Ileni used to be the most powerful and promising sorceress of her people, but when her magic begins to fade, the Elders give her a task tantamount to a death sentence: enter the Assassins' Caves as the sect's new magic tutor and find out how the last two tutors were murdered. Resigned to her...
Book Genre: Mystery
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...
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. All of these murders are...
Here is the problem I have with this novel: the ending is much too neat for all the suspense and horror the narrative creates. I wanted to start with this statement, because it is the only negative comment I have to say about it.
Bittersweet is the name of a cottage on the Winslow family...
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...
This is the ultimate in crossover mystery and thriller. There’s history, international travel, murder in locked rooms, romance, you name it, it’s here. That said, I got caught up in this book. This mystery thriller alternates between the life of Brother Johannes in the 1500s and a...
I was instantly intrigued by the Central conceit of China Mieville’s novel The City and the City. In it, two cities – Ul Qoma and Besźel – with distinct cultural, religious, and socio-economic identities occupy the same spatial location. While such a state of affairs is...
Honestly, I could not put this book down. And when I did, I couldn't get it out of my head!
Claudia, desperate for a baby of her own, finally finds herself pregnant and nearing her due date just as her husband, James, is about to leave for a top-secret military mission. Being exhausted...
One man, three wives, who meet each other at their husband's funeral. Alice LaPlante (Turn of Mind) crafts a taunt, abrupt exploration of the lives of the three wives as Detective Samantha Adams races to discover who murdered their husband, the prominent doctor John Taylor....
Nearly Boswell is a high school senior currently in the running for a very competitive chemistry scholarship. And we hope she gets it, because for Nearly there frankly aren't any other options for getting out of her trailer park and away from her hopeless surroundings.
Nearly has few...
I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.
I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...
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 compared to David...
A mysterious wintry ghost story, centering on a creepy residence with a long history of equally creepy inhabitants. Overall, plot felt a bit hollow, and did not entirely hold together in the end--in that the novel, which is a mystery with potential supernatural explanations, provided an...
Nate the Great and his faithful companion Sludge catch a case of missing pages at Rosamund's book club. A school librarian plays a key role in helping solve the case. Fun to read together or alone to build confidence, Nate the Great mysteries continue to delight young readers.
The Desperado Detective Agency (Mo and Dale) has a lot to deal with in this sequel to Three Times Lucky. Mo's guardian Miss Lana has accidentally bid on (and won) a haunted inn, Mo and Dale have volunteered to interview the inn's ghost for their history assignment, the inn might be repossessed,...
The incomparable genius Oscar Wilde teams up with Arthur Conan Doyle and writer Robert Sherard to solve the mysterious murder of Billy Wood. Richly detailed with an intricate plot, this literary mystery is cozy while also being intellectually stimulating.
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...
The plot has been borrowed countless times, but Christie’s story is still one of the best. Ten strangers are gathered at a spooky mansion on a small island under various sets of false pretenses. Cut off from the mainland by a storm, they quickly realize they are being stalked, and soon begin to...
I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the orientation paperwork it was stated that, as a librarian, I am required to love this book. Same goes for booksellers or, really, anybody who loves books. Well, I am bucking that trend. I just didn’t like it.
Now, don’t get me wrong: the descriptions...
15 year old Miss Penelope Lumley, orphan and recent graduate of Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, takes on an almost impossible job as governess for three children raised by wolves. But she won't let the tough job stop her: she will civilize them in time for the Christmas Ball....
This fast-paced thriller is the first in Preston & Child’s wildly successful Agent Pendergast series. A museum expedition is wiped out by something monstrous in the jungle, but not before sending crates of relics back to the U.S. The story moves on to the Museum of Natural History in New...
Beret Osmundsen’s little sister, Lillie, who was born into a New York upper class family is found murdered in a brothel in Denver in 1885. Beret travels across the United States to help investigate how her sister came to be a prostitute and murdered in cold blood. While Beret is in Denver she...
Lucy Carlyle has joined Lockwood & Co. It's a ghost hunting agency run by tweeners in turn of the century London. They are trying to deal with "the problem". In their world ghosts are more present and dangerous and most people don't go out after dark because getting touched by a ghost...
Humorous Steampunk. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti has a sharp tongue and quick wit. I gobbled up The Parasol Protectorate series up like candy.
This is the first installment where we meet Alexia Tarabotti. She doesn’t fit the ideal of Victorian English womanhood. She is a...
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