Category Archives: Mystery fiction

“Sarah’s List” by Elizabeth Gunn – Book Review

This is the seventh installment in the Sarah Burke police procedural series set in Tucson, Arizona. Though I did not read any of the previous titles, the author included enough of the back story that “Sarah’s List” read well as … Continue reading

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20 Questions with mystery author Tina DeBellegarde #AuthorInterview @tdbwrites @levelbestbooks

1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your debut mystery novel “Winter Witness”, and I’m eager now to read the second book in the series. Congratulations on the positive reviews. What is the most rewarding thing about your writing journey so far? … Continue reading

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“The Lifeline” by Margaret Mayhew – Book Review

Frog End is a traditional, bucolic English village. Charming houses, a village green, and a population that is for the most part, no longer young. The young doctor of Frog End is a very caring and sympathetic man who seeks … Continue reading

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“The Less Dead” by Denise Mina – Book Review

“The Less Dead” was shortlisted for the COSTA Prize 2020. Margot – an adoptee whose adoptive mother has recently died. She had a good upbringing and good education and now works as a doctor. She has recently left her boyfriend, … Continue reading

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“Web Of Lies” by Sally Rigby – Book Review

“Web Of Lies” is the first novel in the Detective Sebastian Clifford crime series. Detective Sebastian Clifford – the 38 year old second son of Viscount Worthington, Seb comes from a wealthy and influential background. As his elder brother is … Continue reading

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“Smoke Screen” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

translated from the Norwegian by Megan Turney This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the second to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a twenty year veteran of the Oslo police. Shortly after his career … Continue reading

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“Outside Looking In” by Michael Wood – Book Review

“When you’re on the outside looking in you see things a lot differently.” DCI Matilda Darke is well named, for this is a woman who is in a dark place. It is almost the first anniversary of her beloved husband’s … Continue reading

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“The Postscript Murders” by Elly Griffiths – Book Review

“It’s such a civilized world; books, libraries, tea and cakes. How can it possibly also be a place where you can be murdered for the sake of a few words?” The Characters: DS Harbinder Kaur is thirty-six years old, gay, … Continue reading

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“Games People Play” by Owen Mullen – Book Review

Mark Hamilton, his wife Jennifer and year old daughter Lily are having a day out at the seaside in Ayr, which is about an hour from Glasgow. Just before they are due to go home, Jennifer decides to take one … Continue reading

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“Darkest Night” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review

DS Gaby Darin is now settled in Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. Gaby is starting out again at a new police station  – this time in Llandudno. She has bought herself a small cottage that needs … Continue reading

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“Winter Witness” by Tina deBellegarde – Book Review

“For a community so social and connected it seemed that there remained a great many secrets.” An elderly nun walks the convent’s cocker spaniel beside a rural lake. She is struck down with a rock. Another dog walker discovers her … Continue reading

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“The Dogs of Winter” by Ann Lambert – Book Review

Roméo Leduc – is a Detective Chief Inspector working for the Sûreté du Québec, who works out of an office in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.  Roméo is a workaholic and has little to no personal life. He loves to read, and is a … Continue reading

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“Here She Lies” by Kerena Swan – Book Review

Prequel novella to the novel “Blood Loss” which introduces DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy. Harry was nineteen when his mother died. His sister Stacie was ten. Feeling unable to cope with acting as parent, Stacie was put into … Continue reading

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“Cold Woods” by Karen Katchur – Book Review

Trisha moved from Chicago to the small Pennsylvania slate town when she was ten years old. She moved there with her mother and Lester, her stepfather, who was an abusive drunk. She quickly made friends with two girls from her … Continue reading

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“Treacherous Strand” by Andrea Carter – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

This mystery, the second in a series set in Inishowen, is a well written mystery with likeable characters.  The protagonist is Ben O’Keeffe a country solicitor.  Her law practice is the most northerly solicitor’s office in Ireland. ‘Ben’ is short … Continue reading

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