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review 2017-04-28 20:36
The Blood Detective (Nigel Barnes #1) by Dan Waddell
The Blood Detective (Nigel Barnes) by Dan Waddell (2008-06-10) - Dan Waddell

I have been working on Genealogy for about 15 years now and really thought this story would be right down my ally when I saw it. I was really not disappointed. There are some far fetched things throughout the book that maybe a person not knowing about genealogy would over look but caught my attention. Like the shaving cream to do a headstone rubbing, this is a huge NO NO!! I did shake my head and kept reading though. I did really enjoy how the detectives took the code carved into the victims chest and came to the conclusion that it was record number. Very clever. 

  I also liked Dan Waddell's writing style, there was not an over abundance of of useless information or description. The story started a bit slow for me but kicked into gear soon enough. I did enjoy reading this book and look forward to his next.

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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.

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review 2017-04-21 16:40
mysterious mystery
Duplicity - Pete Brassett

The fourth book by Brassett to feature detectives Munro and West, and just as good if not better than the previous ones.
Set in Scotland, the strong brogue of DI Munro contrasts well with the sassy southern attitude of DS West. Battling the rambunctious locals and their insatiable appetite for cholestrol laden fare, the two detectives must suss out the identity of a murderer, and find out the motive - whether a crime of passion, a business deal gone wrong, or perhaps both.
Try this book out, and find a whole new series to absorb oneself in

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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 2017-04-14 17:39
Eh on Fourth Installment
Bitter Medicine - Sara Paretsky

Sorry, this book started off really well and then floundered in the middle and fell flat at the end.


in this fourth installment in the V.I. Warshawski series, we have V.I. settled in her new co-op and not doing any life or death cases. She gets involved with Lotty's friend's family woes. Teen Counselo is expecting her first child. She has some medical issues (diabetes and other things which is affecting her health due to her pregnancy) and a husband who is pretty worthless and doesn't want to work. When Counselo dies in the hospital after her newborn child also dies, Warshawski at first doesn't think a thing is amiss until a doctor working alongside Lotty turns up beaten and murdered too.

 

I have to think to myself that this book when it was written (1987) was definitely pushing the envelope. Paretsky, through V.I. talks about abortion and the pro-life movement which I did shake my head at, doesn't seem much changed. Everyone seems pro-life until the baby is born and then it's well you just need to strap on your boots and deal with things. Vic is pretty upfront about being a "radical" and a feminist. But I think that this book also shows how out of touch Vic is with the world and also how her actions (though she thinks that they are benign) affect other people.


Case in point, Vic thinks that since she got a high profile drug dealer less time in prison, he would be willing to talk to her and possibly dime out Counselo's husband about possibly being behind the doctor's death that worked with Lotty. The incident doesn't go off the way that Vic thinks, but the man brings up that he could read contempt on Vic's face the whole time. The whole thing shakes her and it's brought up throughout the book. Honestly, I have to wonder how Vic even kept investigated after a while. She is getting pushed by Lotty, and the dead man's girlfriend to get to the bottom of things.

 

The case takes a turn and once again we have one of Vic's love interests cautioning her to be careful and not being really appreciative of her job. Also, can I say right now, I am a little over Vic dating people that are tied into her case. Maybe wait to make sure that they are on the up and up. Gah.


We have references to Bobby (thank goodness he is not in here) and we have some new characters, a Black Chicago detective whose name is eluding me right now, and a downstairs neighbor of Vic's that is retired and nosy. 

 

I honestly thought the whole case was a bit confusing and we get data dumped as I like to say via a character we have never met before who I detested (his name is Max and he is dating Lotty). We literally have a gross whose on first thing happening with Max, Murray, and Vic, as those three get increasingly drunk (or at least it read that way) as they explained things to Lotty who was upset about how glib they were all being.

 

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To make matters worse, they set things up to catch the "bad" guys (for no reason I could tell) and then there's a couple of scenes involving a dog that was just devastating and terrible. At least the dog thing gets redeemed by the end of the book though. Up until then I was thinking I was going to just be done with this series. 

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