All posts tagged: Crime Fiction

Murder, She Wrote

When all is said and done, I still think women write the best crime fiction. I think they have a knack in thinking up ways to successfully, eh, murder people. I mean, come on, think Lynda LaPlante and Val McDermid, and the new crop of crime writers, Gillian Flynn, Karin Slaughter, and Tana French that everyone seem to be enamoured with. Though most of you, my regulars, already know who my favourite go-to authors in crime are: Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King and, of course, the most talented of all: Louise Penny. But I also love me a bit of Tess Gerritsen and, once upon a time, also Kathy Reichs. And way back when I started reading, I diligently read a lot of Agatha Christie too. So who is on your list of go-to female crime writers? Here’s a list of authors that I’ve read—some I’ve enjoyed and read several books of, while others I’ve read only one, being a little more so-so: Sarah Bailey Alex Barclay Peggy Blair Steph Broadribb Rita Mae Brown Alexandra …

Book Review: The Liar

DETAILS Title: THE LIAR [Eddie Flynn #3] Author: Steve Cavanagh Publisher: Orion Books ISBN: 9781409152392 Genre: Courtroom Drama | Crime Fiction BACK COVER BLURB WHO IS DEADLIER … Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back. … THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH … Eddie Flynn knows what it’s like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld. … OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE? However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of game have changed – and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth…? WHAT I THOUGHT The one thing you can be certain of when reading a Steve Cavanagh, Eddie Flynn novel, is great plotting. Always …

First Impressions Friday Monday

Yes, I know, Joe’s meme is usually done on a Friday, but hey, I only started reading THE LIAR, by Steve Cavanagh, yesterday. So this is now officially First Impressions Monday. IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE… WHO IS DEADLIER … Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back. … THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH … Eddie Flynn knows what it’s like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld. … OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE? However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of game have changed – and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth…? This is Steve Cavanagh’s third book in the highly enjoyable …

Book Review: Forty Words For Sorrow

DETAILS Title: Forty Words For Sorrow [John Cardinal #1] Author: Giles Blunt Publisher: Vintage Canada ISBN: 9780735273542 Genre: Police Procedural | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, an all-too-human loner whose persistence only serves to get him removed from homicide. Haunted by a criminal secret in his own past and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force, Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career—and his family. Then the mutilated body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is pulled out of an abandoned mineshaft. And only Cardinal is willing to consider the horrible truth: that this quiet town is home to the most vicious of serial killers. With the media, the provincial police and his own department questioning his every move, Cardinal follows increasingly tenuous threads towards the unthinkable. Time isn’t only running out for him, but for another young victim, tied up in a …

Book Review: Shell Game

DETAILS Title: SHELL GAME [#19] Author: Sara Paretsky Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 9780062868237 Genre: Mystery | Detective BACK COVER BLURB When V. I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel’s nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel’s name and phone number on the unknown victim’s remains, but Felix insists he doesn’t know why. As Vic digs deeper, she discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archeology—the first clue in a bewildering case that leads to a stolen artifact and a shadowy network of international criminals. But the trouble multiplies when Vic’s long lost niece, Reno, goes missing. A beautiful young woman with a heartbreaking past and a promising future, Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her, her life. V. I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece’s safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her. Vic won’t leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are …