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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REVIEW: The Blackhouse by Peter May (Lewis Trilogy #1)

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.

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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.
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REVIEW: Twisted River by Siobhán MacDonald

Series: N/A

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!

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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

REVIEW: The Widow by Fiona Barton

Series: N/A

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.

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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

REVIEW: The Marriage of Mary Russell by Laurie R King (Mary Russell #13.5)

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.

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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!

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