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apr 16, 2008, 4:37pm

The latest mystery I read was The Price of Silence by Kate Wilhelm. I love her Barbara Holloway novels, but this one left me a little cold (although I did find it scary). I figured out who the "bad guy" was before the end of the book, which never usually happens to me (and is not a good thing in my books).

The latest mystery I bought is the first Three Pines mystery by Louise Penny called Still Life. I'm looking forward to discovering a new author, especially a Canadian one...

apr 17, 2008, 2:01pm

Hmm, I'd have to go look for the most recent purchased, but I am reading J.D. Robb's Three in Death right now, and the last mystery I read was Strangers in Death. Before that I read The Sculptress by Minette Walters, and finished up the P.D. James books. I really enjoyed the Walters' book, and I will definitely be reading more of hers. I hear that James will be releasing at least one more book (I think she is 88, so we can't hope for too many more, if any).

I also got and read Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler, recently, which she describes as a mystery, although it seems a bit of a stretch to me. One of her main characters is a famous mystery writer, though. I really liked the book, I just am not sure this is a mystery really.

apr 17, 2008, 2:05pm

Oh, I forgot to say, I have only read one book by Kate Wilhelm, but it wasn't a mystery--Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang. I really liked that, so maybe I should check out some of her mysteries. Also, since I love Sheri S. Tepper so much, I have been thinking I should check out her alter-egos, A.J. Orde and B. J. Oliphant.

Why oh why are the author touchstones so difficult?

apr 21, 2008, 5:51pm

>3 sussabmax:

Wit's End sounds intriguing -- I will have to keep an eye out for it! I've read several of her books and enjoyed them.

I highly recommend Kate Wilhelm's books in general (though some of her older SF seems dated to me), but particularly her Barbara Holloway novels for mysteries (which I guess I've mentioned before...). :)

Me too I'm a fan of Sheri S. Tepper, but I've never read her mysteries either. (How does she come up with such strange pseudonyms?!)

apr 23, 2008, 6:07pm

Ack, I just got a bit carried away in a second-hand bookstore and bought five new mysteries: Too Many Questions by Lesley Grant-Adamson, Birthmarks and Fatlands by Sarah Dunant (I hope I like her!), A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine (which it turns out I already have, argh!) and Cat's Cradle by Clare Curzon... I also picked up a copy of Artificial Things by Karen Joy Fowler (which is SF). All six books only cost me $14.50 CAN, so it was hard to resist!

apr 25, 2008, 3:36am

Recently I was delighted to find Seminar for Murder by B.M.Gill. The Twelfth Juror by the same author is a classic.

apr 30, 2008, 1:14pm

I managed to trade A Fatal Inversion (which I had bought a second copy of; see message 5) for one of Sheri S. Tepper's mysteries: Dead on Sunday (written under the pseudonym A.J. Orde). I hope I enjoy it as much as her SF! And a friend just bought Wit's End, so hopefully I'll eventually get to borrow it...

Just finished Birth Marks by Sarah Dunant recently. It was a fun read, although the ending was a bit anti-climatic in my opinion. Also, one of the characters tells the main character, Hannah Wolfe, something relevant to unravelling the mystery but it seems like she completely forgets that conversation (and maybe the author did too!).

I've added B.M. Gill to my list of mystery authors to watch out for. (Thanks, VivienneR!)

apr 30, 2008, 4:45pm

I just picked up The Orkney Scroll by Lyn Hamilton, part of her Archaeological mystery series, which I like. Also two new series, The curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters, part of the Amelia Peabody series and Shoes to Die For by Laura Levine, a Jaine Austen Mystery.
Like I need to start with a new series, lol.

maj 12, 2008, 10:04am

I picked up With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George at the library the other day and have started on it.

maj 12, 2008, 11:52am

>9 alcottacre: Have you read her other books? I've read her mostly out of order, but it does make more sense to read them in order. Now that I've read most of them (except the one you're reading and the next two), I've been rereading them in order, which is kinda fun. However, I've only gotten through the first six and I think I may skip the next six and go straight to With No One as Witness...

maj 13, 2008, 10:33pm

#10: I read the first several in order, but I am reading With No One as Witness completely out of order. All that has done has made me want to go and fill in the blanks.

maj 14, 2008, 11:00am

I couldn't read With No One as Witness, personally. So grim and sad, and I couldn't take it anymore. I like everything else of hers, though.

