Tag Archives: mystery fiction

“The Listening Walls” by Margaret Millar – Book Review

Wilma Wyatt and Amy Kellogg take a trip to Mexico City. Though they have been friends for years, they are very different and don’t always agree on much of anything. Wilma has a forceful personality while Amy is more meek … Continue reading

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“The Birds That Stay” by Ann Lambert – Book Review

Anna Newman, a woman in her eighties is found dead outside her home in rural Quebec. An accomplished artist, the woman has lived almost like a recluse. The police department don’t seem overly interested in finding out about her death, … Continue reading

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“River Bodies” by Karen Katchur – Book Review

Autumn in small town America. The leaves on the trees are showing off their best colors, but the people perhaps are not… There has been a brutal murder on the banks of the Delaware River, and the people of the … Continue reading

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“The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves – Book Review

The first novel in a new series which introduces Detective Matthew Venn. Two Rivers book one. “Now he could hear the surf on the beach and the cry of a herring gull, the sound naturalists named the long call, the … Continue reading

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“Holy Island” by L.J. Ross – Book Review

“People kill each other all over the world.” “Sure, but Lindisfarne — it’s holy. It’s like killing someone in church.” “Holy Island” was the winner of a poll I created to let my fellow bloggers and followers vote on which … Continue reading

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“The Greenway” by Jane A. Adams – Book Review

Cassie Maltham, her husband Fergus, and another couple are vacationing in rural Norfolk. The holiday is an experiment of sorts. Fergus thinks that coming back here will be therapeutic for Cassie, who experienced a childhood trauma in the area.  Twenty … Continue reading

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“Path into Darkness” by Lisa Alber – Book Review

“A haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing”. Lisfenora, Ireland.  Renown for its annual matchmaking festival. The ‘matchmaker’ in this case is the terminally ill Liam. Knowing that his end is near, he appoints his daughter, Merritt Chase, to … Continue reading

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“Madam Tulip” by David Ahern – Book Review

Twenty-something Derry O’Donnell is an out-of-work actress.  With bills to pay, and talent to use, she is frustrated that her agent seems to have forgotten her phone number.  When Derry and her friend Bella (another out-of-work actress) put their heads … Continue reading

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Excited to learn Ann Cleeves has a new series!

One of my favourite crime fiction authors, Ann Cleeves, has begun a new series! Rejoice!  Best known for her Shetland novels and her Vera novels, this time Cleeves’ introduces Detective Matthew Venn in The Two Rivers Series. The blurb: In … Continue reading

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“Ice Lake” a crime thriller by John A. Lenahan – Book Review

A compelling thriller with an environmental edge. “Ice Lake” is the first novel in the series featuring Harry Cull, a personable ex-cop whose career has morphed into detecting whether a person is lying… or not. He is a consultant psychologist, … Continue reading

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“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood – Book Review

BLURB: Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more… DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly … Continue reading

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“The Fallen” by Michael Wood (series prequel novella)

BLURB: It’s Christmas in Sheffield. But not everyone is enjoying the festive season…A man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.The victim is Iain Kilbride, a once-famous TV star who has faded into obscurity. All signs point to … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday “Into the shadows” by Shirley Wells – Book Review

I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” post in quite a while so I thought it was high time I did another one. Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. Today I want to share … Continue reading

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“Murder at Hawthorn Cottage” by Betty Rowlands – Book Review

Melissa Craig is a mystery novelist in her mid-forties. Single, and the mother of a grown son, she has just moved from London into an isolated Cotswold cottage where she intends to write her next book. One of her other … Continue reading

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“The Body in the Dales” by J.R. Ellis

As a bona fide anglophile, books set in England always appeal to me. My mother was a war bride and I still have a lot of family in the ‘old country’. I’ve read all of the James Herriot books and … Continue reading

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