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Crime Mystery Reviews

The Booktaker by Bill Pronzini

14 June 2021
The Booktaker (Nameless Detective #46) Book Cover The Booktaker (Nameless Detective #46)
Nameless Detective
by Bill Pronzini, Nick Sullivan (Narrator)
Detective Mystery
Audible Audio
June 1st 2011

The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he's violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

Audible has some outstanding selections, and from time to time, they suggest things to me. This week’s review is one of the shorter stories I have located on Audible,…

Historical Fiction Mystery

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton

8 June 2021
The Heiress of Linn Hagh Book Cover The Heiress of Linn Hagh
Karen Charlton
Thomas & Mercer
9 June 2015

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh. The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry witchcraft . The heiress s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren t talking; Helen s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands. Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search for the missing heiress. Taut, wry and delightful, "The Heiress of Linn Hagh" is a rollicking tale featuring Lavender and Woods a double act worthy of Holmes and Watson."

One of the book series I enjoyed when I was younger was Sherlock Holmes. There was something about the dynamic with Holmes and Watson and how the stories were…


“Drift” by L.T Ryan and Brian Christopher Shea

4 May 2021
Drift Book Cover Drift
L. T. Ryan, Brian Shea (Novelist),

Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister's drowning drags her back to the town she left fifteen years ago. Convinced her sister's death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line. Hatch is forced to use her special set of skills--forged on the field of combat--to learn the truth about her sister and bring those responsible to justice. -- Page [4] of cover.

Upon the suggestions on Twitter, I decided to look up a book from a narrator I did know, and that narrator is Maryne Young. Moreover, she so sweetly suggested…


The One Great Gnome by Jeff Dinardo

27 April 2021
The One Great Gnome Book Cover The One Great Gnome
Jeffrey Dinardo
One ELM Books

"May the moon and the stars always guide you safely. So says Vesper of Oglinoth to his new friend Sarah. Will she help him and the rest of the gnomes save their world from an unknown foe--and will Sarah find her own way back home?"--

Children’s literature isn’t usually my favorite thing to review, but I saw this on Netgalley, and I thought it looked charming. The cover is delightful, whimsical and the written…

Literary Fiction Reviews

Send Judah First by Brian C. Johnson

14 April 2021
Send Judah First: the Erased Life of an Enslaved Soul Book Cover Send Judah First: the Erased Life of an Enslaved Soul
Brian C. Johnson
Hidden Shelf Publishing House
August 1st 2019

A young girl’s life is shattered when she is stolen from her African village in a midnight raid. Ruthlessly torn from her family to be beaten, chained, degraded, and enslaved in a heartless world she can barely comprehend. The slave ledger at Virginia’s Belle Grove Plantation only reveals that Judah was purchased to be the cook, gave birth to 12 children, and died in April 1836. But, like the other 276 faceless names entered in that ledger, Judah lived. Brian C. Johnson’s important work of historical fiction goes beyond what is recorded to portray the depth, humanity, and vulnerability of a beautiful soul all but erased by history. For Judah, as Johnson notes, “did the ultimate—she survived. Not as a weakling, but resilient and determined.”

Sometimes Netgalley sends me emails to tempt me to read or listen to something. I have to thank them for this recommendation. I am so happy that I got…