“Evil in Small Places” by Lucy Foley is the inaugural story in the collection of twelve new Miss Marple stories written by modern crime novelists. MARPLE: Twelve New Mysteries published in 2022. This was one of my favorite books of last year Travel from the village of St. Mary Mead in “The Second Murder at the Vicarage or New York City in “Miss Marple Takes … Continue reading Short Story Saturday: Evil in Small Places by Lucy Foley, (Miss Marple Mysteries)
Wash up on beautiful shores in far-flung places with this reading list. Sail across the English channel, down the Nile, across the Atlantic, or to the shores of New Zealand, but watch out there’s at least one killer on every voyage. Murderer’s Trail by J. Jefferson Farjeon (Ben the Tramp) Ben the Tramp is wandering the foggy streets of Limehouse; this ex-sailor and tramp are … Continue reading Reading List: Murderers Set Sail!
With the majority of works written during the golden age ignoring African-Americans at best or denigrating them at worst- here are five books written to celebrate African-American culture during a turbulent time in American history. Harlem Sunset by Nekesa Afia (A Harlem Renaissance Mystery, 2) It’s 1927, and Louise Llyod has the perfect job as the manager of the Dove nightclub, but when Louise’s girlfriend, … Continue reading 5 Mysteries with African-American Protagonists to Read During Black History Month
Last week I posted the 5 series I plan to dive into over 2023 and the 2 series I want to finish in 2023. This blog post is to update you on how I am progressing in my reading goals- which, to be fair, this month is minimal. I spent most of the beginning of 2023 ill with covid, and then my husband broke his … Continue reading Reading Roundup: January Progress
“There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.” Agatha Christie, The Murder at the Vicarage Who is Miss Jane Marple? Elderly spinster, Miss Jane Marple, lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead, where she uses her keen understanding of human nature and observation to solve puzzles and crimes. She is … Continue reading #MissMarpleMonthly: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
I am keeping my reading goals modest this year and only attempting to finish two book series in 2023. I’m focusing more on reading a wide selection and only want to spend two series I’m emotionally invested in so I can explore a lot of new authors. The Crown Colony Series by Ovidia Yu (Su Lin Mysteries) I read the first book of the Crown … Continue reading Reading Round-Up: 2 Series I’m Finishing in 2023
This probably should have gone up at the beginning of January because that’s when people post their resolutions for the year, but I had covid… and then the flu…and then pneumonia. So my reading resolutions are going up now. I’ll update blog readers monthly with my progress on what books I read and my thoughts about them in a new series called “Reading Round-Up.” Don’t … Continue reading Reading Round-Up: 5 Series I am Starting in 2023!
Do you love the theatre and a good mystery? Then let one of these books take center stage of your next night in, but beware, behind every curtain lurks a killer. Catch them if you can before they kill again! Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood (Phryrne Fisher Mysteries,7) Phryne Fisher is running late to a showing of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore when she runs into … Continue reading Reading List: Visiting the Theatre Can Be Murder!
