Contemporary Mysteries and Thrillers

Contemporary mysteries and thrillers ranging from the mid 1900s (plus or minus) to the present time

Review of Shills Can’t Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner

My favorite Erle Stanley Gardner series… Erle Stanley Gardner is the super-famous author of more than 80 Perry Mason mysteries, which, in addition to being best-selling books in their own right, were also spun off into a long-running TV series and several movies.   Few people, however, are aware that he also wrote almost 30 titles …

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Review of UTube – Inspector Mislan and the Emancipatist Conspiracy by Rozlan Mohd Noor – coming soon

In UTube – Inspector Mislan and the Emancipatist Conspiracy, Rozlan Mohd Noor has written another excellent police procedural, enjoyable both for the mechanics of the investigation (forensics, leg work, computer savvy – and a bit of luck) and for its detailed background in Kuala Lumpur.   And, of course, for its food.    It seems there is …

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Coming soon: The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs – a review

Somehow, in spite of the fact that I’m a huge mystery reader, I’ve missed out until now on reading any books from the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs.   This is probably because they’ve always looked kind of thriller-ish to me, and I’m just not usually all that thrilled with thrillers.   However, I was recently …

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A review of The Cluttered Corpse by Mary Jane Maffini – coming soon in e-book

Shades of Marie Kondo…hmmm… I remember reading a couple of the books in this series back in “real paper book” days, shortly after they came out, and I have pleasant, if somewhat vague, memories of them.  So I was pleased to receive an advance review copy of the new e-book edition of The Cluttered Corpse, …

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Review of Beyond the Headlines by RG Belsky – recently published

Smooth and easy to read… I had read and really enjoyed the previous book in this series, The Last Scoop, and so I was happy to also receive an advance review copy of Beyond the Headlines.   And I wasn’t disappointed – the things I had enjoyed in the earlier book were all also present in …

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