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A review of Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews – coming soon

A great finish, but hopefully not the end… The husband-and-wife authors who make up Ilona Andrews have written a satisfying and very enjoyable finish to the second storyline in their Hidden Legacy world.     And although by this point, readers are pretty sure that the middle Baylor sister, Catalina, is going to end up with her …

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A review of Castle in the Air by Donald E Westlake

Light and fluffy and fun, although with zero nutritional value… Castle in the Air, first published in 1980, is one of Donald E Westlake’s caper books – a light-hearted and over-the-top adventure that may remind readers of the movie version of The Pink Panther, or maybe the movie version of Hopscotch.   And, given that it …

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Review of The Butcher of Casablanca by Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Set in Morocco… I’m always interested in mysteries set in unusual (to me, at least) locations, and Morocco certainly is that.  So I was excited to receive a review copy of The Butcher of Casablanca, and I enjoyed it, although it had some issues.  To start with the good, author Abdelilah Hamdouchi does a very …

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Review of Family Business by SJ Rozan – recently published

SJ Rozan’s latest Lydia Chin/Bill Smith title, Family Business, is a wonderful look at New York’s Chinatown, full of atmosphere and a strong sense of place.   But it also addresses some complicated topics, starting on a small scale with Lydia’s own family dynamics, including her unstated “don’t ask/don’t tell” bargain with her very Chinese mother …

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Review of The Sleeping Car Murders by Sébastien Japrisot – coming soon

If I hadn’t already known I was reading an English translation of a French murder mystery, I would have figured it out anyway by the fourth paragraph of The Sleeping Car Murders.  That’s the paragraph where Pierre, the railroad employee whose job it is to check over the just-arrived Phocéen train, and thus the man …

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Review of The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo

A classic inheritance mystery – set in Japan… Before I read Seishi Yokomizo’s The Inugami Curse, I had previously read one of the few other books of his that have been translated into English, The Honjin Murders.   That was a very recognizable classic locked room mystery.  (See my review here.)  And The Inugami Curse is …

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Review of The Case of the Borrowed Brunette by Erle Stanley Gardner – e-book coming soon

Nice to get back in touch with Perry Mason and crew… Erle Stanley Gardner was one of the first mystery authors whose books I read after I realized there WERE mystery authors other than Agatha Christie.    And way back then, while I was in graduate school, Gardner’s books were perfect for the limited leisure reading …

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