“Outside the Wire”

“Outside the Wire” by Patricia Smiley is the second book in the “Pacific Homicide” series. A new reader will enjoy this book without having read the previous book, because the author provides quick background comments in the context of the storyline to fill in anything needed from the previous book. “Outside the wire” is military […]

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“Memoirs of a Public Servant”

“Memoirs of a Public Servant” by Charleston Hartfield contains the personal observations, reflections, and commentaries of a police officer in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a journal of specific events and has the casual conversational style of old friends sharing laughs, jokes, frustrations, sadness, and tragedy. He discusses delicate, tragic, and senseless events with compassion, […]

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“A Deadly Éclair”

“A Deadly Éclair” is the first in a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber. Mimi Rousseau is the owner (almost) of the Bistro Rousseau restaurant and the adjacent Maison Rousseau Inn, located in Nouvelle Vie, just outside Napa Valley California. The book is written as her first person narrative. We observe the daily chaos through […]

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“The Cuban Affair”

“The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille is a humorous treasure hunt, really a “Pirates of the Caribbean” ques, set in Cuba. The funny and at the same time frightening story is told as a first-person narrative by Mac. We get to know him quite well because he holds nothing back as he tells his tale […]

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“The Usual Santas”

“The Usual Santas” is a short-story collection featuring some of the best authors from Soho Press. It is the ultimate anthology for every reader of mysteries during the “holiday season.” When we are all looking for something quick to read, this book will help take our minds off the chaos surrounding what should be a […]

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“Seven Suspects”

“Seven Suspects” by Renee James is the third in the “Bobbi Logan” series.  Since I had not read the previous books, I had to spend time sorting out all the players and the backstories, however the author provided background explanations within the context of the storyline to help fill in information from the previous books. […]

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“The Ninja’s Illusion”

“The Ninja’s Illusion” by Gigi Pandiana is the fifth book in the “Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt” series. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series because the author provides quick background comments in the context of the storyline to fill in anything needed from the previous books. However, as a […]

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The Black Echo – Bosch #1

“The Black Echo” by Michael Connelly is where” Bosh” all started in 1992. Many things have changed for Bosh over twenty-five years, but much that makes Bosh captivating was right there from the start. Connelly skillfully develops the sense of place that will continue throughout the next twenty books. He immediately plunges readers into Bosch’s […]

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“Collared”

“Collared” by David Rosenfelt is book sixteen in the Andy Carpenter series. Never fear new readers, you will enjoy this book even if you haven’t read any of the previous books, but once you finish this one, you will absolutely want to go back to read the series from the beginning; it’s just that entertaining. Andy […]

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“Tag Man”

“Tag Man” is part of Archer Mayor’s continuing Joe Gunther series. A new reader can enjoy this book without having read the previous books, because the author provides quick background comments in the context of the storyline to fill in anything needed from the previous books. Mayor created characters that we want to know, and […]

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