Genre: Mystery

Book Review: The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Posted August 23, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

For me, what this book comes down to is the fact that the author doesn’t really show a lot of talent for fiction writing. She has impressive credentials and clearly knows what’s what in terms of Bosnia and Srebrenica, and I like that she brought those things into her debut. However, The Unquiet Dead is poorly written, sloppily constructed, and very troubling in relation to female representation and the attitude […]

Book Review: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Posted July 25, 2015 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

In the opening chapter of The Night Guest, elderly protagonist Ruth calls her adult son to tell him she hears a tiger in the house; the next day, Frida arrives to take care of Ruth. This sets the stage for Fiona McFarlane’s suspenseful debut. This brief novel evokes mythic jungles and the tropics, and the way it dealt with Ruth’s mental state kept me uncertain until the end—is Ruth merely […]

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Posted May 29, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

An up-and-coming litigation lawyer is in a meeting when her daughter’s school calls: her daughter’s been suspended, and needs to be picked up right away. But by the time she arrives at the school, her daughter, Amelia, has fallen from the roof and is dead. This is how Reconstructing Amelia begins, and it serves as an intriguing entrance into Kimberly McCreight’s debut. The rest of the novel deals with the […]

Book Review: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

Posted April 30, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

M.O. Walsh’s debut is at once a southern mystery and an intimate coming of age story, told by an unnamed narrator whose conversational tone gives the book movement and poignance. Because, though My Sunshine Away is about the rape of a 15-year-old girl, it’s also about a young man’s dealings with memory and love and guilt. This is an intricately wrought book, one that’s extremely well-done from nearly all angles, […]

Book Review: Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Posted April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

In Cocaine Blues, the first volume in the long-running Phryne Fisher mysteries, Kerry Greenwood has set up all the necessities for a delightful series. The story was interesting and fast-paced, the author’s prose was simplistic in an elegant way, and the Honorable Miss Fisher herself was a delightful character I certainly want to read about again. I picked this book up because I wanted to read more mysteries, and this […]

Book Review: Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris

Posted March 29, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris

Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries can always be counted on to be solid reads, and Who Buries the Dead was no different. It was perhaps not my favorite in the series, but I liked it quite a lot all the same. C.S. Harris has a great eye for both developing characterization and exciting plotlines, which make this series perennially awesome. Who Buries the Dead features a fairly complex murder mystery that […]

Book Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Posted January 16, 2015 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

There is something about my mind that refusing to be shocked by supposedly brilliant plot twists. Dangerous Girls has all the makings of a twisty, startling mystery novel. Abigail Haas is an excellent writer, and the nonlinear narrative kept suspense to a maximum. But the problem was, by the middle of the book I’d figured out all possible directions the plot could go, and at the end I was about […]

Book Review: Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee

Posted December 17, 2014 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee

It’s been a fairly long time since I read the first three installments in this series, but I certainly don’t remember them being this…bad. Rivals in the City reads in a very stiff, inauthentic manner that defies believability in almost every area: characterization, plot, historical accuracy. I’m quite sure that Y.S. Lee has never before offered so unsatisfactory a novel. Every aspect of this book seems false. The dialogue between […]

Book Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Posted November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Jill Hathaway’s debut novel is set up extremely well: a murder mystery with a unique paranormal twist all sounds very well on paper. And I must admit that the first half or more of Slide was very well written, engaging, and different. Yet this mystery’s rushed and emotionless conclusion really failed to bring the story together in any meaningful way, and my final impression of the book was one of […]

Book Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Posted November 8, 2014 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

17-year-old Sophie Winters seems to attract near-death experiences. First there was the car crash when she was 14, then, 4 months ago, a masked man shot Sophie’s best friend, Mina, right in front of her. After spending 3 months in rehab, Sophie comes back to her small Northern California town with one mission: finding Mina’s killer. Though even the best murder-mysteries often fail to capture my interest, I loved Tess […]

Book Review: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Posted October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Satisfying series conclusions are few and far between, in my experience. Even the strongest series can be ruined by a bad finale. And Barry Lyga’s Jasper Dent trilogy is one of the strongest YA series I’ve ever read. Thankfully, I’m quite happy to report that Blood of My Blood is just as good as books 1 and 2 in the series; this book really hit the spot. Jasper Dent’s character […]

Book Review: Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris

Posted March 28, 2014 // 3 Comments
Book Review: Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris

There are very few “sure thing” authors in my life. Authors whose books I know, prior to reading, that I will love. Actually, there’s only one author I can count on: C.S. Harris. There is really no explanation for my sticking with this series through 9 installments (and counting) unless I truly loved these books—everyone knows I hate series. I’m also probably not much of a mystery person, honestly. In […]