Category Archives: Mystery fiction

“The house sitter” by Jill Barry

Suzanne and Eddie Deacon aren’t getting any younger. They have been very content in “The Sugar House”, their comfortable, renovated house in mid Wales. However, they have decided that the time to downsize, and move on, has come. They find … Continue reading

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Where are they now? – Part 2: Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor is the author of the mystery series featuring protagonist DC Michael McKenna. Set in Wales, this police procedural series was one I enjoyed.   The novels in this series include: #1 Simeon’s bride#2 In guilty night #3 The house … Continue reading

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“Odd child out” by Gilly MacMillan

Welcome to my stop on the TLC Book Tour for this outstanding police procedural!Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad are best friends. They are both fifteen years old, very clever, and if truth be told, more than a bit ‘nerdy’. They … Continue reading

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“Devil’s trumpet” by Mary Rosenblum

This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O’Connor. It has been awhile since I’ve read a ‘cozy’ mystery and this one was a delight. The blurb: All Rachel O’Connor … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – an old favorite recommended

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The black house” by Peter May for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in 2009 and was, for me, a 5* read. First reviewed … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – an old favorite recommended

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week … Continue reading

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“What she knew” by Gilly MacMillan

Despite my hearing wonderful things about this novel, for one reason or another it has sat on my TBR for far longer than I would have liked.  Now, finally, I’ve had a chance to read it – only to find … Continue reading

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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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