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review 2017-04-23 17:50
Entertaining Golden Age Mystery
The Cornish Coast Murder - John Bude

Taking more than a few cues from Murder at the Vicarage, published in 1930, Bude's 1935 mystery is quite entertaining if a bit derivative.

 

I love books set on the coast of Cornwall - and this one is also set in March, so it has all of the blustery, windswept charm that we might expect. The vicar and the doctor in the village of Boscawen spend their evenings reading detective novels by the fireside. When real murder intrudes, the Vicar is delighted with the opportunity to exercise his skills in assisting the local Inspector in his investigation.

 

I've now read several from the British Library Crime Classics series, and I've found Bude to be among the best of the writers. I also enjoyed his Death on the Riviera, and thought that this one had an even stronger mystery. I will admit, however, that none of the books, so far, have even approached Christie's mastery. The writing in them tends to be workmanlike at best, and at times positively awkward. No one manages pacing as well as she did, and her ability to describe a character using ten words is unparalleled.

 

I keep hoping to find another Agatha Christie, but I'm compelled, at this point, to admit that perhaps she was, in fact, the unassailable Queen, sharing her title with no one. This one is enjoyable, but it's no Poirot.

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review 2017-04-22 14:53
Cute cozy
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder - Joanne Fluke

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder - Joanne Fluke 

 

*3.5 STARS*

 

Cute Cozy!

I thought this was cute. I liked that the heroine liked herself as she was. She wasn't perfect and she didn't have a husband or kid but she was good doing her.

We'll see what happens now the potential love interest came to town.

I was screaming at her the whole time leading up to the murderer reveal. I don't know how she didn't see that coming from a mile away. But it all worked out in the end (of course).


I'm looking forward to trying the cookie recipes given in the book. I hope they're good.

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review 2017-04-21 16:49
All the bants
The Secrets of Gaslight Lane - M.R.C. Kasasian

Thanks to my friends (Katie, I'm talking to you!) over at Pegasus Books, I was able to get my hands on the latest installment to The Gower Street Detective series before publication (April 11th aka my birthday). Sidney Grice and his plucky assistant, March Middleton, are at it again in The Secrets of Gaslight Lane where they are tasked with solving not one but two locked room murders perpetrated in the same house several years apart. I have to caution yet again that this is not a series for anyone with a weak stomach or an aversion to overuse of adjectives and adverbs. (I think M.R.C. Kasasian possesses the most extensive vocabulary of any author I have ever read.) For those hoping for further resolution to the dramas surrounding Grice's past with March's mother and/or March's relationshiop with Inspector Pound then you're going to be fairly disappointed with this book. This is a case-heavy narrative with complicated facets and multiple characters. It's also chock full of hilarity and acerbic wit. Grice and March are definitely getting in the groove of their partnership and their back-and-forth banter (especially with clients) is delicious. This is a series I could see being re-tooled on Masterpiece Mystery and if cast correctly it would be fantastic. And as with his previous books in this series, Kasasian manages to drop a bombshell at the end which will leave readers salivating for more. 10/10 and I can't wait for Dark Dawn Over Steep House which will hopefully be out at the end of the year.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-04-21 16:31
great follow up to the first book in this crime series
The Vixen's Scream - John Dean

A solid traditional British murder mystery with a contemporary edge by veteran author John Dean. The books is strong on the police work, which is closely observed, and the plot has quite a few twists and turns that will keep you guessing the identity of the killer.
Set in the Northern Pennines, this is a charming, atmospheric title that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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review 2017-04-21 16:23
Killer thriller
Dead Hill - John Dean

When a man is found dead in a quarry in the Pennines, DCI Harris has every reason to expect foul play. But when the evidence sheds light on the policeman's own shady youth, who will remain loyal to him?

A well-told tale with a likeable but slightly flawed detective and a convincing murder squad.

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