Category Archives: Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

I discovered Louise Penny and her wonderful Inspector Gamache earlier this year and was enchanted by her insightful and soulful writing. In reading The Beautiful Mystery I was enchanted all over again. This is certainly a series to read and … Continue reading

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In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

I admit that I have been going through a low grade Downton Abbey withdrawal. I have tried to fill this void with other period dramas but somehow they just don’t get at that little knot of longing for haughty Mary … Continue reading

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Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon

It is always interesting to see what people from other countries think about Americans. When I read and come across descriptions of Americans, I confess to taking vicarious pleasure in seeing how Americans are often ridiculed and mocked for their … Continue reading

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A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  His spy novels, in particular, are grounded fully in reality without the fancy equipment, car chases or thrilling daring do.  They are in the tradition of John Le Carré with meticulous … Continue reading

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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

According to Amazon I bought this book in July of 2014 but I didn’t read it until last week.  My only excuse is that sometimes my relationship and expectations of an author are complicated. I love Karin Slaughter! Her Will … Continue reading

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Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn retired with her new husband, Carlo, to Tuscon, Arizona. She keeps busy by teaches a women’s self defense class and has a private investigator’s license so she can occasionally help the local police and sheriff’s department … Continue reading

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Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

I don’t usually do this but this time it is necessary! Spoiler Alert: Do not read this review if you have not already read the previous books- Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree! Mississippi Blood is the final installment in … Continue reading

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