Reviews and Blog Posts: detectives

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by Franck Thilliez

Reviewer Rating:
3

The first of Thilliez's novels to be translated into English, this mystery encompasses neuroscience, 2 loner detectives, and horrifying incidents all over the world. An unsettling film and several murders set detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Franck Sharko to investigating a series of crimes that reach back to the 1950s...

Alex

by Pierre Lemaître

Reviewer Rating:
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

The private life of Sherlock Holmes

Reviewer Rating:
3

      This movie was made in 1970 and so some of the comedic material depicted  is a tad inappropriate. With that said, this is a good addition to the Sherlock cannon and describes a case that was supposedly not included in earlier archives. This mystery comes to them...

Byzantium : stories

by Ben Stroud

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this debut collection of stories, Ben Stroud demonstrates an amazing versatility, creating completely believable characters in a variety of contemporary and historical settings. Stroud takes us from 19th century Berlin to present day East Texas to the ancient city of Byzantium.

Detecting a Trend: 'Sherlock Holmes' @ DPL's Steampunk Film Series

Sherlock Holmes

Join us this week for the final installment of our Steampunk Film Series: Guy Ritchie's action-packed 2009 blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes.

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Free admission

This brash, steampunk-flavored adventure features a fresh take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, fight choreography based on a real Victorian system of martial arts, and strong performances between stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.

Talking to the dead : a novel

by Harry Bingham

Reviewer Rating:
4

The first novel in a series focusing on Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, this is both a good procedural mystery and an interesting character study. Prostitutes are being murdered, and DC Griffiths is the only one who sees the connection between them a shipping millionaire who died in a plane...

Blind goddess

by Anne Holt

Reviewer Rating:
4

If you're a fan of Norwegian crime novels, Anne Holt's Hanne Wilhelmsen is a character that you'll want to get to know. Only recently translated (but first published in 1993), Blind Goddess is the first book featuring this tough detective in the Oslo Police Department. (This one takes place many...

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