Category Archives: mystery

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

From the publisher, “Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. … Continue reading

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Riviera Gold : A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes – Laurie R. King

While Holmes was away doing something or other, Mary was lounging on the Venice Lido with a new friend, (the Honourable Terrence Shields-McClintock), when Terry suddenly said, “You need to come sailing with us. Truly.” Twenty-two days later she found … Continue reading

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Trace Elements : A Comissario Guido Brunetti Mystery – Donna Leon

When Brunetti receives a call from a hospice saying a dying woman has asked to speak to the police, he and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, respond quickly. “They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no” was all … Continue reading

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The Warsaw Protocol – Steve Berry

Yea!!! Once again Cotton Malone has been persuaded by his old boss, Stephanie Nelle to come out of retirement, just one more time. Cotton is in Bruges attending a rare books auction for a client when he becomes involved in … Continue reading

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Fatal Inheritance – Rachel Rhys

Eve hates getting letters. They are always from her mother and are always unpleasant. But this one is different, addressed to Mrs. Eve Forrester, the letterhead is printed: PEARSON & WILKES SOLICITORS. It requests her presence at the firm’s offices … Continue reading

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The Tale Teller – Anne Hillerman

Joe Leaphorn is not too happy. Louisa nagged him into seeing her friend, Daisy Pinto. Daisy has something she wants investigated. So here he is at the museum waiting to see her. And waiting and waiting. As it turns out, … Continue reading

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Unto Us a Son Is Given – Donna Leon

Commissario Gido Brunetti is having a difficult conversation with his father-in-law, Count Orazio Falier. The Count is hoping that Brunetti will agree to look into the affairs of a mutual elderly friend. It seems that the friend is planning on … Continue reading

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Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

There was a tradition at the Swan, an ancient inn on the banks of the Thames. It was a tradition of storytelling. Joe Bliss was very good at storytelling. His wife ran the inn. Joe told the stories. And it … Continue reading

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The Au Pair – Emma Rous

Seraphine is in her father’s study at the estate on the Norfolk coast. Still shocked by her father’s accidental death, she’s struggling to clear the mass of papers and photographs, unhappy with the fact that there are no early pictures … Continue reading

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Rewrite: Loops in the Timescape – Gregory Benford

Charlie’s life hasn’t been the greatest. He is a rather ordinary history professor, going through a divorce. But when he gets hit by a truck, he wakes up in his bed instead of a hospital. Things get weird when he … Continue reading

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The Colors of All the Cattle: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (19) – Alexander McCall Smith

How nice it was to be back in Botswana with Mma Ramotswe. She is such a kind, gentle, generous person. If a friend asks for a favor, she feels the need to grant it. But this is too much. Mma … Continue reading

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The Killing Room – Peter May

Well, Margaret has done it again. She was in Chicago attending the funeral of her father, when called back to China to assist in the autopsies. After a short briefing, instead of being allowed to get some sleep, she is … Continue reading

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Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon

Eighty-four-year-old Florence was quite happy living in her own flat. But the council decided that she needed help coping and now she finds herself at Cherry Tree, an assisted living facility. Unfortunately, Florence, considered difficult, stubborn, far too independent, has … Continue reading

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The Dante Chamber – Mathew Pearl

Dawn in London’s public gardens. The January wind is fierce. A hunchback slowly plods along. Then there is a loud crack and he falls to the ground. A crowd begins to gather, and then notices that the man was not … Continue reading

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware

Hal is overwhelmed by her life. No, it’s the lack of a life. Hal was eighteen when her mother died a couple of years ago. Her only way to earn a living was to take over her mother’s tarot reading … Continue reading

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