Category Archives: mystery

The Green Mill Murder – Kerry Greenwood

Let’s see, what was my history with Miss Fisher before this book … I adore the Corinna Chapman series, and was surprised and impressed by Out of the Black Land, set in ancient Egypt. I did not, however, much enjoy … Continue reading

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Saddle Up for Murder – Leigh Hearon

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, about a rather cantankerous horse trainer who genuinely prefers the company of her animals to that of other people. I empathize. This one didn’t succeed quite as thoroughly with me, but … Continue reading

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Scarweather – Anthony Rolls

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading and listening to anything I thought might be useful, filling homemade notebooks with all sorts of stuff, and finally took the test on Thursday. Surprise – I thought it was at 8:00 … Continue reading

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A Death by Any Other Name – Tessa Arlen

Wow, I made a lot of notes and highlights on this book – over 100. As I say all the time, this is either a sign of a good book or a terrible one. They always warn not to quote … Continue reading

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Murder Is for Keeps – Elizabeth J. Duncan

This is, unfortunately, in in the “against” column for cozy mysteries. It wasn’t horrible. But for a three-hundred-page cozy, it was one heck of a slog, and seemed to take me forever. One of the most important things in a … Continue reading

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Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints

So, this was supposed to be funny, right? OK, just checking. I apparently have no sense of humor, or a different sort, because this brand of humor eludes me. Or maybe it’s not so much the fact that a character … Continue reading

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Lay on, Mac Duff! – Charlotte Armstrong

This was so much fun. I had no idea Charlotte Armstrong wrote like this – I thought of her as “just” a writer of gothics. But this was a lovely little (in that it wasn’t terribly long) classic mystery, and … Continue reading

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A Rustle of Silk – Alys Clare

For some reason, I’ve found that often when a novel is set in the 1600’s the characters bear about the same resemblance to lifelike human beings as characters in an unenthusiastic high school play. By the time the author has … Continue reading

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A Study in Scarlet Women – Sherry Thomas

Sherlock Holmes is kind of like a chocolate chip cookie. There’s a basic recipe which has been around forever and which everyone loves. (Well, I don’t love the original, but work with me here.) And people can never, ever resist … Continue reading

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Busman’s Honeymoon – Dorothy L. Sayers – adapted by Alistair Beaton

There is an amazing wealth of …stuff to listen to out there. The BBC Radio website alone could keep me happy for months. As, for example: the three-hour BBC Radio adaptation of Busman’s Honeymoon. (It’s not available on the site … Continue reading

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