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Cozy but deadly

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One of Charlaine Harris’ less known series features Aurora Teagarden, a librarian and real estate agent....

Dead Madonna

fishing man

Dead Madonna is one of the Loon Lake mysteries by Victoria Houston. The heroine, police chief Lew Ferris, tries to keep order in her small town, but has to deal with two suspicious deaths in one day. She enlists the help of Doc, her lover and part time coroner, and a local fishing guide, Ray.  This is a laid back series, with lots of eccentric characters. Fish...

Curse of the Spellmans

books and birthday cake for Izzy Spellman

Isabel Spellman’s family is still in the PI business and they still drive each other crazy! When Izzy has to move back home, she really likes the new, handsome neighbor next door, but then she notices some suspicious activities. Now she won’t rest even though she has been arrested 4 times over the course of her investigation! Curse of the Spellmans is the second book in the Spellm...

Miss de Luce

english manor house

 

Flavia de Luce is a brilliant chemist and detective, and she happens to be 11 years old.

Tortured by her evil big sisters, ignored by her loving but eccentric father, she is left to her own devices in their English manor house in the village of Bishop’s Lacey. When a local puppet show is ruined by the death of the puppeteer, she investigates. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag may sound like a children’s book, but it is definitely an adult book, and well worth the read. The author received the Debut Dagger Award for

Playing with Fire!

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If you haven’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet, you’ll have to wait for a copy as everyone wants to read it. However, there are not nearly as many requests for

Lasso yourself a good read!

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The Texas Library Association has released its first Lariat List of recommended reading for adults. One might expect this to be a list of novels set in Texas, but that is not so. The group wanted to create a list of books that were "a pleasure to read.” The Lariat List is diverse in genres and appeal factors. I thought you might like to know about the mysteries on the list. Here they are:
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Edgar Award Winners 2010

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The Edgar Awards were announced last night and here are the winners:
Novel        The Last Child by John Hart
First Novel          

Women and Crime

lady detective

The Sisters in Crime organization seeks to promote the work of women crime writers.  It used to be that women authors were overlooked, but now they are a powerful group in the publishing industry. They’ve come a long way in the past twenty years! Along with their work as advocates, the group has published several anthologies. The latest is Sisters on the Case, edited by Sara Paretsky, and including stories...

An oldie but goodie!

Rex Stout

Recently, I decided to enjoy a classic mystery author, Rex Stout. His most famous mysteries feature Nero Wolfe, an overweight, temperamental, genius private eye who solves most cases without ever leaving his New York brownstone. His assistant, Archie, functions as a bodyguard and secretary. . In
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