Series: Lewis Trilogy (Fin Macleod)
Book Number: 1
Read this book for: in-depth, richly detailed character backstory, character-driven mystery, location as character
Quick Review: A deeply detailed read that focuses more on character than on the actual mystery, but with characters so compelling that you want to read more.
Fin Macleod is sent back to his home on the Isle of Lewis that he left long ago to investigate a murder that bears similarities to a case he was working on in Edinburgh. It ends up as a voyage away from his recent personal troubles, but the investigation of the murder in the Outer Hebrides brings him closer to the events of his past that nearly destroyed his life.
Continue reading REVIEW: The Blackhouse by Peter May (Lewis Trilogy #1)
Book Number: N/A
Read this book for: suspenseful thriller, an intimate look at the tensions in domestic life, small-scale and realistic life portrait
Quick Review: An excellent debut novel, with an intense and intimate narrative. Very hard to put down!
Two families who each have their own domestic issues participate in a house swap – from a luxury home in Manhattan to a house in Limerick, Ireland. Both families hope that the vacations will serve to repair their relationships. Instead, the holiday exposes deadly and dangerous secrets. Neither family will come out of this vacation the same. Continue reading REVIEW: Twisted River by Siobhán MacDonald
Book Number: N/A
Read this book for: page-turning suspense, psychological thriller, modern police procedure
Quick Review: Suspenseful, fairly tight and intense – the deep examination of one couple’s lives and the lies they tell makes for a read that’s hard to put down.
With the death of her husband, Jean Taylor no longer needs to be the same woman who lied to the police for her husband for years. She’s ready to tell the whole story, but what really is the truth? Continue reading REVIEW: The Widow by Fiona Barton
Series: Mary Russell
Book Number: 13.5
Read this book for: quick read, Sherlock Holmes pastiche, perfect characterizations, intelligent writing, a quick smile
Quick Review: If Sherlock Holmes was to ever get married, this is precisely how it would happen. Even if you aren’t yet a fan of the series, you should read this novella.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on an undertaking that proves to be far more adventurous than Russell was expecting – particularly as it is their wedding!
Continue reading REVIEW: The Marriage of Mary Russell by Laurie R King (Mary Russell #13.5)
Series: Matthew Shardlake
Book Number: 1
Read this book for: historical mystery, medieval mystery, whodunnit
Quick Review: While not always surprising, this was an interesting blend of history (religious and political) and the elements of a Christie-style whodunnit.
Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer working for Thomas Cromwell under the reign of King Henry VIII, is sent to a remote monastery to investigate the grisly death of one of his fellow Commissioners. Can he find out who is responsible for what rapidly becomes a series of deaths, before he becomes the next victim?
Continue reading REVIEW: Dissolution by CJ Sansom (Matthew Shardlake #1)
Series: Hercule Poirot
Book Number: 3
Read this book for: quick reads, classic mystery, quintessential detective, classic whodunnit puzzles
Quick Review: A quick and simple read with a lovely selection of classic Christie puzzles, although not essential canon Poirot reading.
A series of short cases solved by the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot: from the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat to a locked room murder, a pharaoh’s curse to a mysterious robbery at sea, and even the abduction of a prime minister. See Poirot at work as he tests his mind against these fascinating puzzles.
Continue reading REVIEW: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #3)
Series: Dark Iceland (Ari Thor)
Book Number: 2
Read this book for: realistic police procedure, contemporary mystery, minimalist writing, traditional whodunnit, Scandanavian/Nordic Noir
Quick Review: Beautiful, tight read – an addition to my most recommended list. The whodunnit nature of Christie written with the haunting minimalism of the best of Nordic noir.
When his immediate superior – and the only other officer in Siglufjordur – is shot on duty, officer Ari Thor is pulled off his sick leave to find the attacker. In a close-knit community, more secrets lie under the surface than he could imagine, and he and his former boss set about unraveling them in order to find the killer and keep their community from falling apart. Continue reading REVIEW: Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson (Dark Iceland #2)