Hemlock Needle

by Keenan PowellPublished by Level Best Books Legal Procedural Novels, the crime as seen through the eyes of a lawyer, were not my genre of choice. I must confess that when I saw the date, time and place at the beginning of every chapter I thought, aha, just as I …

Turning Secrets

by Brenda Chapman Published by Dundurn Publishers of Fine Books Cover Image by Shutterstock.com/JustBreak I must confess that Police Procedural Novels were not my genre of choice, emphasizing process over creating rich characters and developing a robust plot. However, after reading Brenda Chapman’s masterpiece; “Turning Secrets”, my misgivings have been …

Never So Alone

by Barry Finlay Published by Keep on Climbing Publishing Loneliness is a dark place. It’s like sitting in a room at night by yourself and feeling like this is eternity. It’s like being in a place with a thousand people but feeling invisible to every one of them. It’s like …

The Shadow Man

Philip’s Review July 5, 2019 Ok, I’m not going to write a great detailed review here except to say this was every bit as hilarious as “Be Careful What You Wish For”, if not more so, and had an even better mystery with lots of great superhero action and a …

Be Careful What You Wish For

Philip‘s review  Jan 28, 2019 This book is one of the most hilarious supposedly mystery books I’ve read in a long time. There is enough of a mystery buried in here to allow this book to be nominated for an Arthur Ellis award but I doubt it will even make …

Poughkeepsie Shuffle

by Dietrich Kalteis Published by ECW Press Cover design by David A. Gee Typesetting by Erika Head Author photo by Andrea Kalteis  A crime novel of astonishing detail and scope set in the 1980’s and written by the award winning author of Ride the Lightning and House of Blazes, both …

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

by Alan Bradley Published by Anchor Canada a division of Random House of Canada LimitedCover art by Joe Montgomery “Happiness, thy name is Flavia. Alan Bradley’s devious and charming chemistry prodigy is a heroine for the ages.” – Bill Richardson, Canadian radio broadcaster and author  “The Sweetness at the Bottom …

A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary

by Terry Shames Published by Seventh Street Books Jacket design by Nicole Sommer-Lecht, Prometheus Jacket Imagery: Alamy Stock Photo  “A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary” is a well thought-out and executed mystery involving small town police procedure. The characters are well drawn with well defined personalities. A natural pearl begins …

Hard Aground by Brendan Dubois

Published by Pegasus Books Ltd. Jacket design by Faceout Studio, Charles Brock Jacket Imagery: Hayden Verry / Arcangel “Lewis Cole uncovers closely guarded secrets and makes clever use of some unwitting allies, but he still has to struggle against some surprising twists, as DuBois spins an elaborate web of deceptions …

The Corpse at the Crystal Palace by Carola Dunn

Carola Dunn continues to charm her readers with her depiction of the “Golden Age” of the 1920s, emphasizing the era’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism as seen through the eyes of her protagonist, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher. Daisy, wife of Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of the Yard, is …