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Book Review: A Murder in Retrospect or The Five Little Pigs

. Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Companuy, 1942 The Five Little Pigs was first published with the title of Murder In Retrospect. This title is, in my opinion, a better description of the story. A young woman, Carla, asks Herculee Poirot to investigate the murder of her father, an event that happened fourteen […]

Book Review: Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray

Publisher: Barking Rain Press April, 2014 Denying the past proves deadly for BK Hartshaw and Trevor Mayhew in this gripping noir novel where nothing is as it seems. BK is a rising star at a public relations firm, and tonight’s charity ball should be a high point in her career. But a closely guarded secret […]

Book Review: The Whole Enchilada

Author: Diane Mott Davidson Publisher: William Morrow 2013 I began reading Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries way back in the early 1990s when a culinary mystery was quite unique. It was pure fun to see Goldy bumble her way through her growing catering business while at the same time solving the mysteries of murdered bodies […]

Book Review: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Publisher: Little Brown and Co. 2008 I am a Michael Connelly fan, especially his Michael Haller/Lincoln Lawyer novels. I discovered there was one I missed — The Brass Verdict. This is the second book in the series, right after The Lincoln Lawyer. In this story Mickey has just “inherited” the entire caseload of an old […]

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

One of the top reasons I love Louise Penney’s books is the quality of her continuing characters. Armand Gamache, the main character, is for me, the rock at the center. The supporting characters, circle around Gamache as they play various roles in the drama. The other top reason I love these books is that each […]

Book Review: Left Turn at Paradise: A Rare Books Mystery by Thomas Shawver

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 26, 2014 All it took was for me to read the first sentence of the book’s description and I said, “I want to read this one!” Read it and see what you think: Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a […]

Book Review: Yankee Club by Michael Murphy

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 12, 2014 As you know, I love a good mystery. I especially love a smart detective=style mystery whether he/she is a professional or an amateur. That’s exactly what I found in this brand-new novel. Jake Donovan and his loyal friends are smart and savvy and eager to take on all the […]

Book Review: The Code of the Hills

Author: Nancy Allen Publisher: Harper Collins, April 15, 2014 Genre: Legal Mystery Why I read this book: I like looking at issues through the double lens of the law and people who come up against the law. In the past I’ve spent a little bit of time in the Ozark hills and I’m acquainted with […]

Book Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller is the LA defense attorney who conducts most of his business in the backseat of his Lincoln Towncar. You probably know him as the Lincoln Lawyer. Ever since that movie came out, things have been tough for Mick. Now all these other attorneys are driving Lincolns, taking up his parking spaces and confusing […]

Book Review: The Garden Plot

Author:  Marty Wingate Publisher: Alibi / Sold by Random House, 2014 Genre: Cozy Mystery Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tour In an entirely appealing mystery debut, Marty Wingate introduces readers to a curious Texas ex-pat whose English gardening expertise on occasion leads her to unearth murderous goings-on. Pru Parke always dreamed of living in England. […]