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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.

The Bones of Paris by Laurie King

California writer, Laurie King, is best known for two series, The Mary Russell novels (Mary being the wife of Sherlock Holmes) and the Kate Martinelli dectective series. It’s been 5 years since King’s last foray with former FBI agent, Harris Stuyvesant in Touchstone. In The Bones of Paris she crafts a macabre tale of jazz [...]

The Chopin Manuscript by Jeffrey Deaver

Harry Middleton is in the middle of an intricate mystery.  Is the Chopin manuscript a fake? If so, why is Heinrich dead, and why is Harry being chased, and framed? The Chopin Manuscript is a fast-paced thriller, filled with classical music, past war crimes, theft, secret codes and murder in Kosovo, Poland and D.C. The [...]

A Spider in the Cup by Barbara Cleverly

I continue my passion for reading World War 1 novels with a foray into the Joe Sandilands series by Barbara Cleverly, reading A Spider in the Cup. While it’s the 11th title in the series, the novel can be read as a stand-alone. Scotland Yard is such a rich venue for detective fiction and Cleverly’s [...]

Blackstone and the Endgame by Sally Spencer

I love ‘period piece’ mysteries, especially those set around WW1 or WW2.  Sally Spencer’s Inspector Sam Blackstone mysteries, numbering 9 to date, are set between Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 through World War 1.  In Blackstone and the Endgame, our Inspector is ‘set up’ to intercept German espionage.  A great deal of the action [...]

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

I don’t usually read cozy mysteries, preferring something with a harder edge and a bit more action. However, Lowcountry Boil caught my attention due to the fact that this debut title from Susan M. Boyer won the 2012 Agatha Award; a rare feat. The book introduces us to feisty southern belle Liz Talbot, a private [...]

I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty

I liked the first book in Adrian’s McKinty’s “Troubles Trilogy” (The Cold Cold Ground) enough to read the second book I Hear the Sirens in the Street and that second book was awesome.  I really like gloomy dark stories about Northern Ireland anyway and in the early 1980s Belfast the sun never seems to shine!  [...]

The Highway by C.J.Box

After reading The Highway by C.J. Box my advice to anyone driving is to give those big truck drivers a wide berth and some respect!  It’s probably not a good idea to engage them in road rage episodes, especially if you are driving a small car.  And especially if you are a self- centered, young, [...]

The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

When an employee and a resident are killed in a home for troubled girls, everyone thinks the newest girl, Vicky, is the murderer.  A bloody hammer is found under her pillow, her sheets are bloody, and she has escaped out her window.  Soon she steals a car with a child inside of it.  Her doctor [...]

Deadly Design and Deadly Will by Marion Moore Hill

It’s always fun meeting authors in person and I had the opportunity to meet mystery writer Marion Moore Hill at a recent TCPL program.  I was familiar with Hill’s paperback ‘scrappy librarian’ mystery series as I like occupational mysteries.  Those books were grabbed up by customers when I put them on display last April during [...]

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

I am a HUGE fan of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs novels and the 10th installment, Leaving Everything Most Loved may be the best to date from my perspective.  Our heroine, Maisie Dobbs, is a psychologist and investigator working in London between the two world wars.  She carries many burdens from her World War One nursing [...]

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