I am reading a Kate Atkinson book I found at a used book store right now--Human Croquet. It's not a traditional mystery, but there is definitely a murder, and I really like it. You can't be expecting something tied firmly to reality in Atkinson's books, but I like that.

maj 14, 2008, 11:12am

I am reading Consequences of Sin by Clare Langley-Hawthorne. I picked it up by chance, my interest stirred by the subtitle 'An Edwardian Mystery'. The plot is interesting, so far, but I find the writing not really to my liking, kind of superficial and stilted in a way. On the other hand, I had the same experience with the Maisie Dobbs series. I read the first three books and then realized I was no longer interested in seeing the development of her career/love life etc. I suspect the same will happen with Ursula Marlow, the heroine in Consequences of Sin.

jun 5, 2008, 10:52am

Let's see, since I posted here last I have read Careless in Red (slightly disappointing, but a VAST improvement on WCBHSH) and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, which I haven't read for over 20 years, but I remembered who did it right away. It was still a good read, though. And, it's not that the book is predictable, but rather that it made a big impression on me.

How about everyone else?

jun 5, 2008, 8:16pm

I have the same reaction to Roger Ackroyd. I was a teenager when I read it the first time (let's see, probably 40 years ago. Ack!), but I never forgot whodunit.

DH listened to it a while back and just thought it was unfair. He doesn't do a lot of mysteries. He knows not from unfair!

jun 13, 2008, 3:49pm

I just read The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I got some hardcover Agatha Christie's from the bargain table at Borders, so I am doing a bit of re-reading. I remembered this one, too, but still enjoyed it.Looking back over the many Christie books I have read, I can definitely tell that this was her first (isn't it? One of the early ones, at any rate). Very good, but not quite as mature as her later stuff.

jun 16, 2008, 2:02pm

I am currently reading The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Dame Agatha. I do not ever remember reading it before, and I just pulled it out of my books that have been in storage for almost 3 years. So far, so good. The book is all short stories, so I can read them in bits and pieces as I have time.

jul 5, 2008, 12:06am

I feel like I've been neglecting this group, but I haven't been reading (or buying) any mysteries lately, until today. I just picked up the first Miss Marple novel (for only $1!), which I'm not sure I've ever read before, The Murder at the Vicarage. Even though I've got several other books on the go (and an ER book that desperately needs to be reviewed), I couldn't resist dipping into this one right away...

aug 12, 2008, 12:00am

Is anybody still in this group?????

I just finished Kate Ellis's The Skeleton Room. She's one of my favorite authors. Her books feature British DI Wesley Peterson and take place in Devon. In each book Wesley's archaeologist friend, Neil, is involved in some excavation, and Neil's historical research presents a parallel story to the present day crimes. Ellis does a wonderful job of linking past and present.

Is anybody else familiar with her?

aug 12, 2008, 7:43am

The latest mystery I read was The Emperor's Pearl by Robert van Gulik, one in the Judge Dee's series.
I enjoyed it very much, just like all the others I have read.
Not only are the plots interesting , but they also provide a look into medieval China, its justice system and life.

aug 12, 2008, 4:49pm

I just bought the first Julia Spencer Fleming book, but I haven't been able to read it yet. Too much moving!

Redigerat: aug 12, 2008, 6:48pm

>9 alcottacre: & 10..I started with "For the Sake Of Elena",
then went back to the beginning of the series,
and have read all of the Elizabeth George books except for the latest one "Careless In Red".'

