Monthly Archives: April 2012

Open Season by Archer Mayor

Lieutenant Joe Gunther, of the Brattleboro police department in Vermont, is called to the scene of the crime when an old lady, Thelma Reitz, has apparently shot dead an intruder, a man who has been tormenting her over the past … Continue reading

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Quincannon’s Game by Bill Pronzini

John Quincannon was a Secret Service agent but has now (well, in the United States in the 1890s) become a private investigator in partnership with Sabina Carpenter, an ex-Pinkerton and the object of his unrequited desire. This book collects three … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Pronzini, Historical Fiction Challenge, Historical Mysteries, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Sherlock Holmes | 6 Comments

Still Life by Louise Penny

In the town of Three Pines, in the province of Quebec, a group of friends, most of them artists, are having a get-together. One of them, Jane Neal, has, after a long life of painting, finally agreed to submit a … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner by Jonathan Barnes

It has been four months since the Titanic sank in April 1912. J. Bruce Ismay, the former director of the White Star Line and a survivor of the disaster is haunted by his guilt. Everyone points the finger of blame … Continue reading

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Sherlockian Shorts – His Last Bow

First published in 1917, His Last Bow is the final Sherlock Holmes story to appear in The Strand Magazine, and is the final story in the collection of the same title. What’s It About? Van Bork, a German agent working … Continue reading

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The House of Crows by Paul Harding aka Paul Doherty

1380, London. A candle, an arrowhead and a message – “Remember”. This is all the warning the members of the Knights of the Swan receive before being brutally murdered. Summoned to London from Shropshire to sit in Parliament to discuss … Continue reading

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Suffer Little Children by Peter Tremayne

Seventh century Ireland, and the Venerable Dacan, an esteemed scholar is found murdered in his chambers in a remote monastery where he had been working. This proves to be the catalyst needed by a neighbouring kingdom to begin preparations for … Continue reading

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Murder On The Rocks by Karen MacInerney

After Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, it’s on to the second cozy mystery in a row. So, let’s check the credentials: Lack of blood and gore? A couple of deaths, both being bashed over the head. Check! Specialised hobby for the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen runs a bakery, specialising in cookies, called The Cookie Jar, in Lake Eden, Minnesota. When a delivery man is found, shot dead, in her loading bay, Hannah decided to take matters into her own hands and find the … Continue reading

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The Cadaver Game by Kate Ellis

Devon. Present Day. Tradmouth CID receive a tip-off and find the decaying remains of a woman lying in bed in a normal suburban house. Before DI Wesley Peterson and his team can investigate further, two more bodies are found – … Continue reading

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