Mysteries recently read and enjoyed, in varying degree

December 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

I’m a big fan of Barry Maitland’s Brock and Kolla mysteries. They’re set in London and are characterized by a nice feel for the great metropolis. Maitland currently lives in Australia, the setting for his newly begun Harry Belltree series. I usually feel somewhat frustrated when an author abandons a series I enjoy in order […]

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Looking forward to some (potentially) great fiction

July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm (books, Mystery fiction)

I’m delighted to learn that several of my favorite authors have new books coming out in the next few months. (There’s also a debut novel that looks like a real winner for those of us who love historical fiction.) Perhaps some of these are among your favorites as well:     Crime fiction     […]

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Best Books of 2013, a personal view

December 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm (Best of 2013, Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

I guess I can’t postpone it any longer…. Various critics and media outlets have already rendered their judgments. I’ll provide links to those in a subsequent post. Also a reminder: my Best of the Year selections always reflect the best books I’ve read that year, not just those that were published in that calendar year. […]

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Currently on my to-read list: some tantalizing new titles….

July 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm (books, Mystery fiction)

Last Thursday, while subbing at the library, I came across the June 1 edition of Library Journal. As I began leafing through it, I little anticipated the revelations that would come to light: all kinds of books, soon to be published, by authors that I treasure – books that I simply had to read immediately! […]

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June 2013: So far, it’s been a very good year in books

June 25, 2013 at 1:20 am (Best of 2013, Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

Recommended reading: Fiction        The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. I remain ambivalent about this novel. At times it struck me as whiny and self-indulgent, but at other times, it seemed insightful and even profound. I admire the way in which the author sustained the edgy, angry mood.    A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks. […]

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Four mysteries and a thriller….

May 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

Or can we just say five crime fiction titles and leave it at that?  Well, anyway, lest we get bogged down in these nice distinctions, let’s forge ahead with specifics:     I’ve been a fan of John Harvey’s novels since the days when he was writing about Charlie Resnick, an extremely appealing detective who […]

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Crime fiction titles destined for classic status

August 21, 2012 at 11:00 am (books, Mystery fiction)

What would such  a list look like?      The July 27 Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition featured John Lanchester’s selection of five mysteries that will stand the test of time. (You’ll have to take my word for it that that was the exact title of the article – the online iteration rather annoyingly bears […]

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Four mysteries, and one reader yearning for a page turner

January 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

This was the original title of this post: ‘Catherine the Great vs Guido Brunetti; or an illustration of the way in which suspense is inherent in the narrative, both its presence and is absence being of a surprising nature’ I don’t know if this title will make it past the draft stage of this post….Does […]

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I recommend these titles for book group discussions, and for the enjoyment of solitary readers as well

November 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm (Book clubs, books, Historical fiction, Mystery fiction)

This is a revised and updated version of a post I did last year. Fiction The Ghost at the Table – Suzanne Berne The House on Fortune Street – Margot Livesey The Promise of Happiness, Other People’s Money, and To Heaven By Water – Justin Cartwright Intuition – Allegra Goodman The Photograph – Penelope Lively […]

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Newsweek’s book issue (August 2, 2010)

August 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm (books, Magazines and newspapers, Mystery fiction)

One is, of course, grateful to Newsweek for doing this. First, in his editorial, Jon Meacham writes about the pleasure he takes in the reading of crime fiction. A friend’s condescending dismissal of the genre caused him to reflect on why he enjoys it so much. He names some favorite authors – Rex Stout, Tana […]

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