Category Archives: Mystery

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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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Anna Kerrigan is twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. At the time she was awed by his home by the sea, and felt the undercurrents of something unnamed but menacing between Dexter and her father. Years later … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

Faith Winters experienced a trauma no child should ever have to experience. On the weekend of her thirteenth birthday, at her family’s cabin by the lake, someone killed her father, her sister, her best friend and her best friend’s mother. … Continue reading

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His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme MaCrae Burnet

In 1869, in a remote village in Scotland, three people are brutally murdered. Seventeen year old Roderick Macrae is arrested for the brutal murders. This would be an interesting start to any historical novel, but Brunet makes the unique choice … Continue reading

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The Witch Elm by Tana French

Tana French has become one of my favorite authors. Her Dublin Murder Squad series (The Trespasser, Broken Harbor etc.) have all been some of the best books I have read. “Unputdownable”  as one reviewer has said, testifying to the way … Continue reading

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Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

I thought I would start out the New Year right with a review on a book by one of my favorite authors-Michael Connelly! There is something about his Bosch series that hits all the right notes of mystery, suspense, police … Continue reading

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