Book Review: The Burning Gates, Parker Bilal

Book Review: The Burning Gates, A Makana Mystery Book 4, Parker Bilal   Mystery: The Burning Gates, A Makana Mystery Book 4, Parker Bilal   Detective Makana has worked for rich, powerful, and influential people, although most of his jobs keep him on the seedier streets of Cairo, his adopted home. He has never quite had […]

Book Review: Eight Perfect Murders, Peter Swanson

Book Review: Eight Perfect Murders, Peter Swanson   Mystery: Eight Perfect Murders, Peter Swanson   The premise of the book is simple enough. Bookstore proprietor Malcolm Kershaw wrote a blog post several years ago about eight “perfect murders” from mysteries. All eight were murders where the perpetrators either did escape or nearly escaped justice, being […]

Blog Tour: Betrayal, Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Book Review: Betrayal, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, translated by Quentin Bates Mystery: Betrayal, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, translated by Quentin Bates Blog Tour October 10, 2020   We previously reviewed Cage by Lilja Sigurðardóttir on this blog and fell in love with her extraordinary storytelling style. The two other books in that trilogy have been on our TBR pile […]

Book Review: Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey

Book Review: Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey Fantasy/Mystery:  Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey   Ivy Gamble has been a private investigator for 14 years. Typically her day consists of following suspected adulterers. It’s a fairly boring and predictable job, although occasionally things go sideways and she has a gun pulled on her. Or a knife stuck […]

Book Review: The Watchful Coroner, Paul Austin Ardoin

Book Review: The Watchful Coroner, Fenway Stevenson Book 6, Paul Austin Ardoin   Mystery: The Watchful Coroner, Fenway Stevenson Book 6, Paul Austin Ardoin   It would not be fair to say that everything is going smoothly for recently elected coroner Fenway Stevenson, but many things are better than they have been. Her father is lying […]

Book Review: The Courtroom Coroner, Paul Austin Ardoin

Book Review: The Courtroom Coroner, Fenway Stevenson Book 5, Paul Austin Ardoin   Mystery: The Courtroom Coroner, Fenway Stevenson Book 5, Paul Austin Ardoin   Having established a format in books 1-4, we know how a Fenway Stevenson novel will go. She will spend several days investigating the crimes with her colleagues in the sheriff’s office, traveling […]

Book Review: The Upstaged Coroner, Paul Austin Ardoin

Book Review: The Upstaged Coroner, Fenway Stevenson Book 4, Paul Austin Ardoin   Mystery: The Upstaged Coroner, Fenway Stevenson Book 4, Paul Austin Ardoin   The local private university is internationally renowned for its Shakespeare program. Students have graduated to become famous actors. Current students travel yearly to England to participate in workshops and plays […]