Author Archives: stewartry

In Calabria – Peter S. Beagle

Like most people who are able to read and enjoy fantasy, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Peter S. Beagle. That’s not to say I’m a real fan, however; he’s a remarkable writer, and uses language like a … Continue reading

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A Death in the Dales – Frances Brody

If you had told me a couple of chapters into this book that I would be giving it four stars, I would have given you the full-on Spock eyebrow. The writing was a little stiff, a little stilted, and I … Continue reading

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Good Time Coming – C.S. Harris

I’ve been a lukewarm fan of the author’s Sebastian St. Cyr books for a while now, neither avoiding them nor actively seeking them out, and thought this would be a safe bet, especially with an American Civil War setting. It … Continue reading

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Ghost Talkers – Mary Robinette Kowal

I did not see that coming. I read the first book in the author’s “Glamourist Histories” series last year, and was ambivalent about it. Maybe a bit more negative than positive, actually, because when I realized this was the same … Continue reading

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Devil’s Breath – G.M. Malliet

What a pity. I bought the first book of this series from Audible a while back, and enjoyed it quite a bit, so I was happy to grab this sixth book on Netgalley. And it was a slog. Over and … Continue reading

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Death on Windmill Way – Carrie Doyle

Signs I will hate the [insert book genre here:] fantasy historical novel cozy mystery you have written: (1) The point of view you have used is that of your main character, and your main character is: a. Not terribly bright. … Continue reading

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Death of a Toy Soldier – Barbara Early

Having just finished The Moving Toyshop, it seemed only right to move on to another cozy mystery involving a toyshop. I always begin a cozy mystery with a little caution, because there have been so many bad ones in my … Continue reading

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Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel – Loretta Ross

Pardon me while I hop up on a soapbox. Ladies and gentlemen, readers and especially writers of cozy mysteries, this – (allow me to wave a copy of Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel in the air) this is how it’s … Continue reading

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Dust Bath Revival – Marianne Kirby

I’ve developed a prejudice against books with 16-year-old protagonists. There are almost as many book synopses that start with “16-year-old so and so…” as there are book titles along the lines of Somebody’s Daughter or Wife or Sister or whatever. … Continue reading

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Gone – Min Kym

Gone is the story of a woman with a violin, who had begun as a child prodigy on the violin, who had found her equivalent to a soul mate in the perfect violin for her, and from whom this violin … Continue reading

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