Category Archives: Mystery

The Art Thief

—2— I often worry (mostly because I worry about everything, as those who know me can attest to) that I write too many positive reviews.  Unlike a professional critic, I purposely pick books that I believe I will like, therefore, my … Continue reading

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The Poe Shadow

—3.5— Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow is a mystery surrounding the death of Edgar Allen Poe. Set in 1849 Baltimore, it follows Quentin Clark, a promising young lawyer about to marry his childhood sweetheart. When he passes a neglected burial … Continue reading

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Sparkling Cyanide

—4— I read another Agatha Christie!  And, of course, it was really good.  But guess what!  I figured out who-did-it!  Not how, but who.  Sparkling Cyanide begins with the death of Rosemary Barton, a beautiful but empty woman dining at … Continue reading

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The Art of Detection

—2.5— The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King surrounds the murder of a man obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, and a literary murder thought to be written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. The present day San Fransisco man has … Continue reading

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And Then There Were None

—4.5— In Agatha Christie’s classic mystery And Then There Were None, ten strangers are summoned to a secluded island home, each believing for different reasons. When no host appears, they find themselves accused of murder. One by one they are … Continue reading

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The Savage Garden

  —4.5—  Mark Mills’ The Savage Garden is an thrilling journey into the gardens of the Italian Rennisance, and two murders separated by 400 years.  Adam, a British undergrad, is sent to a garden to work on his art history thesis.  Built in … Continue reading

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The Dante Club

—3—  I’ve been trying to read The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl for the past few months, opening it in 15 minute breaks between classes on the rare days I didn’t have studying to in those short periods.  And I … Continue reading

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The Darkest Place

—2.5—  In Daniel Judson’s The Darkest Place young men are being found drowned in Long Island bays.  One victim’s parents hire a private PI, and he and other characters, most notably college proffessor and author Deacon Kane, become involved in these … Continue reading

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Immune Response

—4—  I was attracted to this book, Immune Response, because the main character was a Physician Assistant, a career I have not encountered in fiction before.  Reviews I read put the book in a positive light, as well as the author, Steve … Continue reading

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