REVIEW: The Lazarus Effect by H.J. Golakai (Vee Johnson #1)

Series: Vee Johnson

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: vibrant setting, intense and intimate mystery, believable and diverse characters, richly written narrative

Quick Review: This ticks all the boxes of the mystery novel but is so incredibly vivid and intensely real that it is well worth a look. It’s a refreshingly unique read!

 

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Vee Johnson is an investigative journalist chasing the story of a missing girl in a red woolen hat that has been haunting her. Along with new assistant Claire Bishop, she sets out to find the truth about what happened to that girl, uncovering a dark and twisted family drama and putting herself in danger in the process.

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REVIEW: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike #1)

Series: Cormoran Strike

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: realistic investigation, alibi-breaking, great characters, very readable prose, page-turning mystery

Quick Review: Contains all the elements of a great mystery; incredibly enjoyable read that will keep you turning pages till the end.

 

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Private detective Cormoran Strike is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of a supermodel who has fallen to her death from the balcony of her London home. Strike’s personal life is a mess, but he must force his way out of his own issues to find out whether the model’s brother is right in asserting his sister’s death was a murder – and to stop it from happening again.

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REVIEW: Mainlander by Will Smith

Series: N/A

Book Number: N/A

Read this book for: realistic characters, slice-of-life, lifelike drama, multiple character viewpoints, multiple plotlines

Quick Review: This thriller is very different from the rest of the genre, but it will still grab you and not let you go until you’ve finished it! Highly recommend adding this one to your reading list.

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It’s 1987 in Jersey, and the outwardly mundane lives of many of the island’s inhabitants are filled with secrets. Relationships are strained, a potentially suicidal boy has gone missing but no one seems to want to do anything about it, and a blackmail plot has the potential to go very wrong. A massive storm is coming; who will survive? Continue reading REVIEW: Mainlander by Will Smith

REVIEW: Impure Blood by Peter Morfoot (Paul Darac #1)

Series: Paul Darac

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: European mystery, multiple related investigations, race/religious discussions, historical ties

Quick Review: A longer read, with multiple interconnected threads and enough motives to keep you guessing throughout, this thoroughly engrossing read should be on your list for a new flavor in your crime reading.

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Nice, France, is in the midst of a heatwave. Poised for the hottest event of the year – the annual local stage of the Tour de France – a new threat puts the Brigade Criminelle on alert to protect the riders and crowds. But is this threat connected to the recent and mysterious murder of a man in plain sight on a busy street? What secrets does the dead man hide, how is he related to the threat, and how can Captain Paul Darac protect the members of his own team against the unknown?

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REVIEW: The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie

Series: Mr. Satterthwaite/Mr. Quin

Book Number: N/A

Read this book for: quick reads, classic mystery, short stories, classic whodunnit puzzles, supernatural elements

Quick Review: A collection of simple puzzles solved by Mr. Satterthwaite guided by the mysterious Mr. Quin – well worth a read for a suspenseful, emotional, and uniquely supernatural element overlaid on classic Christie puzzles.

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A series of short cases solved by observer of human nature Mr. Satterthwaite, with some nudges in the right direction by Mr. Harley Quin – a mysterious man that seems to appear when drama is about to unfold.

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REVIEW: The Age of Treachery by Gavin Scott (Duncan Forrester #1)

Series: Duncan Forrester

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: detailed historical setting, post-WWII espionage, whodunnit mystery, inclusion of historical figures

Quick Review: Packed with historical detail and people, and with a satisfyingly complex series of mysteries to solve, this book blends whodunnit and espionage for a light but interesting read.

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Duncan Forrester, junior Ancient History Fellow at Oxford is back at his college in 1946 after years of war as a Special Operations Executive agent. One of his colleagues is murdered – and his best friend is accused of the crime. Following rumours of a mysterious Viking saga that could be connected to the murder and hoping to save his friend from the noose, Forrester sets out on a hunt across Europe for the truth, and discovers a plot larger than he expected which puts his own life in danger.

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REVIEW: The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell #14)

Series: Mary Russell

Book Number: 14

Read this book for: Sherlock Holmes pastiche, period piece, Sherlock Holmes backstory/origin stories, references to original Holmes material, driving plot

Quick Review: Another brilliant novel in the series, and a must-read for anyone who wonders about Mrs. Hudson, even if you’ve never read any of the other Russell novels!

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Mary Russell had never thought much about Mrs. Hudson and her reasons for following Sherlock Holmes to Sussex to act as his housekeeper in his retirement… until a man claiming to be her son walks into her life and points a gun at her. Why is Mrs. Hudson so faithful to Holmes? And what secrets does her past hide that have now returned to put her in danger?

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