Category Archives: mystery

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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The Book of Beloved – Carolyn Haines

This is probably going to be one of those negative reviews on which people feel some compulsion to leave chastising comments for being too critical. Two words: Don’t. Bother. It looks like quite a few other people loved this book. … Continue reading

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The Resurrection Man – Charlotte MacLeod

“>It’s been a long time since I’ve read Charlotte MacLeod. I know I have a shelf full of her proto-cozy mysteries, the slightly goofy series or three about unusual people who happen to be capable detectives… I don’t seem to … Continue reading

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Murder at Rough Point – Alyssa Maxwell

This mystery reminded me a little of another Netgalley book I read not too long ago: at a large (i.e. rich person’s) house, a contained group of people gathered for a specific purpose find themselves being picked off one by … Continue reading

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Sidney Chambers & the Dangers of Temptation – James Runcie

How strange. I’ve fallen for Grantchester on PBS, so when I realized this was that I pounced on it on Netgalley. But this actually wasn’t that… it’s that plus a couple of decades. Sidney’s relationship woes on the show have … Continue reading

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Smile and Be a Villain – Jeanne M. Dams

Jeanne Dams and her Dorothy Martin have been favorites of mine for years. I haven’t read the whole series yet, and in fact was a bit startled to find that this one is the seventeenth book – it’s nice to … Continue reading

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Presumption of Guilt – Archer Mayor

The Joe Gunther series is one I heard great things about back around the time it started, but which never I never clicked with. I own several, but I never did crack any of them open after kind of failing … Continue reading

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