by Lynne Truss
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
A Shot in the Dark is a delightfully funny mystery in the classic vein. Lynne Truss skillfully captures the feel of 1950s Brighton in her newest comic novel. The captain of police likes to think all crime ended with the shootout between two gangs that not just made the news - a movie followed idolizing him. Little real police work was done before the arrival of Constable Twitten, a too bright newcomer. The murder of theater critic A S Crystal opens the door to an investigation into a decades old robbery and a conspiracy behind the scenes of Brighton’s cheery holiday veneer.
The quirky characters and the strange situations make A Shot in the Dark a funny book. It’s plot is cleverly composed - more than enough to satisfy the most critical mystery lover. A Shot in the Dark is the perfect antidote to the large quantities of...
Stella Cameron’s Cotswold village mysteries are excellent, non-formulaic cozies with more depth than the average cozy mystery. The characters, both central and supporting are complex, with their histories, feelings, and goals driving the plot. When Alex’s curiosity leads her to view the new housing development, she ends up rescuing the developer trying to enter a burning trailer. It also means she is on the scene when a murder victim is discovered. In addition to worries from being drawn into another murder investigation, Stella is concerned for her mother, who is behaving strangely.
Murder, deception and family secrets all play a role in Whisper the Dead. If you like classic British mysteries and series like Midsomer Murders, you will definitely enjoy Stella Cameron’s Whisper the Dead.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Whisper the Dead from the publish...
The Magic Chair Murder is a thrilling and well plotted mystery set at the end of the 1920s. Women were beginning to play a greater role in commerce and academia. Frances Black is a capable woman long separated from her husband. As part of the board for the Robert Barnaby society, she recommended Linda Dexter as a speaker. Surprisingly Linda Dexter doesn’t show up, and her car is found burned out a ways away. Along a little traveled railway, Linda’s body is found. Was her murder related to her talk, which promised to challenge some much beloved beliefs? Or was it related to her past?
Between dealing with egos and avoiding a stalker, Frances Black, assisted by her friend Tom Dod, delves into the mystery of Linda Dexter’s death.
The Magic Chair Murder is a well plotted mystery, and Frances Black is a lead who is easy to identify with. All in all, it is a solid s...
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Berkley Publishing Group
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 16 Jan 2018
What is more thrilling than an Egyptian archaeological expedition cursed by an ancient mummy? Veronica Speedwell, adventuress and investigator extraordinaire and her partner Stoker are drawn into investigating the disappearance of one of the expedition’s members - the man who stole Stoker’s wife and left him for dead. Stoker’s enmity is well known so it is only a matter of time before the worst is suspected. A missing diadem and the repeated appearance of Anubis complicate the situation. Who can be trusted? Is the missing man a thief - or has something worse occurred? Veronica can handle any situation thrown her way, but will she be able to save Stoker in time?
This is the second Veronica Speedwell mystery that I've read and I can heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. Raybourn’s stories are fast pa...
Mr. Campion's Abdication by Mike Ripley
Pub Date 01 Nov 2017
Never underestimate Albert Campion or Mike Ripley who has done an admirable job of continuing where Margery Allingham left off. Admittedly following in her footsteps is a challenge - Albert Campion is one of the most popular figures of the Golden Age of Mystery. Campion and Lugg may be older, but as seen in Mr Campion’s Abdication, they are still formidable opponents to those with evil intentions.
Did the Duke of Windsor leave a treasure behind in the small village where he met up with Mrs. Simpson? Is there an Abdication treasure? Rumors flow like water but those in power are adamant - there is no treasure and Albert Campion must not find it. Campion insists his only purpose in going to Heronhoe is to aid in the making of a documentary starring his son and daughter-in-law. Searching for a nonexistent treasure is far from his thoughts, but that doesn't mean that Campion doesn't...
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Jul 2017
Death Scene’s biggest flaw is that it lacks the feel of the 1920’s. While technically correct, it doesn't capture the romance and mystery of the silent film industry as I had hoped. Instead, Death Scene is pretty much a standard police procedural that could be set anytime pre-1970. It isn’t a bad mystery but from the description and the cover I expected more film industry involvement. As a police procedural, it is solidly written with a strong focus on character - particularly that of the lead, DCI Henry Johnstone. Much of the novel is devoted to his memories of his and his sister’s difficult youth with their uncaring father and his memories of WWI. His DS is supportive, having been in the war alongside Johnstone and being the one individual other than his sister who knows his background. Jane Adams puts a lot of effort into character development, e...
You can count on Stella Cameron for a British village mystery that isn’t formulaic. Her mysteries are well composed and immensely satisfying. They are cozies, but they are not designed for humor. If you like Midsommer Murders or Rosemary & Thyme, you will definitely enjoy Cameron’s novels. The residents of Folly-on-Weir feel real, as opposed to being stereotypes. Also, her novels are never straightforward murder mysteries. There are murders of course, but they are simply part of the larger scenario.
Lies that Bind begins with the discovery of a woman’s body in a neighboring village. Alex is drawn into the fray because the young man who discovered the body is the brother of one of her employees. The boys have been staying alone while their father, a lorry driver, is off working. The boys are afraid for the police to discover...
The Food We Love from 100 of Our Best Chefs, Cooks, Bakers and Local Heroes
by William Sitwell (Editor)
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 21 March 2017
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is filled with complex and exotic dishes inspired by the variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and seafood available in the British Isles. While there are a number of simpler dishes including keftides (meatballs), beef ragu, and toad in the hole, far more common are dishes you would likely see in a Michelin starred restaurant. The list of contributors reads like a who’s who of the British culinary world.
I loved the pictures, but many of the recipes were out of my reach, partly because of difficulty obtaining certain ingredients but mainly because of the complexity. I did like the grilled banana bread and the butternut squash chia pudding. The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is lovely to look at, but I think that the majority of the included reci...
When it comes to couples in abusive relationships, people often ask how they got involved and why did they stay. The answers are never straightforward, as can be clearly seen in Other Countries.
The newest Gabriel Ash mystery is not a traditional murder case. Instead, it focuses on his friend, DC Hazel Best’s whirlwind romance with a celebrity historian. Hazel saves Oliver Ford when a young Arab attempts to firebomb him at a museum opening. The assumption is that it was a political attack. The reality is much more sinister in nature. As Oliver romances Hazel, taking her from country to country, Gabriel becomes suspicious, particularly when the young Arab opens up and suggests that Hazel is in danger. In order to protect his friend, Gabriel starts calling in old favors, but little does he realize how much damage Oliver Ford can do...