Category Archives: mysteries

Book Review: Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

Written in 1977, this crime novel takes you lickety-split to Glasgow where you’ll spend about three nights with Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw and his naive assistant, Harkness, as they hunt down the murderer of a young girl in the city.

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins–a desert island choice

I’m choosing a classic today to take to the desert island. The Moonstone was written by British author Wilkie Collins in 1868.  It could possible be the best mystery novel you’ll ever read . . .

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A Desert Island Book Review: The End of the Pier by Martha Grimes

Let me defend my choices.  First one is by Martha Grimes:

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Book Review: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

“Sam Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth . . .He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.”  Those are the opening lines—here’s Sam:

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Book Review: The Habit of Widowhood by Robert Barnard

Tra-la-la!  Robert Barnard makes murder look so easy.  And so tidy.  (But rather upsetting.)

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Book Review: A Little Local Murder by Robert Barnard

Robert Barnard was born in 1936 and died this September 2013.  I wasn’t familiar with his work and grabbed one on a recommendation.  It was a lucky library grab—turns out to be the first “crime” novel he wrote.

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The Chicken Soup Mystery

I have a good recipe for chicken soup.  In fact, it’s called “Hearty Chicken-Noodle Soup” and it’s from the No Red Meat cookbook by Brenda Shriver and Ann Tinsley.

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Book Review: The Casino Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine

If all you want in a murder mystery is a bickering wealthy family, a ritzy casino, an anonymous letter, and lots of poisonings –all set in New York City—the casino’s on West 73rd—this one’s for you!

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Barbie Mystery Play

Things change.  Every summer for four or five years my granddaughters and I would play Barbie.  We’d make a special trip to Target or KMart or Benny’s in Rhode Island to buy one special Barbie each summer–with a couple of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bachelors of Broken Hill by Arthur W. Upfield

Have you seen this woman? She is the suspect in the case of The Bachelors of Broken Hill.  We only know that she wears a gray hat, gray suit and appears to be looking over her spectacles when she looks … Continue reading

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