Book Review: The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (2003)

The Agatha Raisin series, written by M. C. Beaton (also known as Marion Chesney), is a popular collection of cozy mystery novels featuring the eponymous amateur detective Agatha Raisin. The series is set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Carsely, England, and follows Agatha as she solves various crimes and navigates the complexities of village life. Plot The Quiche of Death is the first novel … Continue reading Book Review: The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (2003)

New Book Releases: May 10 -May 16, 2023

Sepulchre Street by Martin Edwards (May 11, 2023) London, 1930s:┬áRachel Savernake is attending renowned artist Damaris Gethin’s latest exhibition, featuring live models who pose as famous killers. But that’s just the warm-up act… Unsure why she was invited, Rachel is soon cornered by the artist who asks her a haunting favour: she wants Rachel to solve her murder. Damaris then takes to the stage set … Continue reading New Book Releases: May 10 -May 16, 2023

Book Review: The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett (2020)

The Windsor Knot is a mystery novel that follows Her Majesty the Queen, who finds herself investigating a murder that takes place on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The story begins with the Queen attending a meeting with her advisers, where she expresses her interest in solving a murder mystery. Soon after, a young Russian pianist named Ivan is found dead on the castle grounds, … Continue reading Book Review: The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett (2020)

Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of a Pie by Alan Bradley (2009)

Introduction The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is the first novel in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. The book is set in the year 1950 and follows the story of an eleven-year-old girl, Flavia de Luce, who is an amateur sleuth with a passion for chemistry. Flavia lives with her father and two sisters at Buckshaw, a decaying estate … Continue reading Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of a Pie by Alan Bradley (2009)

Book Review: Death and Croissants by Ian Moore (2023)

British Ex-pat Richard Ainsworth wants a quiet life. He’s settling into the quaint Follet Valley in France and running a semi-successful B&B that caters to tourists and newlyweds. He attempts to serve breakfast to his guests one morning when he and another guest, the chic and determined Valerie Dorcay, finds a bloody handprint on the wallpaper and the broken glasses frames of one of his … Continue reading Book Review: Death and Croissants by Ian Moore (2023)

Book Review: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver (2014)

Murder at the Brightwell is a mystery novel written by Ashley Weaver, set in the 1930s and featuring the main character of Amory Ames. The story begins with Amory Ames, a wealthy and stylish young woman, receiving an invitation from her estranged husband, Milo, to join him for a weekend party at the Brightwell Hotel. Despite her reservations, Amory decides to attend the party in … Continue reading Book Review: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver (2014)

How The Queens of Crime Revolutionized The Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Introduction The Golden Age of Detective Fiction, which refers to the period between the two World Wars, witnessed the emergence of several women writers who made significant contributions to the mystery genre. These women writers challenged the male-dominated landscape of detective fiction, and their works continue to inspire readers and writers today. This essay aims to explore the best women mystery writers of the Golden … Continue reading How The Queens of Crime Revolutionized The Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Cozy Mysteries During the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Cozy mysteries were a popular sub-genre of detective fiction during the Golden Age of detective fiction, which is generally considered to have spanned the 1920s and 1930s. Cozy mysteries were characterized by their lighthearted tone, small-town or village settings, and amateur sleuths who used their everyday skills and knowledge to solve crimes. Cozy mysteries were often seen as a response to the darker and more … Continue reading Cozy Mysteries During the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

New Book Releases: February 8 – February 14, 2023

This a short post today with only two new releases on my radar this week. Death by a Cornish Cove by Fliss Chester (A Cressida Fawcett Mystery, 2) When Cressida Fawcett is invited to stay at Penbeagle House on the Cornish coast for a fancy-dress ball, she is looking forward to sipping rum cocktails clad as a pirate, watching the red-sailed boats go by and relaxing in … Continue reading New Book Releases: February 8 – February 14, 2023

Short Story Saturday: Evil in Small Places by Lucy Foley, from MARPLE: Twelve New Mysteries (2022)

“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, from MARPLE: Twelve New Mysteries (2022)