BookClique

Here we will post our musings on a wide variety of titles. You can comment on our posts and find the titles in our catalog.

Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt

Jack McBride, formerly an FBI agent, has taken the Chief of Police job in Stillwater, Texas. He arrives in town with his teenaged son, Ethan, buys the house of a local woman named Ellie Martin, and wonders about how his predecessor, Buck Pollard, left office in such a hurried fashion. Buck Pollard, he is told, [...]

The Searcher by Simon Toyne

A plane crashes near the town of Redemption, in the Arizona desert, and out of the smoke walks a bare-footed albino without any memory of who he is. The only clue to his identity is a label in the back of his jacket giving the name of Solomon Creed. His only possession is a memoir [...]

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

I discovered Louise Penny about five years ago, and she has quickly become one of my favorite mystery authors. The Nature of the Beast is Ms. Penny’s eleventh title in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, and this is the best book yet. In The Nature of the Beast, we find Armand Gamache living in [...]

Awakening by S.J. Bolton

Clara Benning, a veternarian who specializes in wildlife rescues in a small villiage in England, is reclusive by nature. Supremely self-concious of her appearance due to scarring left after a childhood accident, Clara avoids human contact whenever possible. Yet, when a neighbor is killed by a bite from a poisonous snake, Clara turns out to [...]

Death Wears a Beauty Mask: and Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark

Do you have a ‘trigger’ that alerts you NOT to choose a book to read? I do! I won’t read novels about missing children. As a result I haven’t read anything by Mary Higgins Clark in years, given that A Stranger is Watching, Hitched, Two Little Girls in Blue, and one of her Christmas sets [...]

Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty

When Adrian McKinty comes out with a new Sean Duffy mystery, it goes to the top of my stack of books to read.  They are so good!  His newest one, Gun Street Girl, is no exception.  This series (see my previous reviews) is set in 1980s Northern Ireland-Protestants and Catholics hating and killing each other [...]

A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames

Samuel Craddock, retired police chief in the town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, gets a late night call from his elderly neighbor, Dora Lee Parjeter. Dora Lee is worried that someone is spying on her, but Dora Lee has a long history of calling Samuel with groundless fears. Yet, the next morning, Dora Lee is found [...]

Mean Business on North Ganson Street by S. Craig Zahler

Mean Business on North Ganson Street is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I read two to three books a week. The author, S. Craig Zahler, wrote a western (A Congregation of Jackals) several years back that I thought was top notch so I figured his latest, a mystery, would be [...]

Shots Fired by C.J. Box

I am not a huge fan of short story collections, but every once in a while one comes along that I like (see Crimes in Southern Indiana). C.J. Box’s Shots Fired is one that I would definitely recommend. Not all of the stories feature game warden Joe Pickett, but they’re all good. “Blood Knot” is [...]

The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim

As the holiday season freneticism descends, I always enjoy some light holiday reading, and The Alpine Christmas fits the bill. Written by Mary Daheim, this mystery takes place in timber country in Washington state. Its protagonist is Emma Lord, a weekly newspaper editor. Not only does the mystery take place at Christmas, but the holiday [...]

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