The most recent mysteries I've read are:"Kidnapped" by Jan Burke, "Book of the Dead" by Patricia Cornwell, and "At Some Disputed Barricade" by Anne Perry.

aug 12, 2008, 10:05pm

Man, I just went back and saw that I wrote that I couldn't read With No One as Witness--that's not what I meant! I loved WNOAW! It was What Came Before He Shot Her that was was impossible to take....

Redigerat: aug 13, 2008, 9:01pm

I just finished With No One as Witness (which I found a bit hard to read, not being a fan of serial killer novels). For those of you who have read the next two (What Came Before He Shot Her and Careless in Red), would you say it's necessary, for continuity's sake, to read WCBHSH before CIR? After all the bad reviews I've read, I'm not sure I want to read WCBHSH, although I'll probably give it a go anyway...

aug 15, 2008, 9:32pm

I just bought Linda Barnes' Coyote and Margaret Millar's How Like an Angel. I've read the first two Carlotta Carlyle mysteries by Barnes and really like them. I've only read one of Margaret Millar's books before, Fire Will Freeze. That one was kinda quirky, not the hard-boiled mystery I was expecting from what I've heard of Millar.

Unfortunately, neither of these books are likely to get read any time in the near future.

aug 22, 2008, 12:23am

Avis, you can skip WCBHSH entirely and you won't miss it at all. Trust me, don't read it. It is totally different from all the other books, and adds nothing to the continuity of the series. I found Careless in Red to be generally weaker than the rest of the series (excepting WCBHSH, of course), but still interesting.

aug 24, 2008, 3:52pm

Thanks sussabmax. At the moment WCBHSH is in storage (I moved recently and haven't unpacked my books yet), but Careless in Red is sitting on my shelf (having borrowed it from my dad) and I've been tempted to read it... I probably will give WCBHSH a shot anyway at some point, if only because I'm curious about what's so awful about it, but it's good to know I can skip it for now.

sep 4, 2008, 6:56pm

Currently reading M. C. Beaton's Death of a Dreamer. I love her Hamish Macbeth books, but I've never gotten into the Agatha Raisins.

sep 5, 2008, 9:16am

currently, anxiously, awaiting a bookmooch delivery of an ARC of Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell (wonky touchstones!).

sep 11, 2008, 10:36pm

Just read Ellis Peters' The Confession of Brother Haluin.

sep 12, 2008, 5:16pm

I finished Thus Was Adonis Murdered this past week. Big thank you to all those who recommended Sarah Caudwell. She is a hoot! Too bad she wrote so few books (only four), but I'm definitely on the lookout for the rest of them.

sep 17, 2008, 3:56am

I could not get thru that book. I didn't find any of the characters appealing, didn't like the writing, and couldn't care less re Thus was Adonis Murdered.

sep 28, 2008, 6:10am

I am very much enjoying The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.

sep 28, 2008, 7:05pm

I just finished The Problem of the Green Capsule by John Dickson Carr, a very satisfactory reading.

sep 30, 2008, 10:37pm

>32 CD1am:

Yeah, I can see that this book wouldn't be for everyone!

I just finished The Corpse Will Keep by Pat Capponi, which was a fun read. Somewhat unrealistic by parts, but I enjoyed it anyway. Fun characters.

okt 4, 2008, 7:18pm

Last week I read Strong Poison, the first book I've read by Dorothy L. Sayers.

okt 6, 2008, 6:48pm

I'm reading Farthing now by Jo Walton, a mystery set in an alternate universe where the Allies didn't defeat the Germans. It's interesting so far, but a bit slow.

okt 6, 2008, 11:59pm

I've been re-reading Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar and The Man in the Queue and just discovered that Nicola Upson has published An Expert in Murder, a mystery with Josephine Tey as the main character. The review I read sounds promising so I have a copy on order. Has anyone else read it?

okt 7, 2008, 3:56pm

>38 VivienneR:

Sounds intriguing! Let us know if it's any good, if you do read it.

okt 7, 2008, 4:31pm

I have read An Expert In Murder by Nicola Upson. I was dubious about using a real person as a fictional character, but I got caught up in the story and really enjoyed it

okt 7, 2008, 4:48pm

Only my opinion, but I disagree that What came before he shot her isn't worth reading. I think that George took a huge risk going in that direction. It's a very detailed look at how every action has a consequence. It shows how bad, weak, even indifferent decisions made over a lifetime can have such a rippling, widespread effect on total strangers lives. Several times while reading it I would think to myself "the road to hell...".

