Two short but sincerely enthusiastic crime fiction recommendations

July 11, 2019 at 9:29 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

  Having greatly enjoyed The Word Is Murder, first in the Anthony Horowitz/Daniel Hawthorne series, I was eager to read The Sentence Is Death. I’m happy to report that it was just as much fun to read as its predecessor. I impatiently await the third entry in the series.

In a post from 2017, I said that if  there was an Anthony Horowitz fan club, I would gladly join. Offer still stands.

(Also don’t forget the standalone Magpie Murders.)
  I also recommend The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan. This is the second mystery by McTiernan, who’s originally from Ireland but now lives in Australia. Like her first book, The Ruin, The Scholar is set in Ireland. I enjoyed The Ruin and knew I wanted to read The Scholar. As you might have guessed from the title, this novel has an academic setting. (I’m always on the lookout for crime fiction set in a school or college anyway.)

McTiernan shrewdly depicts the infighting, snobbery, and secretiveness that can be characteristic of  the upper eschelons of certain academic institutions. She writes extremely well. I look forward to her next mystery, and I hope that at some future time, she will set one in her new home Down Under.



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