Recent Mysteries – Roundup

I’ve consumed a few mysteries this week and thought I’d share my thoughts on the stories.

Here’s what I just finished this week, with my associated star rating and review just below:

The Falcon Always Wings Twice

by Donna Andrews

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Falcon Always Wings Twice is book #27 in the Meg Langslow series that Donna Andrews started long ago. I’ve read many if not most of the earlier books. This installment comes after I (evidently) missed a few! The book was entertaining, as all of them are, but a little slow in pacing, hence the 3-stars. I found I didn’t run to get back to it. Rather, I took my time reading it, especially when some of the explanations were a little long-winded. It was good that I was already fond of some of the characters who appeared briefly in this book.

Of note: Meg’s grandfather in the book was “old” in book one. Her sons are now teenagers (and they weren’t born yet in book one) so you know the aging of certain characters doesn’t necessarily keep up in the series. No matter, this IS fiction, after all. People are immortal in fiction. It did make me pause a bit, though, realizing that Grandfather had been around for ages and ages.

Three stars.


by Ira Levin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts is a book that was recommended in Eight Perfect Murders as one of the murders the protagonist read and used in the commission of his crimes. I had to request it from the library, as it is an older play. Once I got into this play, I found that some of the twists were intriguing! It is definitely worth a read–for anyone who likes a good mystery/thriller. Short, but entertaining! You’ll see why it left an impression, if you have the chance to read it.

Four stars.

A Willing Murder

by Jude Deveraux

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A long time ago I read a great romance by the prolific author, Jude Deveraux. I haven’t read much of her since, but I saw this book in my local bookstore, and it called out to be read. It is book #1 in the Medlar Mystery series. I wasn’t disappointed. I read a lot of mysteries, and this was an interesting blend of mystery series with a twist of some of the traditional elements of romance. The result was a fresh new series, which I will continue reading.

Here’s my review on Goodreads:

  • While the mystery itself wasn’t the most suspenseful or surprising, the characters were interesting. This book was an easy read, with lots of entertaining details. Of course, some characters were a little improbable, but I’m looking forward to how the series progresses. Definitely a fresh series.

Of note: some reviewers in Goodreads found the discussion of food choices throughout the book a little tedious. I found it amusing. I keep waiting for the red-headed green-eyed (very typical heroine for a romance) main character wise up to the keto choices her friends are making. Have some bacon-wrapped cheese! Your body will thank you later.

I read this over the course of a day. Generally, when I read straight through like that, it’s a sign the book was engaging enough to keep my interest. This one was.

Five stars.

Three Books Reviewed

This last week I have been suffering from what I like to call the Dragon Flu. It’s where your derriere is draggin’. But more particularly this was a seasonal flu, and it knocked me out. I was in bed most of the time.

What’s the best thing to do if you need to rest and don’t have much energy? Why, read through a few books in between naps.

As I’ve said before, I love a good mystery. And I follow quite a few mystery series (I keep wanting to pluralize the word series! What’s the right way to say it?).

All of the books were pretty darn engaging. This isn’t always the case when it comes to a multi-book series. In fact, each of the authors who I am going to list have had good and not so good installments.

I finished three different tomes. Just in case you were wondering, I’ve listed them below.

Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

Shadows in Death, #51 of In Death Series

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My review: Definitely a strong entry in this long running series. Lots of energy and intrigue. Interpol gets involved. We see Roarke in more pensive moments. We have a rousing ending, where we see a whole lot of cops do what cops do. Generally a good read, more engaging than most.

Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

Gone Missing, Kate Burkholder #4

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My review: this is another compelling read in an intense, disturbing, and interesting series. Kate Burkholder grew up Amish, but is now the Chief of Police in a small town. The book revolves around missing Amish teens and the investigation. Fast paced. The author does not pull any punches in this series when it comes to graphic and the gross. This is not a series for the faint-hearted. I learn something every time. And so far I like Kate and her state agent counterpart, John Tomasetti. I am always rooting for them to solve the horrible crime(s).

Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich

Fortune and Glory, Stephanie Plum #27

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My review: An easy read in this long running series. A new character is introduced, and there are some shifts in plot type, which I enjoyed.

On My Bookshelf – November 23, 2020

It’s always a good week when there are lots of books to read and to enjoy! You might notice a trend. Fair warning, I like mysteries. I actually LOVE a good mystery. So I read a lot of them. But there’s at least one non-fiction book in the midst of these mysteries. One must keep sharp, after all…

Here’s what’s on the “To Read” shelf this week:

Murder’s No Votive Confidence

by Christin Brecher

I haven’t read this author before, but I like the cozy mysteries that teach, and I’ve always been interested in candlemaking.

No Graves As Yet

by Anne Perry

Book 1 in a WWI mystery series featuring a Chaplain as a main character.

I’ve enjoyed other Anne Perry series, so I’m hopeful this one is a good one.

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor Frankl

This is the only non-fiction book I’m reading this week. It’s considered a classic in psychology and the art of spiritual survival. I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet. Here goes.

I’m also reading a few other books that are “too old” for Kindle, so I am going to post a couple of links here in case you are curious. These are also mysteries.


by Ira Levin

Deathtrap is a play that was referenced in Eight Perfect Murders. I had to get a copy after my interest was piqued!

Copy Kat

by Karen Kijewski

Copy Kat is #4 in a enjoyable older mystery series, with the main character a female private eye from Sacramento, California. I picked the series up as it was set in my hometown and I was curious. If you like Kinsey Malone in Sue Grafton‘s books, you ought to enjoy this series as well.

Well, that’s my ambitious reading list for the week!

I’ll let you know what I thought of these books as I get through them. In the meantime, if you have a recommendation, or if you try any of these, do let me know what you think. I’m always on the lookout for a good read.

Oh, and I’m on Goodreads too.


Book Review – Eight Perfect Murders

Eight Perfect Murders on Amazon

I particularly liked the crisp writing in this book. The main character is deftly done, giving us bits and pieces of a compelling story as we move through the novel.

I noted earlier that I would love it if the library or the local mystery bookstore had all the books Peter Swanson references in the novel. Sadly, most of the older mysteries are not available in book format. Perhaps this story will revive interest in those books!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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