I would most definitely say that it would not be as effective if you did not read the series chronologically before you attempted to read it.

okt 8, 2008, 4:21pm

I agree George took a risk, and I agree that every action has a consequence, but this book doesn't really add anything to anyone's understanding, it just makes you feel REALLY BAD. I do think it is important for authors to take risks, so I am not holding it against her, but I don't think taking a risk makes something good. That's why it is a risk--it might be awful, and in this case, I think it was. But, if you liked it, I am glad to hear it! It's not a total waste, then.

Kate Atkinson has a new book out. I bought it, but I can't remember the title off the top of my head (it's at home....).

okt 25, 2008, 5:22pm

Have recently read my first book by Ruth Rendell, Sins of the Fathers, a Chief Inspector Wexford mystery. However it focused more on another character, a minister who was questioning whether Wexford had got the right man 16 years ago.

Also read The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries by Emily Brightwell set in Victorian London. Especially enjoyed this one.

Redigerat: okt 31, 2008, 9:20pm

I'm almost finished with Patricia Highsmith's Plein Soleil (the talented Mr. Ripley) and I'm loving it!

nov 2, 2008, 12:50am

One of my mystery discussion groups read The Talented Mr. Ripley a few years ago. Or rather tried to read it. Out of 12 group members only one person finished the book!!! I was one of the 11 who quit after the first few chapters. I guess it's one of those book you either love or you can't tolerate.

nov 3, 2008, 9:19am

I just finished Faces of Fear by John Saul. Yawn! Very boring and predictable in my opinion. I am just starting The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen and hoping it is much better then my last read.

nov 6, 2008, 4:27pm

Just read Cordelia Frances Biddle's The Conjurer. Takes place in 1848 Philadelphia. Enjoyed it.

nov 7, 2008, 7:47pm

Just finished The Surgeon by Tess Geritsen. Loved it! I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

nov 8, 2008, 4:26pm

Read No Harm by Wendy Hornsby. Enjoyed most of it, but the ending is a mess, with numerous holes in the story.

nov 11, 2008, 3:50pm

I've just finished L'Homme aux cercles bleus by Fred Vargas. She really draws upon nature and animal imagery to create mystical characters, including her protagonist Chief Inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg whom she qualifies as "sylvan". It would be fun to create a bestiary from her works. She is after all a medievalist and anthropologist!

nov 12, 2008, 4:25pm

#50 Cecil, we read Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas for one of my discussion groups. Really enjoyed it.

Just finished Death of a God by S.T. Haymon. The first 4/5s of the book was good, but then the author lost it.

nov 13, 2008, 11:59pm

I just finished reading A Likeness in Stone by Julia Wallis Martin. Very well written but too creepy for my taste in the end. I should have known better: one the cover they compare her to Minette Walters and Ruth Rendell, two authors I avoid for that very reason!

nov 14, 2008, 8:45am

Finally finished Full Dark House, the first in the Bryant and May series.
Excellent mystery, interesting plot, captivating characters. I am looking forward to reading the others.

Redigerat: nov 20, 2008, 4:56pm

I read A Multitude of Sins by M.K. Wren, reread A Bone of Contention by Susanna Gregory, and am currently reading More Work for the Undertaker by Marjorie Allingham.

Hey, aluvalibri, the author ofFull Dark House is male, not female. I thought this thread was for posting about books by female authors.

nov 21, 2008, 12:42pm

Oooops! Sorry......

nov 22, 2008, 3:59pm

I've just finished reading Piège de feu à la Charité by Renée Bonneau.
Set in historical Paris, it is based on a great fire which killed some 400 women during a charity event in May 1897. Amongst them was the Duchess of Alençon (the Austrian Impress's, Sissi, sister). Bonneau uses this as a backdrop for murder and revenge and does a great job of luring the reader in the epoch and investigation (it was at a time when finger printing and positive IDing had just started).

