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Book Review: Elephants Can Remember

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Collins Crime Club, November 1972 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by John Moffatt My Rating: B Ariadne Oliver is one of Agatha Christie’s characters that she slips into her novels occasionally. I have liked every one of her appearances. In this one she had the lead. Hercule Poirot […]

Book Review: The Beautiful Mystery

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2012 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by Ralph Cosham My Rating: A- This is Book #8 in the Inspector Gamache series. I have been so faithful to this series because I’ve loved every single book. Number 8, however is different. I know your eyes just went […]

Book Review: Lowcountry Bombshell

Author: Susan Boyer Publisher: Henery Press, September 3, 2013 Genre:; Cozy Mystery Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My rating: A I was pleased to be included in the book tour for this new mystery series. I’ve read lots of praise for the author and her first novel, Lowcountry Boil. A mystery can’t get […]

Book Review: Bad Blood

Author: John Sandford Publisher: Berkley, 2011 Genre: Crime/Mystery My Rating: B+ Last week my husband and I drove to the High Sierras to camp. It was about a five hour drive one way. Half of the trip was interstate/boring highways, so I took along this audiobook I’d just picked up from the library. It was […]

Agatha: Sad Cypress

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 Genre: Mystery Source: Library My Rating: B I’m sure many of you have been wondering if I had given up on my quest to read all of Agatha Christie’s 87 novels. The answer is no – I haven’t given up, but my progress has stalled. I think I just […]

Book Review: Trick of the Light

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2011 Genre: Myatery Source: Library My Rating: A I know I said this the last time I reviewed book six in Louise Penny’s mystery series, but I can’t help it. Each book just gets better and better. This is the seventh book in the series and I found all […]

A New Series From David Baldacci

My husband and I have been David Baldacci fans since the 90s. We checked an audiobook of his from the library and have been reading/listening ever since. A couple of his books have been disappointing, but I always like to come back and try every new one. For some reason I really like this new […]

Book Review: Rough Country

Author: John Sanford Publisher: Putnam, 2009 Genre: Crime My Rating: A Virgil Flowers is participating in one of his favorite sports – a walleye fishing tournament. But then he was called by his boss and told to investigate a murder at a nearby resort. One of the guests, Erica McDill, an advertising executive from Minneapolis, […]

Book Review: Untold Damages

Author: Robert K. Lewis Publisher: Midnight Ink, April 2013 Genre: Crime Fiction My Rating: B+ Summary: Mark Mallen had been a devoted cop, husband, father and friend. He lost it all while working undercover for the narcotics division of the San Francisco Police Department. He began using heroin because he thought he’d look more authentic […]

Book Review: The Black Box

Author: Michael Connelly Publisher: Little, Brown, and Co., Nov. 2012 Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural My Rating: A The Black Box is Michael Connelly’s latest book featuring Harry Bosch. For those of you who don’t know him, Harry is a detective working for the Los Angeles Police Department. He’s not a super-macho cop who goes around shooting […]