Category Archives: Detective novel

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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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Sometimes a book surprises you by the depth of the world it creates, the uniqueness of its characters, and the grace and fluidity of its story telling. James has created one of those books! In a world unlike any other, … Continue reading

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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I share my Kindle account with my daughters and sometimes books that I never ordered appear mysteriously on my Kindle.  When Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs made a surprise appearance I was intrigued and as soon as I started it, I … Continue reading

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3 Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom, translated by Kari Dickson

I have found that understanding how another country perceives crime and justice helps me understand their culture. One of the ways I do that is by reading crime novels set in other countries or cultures. In reading this book about … Continue reading

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Tombland by C.J. Sansom

Matthew Shardlake is one of my favorite characters of all time. A hunchback lawyer during the Tudor era of England, Shardlake must overcome his own disability, negotiate some very nasty political traps, elude power hungry sycophants, maintain his integrity and … Continue reading

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The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

In 1793, in Stockholm, one early autumn morning, two children find Mickel Cardell, a man of the Watch, in a drunken stupor, and shake him awake.  At first he can’t figure out what they are saying, but slowly their words … Continue reading

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