This is a 2008 publication, so I don't know if a translation exists, but I would keep an eye out for Bonneau who seems to have adopted this historical genre.

nov 25, 2008, 2:34pm

Just read Murder Being Once Done by Ruth Rendell.

#56 that book sounds quite interesting.

nov 25, 2008, 3:32pm

I read The Man with a Load of Mischief, my first Martha Grimes novel, for our library group this month. It was a bit slow but quite funny in parts. I've just finished re-reading Not a Creature Was Stirring in preparation for leading that discussion in December. I really like her evocation of the Armenian-American neighborhood.

nov 26, 2008, 4:49pm

Jim53, I enjoy both Martha Grimes and Jane Haddam. I don't recall feeling like The Man With a Load of Mischief was slow. I agree the Armenian-American neighborhood is interesting. I also especially like her description of the priest.

dec 9, 2008, 6:26pm

#58 & #59, I really like Martha Grimes "Richard Jury' mystery series. I started reading the series while I was living in England and continued the series when I returned to the US ( I still need to read Dust #21 in the RJ series) I love the fact that the titles for the 'Richard Jury' series are names of actual pubs in England (if you go to her website, you can find a map showing the locations of the different pubs). I've read & like her other novels, too. Foul Matter, a stand-alone mystery, was especially interesting.

dec 21, 2008, 11:57pm

I just finished In the Woods by Tana French and it really was an excellent book (except for the fact that she doesn't know the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath). I went to the bookstore tonight to see if I could pick up her next book, The Likeness, but they didn't have it, darn the luck.

I am currently reading The Private Patient by P.D. James. So far, so excellent, as is usual with James.

dec 22, 2008, 1:55pm

Just finished The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah Caudwell, which I heartily recommend, and started The Sybil in Her Grave by the same author.

dec 27, 2008, 6:17pm

I thought it was well worth reading-in fact, I went and read it again, which I have not done with most of the other EG books (and I have read and liked them all).

mar 9, 2009, 4:46pm

Currenly reading To Kill or Cure by Susanna Gregory, the 13th Chronicle of Mathew Bartholomew. For some reason, the prologue and first chapter didn't feel like Gregory's usual writing style. But now that I'm a quarter of the way thru, it's feeling like her familiar great writing. I'll have to go back and reread the beginning again to determine if the problem was really the writing, or if it was me.

mar 9, 2009, 5:05pm

A few days ago I finished Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer, which I enjoyed immensely, and heartily recommend to all lovers of the classic British mystery.

apr 5, 2009, 3:45pm

I'm finishing Sous les vents de Neptune. This is my third by Vargas and I am now completely sold. I love her ambiguous characters and the strong organic symbolism. This one features a new character (for me) Violette Retancourt, a big, tall, strong woman (precisely the kind that the French would dismiss because too bovine) who reveals herself to be a brilliant strategist and immensely giving soul. I love it! I think I'll read the entire Adamsberg series!

apr 5, 2009, 11:03pm

>65 aluvalibri: I bought that the other day and look forward to reading it!

apr 6, 2009, 6:14am

#67, I have also bought and read the other two Heyer's mysteries, The Unfinished Clue and Why Shoot a Butler?, and I can't wait to read more.
I think you will like Behold, Here's Poison.

Redigerat: apr 7, 2009, 3:43pm

Currently reading How Like an Angel by Margaret Millar.

