Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

Review: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules Review: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules
Tuesday Apr 29 2014
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by Jack

Whodunit? has a substantial number of customers who qualify as senior citizens, and we suspect that seniors constitute a fair percentage of the overall audience for crime fiction. Nevertheless, older folk do not often feature ? at least as protagonists -- in the books that we have on display in the...

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YA Reviews - The Winter Horses and Etiquette & Espionage YA Reviews - The Winter Horses and Etiquette & Espionage
Friday Apr 04 2014
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by Jack

Some of the best books in our store are categorized by their publishers as ?Young Adult? (or ?YA?).

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Staff Review - Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
Thursday Dec 06 2012
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by Whodunit

Theodore Boone is an ambitious 13-year-old who has a peculiar passion for legal matters. He acquired this interest through his parents, who are both respected lawyers. I?d consider this a classic John Grisham novel that has been slightly tempered so it appeals to a younger crowd.

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Jack's Blog: William Ryan Review Jack's Blog: William Ryan Review
Wednesday Apr 18 2012
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by Jack

The twenty-year period between 1919 and 1939 was in Europe an absolutely horrific bloody era. It featured a swinging economic depression and unemployment, revolutions, the rise of the dictators (headed by Hitler, Stalin, and Franco), vicious pogroms against minority groups, and the introduction of terror as a general means of governing....

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Recommended by Jack: Mamur Zapt Recommended by Jack: Mamur Zapt
Thursday Mar 10 2011
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by Jack

As I recently watched with growing fascination the televised events in Cairo, I was reminded that I knew quite a lot about the earlier history of Egypt of a century ago, thanks to the wonderful crime novels of Michael Pearce. Pearce is a British writer who grew up in the Sudan....

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Review: The Poison Door by Steve Malley Review: The Poison Door by Steve Malley
Thursday Feb 10 2011
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by Wendy

We had a customer in the store last week looking for some paperbacks to keep him going on the flight to New Zealand. The chat was how New Zealand was supposed to be like British Columbia was 50+ years ago. Well?after reading Steve Malley?s The Poison Door, I am not so...

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Wednesday Review: Pronto and Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard Wednesday Review: Pronto and Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard
Wednesday Sep 29 2010
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by Michael

Elmore Leonard has long been considered one of the greatest of the American mystery writers. However, he is not really a writer of series. With a few exceptions, his characters do not reappear, and if they do, it is often only once or twice, or in short stories buried in...

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Wednesday Review - The Duchess of Death by Richard Hack Wednesday Review - The Duchess of Death by Richard Hack
Wednesday Aug 18 2010
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by Jack

Hack, Richard, Duchess of Death: The Unauthorised Biography of Agatha Christie (London: J.R. Books, 18.99 pounds, 2010).
Richard Hack is an American writer and talk-show guest, the latter indicating the kind of books he writes, which appeal to those of salacious curiosity. The books include an exposť of Howard Hughes, an exposť...

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Stieg Larsson
Tuesday Jul 27 2010
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by Jack Bumsted

By now almost everyone in the Western World has heard the story of Stieg Larsson, the Swedish journalist who published what is now called “The Millennium Trilogy”, which has sold millions of copies world-wide. The barebones of the story seem straightforward enough. Larsson began the manuscript on his laptop around 2002,...

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Review: The Kingdom Beyond The Waves - Stephen Hunt Review: The Kingdom Beyond The Waves - Stephen Hunt
Tuesday Jul 27 2010
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by Michael

One of the first books which I wrote about for this newsletter was the genre-defying Court of Air, Hunts' first offering in his Jackelian series. The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, which sees the return of several characters from the first book, evolves mostly around the adventures of Professor Amelia Harsh, the...

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Mini Review: A Glimpse of Evil by Victoria Laurie Mini Review: A Glimpse of Evil by Victoria Laurie
Sunday Jul 11 2010
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by Sian

Many of you know that I'm a big fan of Victoria Laurie, particularly of her 'Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye' series. Needless to say, I was thrilled when home for the last long weekend that the new book A GLIMPSE OF EVIL had just been delivered (I got to receive it, even)....

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Review: The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling by Kate Westbrook Review: The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling by Kate Westbrook
Monday May 31 2010
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by Sian

I think that we can all agree that the mark of a really good book is an ending that really stays with you. But what makes a really special book is an ending that you can read over and over again for the sheer joy and wonder of it. The last...

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Customer Review: Nowhere-Land by A.W. Hill Customer Review: Nowhere-Land by A.W. Hill
Wednesday May 05 2010
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by Doreen Pruden

Nowhere-Land by A.W. Hill
First, take a large dose of suspension of disbelief. Mix in more than a hint of forgiveness for the author?s propensity for reminding us just how widely-read he is and for using in-group acronyms. Prepare to enjoy some well-turned description. Be ready to consider some very pointed and...

