Seeds of Deception

A Kate Burkholder Short Story | Written by Linda Castillo This short tale of 14-year-old Kate Burkholder offers an interesting glimpse of the heroine of Linda Castillo’s mystery series. Kate is now Chief of Police in Painter’s Mills, Ohio, but she grew up Amish. Here we meet the young teenage Kate before she has made […]

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Blood Orange

Written by Susan Wittig Albert AMATEUR SLEUTH. China Bayles doesn’t like her best friend Ruby’s sister Ramona—she privately refers to her as Ruby’s evil twin. But China’s herb shop Thyme and Seasons is right next door to Ruby’s new age store The Crystal Cave, and the two women share a tea room and a catering […]

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Susan Wittig Albert: The China Bayles Series

Written by Susan Wittig Albert AMATEUR SLEUTH. Albert writes a traditional/cozy-ish series set in Pecan Springs, a fictional small town in the Texas hill country. China Bayles, her heroine, is a former criminal attorney who decided she’d had enough of the justice system. She now owns a store, Thyme and Seasons, that sells herbs. In […]

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The Woman in Blue

Ruth Galloway, 8th book in series | Written by Elly Griffiths AMATEUR SLEUTH. Anthropologist Ruth Galloway shares the spotlight with the other recurring characters in the eighth book in the series, most particularly D. I. (Detective Inspector) Nelson her sometime lover and her good friend Cathbad the Druid. Cathbad is cat sitting in the village […]

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Extreme Prey (A Lucas Davenport mystery)

A Lucas Davenport mystery | Written by John Sandford CONTEMPORARY SEMI-POLICE PROCEDURAL. Lucas Davenport is funny, smart, irreverent, tough and the man you want on your side when trouble comes calling. For the time being he is a civilian, having acrimoniously parted ways with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is at his cabin […]

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Murder in Morningside Heights

A Gaslight mystery | Written by Victoria Thompson HISORICAL PI’S. Sarah and Frank’s life dramatically changed in the last two books, but some things stay the same—murder. Abigail Northup, a talented and beautiful girl who aspires to be a ‘new woman’ is killed for no apparent reason. Her grieving parents want justice for their daughter. […]

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Magpie at the KGB Bar

Upstairs at 85 East 4th Street | NYC Saturday night a friend and I went to the KGB Bar on 4th Street in the East Village, a great little literary hang out, up several flights of steps (front, inside and then another set, straight up) It’s worth the climb. Our occasion was a reading of […]

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Journey to Munich

Written by Jacqueline Winspear | HISTORICAL SPY THRILLER. Maisie Dobbs is back in London but not for long. Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the British Secret Service seek her out for a dangerous mission. Leon Donat, a valuable British boffin (that’s scientist and inventor to you) is imprisoned in Dachau. The British government has […]

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