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Bury Your Dead

In Bury Your Dead, Inspector Armand Gamache of the Montreal police has taken a leave from work after a hostage rescue mission went horribly wrong. While in Quebec visiting a dear friend, he is asked to help investigate the murder of Augustin Renaud. Renaud was an historian obsessed with finding the remains of Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. Now he’s been found dead in the basement of the Literary and Historic Society....

Faces of the Gone

Faces of the Gone coverFrom time to time, I read about new mysteries and I get interested in them. One author that sounds interesting is Brad Parks. His books have been described as “hilariously funny and deadly serious.” His detective series features Carter Ross, a journalist in New Jersey. Parks is a former journalist himself and his first book, Faces of the Gone, won both the Nero and the Shamus awards....

Mrs. Pollifax

I rememcover of The Tightrope Walkerber reading the Mrs. Pollifax series when I was younger. It’s a fun series about an older lady who becomes a spy! I was saddened to hear that Dorothy Gilman, the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series, died Feb. 2.  Besides the Mrs....

The 2012 Agatha Awards

The Agatha Awards honor traditional mysteries like those written by the great Agatha Christie.  So these mysteriescover of Naught in Nice contain no explicit sex and no excessive gore or gratuitous violence. Some of you are saying, "That doesn't sound exciting!" but some of us like a quieter mystery. The 2012 awards were announced on May 4th and the winners are below....

Award Time!

Edgar AwardThe Mystery Writers of America will be awarding the Edgar Award on April 26th. Here are the nominees for Best Novel. Check them out and see what you think!


The Ranger by Ace Atkins

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