I also just bought my mother a couple Faith Fairchild mysteries, The Body in the Snowdrift and another I don't recall the title to, by Katherine Hall Page. Eventually I'll read them too.

apr 13, 2009, 10:40pm

I finished Portobello by Ruth Rendell, a fine example of psychological thriller. In this one she explores obsessions - my favorite being Eugene's obsession with chocolate mints and how it almost came to ruin his life. Clever and entertaining, it's not a classical murder mystery but it does keep the reader from wanting to know more about the character's evolution.

apr 18, 2009, 12:27pm

Just purchased Wings Above the Diamantina by Arthur William Upfield, Havana Red by Leonardo Padura, Missing by Karin Alvtegen but am also currently reading Buried Strangers by Leighton Gage which is turning out to be quite excellent in my opinion. Really enjoyed Missing also and am finding Upfield's The Barrakee Murder, the first in his "Bony" series, very good although from today's vantage point the white-vs.-aboriginee perspective in the book is a bit startling but, I'm sure, quite accurate. The dialogue is old-fashioned but it's a very intriguing mystery.

apr 26, 2009, 6:45pm

apr 26, 2009, 7:49pm

Just finished Appointment with Death by the great Dame Agatha. As usual, she did not disappoint me.

apr 30, 2009, 12:26pm

Just bought and started The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which I've somehow never read before! I also picked up a copy of The Wild Island by Antonia Fraser for a quarter. Has anyone else read her mysteries?

Redigerat: maj 2, 2009, 11:43am

Reading Unspoken: A Mystery by Mari Jungstedt and Out by Natsuo Kirino by listening to and listening to Black Seconds by Karin Fossum.

jun 30, 2009, 8:46am

I'm on to my fourth Vargas, Dans les bois éternels. I'm never disappointed!

jul 9, 2009, 5:01pm

just read Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo. Very Good!!! Also like anything by David Hosp.

jul 10, 2009, 11:49am

In the middle of The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey, and loving it!

jul 14, 2009, 11:15pm

Almost finished with Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten.
Also reading Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre, which was recommended to me by a patron at the library.

Enjoying both. "Huss" is quite detailed and I enjoy the title character, very well drawn.

Redigerat: aug 1, 2009, 4:49am

I read in the month of July, Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton, Emma's Baby By Abbie Taylor, Kensington Court by Carol Smith, Only Darkness by Danuta Reah. Listen to the Shadows: A Novel by Danuta Reah. All women authors from the UK and their main characters are female as well.

Reading now: No Escape by Hilary Norman

I'm finding it particularly difficult to find crime fiction, female authors from the UK with female protagonists.

aug 30, 2009, 6:42pm

Have you read Val McDermid?

sep 3, 2009, 6:21pm

>74 avisannschild: I've always enjoyed Antonia Fraser books regardless of genre, but especially the Jemima Shore mysteries. I don't recall The Wild Island so I will look forward to your opinion.

sep 4, 2009, 7:27am

I am in the middle of No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer.

sep 8, 2009, 5:20pm

Found Reflecting the Sky by S.J. Rozan at a used book store so had to buy it, altho I've got many earlier Lydia Chin/Bill Smith books to read before I get to this one.

sep 11, 2009, 8:36am

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Amazing
The Likeness by Tana French Very good. Philosophical
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny Great cozy. Love the poetry. Gamache rocks.

nov 18, 2009, 8:07pm

Not sure if you question was directed at me or not, jmyers24, but I just now noticed your post. I haven't read Val McDermid yet, but I did purchase one of her books 'A Place of Execution' awhile back... I'm hoping she's all they say she is - a good mystery writer...=)

nov 19, 2009, 12:02am

Speaking of A Place of Execution, you can view PBS's "Masterpiece Contemporary" make of it here through December 8.

Redigerat: nov 19, 2009, 3:41pm

I finally finished reading Mansions of the Dead the second Sweeney St. George mystery by Sarah Stewart Taylor. I really liked the first one, O' Artful Death, but this one was a struggle and a disappointment. It started very slow, and while it had a large cast, I wouldn't consider many of them very likable - including Sweeney. And after the mystery was solved (with too many false endings for my taste), the book went on a little longer and ended with a question that leads into number three. I suppose I'll get to that book sooner or later since I already have it and number four. But at this point, I'm not in a big hurry.

Instead, I'm going to move on to A Fatal Grace the second Three Pines mystery by Louise Penny.

nov 24, 2009, 7:35am

I enjoyed Camilla Lackberg's The Ice Princess. Perhaps I'm less demanding than others who have read that book, but it kept me engaged. I personally enjoyed all the side stories.

