Tag Archives: mystery

July 13

Death & Science in Tennessee: Carved in Bone, Jefferson Bass

*** Harper Collins, 2006 0060759828 (ISBN13: 9780060759827) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge I was excited about reading this book because I thoroughly enjoyed Death’s Acre, written by Jon Jefferson and Dr. William Bass before they became Jefferson Bass. While this book was a great choice for the Mysteries from Every State Challenge, I […]

February 14

Novelist Chris Orcutt Shares Insight With Writers

Chirs Orcutt, author of the Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, shares his insight on writing, inspiration, and selecting what to write about. Please check out his amazing article at our sister site, Arbiter News.   Read: “Paying Attention as a Fiction Writer”

December 17

Swampy Alabama: The Flood, Michael McDowell

*** Avon Books, 1983 ISBN 0380814897 (ISBN13: 9780380814893) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge The Flood is book number one in Michael McDowell’s Blackwater series. Taking place in the town of Perdido, Alabama in 1919, the novel describes the mysterious appearance of Elinor Dammert on Easter Sunday, immediately after a large flood lays waste to […]

October 10

Timeless Chicago: The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes

Four and 1/2 stars for Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls

October 09

Glacial Montana: Bone Dust White, Karin Salvalaggio

Review of Bone Dust White (2014) by Karin Salvalaggio

July 02

Nothing is What it Seems in Massachusetts: Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane

***** Harper Torch, 2003 ISBN 038073186X (ISBN13: 9780380731862) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This book is exactly what I love about mystery novels. I almost wish I hadn’t seen the movie before I read the book; no matter how much I love Leo, the movie did not do this story justice—in a […]

June 18

Vast Arizona: The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman

***3/4 Harper Torch, 1970 ISBN 0061000019 (ISBN13: 9780061000010) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This was the first Tony Hillerman book I read, and I can say it was just what I expected: well written, entertaining, and very descriptive of the setting. The book starts with the discovery of a corpse in the […]

June 12

“Pretty” Rhode Island: The Sculptor, Gregory Funaro

**1/2 Pinnacle, 2009 ISBN 0786022124 (ISBN13: 9780786022120) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge This is the kind of book where the idea was better than the actual story. “The Sculptor” is a serial killer who disposes of his victims to replicate famous statues by Michelangelo by using real body parts for his creations. […]

June 09

Fear and Loathing in Colorado: The Shining, Stephen King

***** Hodder & Stoughton, 1977 ISBN 0450040186 (ISBN13: 9780450040184) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book, especially because I love the movie so much. However, no matter how much I like Kubrick, the book is much better. In the spirit of full […]

June 03

Tedium and cliché in Connecticut: Two Little Girls in Blue, Mary Higgins Clark

* Pocket Books, 2007 ISBN 0743497295 (ISBN13: 9780743497299) Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge  This is probably a book I should have put down after the first chapter. I can’t remember reading Mary Higgins Clark, but I thought that since she was so popular, the novel would be pretty good. WRONG! The story […]