M.M. Kaye is best known for The Far Pavilions (which is also a terrific book!), but she also wrote a series of mysteries, all set in the locations she herself lived in during her husband’s varied military career. All are enjoyable, if typical of their era, and are comparable to Agatha Christie’s work. Kaye’s work stands […]
A polished debut offering from Australia, this really belongs in the mystery stacks. When the rain doesn’t come, when crops wither, when sheep die of thirst, and mortgage payments lapse, Aussies call it “the dry.” Adam Falk returns to his hometown farming community to attend three funerals. It appears that Luke Hadler, husband to Karen […]
This enjoyable mystery stars Eugéne François Vidocq, the real-life convict who became one of the first modern detectives. In this novel, he explores the mystery of what really happened to Dauphin Louis-Charles, son of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI, after the French Revolution.
River of Kings is a daring, violent quest following 3 different strands of story down the Altamaha River including one from 1564 and one from today — and a mystery that mirrors and haunts the other two; this book is also written in gorgeous muscular prose that makes the river itself a powerful character in […]
This is NOT your typical mystery novel and there’s no way you would call it cozy! If you’re looking for a darkly comic mystery set in a foreign country (Thailand) and don’t mind some violence, this may just be the book for you. It’s the first in a series featuring detective Sonchai Jitplecheep, the son […]
While trapped in bed recovering from a broken leg, a policeman passes the time by investigating one of history’s great mysteries – did Richard III kill the Princes In The Tower? Based on impeccable historical research, and written to engross anyone as much as any modern potboiler mystery!
In the pilot episode of this intelligently written crime series, Detective Sergeant Eve Winter is pulled back from her calm and comfortable desk job to head a crack team investigating the disappearance of a 15 year-old teenage girl in a small Australian town outside Sydney. When a grave is discovered on an abandoned industrial site […]
The best four-word summary for this series is “Nancy Drew gone wild,” which is high praise, in my opinion. It makes the most of its Roaring ‘20s setting and glamorous heroine. Phryne Fisher is not without her flaws, and she is not unscathed by life, but she is refreshingly free of needless self-doubt and insecurity, […]
This eerie and atmospheric three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic “closed room” murder mystery features a fine cast (Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, and Sam Neill to name a few) and top-notch BBC attention to detail. Ten strangers are invited to a grand mansion on an isolated island, and one by one, are murdered by an […]
I’m a fan of Norwegian crime writer Karin Fossum, especially her Inspector Sejer mysteries, set in the small suburbs outside Oslo. Sejer is cool and collected and has a surprisingly soft touch when interviewing his prime suspects. In this latest novel, Fossum gives us less of the inspector’s side of the investigation (and much less […]