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Mystery

Excellent Canadian series

Book cover image - StrangleholdI had a lively discussion with a patron at the library a while ago. He was looking for a good mystery or legal thriller to read. But he had a qualifier - nothing Canadian, he just finds American books 'better'.

Put this on your summer reading list

Book Cover Image - If You Were HereAlafair Burke is the author of two wonderful series featuring recurring characters Samantha Kincaid, a lawyer and Detective Ellie Hatcher. In her latest book If You Were Here, she brings us another great protagonist - and another fantastic book for some hot summer reading.

A female Jack Reacher...

Book cover image - The Doll - Taylor Stevens

Doesn't the cover of The Doll just promise an 'edge of your seat' read? And Taylor Stevens delivers one....again!

What if...

Book cover image - Just what kind of mother are you - Paula Daly

I just love reading suspense novels - you know, the ones that put ordinary people in extraordinary situations and keep you madly turning pages.  Well, here's the first of this year's summer hammock reads - the done in a day, read in the sun ones.

Can you name the first Detective Fiction novel ever published?

Notting Hill Mystery Cover

In 2009’s Talking About Detective Fiction, famed novelist P.D. James takes readers back to the early days of the genre and attempts to pinpoint the very first detective fiction novel ever published.

Another wonderful Brit mystery series

Cover Image - The Sound of Broken GlassI only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie last year when I read No Mark Upon Her. (I loved it) I have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in her Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series. The Sound of Broken Glass (#15) is newly released.

Kincaid and James are husband and wife and both work for Scotland Yard. Duncan is staying at home right now with their three year old daughter and Gemma is heading up her first big murder case.

P.D. James and the Importance of Setting

Cover of Talking About Detective Fiction

Talking About Detective Fiction holds many insights into the history of the near 150 year old genre, as well as the influences that have made P.D. James one of the most popular detective fiction authors around today. Yet it is the importance of setting in James’ work that may be the most revealing aspect of this title.

Grim, gritty and a great read

Book cover image - Birthdays for the DeadStuart MacBride is another author whose name I was familiar with, but hadn't sampled yet. Well, that's all changed. I just read Birthdays for the Dead and I am hooked.

Flavia's latest case!

Book cover image - Speaking From Among the BonesAhh, there's nothing better than settling in for the day with a new book by a favourite author. And that's how I spent a recent Sunday -  on the couch beneath a sunny window enjoying the latest adventures of Alan Bradley's eleven year old sleuth - Flavia de Luce. Speaking From Among the Bones is the fifth book in this absolutely delightful series.

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