Reviews and Blog Posts: murder

Jane and the twelve days of Christmas : being a Jane Austen mystery

by Stephanie Barron

Reviewer Rating:
3

In number 12 of the Jane Austen mystery series, Jane has gone to visit friends and family for the 12 days of Christmas. Murder and intrigue mar the festive proceedings and Jane assists the various investigators which include Raphael West, son of famed artist Benjamin West.  Barron has certainly captured...

The rape of Nanking the forgotten holocaust of World War II

by Iris Chang

Reviewer Rating:
4

This was a very difficult book to get through. Not because it wasn't written well or because the research was insufficient. On the contrary, the author, Iris Chang, had done extensive research and ties together the various perspectives of this horrific historical event very well. It's the details of what...

Syndrome E

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...

Anton Woode : the boy murderer

by Dick Kreck

Reviewer Rating:
3

Dick Kreck and his team of research experts from the Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy and the Colorado History Museum have provided an excellent look into the young life of Anton Woode, 11 year old murderer from Colorado. Not only does he take the reader through the capture,...

Dear killer

by Katherine Ewell

Reviewer Rating:
3

Only Kit and her mother know that Kit is London's feared "Perfect Killer." At 17, she's been a murderer for hire for years, and lives by the code her mother has taught her: Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Be careful. Don't be anything but perfect. But Kit's carefully segmented...

Love story, with murders : a novel

by Harry Bingham

Reviewer Rating:
4

This follow up to Talking to the Dead finds Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths dealing with two murders that may be related, negotiating her relationship with her father's illegal activities, and becoming more curious about her own past. The mysteries and connections in the investigation are interesting, and I will...

Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery

by Martha Grimes

Reviewer Rating:
2

Martha Grimes hasn’t had a Richard Jury mystery since 2010 so it was good to see a new one.  In this mystery, Jury is asked to investigate an old death that was labeled a suicide and while digging into that a new murder occurs and then a second one happens. ...

The diary of Edward the hamster, 1990-1990

by Miriam Elia

Reviewer Rating:
2

NPR recommended this book so I read it.
Edward's life is so depressing.
Is humanity in a cage?
The black and white drawings kept me going.
I wanted to set all the hamsters free like Elliott set the frogs free in E.T.
My bird won't leave his cage. He is...

The winter people

by Jennifer McMahon

Reviewer Rating:
5

I just finished this book and enjoyed it so much that I've been trying to convince everyone around me to read it too so we can revel in the creepy fun of it together.

It's the story of a family whose search for their suddenly disappeared mother leads them to discover...

Joyland

by Stephen King

Reviewer Rating:
5

This engaging ghost story marked a return to top form for Stephen King in 2013. The gruesome killing at the heart of this story is not emphasized throughout most of the book. Instead, King focuses on telling a heartfelt, nostalgic story about coming-of-age in the 1970’s. 21-year-old Devin comes to...

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