The previous volumes in the Ava Lee series sketched her character as slightly as the silhouette in the striking cover designs* but The Red Pole of Macau takes Ava into new emotional territory; it is a worthy addition to the series and has reignited my interest in this character’s adventures.
House of Anansi – [...]
Giles Blunt’s Crime Machine Random House, 2010 John Cardinal and Lise Delorme #5
One bookish project I’ve been working on since early this summer is a list of series that I’m reading.
Series that I’m in the midst of the reading and series that I’ve been planning to read for so long that it feels [...]
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Thanks again to Carl for hosting this creepy challenge. My plans weren’t that far off; I didn’t read the annotated version of Dracula (the smaller pocket-friendly version was more comfortable) and I only read two Daphne duMaurier books, but the only one I missed was LeFanu’s short fiction. Next year!
Giles Blunt’s By the Time You Read This Random House, 2006 John Cardinal and Lise Delorme #4
Although I read the third book in the Algonquin Bay series decidedly out of Blackfly Season, I chose the perfect time of year to read the fourth. The beautifully hued leaf on the cover gives it away.
“Autumn in Algonquin [...]
Louise Penny’s Still Life Headline, 2005 Some of you might recall my eye-rolling, woulda-been-snarky-if-I-wasn’t-so-darned-Canadian letter to The Public Library late-spring this year.
I offer this post to balance the scales, for there is another staff member there whom I actually look forward to seeing behind the counter. She started a conversation with me last year about [...]
Giles Blunt’s Blackfly Season (2005) Seal Books, 2006
It would have been far more appropriate to have read this mystery earlier in the season in, say, Blackfly Season.
And it would have been far more appropriate to have read it in closer proximity to the first two books in this series (which began with Forty [...]
Peter Temple’s The Broken Shore (2005) Random House, 2008 Sometime in early May I picked up a copy of Peter Temple’s Truth at the library; it was on my hold shelf with a few other books. <cough> (It doesn’t really matter for the purposes of this story that you know how many, only that I [...]
Maureen Jennings’ Except the Dying St. Martin’s Press, 1997 M&S, 2004 Remember when I said that I’d be reading mysteries and classics this summer? Well, I’m doing a great job of reading those mysteries.
The classics are definitely taking a backseat. It’s been hot; we’ve been busy (bike-riding, playing games, learning to do paper maché, skipping, [...]
Cara Black’s Murder in Belleville Soho Press,2000 If I’d had any doubts about whether Cara Black’s mystery series would be a good choice with which to celebrate Paris in July, the blurbs on the second Aimée Leduc mystery would have cinched the deal.
Val McDermid writes: “If you’ve always wanted to visit Paris, skip the [...]
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Links (1923) Harper, 2001
If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I have a fancy-schmancy spreadsheet listing Agatha Christie novels with only a single tick-mark in it.
After years of thinking about it, I finally read my first Agatha Christie mystery earlier this year, but my expectations of The [...]