Staff-Picks-and-Reviews

Review: The Dying Light by Henry Porter Review: The Dying Light by Henry Porter
Friday Sep 04 2009
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by Jack Bumsted

Henry Porter is one of the best contemporary writers of "suspension of belief" fiction, in which the compellingly suspenseful qualities of the story take precedence over its innate implausibility.

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Review: People Who Walk in Darkness by Stuart Kaminsky Review: People Who Walk in Darkness by Stuart Kaminsky
Friday Sep 04 2009
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by Jack Bumsted

One of the most influential crime fiction series of all times was by writer Ed McBain, who in 1956 produced the first book in his 87th precinct series. McBain was an innovator in several ways. First, he introduced the notion of policework in a realistic way, in which a team of...

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VERTIGO CRIME Launch
Thursday Jul 23 2009
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by Michael

It seems that I am not the only person who saw the possible connections between the mystery reading audience and the graphic novel.

With the first two books ready to be released in August, DC (Detective Comics) has announced their newest imprint 'Vertigo Crime'.

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Review: Brunetti's Venice by Toni Sepeda Review: Brunetti's Venice by Toni Sepeda
Monday Jul 06 2009
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by Jack

Millions of North American readers have been introduced to Venice by the novels of Donna Leon, whose detective Commissario Guido Brunetti began his literary career in 1992 the first of eighteen installments.

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Review: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall Review: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Monday Jul 06 2009
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by Jack

Tarquin Hall, The Case of the Missing Servant (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2009).

Exactly 45 years ago, the English writer H. R. F. Keating published the first book featuring Inspector Ghote of the Bombay Police Department. The series has gone on to produce 29 volumes and to become one of the most...

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Review: Delhi Noir Review: Delhi Noir
Monday Jul 06 2009
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by Jack

One of the realities of India that my family and I discovered when we visited there in 2000, was that it was very short on crime fiction written by Indians.

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Review: Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay Review: Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
Wednesday Jun 17 2009
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by Jack Bumsted

Linwood Barclay is a Canadian writer who has won awards and who is endorsed by the likes of Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Tess Gerritson, and Joseph Finder, all of whom are authors of thrillers that crank up the suspense and make it work. His work will remind you of all of...

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Review: The Lord of Death by Eliot Pattison Review: The Lord of Death by Eliot Pattison
Wednesday Jun 17 2009
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by Jack Bumsted

THE LORD OF DEATH is the sixth book in Eliot Pattison?s ongoing series set in contemporary Tibet and featuring the Chinese detective Shan Tan Yun.

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Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sunday Mar 15 2009
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by J.M. Bumsted

Every once in a while a crime fiction novel comes along which absolutely knocks off my socks. Reading such a work reminds me that most crime fiction is competent but unexciting, although occasionally a book can rise to higher heights. This work by Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO,...

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It's Oscar Time! It's Oscar Time!
Friday Feb 20 2009
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by Whodunit


The Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and earlier than usual at that. If you need some books to get you into the Oscar spirit, try these two mysteries from women who are no strangers to the red carpet themselves.

Los Angeles Times reporter Mary McNamara's debut novel OSCAR SEASON is...

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Review: Bone By Bone by Carol O'Connell Review: Bone By Bone by Carol O'Connell
Monday Feb 02 2009
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by Gaylene

I have always enjoyed Carol O'Connell's books with the protagonist Kate Mallory and I confess I was disappointed this was not in the series.

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Book Notes Book Notes
Friday Jan 30 2009
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by Sian

Like many of you, my Christmas stocking was filled to the brim with books, many of which I haven’t even had a chance to crack open yet. But for those of you who had a good chunk of vacation and blew through their pile of books, let me make a few...

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Graphic Novels Graphic Novels
Friday Jan 30 2009
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by Michael

I didn't start as a mystery reader. I had read the occasional one here and there, but it wasn't until we took over the store that mysteries became part of my regular reading repertoire. The more I have read the more one thing has struck me. The themes and story-lines which...

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Collectibles Collectibles
Friday Jan 30 2009
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by Michael

One of the things that I have always enjoyed is collecting things - baseball cards, comics, at one point the toys out of Kinder eggs, and as an adult, books. For me, it all began with the remaindered sections at our larger competitors. The opportunity to get a hardcover first edition...

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Book Notes Book Notes
Wednesday Oct 29 2008
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by Sian

It's been a busy fall, but as soon as I realized that it took me several weeks to read one book, I knew that I needed to get my priorities straight. I needn't have worried, because as soon as I picked up Susan Kandel's I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON my...

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Review: Private Patient by P.D. James Review: Private Patient by P.D. James
Saturday Oct 04 2008
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by Jack

Phyllis D. James, now Baroness James of Holland Park, published her first crime novel, entitled Cover Her Face, in 1962.

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Review: Open Doors by Ian Rankin Review: Open Doors by Ian Rankin
Tuesday Sep 09 2008
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by Wendy

I feel I should start this review with a confession, I have never read any of the Inspector Rebus novels.

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Review: Have Mercy On Us All by Fred Vargas Review: Have Mercy On Us All by Fred Vargas
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut

Fred Vargas is a well-known French mystery author. She is a historian and an archaeologist by profession and this shows in her book.

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Review: The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley Review: The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley
Saturday Aug 09 2008
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by Gaylene Chesnut


What a discovery this author is! This book is his first and I would consider The Hundredth Man to be a police thriller. The story is dark, with a serial killer who leaves victims without a head. I know that seems quite grim, but the characters in the book are not...

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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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