Reviews and Blog Posts: mystery

Casino royale

by Ian Fleming

Reviewer Rating:
3

Welcome to the world of espionage in Fleming’s first novel about James Bond, 007. In order to stop Le Chiffre, the paymaster of the terrorist group SMERSH, Bond must best him at a high stakes poker game. Explosions, love, torture, car chases, and the unexpected await you, dear reader.

High crimes

by Christopher Sebela

Reviewer Rating:
4

A disgraced Olympian. A government agent who died with too many secrets. And the mountain, always the mountain. Zan ran from a scandal that would have stripped her of her medals, all the way to Nepal and a job retrieving bodies from the deadly mountains there. When her boss finds...

Mr. & Mrs. Murder. Series 1

Reviewer Rating:
4

    I have been searching for new mysteries to view in my downtime and this one is as cozy as they come. In the tradition of tv series such as Hart to Hart and Snoops, Mr & Mrs. Murder features an Australian couple who solve mysteries (usually murder). The interaction...

The professor's daughter

by Joann Sfar

Reviewer Rating:
4

Sfar writes a fun, zany story and Emmanuel Guibert gives it life with perfectly matched graphic art. When Egyptologist Professor Bowell leaves town on business, his daughter Lillian and prized mummy Imhotep IV decide to spend the day together exploring Victorian London. On the surface, Lillian and Imhotep IV don't seem to have much...

The screaming staircase

by Jonathan Stroud

Reviewer Rating:
5

The audio book version was terrifically performed!

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...

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