Author Archives: Puzzle Doctor

About Puzzle Doctor

I'm a mathematician by nature and as such have always been drawn to the logical side of things. Hence my two main hobbies being classic mysteries and logical puzzling. Oh, and cats. No logic there, I'm afraid.

The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book of the Month – August 2014

August was a busy month for me, the newly crowned 69th best official puzzler in the world – probably a bit late to write the promised post on the World Puzzle Championships, but maybe I will next week sometime. Anyway, … Continue reading

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The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver

New York City. In the basement of the shop where she works, Chloe Moore is drugged and taken underground. There, at the mercy of her abductor, she is tattooed with a message – simply the phrase “the second”. But Chloe … Continue reading

Posted in Jeffery Deaver, Lincoln Rhyme, Thriller | 19 Comments

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Introducing Cormoran Strike, the only detective named after a badly spelled seabird attack (this joke is copyright Mrs Puzzle Doctor, btw), a down-on-his-luck London-based private detective. Newly dumped by his fiancée, heavily in debt, his luck seems to be changing. … Continue reading

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The Queen Of The Night by Paul Doherty

Rome, AD 314, is beset by problems. The children of the city’s richest families are being kidnapped for ransom from places previously believed to be safe, the kidnappers disappearing without trace. Meanwhile, veterans from a Roman campaign against the Picts … Continue reading

Posted in Claudia, Historical Mysteries, Paul Doherty | 1 Comment

Mr Monk On Patrol by Lee Goldberg

You may have encountered Adrian Monk before. As played by Tony Shaloub on television for eight years, he’s the world’s greatest detective – a former San Francisco police detective who had a nervous breakdown after the murder of his wife, … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian Monk, Film and TV, Lee Goldberg | 9 Comments

The Boy-Bishop’s Glovemaker by Michael Jecks

Christmas 1321 and Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King’s Peace, his wife Jeanne and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock have been invited to Exeter to be honoured by receiving a reward – a pair of valuable gloves, presented by … Continue reading

Posted in Furnshill & Puttock, Historical Mysteries, Michael Jecks | 2 Comments

Strangled Prose by Joan Hess

Farber, Arkansas, a college town, where Claire Malloy supports her fourteen year-old daughter by running an academic bookstore. Professor of Passion is hardly the sort of material that she normally stocks, but her friend Mildred, the real identity of author … Continue reading

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