If you’ve got the post-holiday blues and yearn to travel, here are 10 globetrotting adventures to whet your appetite. Set in lovely locales and bustling cities to lull you into a false sense of security- but be wary of your fellow guests- some are deadly! Murder at the Grand Hotel by Isabella Bassett (Lady Caroline Murder Mysteries, 1) Meet Lady Caroline, banished to the French … Continue reading Reading List: 10 Hotel Mysteries Set During the Golden Age of Detective Fiction
A Gentleman’s Murder is the debut novel of Singaporean-born Christopher Huang. His smart and dogged amautuer slueth is Eric Peterkin. Eric Peterkin, born in Britain to a British father and Chinese mother, is known as a “half-caste” and is barely tolerated in society, let alone at the prestigious Britannia Club, a gentleman’s club founded and tended faithfully through the generations by his Peterkin forefathers. The … Continue reading Book Review: A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang
Happy Lunar New Year! Below are eight books exploring East Asian experiences through the prism of historical fiction (and one non-fiction) to read this Lunar New Year. Travel back to 1920 and 1930’s Malaysia, Singapore, America, and Britain. Curl up and enjoy these fantastic Asian and Asian-American heroines and heroes. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo In this magical retelling of 1920’s Jazz … Continue reading 8 Books to Celebrate Lunar New Year
English crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers is one of the best-known authors of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for her creation of Lord Peter Wimsey. This story included in Lord Peter Views the Body, is one of the best in the collection. The Mystery Lord Peter Wimsey is traveling after a Bank Holiday on a train filled with passengers discussing the body of a … Continue reading Short Story Saturday: The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man With No Face by Dorothy L. Sayers
Nell Dixon, author of many award-winning romance novels, Marrying Max and Radio Gaga, begins a new murder mystery series with Murder at the Dolphin Hotel. Murder at the Dolphin Hotel is the first book of the Kitty Underhay series; this delightful cozy mystery series is set in 1930’s Dartmouth, Devon, England, and delves head first into several inter-connected mysteries. Someone is harassing Mrs. Treadwell, owner … Continue reading Book Review: Murder at the Dolphin Hotel (A Miss Underhay Mystery, 1) by Helena Dixon
In Hildegarde Withers first case, she teams up with Detective Oscar Piper to find who killed stockbroker, Gerald Lester, and dumped his body in the New York City Aquarium’s penguin tank, in Stuart Palmer’s 1931 novel, The Penguin Pool Murder. Audiences loved it so much that in 1932 it was turned into a blockbuster feature film with the same title by RKO Studios. The Players The … Continue reading Book Review: The Penguin Pool Murder by Stuart Palmer
White characters and authors dominate the historical mysteries of the 1920s and 1930s. Here are five mystery novels written by African-American authors expanding the genre to be more accurate to the many lives people lived during this tumultuous time. Most books are centered in Harlem, the epicenter of an African American cultural renaissance. If you have any favorite books written by African-American authors that you … Continue reading 5 Books by African-American Authors to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Erle Stanley Gardner was an American author and lawyer best known for his Perry Mason detective stories. Fictional detective Perry Mason appeared in 82 novels and four short stories. Each Perry Mason novel follows the same basic principles: a client is charged with murder, and Perry Mason must defend them at trial while also discovering the actual killer’s identity. Perry Mason was widely popular in … Continue reading Short Story Saturday: The Case of the Crimson Kiss by Erle Stanley Gardner
As new book releases start hitting shelves, I am adding five new releases to my library and TBR list. Last Seen in Santorini (Miss Ashford Investigates, 2) by Vivian Conroy, out January 6, 2023. Miss Atalanta Ashford is sightseeing in Venice when she is approached by a mysterious stranger to look into whether her daughter fell from a cliff…or was pushed. Miss Ashford sails to … Continue reading 5 New Releases in January to Add to Your TBR Pile
Author and lawyer Kerry Greenwood’s Miss Phryne Fisher has taken the world by storm in the popular TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, a movie, Crypt of Tears, and the titular Phryne Fisher book series spanning 21 novels. In this review, we’re returning to the book that launched this massive phenomenon: Cocaine Blues, where Phryne’s glamour, guts, and keen intellect revitalized the historical private detective genre. … Continue reading Book Review: Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries, 1) by Kerry Greenwood
The Calendar Welcome to the new year with the first official Agatha Christie calendar, dedicated to the intelligent and insightful Miss Jane Marple. The 2023 Marple Calendar celebrates Miss Jane Marple’s thrilling adventures with fourteen beautiful paintings by the Miss Marple book cover artist Bill Bragg. Bill Bragg recently painted 14 new covers for the 2022 release of Marple: Twelve New Mysteries https://amzn.to/3WVnx,TJ. Marple: Twelve New … Continue reading The 2023 Marple Calendar & Miss Marple Monthly January Pick
Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot, #21) Buy Here: https://amzn.to/3WROKGQ. Welcome to Read Christie 2023! Read Christie 2023 is the official reading challenge from Agatha Christie Ltd, which explores 12 stories and themes throughout the year. This year’s theme is Methods and Motives in Agatha Christie’s novels. Agatha Christie Ltd. picks a book to read at the start of each month. Follow along with our … Continue reading Book Review: Sad Cypress #ReadChristie2023