Category: Mystery

“The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

“The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

The Walt Longmire Series Book 1

Narrated by George Guidall

Two years ago, four high school boys brutally raped a young Cheyenne girl. Now, one of them and shown up dead and it’s up to Sheriff Walt Longmire to find the perpetrator. Nobody seems to be sad that the young man is dead but pinpointing who pulled the trigger is going to take some very careful investigative work. Will Longmire be able to find the murderer before he strikes again? You’ll have to get a copy to find out.

There are so many things I loved about this book. Let’s start with Walt Longmire. He makes a perfect Wyoming sheriff, he’s tough but he also has a softer side. He’s been grieving for his wife for the last two years and has so far been unable to move past her death in his personal life. He’s an excellent investigator and really cares about the people that are under his jurisdiction. His best friend Henry, a Cheyenne, is a perfect foil for him. Craig Johnson has really done an inspired job of creating these two characters and developing the relationship between them. Henry is always there to have Walt’s back and to be a go-between when Walt needs to deal with the Cheyenne people. I also love the way the storyline developed. There are twists and false leads to keep you guessing yet the story always feels like it is moving forward. The author’s use of the landscape in the stories adds a dimension that really draws the listener in. Finally, my hat is off to George Guidall who has done a fabulous job of bringing this story to life. His voice has the perfect Western narrator sound to it, and he has mastered the art of conveying emotion through his voice. As you can see, I loved this book and everything about it. This is Western with a modern edge.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!!

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“The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

“The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

Surprise! Surprise! I have visited Flaxborough again and you just never know what will be happening here. I knew about 5 paragraphs in that this was going to be an original story with a very curious mystery. Young women in Flaxborough are being attacked by old men on the streets and in the parks. Initially, Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love assume that they are looking for one person who is a repeat offender but is that the whole story? Maybe, maybe not. And then, while Sergeant Love is investigating Samson’s Salad he finds Miss Teatime at the helm of the venture. What would Flaxborough be without Miss Teatime? Colin Watson has once again pulled out all the stops with this mystery.

Can you tell that I just can’t get enough of this series? I just love how clever the stories are and the quirky characters. But Inspector Purbright is always there to bring order back to the wacky world of Flaxborough. I found the imagery in this one to be so hilarious I just couldn’t stop reading. This series continues to be the perfect place to tickle your funny bone and your brain all in one sitting. This is book 6 and if you haven’t picked up one of the books in The Flaxborough Series yet, what are you waiting for?

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Charity Ends at Home” by Colin Watson

“Charity Ends at Home” by Colin Watson

Book 5 in The Flaxborough Mysteries

One of my favorite things about this series is the originality of the storylines. This one starts when the competition for donations to local charities starts to get a little nasty. Then the head of one the charities is found dead. Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love are right on top of this one. In the meantime, Mortimer Hive, a private detective, is in Flaxborough on a job which just happens to involve the husband of the dead woman. He is also visiting his old friend Miss Teatime, who we first met in Lonelyheart 4122. Sergeant Love continues to have a more prominent role in the solving of crime which is delightful. All of Colin Watson’s book so far in this series are written with a great deal of wit and humor, but I found myself laughing a lot more with this one. This one seemed a bit shorter than the first 4 but the story was just as well constructed and the mystery well twisted. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Lonelyheart 4122” by Colin Watson

“Lonelyheart 4122” by Colin Watson

The Flaxborough Mysteries series Book 4

Miss Teatime has arrived in Flaxborough and any eligible men of means had better be on guard. DI Purbright has the case of two missing middle-aged women on his hands and thinks that Miss Teatime may be the next victim. Sergeant Love is being walked off his feet tracking down clues. And who is breaking into the offices of the Handclasp House, a matrimonial agency? All this and more awaits the eager visitor to Flaxborough.

I just continue to be delighted with this series and with Detective Inspector Purbright, but I have to say that Miss Teatime really takes the show in this one. She appears to be just another tourist but the longer you know her the more complicated she becomes. Sergeant Love has a larger role in this book than in the previous ones which I really enjoyed. He and Purbright play off of each other perfectly. I also really enjoyed the story itself, it starts off seeming pretty straightforward but it’s definitely not. I was questioning motives and suspects right up until the end. Colin Watson really knows how to put together an engaging, make-you-think twice, kind of story.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George

“The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George

The Inspector Lynley Series Book 20

Lynley and Havers are still on the job and the residents of Ludlow had better get their stories straight. A deacon of the local church, who is highly regarded for his work in the community, has been arrested and found dead while in local police custody. The death was ruled a suicide but the deacon’s father says that’s not possible and begins to make a stink and threaten lawsuits. Barbara Havers and Isabelle Ardery are initially sent out to Ludlow to make sure that the investigation into the death was according to procedure. But Isabelle’s demons have joined them on this trip and her dislike of Havers causes her to disregard her concerns about the investigation. When they get back to London, Ardery tells Havers to falsify the report and when Lynley finds out it all blows up. Lynley and Havers are sent back to Ludlow to get uncover the truth behind the unanswered questions. Not an easy task but these two don’t give up until they have all the answers.

