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Mystery

Department Q - Cold Cases

I read the first book of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series  The Keeper of Lost Causes  -  and just knew I would be in a for another fantastic read with the second book - The Absent One.

Department Q is the division of the Copenhagen P.D. dedicated to the resolution of cold cases. The staff is not large - it is only Detective Carl Morck and his assistant Assad. The characters and their interplay are a big reason I am so enamoured of this series. 

Cozy "Christmas" mystery

Eleven Pipers Piping Book Cover ImageAha! I know what you're thinking - it's another Christmas book review. Well....yes and no.

The main character is Tom Christmas - a vicar in England - you could refer to him as Father Christmas. The book is set during the winter. And the title - well, the first book in this series was titled Twelve Drummers Drumming.  And if you're looking for a great book for the reader on your Christmas list this year, Eleven Pipers Piping would be a really good choice.

WWII mystery

Beware This Boy book cover image

I know Maureen Jennings's name. I know she's Canadian. I know she's an award winning author. I know that the television series The Murdoch Mysteries is based on her best selling historical detective series. (I've watched every episode - and season six starts in January '13.) But, I have never physically read a book by Jennings.....until now....and I wish I had done so sooner!

A Christmas reading tradition for me

A Christmas Garland Book Cover ImageI've been a fan of Anne Perry for a long time. She writes the most wonderful historical novels.

Another great Scandanavian mystery author

Invisible Murder Book Cover Image Lene Kaaberol and Agnete Friss's first Nina Borg book - The Boy in the Suitcase -  was a New York Times bestseller. I've been eagerly waiting for the second book - Invisible Murder - from this Danish writing duo.

Nina Borg is a

Dennis Lehane's first selection for his new imprint

  I have a mental list of authors that I faithfully follow and I pick up everything they write. I know what I like and I have a good idea of what I'll be reading. But on the other side of that coin - picking up a book by an unfamiliar author is an adventure.

The Cutting Season is Attica Locke's second book. I missed her debut novel - Black Water Rising - it won numerous prize nominations and lots of praise. But, after reading The Cutting Season, I can see why. Attica Locke is good -really good.

History and mystery and a really great read!

 The Gods of Gotham is  Lyndsay Faye's  latest book and it's definitely one you want to get your hands on!

"On the night of August 21, 1845, one of the children escaped."

Great new character from Brad Smith

 I've added Brad Smith's previous books to my Canadian authors displays at the library in the past, but I admit I hadn't read this author until I picked up his new release  - Red Mean

Fantastic plot line!

cover image Roslund and Hellström's novel, Three Seconds, hit bestseller lists in their native Sweden and in the US.

If you like locked room mysteries...

I had never heard of Anne Holt  before - she's described as Norway's #1 bestselling crime writer. After finishing her latest book 1222, I can see why.