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.

Close To The Bone by Stuart MacBride

Two years have passed since the traumatic events of Shatter The Bones and Logan MacRae is now acting-Detective Inspector of the Aberdeen CID. With his boss constantly on his back, a new pushy Detective Sergeant to deal with and his … Continue reading

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Top Five Underappreciated Books – My 600th Post

I’ve been banging on about mystery novels since 20th December 2010 and, at an average rate of 2.32 days per post, we hit post number 600. I didn’t do anything special for the 500th post – mainly as I didn’t … Continue reading

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An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters

1141 and the Empress Matilda, despite capturing King Stephen, has been beaten back by the Queen’s army as the tide is turning during the so-called Anarchy. Two monks, fleeing the conflict, take sanctuary at Shrewsbury, in the monastical home of … Continue reading

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Like This, For Ever by Sharon Bolton

Barney Roberts is a twelve year old boy with twin obsessions. He desperately wants to find the mother who abandoned him when he was young, and he is fascinated with a series of local murders – the murders of young … Continue reading

Posted in Lacey Flint, S J Bolton, Sharon Bolton | 14 Comments

The Crossword Murder by Nero Blanc

Meet Rosco Polycrates, an ex-cop and current private investigator, hired to look into the unexpected death of crossword compiler Thompson C Briephs. The official word is that he died during some… um, strenuous exercise with a young lady of ill-repute,  … Continue reading

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The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – September 2014

Well, that’s another month out of the way – September 2014 has swept past us. September always seems to be a short month for me, as the first month of the school year always keeps me busy. Being laid low … Continue reading

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The Flesh Tailor by Kate Ellis

DI Wesley Peterson is at a dinner party hosted by his sister, a local doctor. When her associate, Dr James Dalcott, doesn’t show up, no-one suspects the truth – that he has been shot dead in his home. While Dalcott … Continue reading

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