Archive for the Mystery Category

02.18.2015

The Legend Mackinnon by Donna Kauffman

I found this book in a bin full of other paperback books and I was immediately drawn to its cover design. People find it surprising that I like plaid; probably because I wear mostly solid colored hoodies and jeans. Yes, it’s another fiction book but without vampires and werewolves or any overdone brooding supernatural. I [...]

02.10.2015

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I often wonder what kind of world would it be if the dark creatures of the night (vampires, werewolves and ghosts—mummies?) lived among us—the normal, fragile, meat-bags mortals. Well for one thing—the current pop obsession over suave vampires that glitter in the sun and the insanely ripped werewolves would probably never make it on television [...]

11.28.2014

The Sultan’s Harem by Colin Falconer

I had this friend in high school who vented his problems out to me almost every week—usually Mondays. And 98% of the time the problem is his girlfriend or something involving her. After the umpteenth time of him complaining, I just had to ask him the obvious question: “Why are you still with her?” His [...]

11.28.2014

Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson

It is a tale as old as time—and this book is a remix…or pre-mix? Scarlet in the Snow is a retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast”. Although it is not new for classic fairy tales to be rewritten, they are generally horrible or pale in comparison to the “original”. It is safe to assume [...]

11.20.2014

The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy: Book 1 of the Cross and Crown Series.

Whenever we learn of a story involving monumental changes to the status quo, we often learn about those imposing change and those resisting it. But we seldom learn about the rest who are caught in the middle of the struggle. When King Henry VIII divorced Katherine of Aragon and installed Anne Boleyn as the new [...]

11.21.2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Larsson’s sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo definitely does not disappoint! The first novel was so well-crafted that I didn’t think that it could be continued in the second, but wow… I love that the stories are integrated with many of the same characters, but the story flows effortlessly into a completely new [...]

11.15.2011

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs

As a long-time follower of Kathy Reichs and Temperance Brennan in both books and by watching Bones, I was really disappointed with this book. This is a nice, simple, little mystery. Simple is the key, though. After the richness of the earlier books, I was expecting more from the story. There is no advancement of [...]

11.7.2011

Fallen by Karin Slaughter

I have enjoyed Slaughter’s books for years, but I think that this is my favorite! Fallen follows the kidnapping of Faith Mitchell’s mother, Evelyn, former police officer. Faith herself cannot investigate at all, but her partner Will Trent is hunting the kidnappers and the men that Faith found in her house when she returned home [...]

09.21.2011

Claire Dewitt and City of the Dead by Sara Gran

The title intrigued me, so I picked up Claire Dewitt and City of the Dead. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not a zombie book. It’s a mystery novel set in New Orleans after Katrina. The main character Claire Dewitt is looking for someone that hasn’t been seen since the storm. This is not [...]

08.2.2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I cannot believe I waited so long to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was riveting! Larsson was so adept in managing all of the story lines without dropping any of the pieces. When the book ends, you have no questions about the plot, and everything is tied up perfectly. So, that’s enough [...]

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