Book Review: Wings In the Dark

. Author: Michael Murphy Publisher: Alibi Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction My Reason For Reading This Book: I’ve read the first two books in this great new mystery series and I had to keep going. The two main characters are worth spending time with. They are former private investigator and mystery writer, Jake Donavan, and Broadway and […]

Book Review: The Widow’s Son

. Author: Thomas Shawver Publisher: Alibi July 2015 Genre: Mystery My Reason For Reading This Book: I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them. I like the main character, Michael Bevan. He’s very flawed which makes him seem more realistic. Michael always wants to take a short-cut to success, so he’s […]

Two “English” Books: English Creek and The English Girl

Two of the books I read this past month have the word “English” in their titles. English was also important within the stories. In English Creek by Ivan Doig (Scribner 2005), it’s all about a whole forestry division in northeastern Montana during the 1930s. Fourteen-year-old Jick McCaskill’s father was a Forest Ranger responsible for this […]

Book Tour: The Case of the Invisible Dog

. Author: Diane Stingley Publisher: Alibi 2015 Genre: Cozy Mystery In the start of a charmingly imaginative cozy series sure to delight fans of Carolyn Hart and Diane Mott Davidson, Diane Stingley introduces a blundering detective who believes herself to be the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. After failing to launch her career as […]

Book Review: The Rhyme of the Magpies

Author: Marty Wingate Publisher: Alibi, June 2, 2015 Genre: Cozy Mystery / Series: Bird of a Feather Mystery Today its my turn to host Marty Wingate on her TLC Book Tour. Her latest book, The Rhyme of the Magpie, is the first book in a new series. Let’s start with a description of the story: […]

A Golden Age Mystery: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

Originally Published in 1936, Re-published by Poisoned Pen Press in 2015 There isn’t much I enjoy more than reading mysteries written during the Golden Age of Mystery, the time period between the two world wars. It’s the reason I’m so obsessed with Agatha Christie’s books. This time period is a less harried time, the plots […]

Book Review: Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Publisher: Dutton, June 2, 2015 This novel is already creating a lot of buzz and I’m honored to be one of the stops on it’s TLC Book Tour. The buzz is well deserved as it truly is one of those books that makes you just keep turning the pages. Here’s what its all about: Annie […]

Book Review: Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Regular readers of Joyfully Retired know how much I love John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. But, I’ve only read one of Sandford’s “Prey” series, so I thought I’d go back and start at the beginning. The main character, Lucas Davenport, is Virgil Flowers’ boss and I thought it would be interesting to see the origin […]

Book Review: Ryder: Bird of Prey

Author: Nick Pengelley Publisher: Alibi (May 5, 2015) Genre: Mystery This is my third Nick Pengelley novel. [See my reviews here.]  Each  book gets better and better. In this newest book I was hooked by the time I hit page 3. The emotions of the story tugged at my heart and I just had to […]

Book Review: Officer Elvis

Author: Gary Cusik Publisher: Alibi, April 2015 Genre: Mystery Tommy Reylander is a police officer, but in his spare time he loves performing as — Elvis! Yes, this part-time job gives him great pleasure. But alas, one night, after performing for a group of senior citizens, he is killed. The detective assigned to the case […]