It has been way too long since I read anything from this series and when I saw it come up on First to Read I knew I had to get a copy. Reading this book was like visiting with friends you haven’t seen for years. Lynley is still the charming British gentleman and Havers continues to be her frumpy self, only this time she’s added tap dancing to her repertoire of skills. As usual with Elizabeth George, this is a complicated story but told it way that allows the pieces to gradually be put in their proper places till the whole picture is revealed. I love the way the author tells a story. There is a lot of descriptive detail which just draws me in as a reader and adds depth to the story itself but in such a way that it doesn’t feel weighted down. All of the characters are individuals, some quirkier then others. There are a whole host of motives floating around, but which motives led to which crimes, that is the mystery. I can honestly say that I completely lost track of the world around me every time I picked up this book. Excellent read!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Hopjoy Was Here” by Colin Watson

“Hopjoy Was Here” by Colin Watson

The Flaxborough Mysteries – Book 3

All the neighbors are watching as the Flaxborough police remove a bathtub from a local home. The home is occupied by two bachelors, but neither has been seen for a few days. The police received an anonymous letter indicating that something may have happened in the bathroom. Inspector Purbright is on the case and his loyal sergeant, Sid Love, is right by his side. But just as they are getting started a couple of Secret Service guys show up claiming that one of the men, Hopjoy, is a spy working in the area. Periam, the second bachelor is the owner of the house and by all accounts the two men lived together harmoniously. But Purbright suspects that Hopjoy has not gone off on some mission but has in fact been murdered.

This is my favorite book in the series so far. This story takes us back to Flaxborough proper where Purbright is really in his element. I love how Colin Watson starts his books because he just drops you into the drama without preamble and the first mystery the reader has to solve is what the heck happened, in this case, to cause an entire tub to be removed as police evidence. In this story, I enjoyed Purbright even more; he seems to have a firmer personality this time around. There are also some great new characters. The two Secret Service guys were very intriguing, I found their way of working together to be a bit slapstick in nature but still enjoyable reading. The investigation goes back and forth between what Purbright and Love and learning and what the SS guys are learning. It all comes together in the end for a somewhat shocking conclusion.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Bump in the Night” by Colin Watson

“Bump in the Night” by Colin Watson

Time for another visit to Flaxborough County! This is book 2 in the series and this time around we have a serial bomber in the village of Chalmesbury. After 3 bomb attacks the local council requests the help of Inspector Purbright in tracking down the perpetrator. But just as he’s getting started a 4th bomb results in a murder. Turns out not many people liked the victim and the list of suspects includes just about everybody. Purbright must use all his cunning to sort out the facts from the rumors if he’s going to get his man.

I am still delighted with Inspector Purbright. The author doesn’t offer anything in the way of background, at least not yet, but I just can’t help but be charmed. I especially enjoy reading his interrogation scenes, almost none of which take place in a police station. He’s very clever and casual with his question and always pull more out of his suspect than you would expect. The village of Chalmesbury is a hotbed of intrigue as it turns out and I got completely sucked in by the red herrings in this one. The ending was a complete surprise. I’m so glad this series is being re-released because it’s just such a pleasure to read.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Farrago for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“Coffin, Scarcely Used” by Colin Watson

“Coffin, Scarcely Used” by Colin Watson

Prepare to be delighted! Inspector Purbright is on the job in Flaxborough, so murderers beware. A local businessman dies and 6 months later his next-door neighbor is also dead. When Purbright discovers that the two men were friends and involved in a not-so-legal business with other local businessmen, he suspects the deaths are more than coincidence. And where does the not-so-unhappy widow fit in? There are many questions, but Purbright is on the job, and he and his men will find the answers.

The Flaxborough Mysteries were published in the 1950’s and are being re-released. This is the first in the series and should not be missed. While the story is more along the lines of a cozy mystery than a thriller, I found to be a joy to read. The author writes with imagination and wit and creates a story that is both full of mystery and fun at the same time. Inspector Purbright is very intelligent and clever, knowing exactly how to get the information he needs from his suspects. This is classic British crime and I highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle

“The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle

This is book 2 from The Casebooks of Jesperson and Lane series. Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane and partners in a newly formed detective agency. In this case, the victim, Charles Manning, literally dies at their feet and pounding on the door in the middle of the night. The coroner declares the cause of death to be a heart condition but Miss Lane saw the absolute terror on his face just before he died and our two detectives think that something other than natural causes is behind this man’s death. They set off to the community of Aylemorton where Manning was last known to have been living and find themselves dealing with a witch, a folklore enthusiast and the supernatural.

I liked the historical setting of this story and the plot line was well constructed. The story moves at a good pace and has some unexpected twists. Miss Lane is a very likable young woman. Jasper Jesperson was a little harder for me because I didn’t feel like I got to know him very well as a person. This might be because I have not read the first book in the series and I did feel like I was missing part of the story for that reason. I really enjoyed how the author incorporated the folklore into the story and the tension between the local minister and the witch was very well presented. All in all, this was an enjoyable read though I would recommend starting with the first book. This book would probably appeal the most to readers of cozy mysteries.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!

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“The Bookworm” by Mitch Silver

“The Bookworm” by Mitch Silver

A conspiracy between the American president and the Russian government? This story reads like it just came off the front pages. Dr. Larissa Klimt is a Russian historian who spends her time teaching and researching her new book. On an otherwise ordinary day, a bag full of old Dictaphone cartridges is given to her along with a mysterious message. Before she knows what’s happening, she finds herself trying to unravel a decades old mystery that has a tremendous impact on current events. Suddenly, her life is in danger and Larissa doesn’t know who to trust.

Hold on to your seats, readers, because this is a thrill ride of a story, made even more exciting because it’s all so current and feels very real. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this one. I also really liked the character of Dr. Larissa Klimt. She’s not exactly the stereotypical history professor, but then again, she kinda is. In any case, she’s as complex as the story she is telling. And then there’s the ex-husband who I just loved to hate, but sometimes he is a bit charming, and he’s cute. I believe this is a stand-alone novel, but I wouldn’t be sad to see more books with these characters as they really grew on me by the end. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It will definitely satisfy the appetite of the conspiracy theorists out there, and it’s a good mystery too.

This book is expected to publish on Feb. 6, 2018 in the US and Mar. 6, 2018 in the UK, and is now available for pre-order, see the links below.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Pegasus Books in exchange for an honest review.