Category Archives: Mystery Tour of the USA

The Gray Ghost Murders by Keith McCafferty

In the wilds of Montana, two bodies are uncovered, both shot by a very unusual gun. In the meantime, two extremely valuable fishing flies, worth thousands of pounds, are stolen from a private hunting lodge. As Sheriff Martha Ettinger investigates … Continue reading

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The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters

Concord, New Hampshire has been suffering under a spate of suicides – all of the victims have hanged themselves, hence the term “hangers” – but no-one particularly cares. It’s just a reflection of the rest of the world. You see, … Continue reading

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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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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 Ambush Of My Name by Jeffrey Marks

Ulysses S. Grant, victorious general of the American Civil War has returned to his hometown of Georgetown, Ohio. With Andrew Johnson apparently struggling in the White House following Lincoln’s assassination, people are looking to Grant to stand for the Presidency. … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Hearth by Philip DePoy

Fever (yes, that’s his name) has a university job in the folklore department (yes, they do exist), but, when the department closes, he heads back to his Georgia hometown. The son of a magician and a stripper (stick with it), … Continue reading

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Hoodwink by Bill Pronzini

Russell Dancer used to be a great writer of stories for pulp magazines. After he agrees to attend a convention in San Francisco, he receives an odd delivery – a blackmail threat over the plagiarism of a short story called … Continue reading

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A Spark of Death by Bernadette Pajer

1901, Seattle, Washington. At the University of Washington, a Faraday cage has been constructed to demonstrate to the visiting President McKinley the wonder of the newly-discovered electricity. The essential part of the Faraday cage is that someone inside it is … Continue reading

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The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison

I saw a review of this in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The sleuth is a Math(s) teacher – check. She likes puzzles – check. She likes beading at the local bead shop – well, no, but, as the mighty Meatloaf … Continue reading

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