Book Genre: Mystery

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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Seanan McGuire
Nancy
5

Oh, how sweet it is to read the first book of a series and love it.  Rosemary and Rue is the first book in the October Daye fantasy mystery books and it's great.  The main character, "Toby" is a half human and half fairy private investigator in San Francisco (definitely in the grittier...

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Jenn McKinlay
IAmGenesis
2

As the first book of the Library Lover's Mysteries, this book was a charming, quick read. The story was a well rounded mystery, with a homespun feel. The characters were amusing and witty, and the story was engaging. All in all, it was cute, but not amazing. This would be a great read for those...

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James Patterson
Shanna
3

This installment of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club features an eccentric professor, who is convinced he is clairvoyant.  He has detailed dreams of murders; no one believes him until the first shooting happens exactly as he described in his dream.  At the same time, a celebrated...

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Spencer Quinn
vstrong
5

Spencer Quinn's main characters Chet (a police dog who flunked out in the dog police academy) and Bernie (a financially challenged private investigator), are hilarious in this mystery novel that is first in a series. This Chet and Bernie novel, is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your...

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Elizabeth George
Janet Q
3

I admire Elizabeth George for being so committed to character development and plot detail, but this book would have been more enjoyable to me had it been more closely edited. I also feel it does a disservice to Barbara Havers, who has become by far the most interesting character...

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Kieran Shields
Ken
3

Overall a very enjoyable book. One of the main characters who is supposed to be some amazing detective, and a master of disguise. The master of disguise bit serves no purpose in the story other than to show how awesome the character is.  The murders that are being solved are tied to the...

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Paul Doiron
Janet Q
5

This is the fourth entry in the Mike Bowditch Game Warden series, which is a fascinating look at the Maine woods area that Mike patrols. In this episode, a series of increasingly violent events occurs when a wealthy woman buys up thousands of acres in the area and wants to turn it into a...

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Caroline Alexander
ShellyB
5

This book tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica.  When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape...

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...

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Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Hope
3

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol is the 6th of a series of Oscar Wilde based mystery books written by Gyles Brandreth.  While sentenced to two years of prison and hard labor after being found guilty of gross indecency, Wilde is called upon to solve several murders.  Using...

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Gillian Flynn
Georgia
4

The story centers on, Camille Preaker, a reporter who is sent back to her hometown on assignment after a young girl goes missing and another turns up dead. Returning to her hometown is less that pleasant for Camille who must face her mother and half sister.  Her relationship with her family...

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Thomas Harris
Rebecca
4

I have hinted at this in other reviews, but I will say it now directly: horror and I do not get along. When I was a kid, if I saw a horror movie by accident, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. Thankfully, as an adult,...

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Magnus Flyte
KristenA
5

City of Dark Magic takes an amazingly unlikely cast of characters and events and rolls them all into a fun, fantastical-historical-music-murder mystery. The book opens with a bizarre mass death and missing chihuahua in Venice. That's followed by the very strange seeming suicide of a...

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1961- Arnaldur Indriðason
CarolE
3

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland is the setting for Insp. Sigurdur Óle’s handling of a murder inquiry that connects all too closely with his own network of friends. Typically, Indridason writes of Inspector Erlendur, but he is off on vacation and Óle handles the role of protagonist providing a...

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Louise Penny
lisab
4

I’ve enjoyed Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series not only because the characters are well-developed but you want to visit Three Pines and hang out by the hearth with them on a snowy Canadian evening. In this tale the mystery continues with Gamache, Inspector in the Montreal Sûreté...

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Patricia Highsmith
Charles
3

Ripley Under Ground is the second book in a five part series written by Patricia Highsmith.  That being said, it is not a requirement to have read the first one as the author quickly recaps the important events.  The main character, Thomas Ripley, is a dark, maniacal man who gets...

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Charles Todd
Janet Q
4

This is book number 5 in the excellent Bess Crawford mystery series. Each book in this series combines well-researched World War I era historical fiction with a cracking good mystery. When Bess, a battlefield nurse, and her friend Simon delve into a number of pre-war murders supposedly...

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Robert B. Parker
Emily
3

In this late in the series Spenser we get a peek at Spenser as a young adult. Framed by an afternoon in the park with Susan who "knows him so well but knows nothing about him" (shouldnt quote as that's a paraphrase), Spenser tells her some stories as they while away the afternoon. Parker...

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Manuel Ramos
Josh
3

       Set in Denver's North Side, Manuel Ramos noir centers around Gus Corral, a recently divorced second hand store manager who is down in the dumps. A chance meeting with an old high school acquaintance sets off a train of events with repercussions that stretch all the way...

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Mariah Fredericks
Shanna
4

Rain and Wendy used to be best friends.  To Rain, Wendy was more than a party girl intent on sleeping with everyone's boyfriend.  She was the one with the huge heart and offbeat sense of humor, the girl who wasn't above faking a fainting spell in H&M and who didn't care what others...

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John Grisham
Nikki
2

When I heard there was going to be a sequel to A Time to Kill by John Grisham, I was pretty excited.  I haven’t read too many of Grisham’s books the past decade, but I remember really enjoying A Time to Kill.  I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this book.  I felt it...

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Marisha Pessl
Nikki
5

I loved this book!  Night Film is about the death of a famous horror movie director’s daughter and the mystery surrounding how she died.  A reporter with a bone to pick with the elusive director, a young woman new to New York, and a man with possible connections with the deceased race...

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Ruta Sepetys
CarolE
4

Working mornings as the clean-up girl at a bordello in New Orleans is not as near and dear to Josie’s heart as her other job at Marlowe’s Bookstore in 1950.   Surrounding her are Willie, the tough madam who knows how to run things, Cokie, the chauffeur, Patrick and Charlie Marlowe who...