Beaton has created an interesting and original cozy series about the adventures of a policeman in the village of Lochdubh in northern Scotland. Death of a Nurse is the 32nd book in the series and as good a place to start enjoying the series.In this installment, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth investigates the death of a young nurse ... More

The Killing Forest

 The Killing Forest is the latest thriller from Denmark's “Queen of Crime”, Sara Blaedel.  Although there are several novels in this popular Louise Rick series, only the last two are listed on Blaedel's English language website.  It appears that not all of her previous novels have been translated.Having taken time to recover from a traumatic event, Louise Rick returns to the National Police to lead the Special Search Agency dealing with missing persons and criminal activity.  She is assigned to ... More

The Newsmakers

 The Newsmakers by former federal prosecutor Lis Wiehl (with Sebastian Stuart) is an interesting and compelling mystery/drama that focuses on television news media.Erica Sparks is a spitfire; a young, attractive journalist who has overcome the odds of a tumultuous past.  Aggressive, yet curious and compassionate, and determined to find success and notoriety on the TV screens of the nation, she searches for human interest stories that pique curiosity.Green to the field, she is thrilled to be handpicked and hired by ... More

Cross Justice - An Alex Cross Mystery

 I was a Patterson fan at the beginning of the Alex Cross series. I then lost interest in this mystery series. Cross Justice, the 2015 instalment of the long-running saga is a decent read but not going to make me go back to Patterson.The premise is interesting. A relative is accused of a horrible crime so Alex Cross returns to the small North Carolina town where he grew up and which is the source of all his family drama. While ... More

Even Dogs in the Wild - A Rebus Mystery

 It is hard to believe but Even Dogs in the Wild, the twenty-first Rebus mystery is my first crack at Ian Rankin. Here, Rebus is retired but a case involving an old nemesis named Big Ger Cafferty has Siobhan Clarke calling him in for some assistance. Once a cop, always a cop so soon Rebus is neck deep into investigating a series of seemingly unrelated killings.You do not need to be familiar in any way with Rankin's Rebus series to ... More

Crimson Shore - A Pendergast Novel

 The Cask of Amontillado meets The Hound of the Baskervilles and horror meets thriller in Crimson Shore in the fifteenth mystery featuring the very odd and enigmatic Aloysius Pendergast. Fans of the series are going to willingly go along for the ride though those new to it would be better off starting with one of the earliest Preston & Child novels like Reliquary or The Cabinet of Curiosities.Pendergast and protegee Constance Greene go to Massachusetts witch country to investigate a ... More

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel

 You can rely on Michael Connelly for an excellent mystery. The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch novel is no exception. It represents, however, a major change in the life of Connelly's foremost character. The Crossing refers to Bosch now working as a private investigator therefore having in the parlance of the police crossed to the dark side.The Crossing opens with Bosch having been forcibly retired from the LAPD. His half brother, Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, is representing him is a ... More

Day Four

 Between God, the devil and the deep blue sea, if you want something akin to the Titanic meets The Twilight Zone, creepy Day Four is for you.The story takes place during a post-Christmas cruise aboard The Beautiful Dreamer, which is populated by a large group of hopeful singles, elderly widows hell bent on suicide, a psychic medium and her devotees, and the gamut of dedicated to disgruntled crew members.  Everyone, it seems, has a deep, dark secret.It's day four, and ... More

The Killing Kind

 The Killing Kind is one hell of a good read. It is a quick-paced story of a hitman with who kills other hitmen but then becomes the target of another hitter. Chris Holm wastes no time setting up the story and then propels it forward with no extraneous filler. If you are looking for an entertaining and original thriller, this is it.Michael Hendricks is a black ops Afghan war vet presumed to have been KIA. In fact, he is making ... More

Mystery Show - Gimlet Media Podcast

 Starlee Kine. It’s an unusual name. When you first hear her speak it you can almost imagine that she herself is made up of an impossible white light pushing back against the dark abyss. Then you hear her weave her story in a digressive, conversational style that belies the complexity of the form as much as it makes for simple and easy listening. She has the kind of voice that you can fall in love with. The kind of voice ... More

Safe As Houses

 The information on the back of Safe As Houses by Susan Glickman suggests this is a mystery: “Liz … enters a world of violence and cruelty....”  It is not and she does not, unless you count a store window broken by pranksters on Halloween.. The body of real estate agent Andrew Scott is found in chapter one. The only and very ham-handed clue  is 136 pages later and the two amateur detectives talk to the killer two chapters later.Safe As ... More

The Lost Daughter

 Originally published in 2014, The Lost Daughter by Lucretia Grindle is the second in a trilogy of historical fiction set within the framework of factual political events of 20th century Italy.  It's historical backdrop and events are real, and one of the main characters is based on an actual person.  Here, the focal event is the kidnapping of the Christian Democratic Prime Minister Aldo Moro, by the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), a clandestine and violent organization of revolutionaries--not unlike some terrorist cells of today--who take ... More