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Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Wednesday Apr 28 2010
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by Jo Davies-Stuchbery

Being fairly new to the murder-mystery genre, I wasn't expecting much from Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". By the last page, I was dying to read the next in the trilogy and saddened to hear that all three novels had been published posthumously. Larsson managed to grab my...

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Review: Ghouls Gone Wild by Victoria Laurie Review: Ghouls Gone Wild by Victoria Laurie
Tuesday Apr 13 2010
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by Sian

I love Victoria Laurie's 'Abbie Cooper, Psychic Eye' series and I really liked the character of M.J. Holliday. Needless to say, I was happy when she got her own series and eagerly dove in. GHOULS GONE WILD is 'M.J. Holliday, Ghost Hunter' #4 and I couldn't put it down once I...

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Review: On the Head of the Pin by Janet Kellough Review: On the Head of the Pin by Janet Kellough
Friday Feb 26 2010
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by Whodunit

With the exception of Allan Levine?s series about turn-of-the-century Winnipeg, it is hard to think of any crime fiction set in Canada?s rich historical past. ON THE HEAD OF A PIN by Janet Kellough is therefore doubly welcome, since it is firmly historical and also extremely well-done.

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Review: Happy Hour of the Damned Review: Happy Hour of the Damned
Sunday Feb 21 2010
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by Sian


I have a lot of authors that I read pretty rabidly but I always like to give a new author a try. If you've been in the store you're probably familiar with the wall of upcoming mass market covers we post behind the cash register. I saw the cover of HAPPY...

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Review: Snow Angels by James Thompson Review: Snow Angels by James Thompson
Tuesday Feb 16 2010
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by Jack

SNOW ANGELS by JimThompson

This curious hybrid novel is written by an American but set in Lapland above the Arctic Circle in the depths of winter. This is not a setting that has been previously featured in much crime fiction. The publishers seem pleased to feature a blurb suggesting that the novel...

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Review: A Whisper to the Living Review: A Whisper to the Living
Tuesday Feb 16 2010
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by Jack

Both good and bad news are connected with this latest Inspector Rosnikov novel. One piece of good news is that Rosnikov and his entire team are back working the Moscow beat. The drill is as before they went on the road. A number of tricky cases are simultaneously investigated by Rosnikov's...

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Reviews from Abroad: Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory Reviews from Abroad: Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory
Friday Feb 12 2010
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by Michael

One of the problems which I always have with historical fiction is how and in what way historical figures feature into the narrative. When they are peripheral, even if they have an important role to play, it is a much easier thing for me to read than if they are featured...

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Customer Review: Free Agent by Jeremy Duns Customer Review: Free Agent by Jeremy Duns
Monday Feb 08 2010
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As a long time fan of Len Deighton's classic espionage thrillers I couldn?t help but dive right into the debut novel "Free Agent" by Jeremy Duns. This is because some critics have favorably compared this new author to the now retired master of classic "cold war" thrillers.

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Brief Book Notes
Tuesday Feb 02 2010
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by Wendy

Ann PurserMany of you are fans of the Ann Purser, Lois Meade series, Murder on Monday, Warning at One etc. Coming in May will be a spin off of this series featuring Ivy Beasley. Elderly spinster, Ivy Beazley has moved into an assisted living complex and with the aid of her...

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Reviews from Abroad - The Good Thief's Guide to Paris Reviews from Abroad - The Good Thief's Guide to Paris
Monday Feb 01 2010
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by Michael

As part of our plan to get new content posted every day we'll be featuring weekly reviews from Michael, who is currently residing in Scotland. If you have any suggestions on what he might read or opinions on his reviews, he can be reached at mysterymichael@gmail.com.

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Review: The Complaints by Ian Rankin Review: The Complaints by Ian Rankin
Friday Sep 18 2009
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by Jack Bumsted

All readers of crime fiction mourned when Ian Rankin announced that he was retiring John Rebus, and many were disappointed in his first post-Rebus effort, Doors Open, which was less like a Rebus than a Donald Westlake caper book. Everybody likes John Dortmunder, but not in place of Scotland?s most famous...

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Michael Dibdin and Aurelio Zen's Italy Michael Dibdin and Aurelio Zen's Italy
Monday Sep 14 2009
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by Jack Bumsted

A number of contemporary crime authors have set extensive series in English about Italy, among them Donna Leon, Magdalene Nabb, Timothy Holme, and Timothy Williams. Arguably the most fascinating of the lot, however, is Michael Dibdin, who between 1988 and 2007 wrote eleven novels about Italy featuring Aurelio Zen, who in...

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