Category Archives: Detective novel

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 15)

Young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist, lives in a rambling old manor house with her father and two older sisters, their mother having passed away quite tragically when Flavia was quite young.  Their father, dealing with both the loss … Continue reading

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The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George ( Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 9)

It is comforting to be in the hands of a master storyteller and Elizabeth George is definitely a master at crafting a twisty, unexpected mystery while continuing to mold and shape her characters in ways that show their depth and … Continue reading

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The Dragon’s Lair by Sharon Kay Penman (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 8)

I find myself going back to tried and true authors during this pandemic. Maybe its because everything is so chaotic right now that I am less willing to experiment with a new author, or maybe its because I know that … Continue reading

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Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

As you know I am big fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, but when you are all caught up and are waiting for the next book to be released  or there is an eight week wait list at the … Continue reading

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A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

Did you get some money for Christmas that you are not sure what spend on? ? A gift card from Amazon? Do you have some time now with family and friends gone, to curl up with a good book?  Well, … Continue reading

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A Long Time Coming by Aaron Elkins

Things are not going well for Val Caruso. He just turned forty, his divorce to his second wife is now final and he has just been informed that his promotion to full curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has … Continue reading

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Talking to the Dead and Love Story with Murders by Harry Bingham

I have found a new series that really intrigues me! It features a female detective, DC Fiona Griffiths, who is quirky, smart, likes to think out-of-the-box, but is socially inept and often skirts the rules. Additionally, her adoptive father is … Continue reading

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or, On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King

Fan fiction seems to be a trend lately. It fills the gap between the release of a new book in a series by providing the back story behind some reference to a historical event  referenced in the novel, completes the … Continue reading

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Jane Harper is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. She has the uncanny ability to take the ordinary and create mystery and suspense seemingly out of thin air. An ordinary corporate retreat camping in the woods in her hands … Continue reading

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The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Translated by William Frost

Detective Carl Mørk, Assad, Gordon and Rose of Department Q of the Copenhagen Police Department are by now great friends of mine. Detective Mørk is a curmudgeonly old school cop, Assad is perceptive and thinks outside the box, Gordon is … Continue reading

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