The Alienist by Caleb Carr

I just started watching a new Anglo-Canadian television production set in the five boroughs of old New York in the 1880's. The show "Copper" is gritty, showing the harsh differences between the wealthy and the poor during the era. While it is original and both well acted and written, it keep reminding me of a... Continue Reading →

Wallander by Henning Mankell

One of the things I love about mysteries, is that many develop into series, where you follow the character or characters through their lives.  Sometimes this is badly done and the plot of each book is simply there to hang a familiar character on, or to showcase the attributes that make these fictional people.  In... Continue Reading →

The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg

Well, I know that there have been many truly wonderful Nordic authors writing in the crime genre long before Stieg Larsson came on the scene, but in many ways we owe him a great deal for raising its profile so magnificently, and for helping North Americans think outside of the Hollywood-style crime box, so to... Continue Reading →

A Great Detective

Wow, for 2 months I have been in a reading rut. Don’t get me wrong, I have read some okay works of fiction lately but nothing that has really stood out at me. I easily finished off every Charlie Huston novel available to me and then nothing.....2 months of nothing. Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t... Continue Reading →

Sofie Metropolis, by Tori Carrington

If you’re desperately in search of a Janet Evanovich read-alike, then Tori Carrington is your girl… or man… or both! Carrington is the pen name for writing partners, Lori and Tony Karayianni, and although Sofie Metropolis can seem more like a read-the-same at times, it’s certainly worth taking a look at. Born into a quintessentially... Continue Reading →

Dead Lagoon, by Michael Dibdin

I hadn’t intended to write another review on Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen series, but with the news, firstly, that the BBC is running three movie length programs based on the books and, secondly, that Rufus Sewell (swoon) is playing the lead, I couldn’t help myself. Sewell will be perfect for the part - tall, dark... Continue Reading →

Winter Study, by Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr is not one of those authors I’ve ever shown an inclination to read: the name just sounds way too Country & Western for me. However, when two independent library patrons recommended it and I learnt that Winter Study is set on Isle Royale, I had ample incentive to give her a chance. It... Continue Reading →

Ratking, by Michael Dibdin

I first learned about Michael Dibdin and the Aurelio Zen series whilst perusing Men’s Journal in the library one day. Having just finished the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed it (mostly), I was excited to read of some Larsson read-a-likes. The fact that Dibdin situates his novels in Italy was also part of the... Continue Reading →

Knots and Crosses, by Ian Rankin

At just over 200 pages, Knots and Crosses is by no means huge, but it's astonishing that a considerable number of reviewers for Rankin’s first Rebus novel think that the length of a novel  is actually commensurate with its quality. In the same way that you can’t judge a book by its cover, so shouldn’t... Continue Reading →

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