The Big Sleep Annotated: Best Crime Novel of the Year

Publication Date: July 7th, 2018 My Rating: 5 Stars Why Read It: The first fully annotated edition of this classic American Crime Noir, first published in 1939. Packed with notes and photographs. Capsule Review: Is there any crime fiction aficionado out there who doesn’t know the classic story of the iconic Philip Marlowe, private eye, hired by the millionaire General […] Read More

Bluff by Michael Kardos

Written by author Michael Kardos— Reading Bluff brings to mind Christopher Nolan’s movie of feuding magicians, The Prestige. In it there’s a scene explaining the three stages of a magic trick. First comes The Pledge. This is the starting point of the trick, and gives the audience some idea of what may happen – a watch may disappear, […] Read More

Elizabeth is Missing

A resounding five stars:★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Finally a mystery thriller worth all the hype – yet how often is that statement  made, so as to become a cliche in itself. “Worth all the hype.” In this case, it’s Emma Healey’s 2014 Costa Book Award winning debut, Elizabeth is Missing. This was such a […] Read More

Skeleton Road

Skeleton Road by Val McDermid. Always a pleasure to read one of my very favorite crime novelists, Val McDemrid and this is one of her latest, Skeleton Road. This is an in-depth exploration of the brutal Yugoslav Wars of the 1990’s, seen through the plot device of a series of revenge killings. The protagonist is […] Read More

Book Review: Ladle to the Grave

Never judge a book by its cover, as the old adage goes, and truth to tell I’ve been fooled in the past by not following that sage advice. Not so in this case, with Connie Archer’s charming cozy mystery, Ladle to the Grave, the fourth installment in her NYT bestselling Soup Lover’s Mystery series. I discovered […] Read More