Category Archives: award winners

Series to Savour 8 – Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache mysteries

I can’t believe that I have not yet written about the fabulous Louise Penny on my “Series to Savour” blog series. Well, that must be remedied immediately!  Set in the charming small town of Three Pines, the series features police Chief Inspector … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 7 – Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway mysteries

This morning, as I peruse my lovely bookshelves I spy one of my all-time favorite series and realize that I have not yet posted about it on my “Series to Savour” blog series. Well, that must be remedied immediately!  I’m … Continue reading

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“The goldfish bowl” by Laurence Gough

“The Goldfish Bowl“, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel from the Crime Writers of Canada is the first of thirteen police procedural novels featuring Detectives Willows and Parker. It was originally published in 1987. The blurb: An elusive … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 6 – Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler mysteries

Several years ago, I read a mystery called “The various haunts of men“. It remains as one of my favorite mysteries to this day.  It is only fitting then, that I feature Susan Hill in my ‘Series to Savour‘ blog … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 5 – Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks mysteries

Back in 1988, when my children were tiny, I belonged to one of those book clubs where you bought a book every month and it was delivered in the mail.  One of my treasured deliveries was “Gallow’s View”, the very … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 2 – Peter May’s Lewis trilogy

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 4 – Ann Cleeves’ Shetland mysteries

I’m not sure what it is about the remote, isolated, and beautiful Hebrides that attracts so many readers.  All I know is that it is THIS SETTING that first attracted me to this series and enticed me to read it. … Continue reading

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“The Trap” by Melanie Raabe

Winner of the prestigious Stuttgart Crime Prize for best crime debut of the year, “The Trap” has been called a ‘must-read’ debut thriller. The premise is intriguing.  A reclusive novelist, traumatized by her sister’s murder, sets an elaborate trap for the murderer. … Continue reading

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“Of sea and seed” by Annie Daylon

Historical fiction should do two things. #1 Portray the time period, culture, and events with accuracy (i.e. be well researched); #2 Entertain. Annie Daylon’s “Of sea and seed” succeeds on both counts.  She has captured Newfoundland’s history with articulate accuracy … Continue reading

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“The Wacky Man” by Lyn G. Farrell

A heartbreaking novel that packs a visceral punch! “The Wacky Man” is a compulsively readable debut novel that expounds upon the life of Amanda May.  Amanda is fifteen when we meet her and she is a scarily intelligent and seriously mentally … Continue reading

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“The truth and other lies” by Sascha Arango

Not a full blown psychopath, Henry Hayden is nevertheless pretty darn close to being one.  As a young boy he killed his tyrannical father without even meaning to.  Since then he has moved on to bullying and other unempathetic acts.  … Continue reading

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“Little Black Lies” by Sharon Bolton

For several years now I have been a huge fan of Sharon Bolton’s novels. In particular, her Lacey Flint mystery series. When NetGalley offered another of her titles for review of course I jumped at the chance. I’m so glad … Continue reading

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“The devotion of Suspect X” by Keigo Higashino

First off, I have to say, this title was not MY choice.  It was the required reading of my “Whodunit” bookclub.  With the narrative set in Japan, it did not appeal to me – not even a little bit. WOW!  … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell 1930-2015

So very sad to hear that Ruth Rendell, one of my most favourite novelists has passed away at age 85. From BBC News Sunday May 2, 2015: “She wrote more than 60 novels in a career spanning 50 years, her … Continue reading

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“Walt” by Russell Wangersky

Take a reading journey to Newfoundland – or to what we in Atlantic Canada affectionately call “The Rock”.   Set in modern day St. John’s,  Newfoundland’s capital city, the novel features a solitary, fifty-something grocery store janitor named “Walt“.    Walt is … Continue reading

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