REVIEW: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel (The Vinyl Detective #1)

Series: The Vinyl Detective

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: fun mystery, alternative mystery subjects, fast paced thriller, humorous writing

Quick Review: This incredibly entertaining and refreshingly different mystery briskly twists its way toward an interesting conclusion. Definitely worth picking up for a fun read.

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The Vinyl Detective is a record collector who is offered a large sum to find a rare album. Given that he’s almost out of money for cat food, he can’t turn down the proposition, even though it may kill him. But there is more to this record hunt than just a collector’s love of music…

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REVIEW: The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple #2)

Series: Miss Marple

Book Number: 2

Read this book for: lighthearted mystery, classic whodunnit, cozy mystery

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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It’s 7am, and the Bantry household wakes to find the body of a young girl they don’t know in their library. Shocked by this turn of events that seems so like a detective story, Mrs. Bantry calls in her close friend Miss Marple to help the police investigate and solve the mystery before gossip starts to harm her family’s standing in the village.

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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: 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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