Currently reading The Butterfly House by Marcia Preston. I'm on page 70 and am really liking it. I started it, then had to stop to read 2 other works (one ER and one for a discussion group) and had to keep myself from continuing Preston's book until I'd finished the other two.

nov 24, 2009, 7:40am

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

nov 29, 2009, 4:54pm

Read Marcia Muller's Where Echoes Live and really enjoyed it. Currently reading The Five Bells and Bladebone by Martha Grimes.

dec 1, 2009, 11:53am

Has anyone read A Booktown Mystery Series, a new cozy series by Lorna Barrett? The third installment, Bookplate Special, is now out and I just got a copy. The books feature Tricia Miles,bookseller in a town which caters to booksellers of all types to revive the town.
So far there have been quirky characters, excellent plots, and mayhem galore.

dec 13, 2009, 9:57pm

Finished The Butterfly House. Really liked it.

Reading an ER book right now, Snow Angels by James Thompson; not too far into it but so far looks like it will be an interesting new police procedural series.

maj 23, 2010, 12:28pm

I finished Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent by my favorite French mystery writer. This is one of her earlier works which does not have the same originality and mystical atmosphere as the newer ones. In that regard, it was a bit of a disappointment. However, the plot has plenty of twists and turns, and the characters have a right dash of neurosis which keeps the story flowing nicely. A good light read.

maj 28, 2010, 2:58pm

Half-way through Ruth Rendell's End in Tears which is part of her Inspector Wexford series, and I don't find it so stimulating. IT doesn't have her macabre wit.

jul 11, 2010, 12:54pm

I have started Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. This is my first time reading Waters and I've heard lots of good things about her, so I'm looking forward to it.

jul 11, 2010, 12:57pm

What Is Mine by Anne Holt

jul 11, 2010, 3:05pm

Envious Casca and Duplicate Death by Georgette Heyer. The first better than the second, in my opinion, but both very good.

aug 7, 2010, 12:54pm

I'm reading A Brutal Telling by Canadian Louise Penny.

aug 15, 2010, 6:30pm

Death in Oslo by Anne Holt (paperback)
Small Death in a Great Glen (Kindle)
Scent of Rain and Lightning (audio)
Man from Beijing (ePub)

Redigerat: aug 19, 2010, 12:45pm

I've recently finished my Early Reviewer snag A Man in Uniform by Kate Hudson that I really enjoyed. Set in late 19th century Paris and based on the true story of the Dreyfus Affair. (I would post the link to my review but I'm not sure how to do that. If someone can advise, I'd appreciate it.)

I have also read Sins of the Mother by Deborah Nicholson. Calgary theatre manager Kate Carpenter gets caught up in a case. Not bad.

Another satisfying recent read was Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany. This was set in the fictional town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. Although it was a very enjoyable story and well done, what I liked most was that it was set in my neck of the woods. Trafalgar is obviously based on the town of Nelson, 15 minutes drive from where I live. This is the second Delany book I've read and my favourite. I will definitely look for others in the Molly Smith series.

okt 2, 2010, 6:38pm

I read Sara Paretsky's Killing Orders. Interesting book, tho from the beginning I had figured out why her aunt hated her, which is a side issue to the main plot, but relevant to V.I. Warshawski's personal history. However, I've jumped around in this series, and in later books I don't remember V.I. playing piano or singing. But I do remember the wine glasses.

okt 2, 2010, 8:45pm

Finished a pretty good one recently: Bad Moon on the Rise, the sixth Casey Jones mystery by Katy Munger, and posted the first LT review of it. Working on A Cold Day for Murder, the first Kate Shugak mystery by Dana Stabenow. It's set in Alaska and moerately interesting so far. Nice and short so I'll probably finish it this weekend.

okt 9, 2010, 6:07pm

I read a short story by Stabenow in The Mysterious West and did not like the Shugak character or the way the story ended. Enough to convince me I'm not interested in reading the series.

