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Book Review: The Department Of Rare Books And Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk

Liesl Weiss has been suddenly thrust into a position of leadership at her Toronto university’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, following the debilitating stroke that put its previous head, Christopher Wolfe, in a coma. While her colleague in charge of religious acquisitions, Max Hubbard, is unhappy that he wasn’t given the position –…

Book Review: A Valiant Deceit by Stephanie Graves

Pipley, Hertfordshire 16 August 1941.  Olive Bright is a twenty-two-year-old pigeoneer and would-be spy. In Olive Bright, Pigeoneer (Olive Bright Mystery #1) Captain Jameson Aldridge conscripted Olive and the Bright Lofts’ pigeons to help in the fight against the Nazis. Homing pigeons greatly aided the war effort on both sides of the Atlantic, making A Valiant…

Book Review: Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier

Not all games are fair, and sometimes the players find that out the hard way. In Eliza Jane Brazier’s novel Good Rich People, two characters are thrust into a dangerously unfair game where they are fighting for their lives. Alternating between the perspective of main characters Lyla and Demi, the plot follows these women of…

Book Review: The Torqued Man by Peter Mann

A twinned manuscript is found in the rubble of a bombed out Berlin at the end of World War II. One half of the manuscript is the journal of former Abwehr agent Adrian de Groot, recounting the daily life of a German citizen forced to work for the Nazi regime. The other is a fantastical…

Book Review: Where There’s A Will by Sulari Gentill

The tenth installment of the Rowland Sinclair Mystery series finds our quartet of detecting friends summoned from a sultry Singapore to a far colder Boston, and for less than pleasant reasons. Daniel Cartwright, Rowland’s good friend from their college days in Oxford, has unexpectedly passed away. Even more unexpectedly, he appointed Rowland the executor of…

Book Review: Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby by Ace Atkins

The 50th book in Robert B. Parker’s iconic Spenser series is also, alas, Ace Atkins’ last time at the helm. Fortunately for us readers, he goes out with a bang, presenting us with an absorbing tale that has Spenser and co grappling with issues ripped straight from the headlines. Congresswoman Carolina Garcia-Ramirez, or CGR for…

Cooking the Books: Hostage to Fortune by Kirsten Weiss

Abigail Beanblossom is part-owner of Beanblossom’s Tea and Tarot, a teashop that also provides Tarot reading services overseen by her business partner, Hyperion Night. But as this second novel in the series opens, she’s in a different sort of partnership with her former boss turned best friend, Razzzor, who’s enlisted her help in staking out…

Book Review: Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door by Barbara Ross

With this latest cozy novel, Barbara Ross cements her status as my favorite living mystery writer. In less than three hundred pages, she delivers yet another taut, intelligent tale full of empathy and sensitivity, written with both economy and verve. Her style hearkens back to the Golden Age detective novels that presented real intellectual puzzles…

Book Review: The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan

Regan Merritt is done with working in law enforcement despite her stellar career in the U.S. Marshals Service. Now she’s back in Flagstaff, Arizona, licking her wounds while staying with her dad in her childhood home. When her former mentor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), hearing that she’s in town, asks for her to be…

The Allure of Cold Cases

I’ve always been fascinated by cold cases. I’ve often thought about why—is it because I love mysteries? Is it about human nature and the need for answers? Is it a bit darker than that…a fascination with the unknown or the unknowable, or an interest in the murder of strangers? Whatever the reason, I’m not the…