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The Brutal Telling

village

I'm reading The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny, set in Three Pines, a remote Canadian village.

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The Grand Old Lady

tea pot and cake

Recently I read a USA Today article featuring British mystery author P.D. James. She is 90 years old, but still writing! She just got back from a voyage on the Queen Mary 2, where she gave lectures about her life and career. She also signed 600 books! She has written eighteen novels, fourteen of them featuring Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard. She is “a legend in her own right as a crime writer and a national treasure,” says Daniel Mallory, an expert on crime fiction at Oxford. After reading this, I’ve decided to re-read some of her books. The first Adam Dalgliesh book is

Viva Las Vegas!

moon

Author Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series is very popular, but here in Void Moon, he writes a stand alone novel. The heroine Cassie Black, is an ex-con, haunted by memories of a lover who died in their last Las Vegas heist. After time in prison, Cassie has gone straight but circumstances lead her back into Las Vegas to pull one more big job. I love caper stories like this, probably because breaking into a casino and cracking a safe is something I would never do in real life! But in makes a fun suspenseful read.

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Rizzoli and Isles

Tess Gerritsen

With the advent of the new TV series based on Tess Gerritsen’s mysteries, I decided to investigate,
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The Siege

Book and Snake building, Yale

I love Stephen White’s mysteries, and this one is no exception. Most of his novels feature Alan Gregory, a psychologist in Boulder, Colo. However, some of his novels feature other characters, with Alan making a mere cameo appearance. In The Seige, Sam Purdy, Alan’s policeman friend, is the star. He winds up in New Haven...
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