okt 9, 2010, 11:14pm

I am reading Penhallow by Georgette Heyer. Very good.

okt 13, 2010, 10:39pm

The Killer's Art by Mari Jungstedt -- Almost done. It's excellent!

maj 28, 2011, 10:14pm

Nice Girl Does Noir by Libby Fischer Hellmann, a collection of short stories: a great way to get to know the author's work and meet her two main characters, Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis.

jul 30, 2011, 1:04pm

I've just finished Unnatural Causes by PD James - a bit of a disappointment; it felt very contrived. James does write beautifully though...

jul 30, 2011, 5:02pm

I just finished the fourth in the Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen, which I breezed through and recommend to anyone looking for an entertaining cozy mystery.

Redigerat: aug 23, 2011, 9:24am

I finished another one by PD James The Black Tower which was much better than the previous I read. I also finally read my first by Ellis Peters The Piper in the Mountain - more espionage than detective story, but I loved it.

aug 28, 2011, 12:19pm

I recently read my first Louise Penny mystery, Still Life. Will definitely look for more in this series. Just started Deja Dead, which is not off to a great start, but I'm sticking with it for my library mystery group.

nov 14, 2011, 11:35am

I agree about WCBHSH-couldn't finish it. And Maisie Dobbs has become tedious. Just finished Blood Memory, a new series by Margaret Coel. It was pretty good- i figured it out well before the end, but I liked the new character. It's not as good as the Wind River Reservation- Father John and Vickie Holden series.

mar 26, 2012, 3:48pm

>1 avisannschild: I so envy you just starting the Louise Penny books! She is one of the better authors I discovered lately. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.

mar 26, 2012, 8:16pm

#113 I have finished the first three Gamache books and I'm enjoying them a lot. Found another good one this month: Christine Falls. The author is really John Banville, who won the Man Booker prize for The Sea. Very impressive writing and interesting characters. The main character, Quirke, is aptly named. It took a while to get a handle on him.

mar 28, 2012, 3:51pm

>13 aluvalibri: I totally agree with you about both the Ursula Marlowe and Maisie Dobbs series.

apr 6, 2012, 10:19am

I've just finished When I Kill You by Michelle Wan, a fast read - it's more a thriller than a mystery but I liked the energy as the plot spins out of control.

apr 17, 2012, 2:05pm

13> I felt the same way about these two books, but may try again with the Maisie Dobbs series. I've recently finished the third book in the Anne Cleeves Shetland Island Quartet series. I was totally hooked on this series from the first.

apr 26, 2012, 7:22pm

Reading my favorite lady of mystery Fred Vargas with L'Armée furieuse. I love her books so much that I've ordered another and was delighted to be able to lay my hands on one of the movies adapted from her book Pars tôt et reviens tard.

Redigerat: nov 29, 2012, 4:46pm

Read, but not bought:

Murder at the Supreme Court by Margaret Truman (pb)

Bought, but not read yet:
her Murder at Fords Theater hard cover

nov 28, 2012, 9:42pm

Just finished Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead. It's the sixth of her Three Pines series, and I think I liked it the best so far. It reads like an homage to The Daughter of Time, as Gamache pursues an historical mystery (where is Champlain buried?).

Redigerat: dec 26, 2012, 2:47pm

I've discovered Phryne Fisher Cocaine Blues and love her funkiness. I find Greenwood does a good job of capturing the Roaring Twenties.

sep 22, 2013, 2:40pm

I finished The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny, which I really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to reading the series - apparently it helps to read it in order as the author builds on the characters from story to story.

mar 21, 2014, 5:57pm

I'm continuing with Penny's series: The Murder Stone. Each book seems to get better!

mar 27, 2014, 5:14pm

>122 Cecilturtle: I agree that it's best to read them in order because of the continuing stories of several characters. And they do improve; IMHO the last three are much better than the prior ones.

I recently found a copy of Mary Lou's Bridge & Murder Club, by B. J. Jones, which has no touchstone. It's an addition to my collection of bridge-related mysteries.