Reviews and Blog Posts: Crime Fiction

Notorious nineteen

by Janet Evanovich

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I have been a big fan of the Stephanie Plum novels.  In this case, however, I give the book two stars for a few reasons.  Although the books are still humorous and easy to read, as someone who has read all the others, I have started to recognize canned phrases...

The case of the missing servant : a Vish Puri mystery

by Tarquin Hall

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I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as...

The devotion of suspect X

by Keigo Higashino

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“Which is harder: devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problem?”   This question posed by main character Manabu Yukawa becomes a theme in The Devotion of Suspect X, written by one of Japan’s most celebrated crime novelists, Keigo Higashino.  It won the prestigious Naoki Prize for Best Novel— the Japanese...


image Raymond Chandler

"It is not a fragrant world"

   --Raymond Chandler

Born in 1888, Raymond Chandler was, along with Dashiell Hammett, hugely influential in the creation of the modern American detective novel. Gritty, luxurious, mid-century Los Angeles is the setting for his seven Philip Marlowe mysteries, most notably The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely. He also wrote screenplays for highly successful adaptations of James M.

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