Review: Country of Origin by Don Lee Review: Country of Origin by Don Lee
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

There was so much buzz about this book on the web that I had to read it and I was not disappointed.

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Review: The Trojan Dog by Dorothy Johnston Review: The Trojan Dog by Dorothy Johnston
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

The Trojan Dog is written by Dorothy Johnston, an Australian writer whose earlier novels were short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. The award is Australia's first and most prestigious literary award. Any fan of Gail Bowen will really enjoy this book. I would say she's Australia's Gail Bowen. Her protagonist is...

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Review: Death in Cold Type by C.C. Benison Review: Death in Cold Type by C.C. Benison
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


A mystery set in Winnipeg and a fun read to boot. C.C. Benison previously set his books in England with Jane Bee and the Queen. Death In Cold Type begins with the murder of Michael Rossiter, respected philanthropist and scion of an old Winnipeg newspaper family. The setting is Crescentwood's old...

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Review: Cemetery of the Nameless by Rick Blechta Review: Cemetery of the Nameless by Rick Blechta
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


Hurray for Canadian mystery writers! This is another wonderful mystery written by Canadian writer Rick Blechta. It takes place in Vienna, where Victoria Morgan is giving a concert. Tory Morgan is a true artist who is ruled by emotion rather than brains. She is lured to a castle by a Baron...

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Review: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Review: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


I never thought I would read a mystery that was over 600 pages, but I did with The Historian. It begins with a professor going missing and a young woman finding an ancient book and letters. Then the fun begins as one travels back and forth in history to the truth...

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Review: All Shook Up by Mike Harrison Review: All Shook Up by Mike Harrison
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


I always enjoy finding a new Canadian mystery author. Mike Harrison's new mystery is set in Calgary. His protagonist is Eddie Dancer, an ex-cop turned private investigator. He is much better as a private eye, simply because he bends the rules.
The story revolves around city hookers, bikers and attacks against...

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Review: The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen Review: The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

Henrietta and I met Ken at Bouchercon in Chicago. He's an Irish rogue with a friendly smile and a kind heart, and writes like a poet on the dark side. This book will send shivers down the spine of anyone who has gone to a girl's boarding school run by nuns...

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Review: Dating Is Murder by Harley Jane Kozak Review: Dating Is Murder by Harley Jane Kozak
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Barbara Coombs


Harley Jane Kozak is a talented writer whose first novel, Dating Dead Men, was nominated for several awards. In her second novel, Dating Is Murder, greeting card designer Wollie Shelley is back solving the disappearance of her friend Annika, a young au pair from Germany.
Wollie Shelley is the protagonist in...

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Review: The Lizard's Bite by David Hewson Review: The Lizard's Bite by David Hewson
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

David Hewson is my favourite British male writer - tied with Ian Rankin. The Lizard's Bite is the fourth book in the Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni series set in Italy.

Nic & Gianni are two detectives in Rome who have been banished. The duo caused a lot of feathers to...

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Review: The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais Review: The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


L.A. Requiem was a favourite of mine, and I felt that Robert Crais had not written a book that could compare until now. The Two Minute Rule is the book!!!!!!!

It is not an Elvis Cole. Max Holman is released from prison and he wants to change his life. He wants...

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Review: Scared to Live by Stephen Booth Review: Scared to Live by Stephen Booth
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Cathy Bowen

Scared to Live is the seventh installment in Stephen Booth's Derbyshire mystery series, which features Detectives Ben Cooper and his superior Diane Fry.

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Review: The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beymon Rees Review: The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beymon Rees
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


This mystery is set in Bethlehem. A Palestinian Christian is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis. Teacher Omar Yussef knows that his friend would not collaborate with the Israelis and starts investigating the circumstances of the charge. Omar teaches at UN Relief & Work Agency for Girls. A young Hamas fighter...

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Review: Sovereign by C.J. Sansom Review: Sovereign by C.J. Sansom
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Vanessa Kimball

Sovereign is the third book in Sansom's Shardlake series.

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Review: The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen Review: The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Vanessa Kimball

Christmas Eve meets Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles not with visions of sugar-plums, but with a brutal murder. Soon they are thrown into an investigation that circulates around a mysterious organization known as The Mephisto Club. Now Rizzoli and Isles must grapple with a killer whose genius is terrifying....

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Review: Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser Review: Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

We are lucky to be getting another Swedish crime writer. Henning Mankell was first and we have had several new Swedish authors since. He has been my favourite and I have considered him the best until now. Hakan Nesser is really good. Inspector Van Veeteren is his protagonist. The story unfolds...

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Review: All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming Review: All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Cathy Bowen


All Mortal Flesh is the fifth in the series by Julia Spencer-Fleming featuring the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. The books are set in the small town of Millers Kill, New York, where Clare is an Episcopal priest, and Russ is the chief of police. Their professions frequently bring...

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Review: The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld Review: The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


Another first book and this one is historical. I really like it. It is 1909 and Sigmund Freud has come to New York to give a lecture. Needless to say, he was a very controversial figure of the time. A young doctor, Stratham Younger, greets Freud and enlists him to assist...

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Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


This is a first book and I am always excited by that fact — sometimes it is the best book by the author. I hope with this author that is not the case, as I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character is young biographer Margaret Lea. She has grown up...

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Review: Stripped by David Freeman Review: Stripped by David Freeman
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Vanessa Kimball

Detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are back in Freeman’s stunning sequel. The two detectives are handed two seemingly unrelated murders, first the son of reclusive Walker Lane, the billionaire movie producer, and second a young boy named Peter. As a fish out of water, Stride knows he must tread carefully...

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Review: Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear Review: Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


For the lighter side I like Jacqueline Winspear's writing style. This is the third book in the Maisie Dobbs series. I recommend all three books in the series.
As many of you know, I am not a real cozy type reader but I really like these books. The setting is in...

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Review: The Red Dahlia by Lynda LaPlante Review: The Red Dahlia by Lynda LaPlante
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


I have been waiting for a new book from Lynda LaPlante for quite a while. This wait is worth it. Ms. LaPlante is well known for her BBC series Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. Detective Anna Travis has been assigned the case of a young girl found dumped on the banks...

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Review: American Detective by Loren B. Estleman Review: American Detective by Loren B. Estleman
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

I read several Amos Walker mysteries about ten years ago, and to be perfectly honest I could not remember Estleman's writing style and charact-erization. This must be old age, so I decided to try American Detective, the 19th Amos Walker. I now remember what I liked about his writing and characters....

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Review: Dead Heat by Dick Francis Review: Dead Heat by Dick Francis
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Cathy Bowen

Dick Francis, the former jockey to the Queen Mother, retired in 2001 after his wife died. Last year, he came back with Under Orders, which is now in paperback; and this year's hardcover, Dead Heat. Fans of Dick Francis will notice some changes in the language and tone of his latest...

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Review: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss Review: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

This book has been on my pile of books "to read" for quite a while. I am sorry I did not read it sooner, as it is wonderful. The story takes place in historical 18th Century London. It also won the Edgar Award for First Novel -- so that was a...

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Review: The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo Review: The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


Here comes another European translation, this one is from Norway. This book will really appeal to the fans of noir crime fiction. Detective Harry Hole makes Ian Rankin's Rebus look like a saint - well almost. Harry is a hard drinking loser about to be kicked off the force when a...

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