Category Archives: Mystery fiction

Remembering novelist Margaret Yorke

Recently, while trying to purge my overcrowded bookshelves, I came across a  “Winter’s Crimes 18” anthology.  Since it was an ex-library book, and not in very good shape, I decided it was one of the books I would be purging. … Continue reading

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“The Birdwatcher” by William Shaw

This novel has probably one of the best first paragraphs I’ve read in quite a while: “There were two reasons why William South did not want to be on the murder team. The first was that it was October. The … Continue reading

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“Strange things done” by Elle Wild

There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold… – Robert W. Service poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” … Continue reading

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“Magpie murders” by Anthony Horowitz

“Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.” It has been a while since I’ve read what I would consider to be a ‘traditional’ … Continue reading

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“The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney

Just finished the last page of Patricia Gibney’s “The missing ones” – and I’m missing the characters already.  The novel features Garda Síochána detective inspector Lottie Parker and is set in the fictional town of Ragmullin in the Irish Midlands. Lottie is … Continue reading

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“Entry Island” by Peter May

Part present day crime novel, and part historical novel “Entry Island“ is set alternately in the present day on the Magdalen islands, and hundreds of years ago in the Hebrides. Peter May has written a memorable novel that will resonate … Continue reading

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“Beneath the ashes” by Jane Isaac

The second in a series, this is a strongly characterized police procedural is set in the West Midlands town of Stratford, Warwickshire, England. The protagonist, Detective Inspector Jackman, is a likeable and complex character – a man torturing himself with … Continue reading

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“A dark so deadly” by Stuart MacBride

“Tartan noir” liberally laced with wit makes for an outstanding police procedural! A new standalone thriller from Stuart MacBride, the author of the Logan McRae mystery series. Meet Mother’s Misfit Mob – a detective unit of Police Scotland, the ‘mob’ … Continue reading

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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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“Taking on water” by David Rawding

I chose to read this novel because one of the protagonists is a lobsterman.  Since I live in Nova Scotia, where lobster fishing is a huge industry, I thought it would be fun to read a mystery centered around this … Continue reading

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