An Elderly Lady is up to No Good by Helene Tursten

An Elderly Lady is up to No Good by Helene Tursten

Meet Maud. She’s a spunky octogenarian you don’t want to annoy. Her solution to being annoyed is to get rid of the offender. She is diabolically clever, thorough, and completely untroubled by a conscience. Maud is a classic example of a murderous, sociopathic, narcissistic little old lady. Very spry (able to climb the scaffold outside […]


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Historical fiction meets fantasy in this story of travel, adventure and friendship during the Victorian era. Merrick Tremayne, a botanist injured while smuggling opium for the East India Company, is sent by them to Peru to steal shoots from the “quinine tree” so that the Company will have its own supply. Merrick finds forests full […]


Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Golly, there are a lot of murders in Kembleford! And if it weren’t for clever, observant and somewhat nosy Father Brown of St. Mary’s Catholic church, played by the perfectly cast Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter), not a single one of them would be solved. Charm and period quaintness (early 1950s) abound in […]


The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

It’s a very hot summer in the Swedish vacation town of Fjällbacka. Campers, golfers, boaters and tourists flock to the town to enjoy the short, sunny season. When the body of a young woman is found buried near some coastal rock formations, and then two more skeletons are found buried just below her, the tiny, […]


The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers a tense, well-paced novel set in a forested region populated mostly with vacation cabins and a few permanent homes. Detective Louise Ricks has been newly appointed to head the Special Search Team–a missing persons task force that also handles cases with unidentified victims. Her first case turns out to be […]


Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion

I must be a glutton for punishment. On the coldest day in decades (-21 degrees, not a windchill number!), I dive into an Icelandic murder mystery.  The oblivion referred to in the title is the vast, empty, ice-filled expanses of the country so far north that in winter there only about 4 hours of gloomy […]


The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A record-setting heat wave in England in 1976 sets all the neighbors’ nerves on end. Gracie and Tilly, ten year olds who lives on The Avenue, watch the adults, closely following their reactions to the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy  from Number Eight. Mrs. Creasy was well-liked; everyone told her their secrets.  Now the neighbors are […]


Modus

Modus

Stockholm Police Detective Inger Johanne, a psychologist who specializes in criminal profiling, is called upon to work with fellow detective Ingvar Nymann to apprehend a serial killer after a number of shocking murders are discovered. As Inger closes in on the killer and uncovers a ruthless international organization behind the crimes, the killer targets her […]


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Why are so many fantasy and science fiction novels set in Victorian England? Could it be that there were so many changes to the society brought about by new science and technical discoveries?  Nathaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the British government. His home is a tiny room where, one day when he awakens, there […]


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

For as long as Alice can remember, she and her mother have kept on the move. Never staying in one place too long; always trying to outrun the inexplicable bad luck that seems to follow them everyone. After Alice’s grandmother, the author of a dark and twisted fairy tale book with cult following, dies on […]