Reviews and Blog Posts: mystery

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...

Unstoppable Octobia May

by Sharon Flake

Reviewer Rating:
4

I am continuing my look at jFIC books with a female protagonist.  Set in Kansas in Jim Crow 1950s during the Korean War Octobia May lives with her aunt Shuma who runs a boarding house. Octobia has a vivid imagination and aong with her best friend (a boy) is on...

Unspoken

by Sarah Rees Brennan

Reviewer Rating:
5

Nancy Drew meets the Gothic romance in Unspoken. Imagine a girl like Kami who has an imaginary friend living inside her head. Only it turns out he is real. She doesn't let that weirdness stop her from her practical life where she takes care of her little brothers, starts a school...

One kick : a novel

by Chelsea Cain

Reviewer Rating:
4

A wonderfully pulpy thriller that I couldn't help but read in one sitting. Kick was abducted as a child and spent five years with a "family" of pedophiles. Her return to her family at the age of 11 was a national sensation.  Since then, she has spent the last 10...

Red delicious : a Siobhan Quinn novel

by Kathleen Tierney

Reviewer Rating:
4

This sequel to Blood Oranges does not disappoint! Quinn (don't ever call her Siobhan) is still the same in-your-face cantankerous werewolf/vampire who can't seem to untangle herself from Mean Mr. B's dirty work. She is developing a persona not unlike Sam Spade and other hard boiled detectives: super cynical and an...

Samedi the deafness : a novel

by Jesse Ball

Reviewer Rating:
4

Jesse Ball seems to be to be a writer’s writer. He’s a good read for anyone with a love of language and semantics. This story is kind of a nonsensical, suspenseful spy-mystery story with a heavy feel of the surreal. Reading other reviews of his writing, Jesse Ball has been...

White fire

by Douglas J Preston

Reviewer Rating:
4

The latest of the FBI Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child in which the authors take on an old mining story and combine it with current crimes being committed in Roaring Fork, Colorado, a very wealthy ski resort.  The authors are not very subtle in their description...

The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

by C. Alan Bradley

Reviewer Rating:
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they...

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

Reviewer Rating:
5

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the first book in a series (that currently has 14 books in it). These books are gentle mystery reads that are engrossing, touching, and funny.

Frozen heat

by Richard Castle

Reviewer Rating:
4

This fourth book in the meta-fictional Nikki Heat series, based on the Castle television show, is the best so far. Written in the same tone as the show, and paralleling key plot points and character arcs, these books within the TV show are perfect companion pieces. Johnny Heller's reading fits...

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