Category Archives: USA

Review: BREAKHEART HILL by Thomas H. Cook

I’m very grateful to regular visitor Tracy (who blogs wonderfully herself at Biter Tea and Mystery) for recommending this book set in her native Alabama for my virtual tour of the USA via its fiction. Tracy hasn’t actually read her … Continue reading

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Review: THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN by Charlie Donlea

I was so sick of Girl books a while back I refused to read any for a whole year. And while I have softened a little since then seeing Girl in a title still makes me grit my teeth. So … Continue reading

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Two cosy stops on my virtual tour of the USA

As the calendar year draws to an end I’m always a bit reluctant to start books that are likely to be long and/or overly grim reads which, for a crime fiction fan, reduces the potential reading pile somewhat. So this … Continue reading

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Review: THE BLANK WALL by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Thanks to Patricia Abbott for recommending this one. I really liked discovering this author (that I’d never even heard of let alone read before), especially in this Persephone Books edition. They really put the class back into publishing; it comes … Continue reading

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Review: FLIPPED FOR MURDER by Maddie Day

Following the sudden death of her mother Roberta ‘Robbie’ Jordan has moved from California to South Lick in Southern Indiana. It was her mother’s home town and her only Aunt still lives there. When the book opens Robbie is launching … Continue reading

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Review: PLANTATION SHUDDERS by Ellen Byron

PLANTATION SHUDDERS is a pretty stringent adherent to the current formula for cosy mysteries. However Ellen Byron has put enough of a unique spin on the familiar to make the book interesting but not so much of one that the … Continue reading

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Review: Y IS FOR YESTERDAY by Sue Grafton

I have to give Sue Grafton kudos for having a plan and seeing it through over the course of 30 odd years. Top marks for follow-through. But these days I’m half-wishing she’d failed. Because then I wouldn’t find myself wading … Continue reading

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Review: A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena

Meh. If you need more than that one word review of this dull tome read on. A middle-class man comes home late from work to find his wife gone. All her things still there – including purse and phone and … Continue reading

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Review: YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott

I feel like more often than not I need to apologise to my book club when it’s my turn to pick our monthly read. Though maybe I will be the only one of us who found YOU WILL KNOW ME more of … Continue reading

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Review: BLOWBACK by Bill Pronzini

When it began I thought the most annoying thing about my choice for this month’s Crimes of the Century read would be that its protagonist’s name is never provided. I’m prepared to accept that Ralph Ellison or Graham Greene might … Continue reading

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