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A New Orleans Visit

new orleans bourbon street sign

Since I was raised in the New Orleans area, I always like to read mysteries set in N.O., 

What are you reading?

lady reading in hammock

For the past few months, I've been telling you about the mysteries I've read. But now

The Brutal Telling, Revisted

Louise Penny

When I blogged last week about The Brutal Telling, I really did not have time to do it justice. Yes, there’s local color, but there is also a complex, dark mystery

The Brutal Telling


I'm reading The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny, set in Three Pines, a remote Canadian village.

The Grand Old Lady

tea pot and cake

Recently I read a USA Today article featuring British mystery author P.D. James. She is 90 years old, but still writing! She just got back from a voyage on the Queen Mary 2, where she gave lectures about her life and career. She also signed 600 books! She has written eighteen novels, fourteen of them featuring Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard. She is “a legend in her own right as a crime writer and a national treasure,” says Daniel Mallory, an expert on crime fiction at Oxford. After reading this, I’ve decided to re-read some of her books. The first Adam Dalgliesh book is Cover Her Face, which would be a good place to start if you want to get acquainted with her works.

Viva Las Vegas!


Author Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series is very popular, but here in Void Moon, he writes a stand alone novel. The heroine Cassie Black, is an ex-con, haunted by memories of a lover who died in their last Las Vegas heist. After time in prison, Cassie has gone straight but circumstances lead her back into Las Vegas to pull one more big job. I love caper stories like this, probably because breaking into a casino and cracking a safe is something I would never do in real life! But in makes a fun suspenseful read.

Rizzoli and Isles

Tess Gerritsen

With the advent of the new TV series based on Tess Gerritsen’s mysteries, I decided to investigate,

The Siege

Book and Snake building, Yale

I love Stephen White’s mysteries, and this one is no exception. Most of his novels feature Alan Gregory, a psychologist in Boulder, Colo. However, some of his novels feature other characters, with Alan making a mere cameo appearance. In The Seige, Sam Purdy, Alan’s policeman friend, is the star. He winds up in New Haven on the campus of Yale University. Family friends have a daughter on the campus that may have been kidnapped and he is there to investigate, without letting the New Haven police know he is there. He soon finds out that there is a hostage situation on campus, and that the resourceful terrorists are not afraid to kill college students. This is a very suspenseful read that makes you think. If you want to read some of his other books, the first Alan Gregory mystery is Privileged Information.

Cozy but deadly


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. Fishing is a big part of everyone's life so you do learn something about fly fishing. You probably will figure out "who done it" well before the end, but you'll enjoy the ride.
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