Category Archives: mystery

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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The Moving Toyshop – Edmund Crispin

It has taken me many years to begin to undo the habits authors like Edmund Crispin set me into. My motto has been for many years that of The West Wing’s Jed Bartlett: never say in one word what you … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Feast – M.J. Carter

I wonder if I would have enjoyed this more if I’d read the previous book(s) that featured these characters. It wasn’t terrible, by any means; the immersion in a 19th century kitchen serving 300 or more was fascinating. The mysterious … Continue reading

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A Lady in the Smoke – Karen Odden

A train goes off the rails in 1874, and the aftermath brings together people who ordinarily would never have crossed paths. I think I expected this to be much of a muchness with other Victorian-set novels, but very quickly learned … Continue reading

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A Killer’s Guide to Good Works – Shelley Costa

Honestly, by the time I got around to trying to write a review of this (which would be just now), I had to stop for a minute. I couldn’t remember a thing. It all came back after a second; there … 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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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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