Detectives and Private Investigators

In search of some new mystery and crime series? Try some of these titles, featuring Detectives and Private Investigators.         Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson - Jackson Brodie series The Beekeeper's Apprentice, by Laurie R. King - Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series Cover Her Face, by P. D. James - Adam... Continue Reading →

Where the Shadows Lie, by Michael Ridpath

Was Tolkien a plagiarist? How many gritty police detectives can one genre of fiction reasonably accommodate? And, does Iceland have trees? Important questions all; the answers to which, respectively are: kind of but not really; apparently many, and; the odd one or two. Already a successful author, Ridpath was in the depths of a massive... 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 →

A Bad, Bad Man

A Bad, Bad Man Joe Pitt is one bad dude.  But he is one bad dude that does appear to have somewhat of a moral compass.  Much like me, I’m sure you will find yourself instantly liking Charlie Huston’s gritty, chain smoking and hardboiled main character Joe Pitt in the Joe Pitt Casebooks series.  I... Continue Reading →

Maisie Dobbs

I have to confess I've been naughty, we've had this blog up for months and I've yet to post.  Since day one I've known which book I most want to promote and still haven't done it.  Maisie Dobbs is the first book in a series by Jacqueline Winspear, which has become one of my go... Continue Reading →

Fred Vargas French detective series

You can tell by the titles that this is no ordinary mystery series. Travel to France with these books and meet the most extraordinary characters to populate a contempory mystery. Vargas deserves her many awards (and more).

The Game’s afoot!

Summer is about half over (or has it actually started, I couldn't tell) , and hopefully you are filling up your ballots for the "Dinner and a Murder" contest.  Since this year's theme involves murder and detection, I would be remiss not to include one of the most famous and one of my favorite detectives,... Continue Reading →

87th Precinct Novels by Ed McBain

The 87th Precinct novels, set in the fictional city Isola (much resembling New York City), is a fantastic look into the true nature of police procedure and protocols (in the United States).  McBain provides readers with gritty and realistic stories centered around a key group of detectives working out of the precinct.  McBain’s first 87th... Continue Reading →

One by One

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie was the first book to captivate and enlighten me onto the joys of reading.  This murder mystery, in my opinion, is the ultimate who-do-it. Ten people, each with a questionable past, are lured onto a secluded island by an unknown assailant with unknown intentions.  One by one... Continue Reading →

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