Tag: mystery

Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

I read this for my book club and really enjoyed it. This is the kind of book you put down and then you find yourself thinking about long afterwards. This author won the Nobel Prize in 2018, and I can see why. It’s kind of a strange… Continue Reading “Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk”

Review: The Herd by Andrea Bartz

As mystery/thrillers go, The Herd has an interesting premise.  Eleanor is a beautiful and successful woman who created The Herd, which is a woman-only workspace and social clique.  It’s basically a boy’s club without the boys.  Her three closest friends, Hana, Katie and Mikki,… Continue Reading “Review: The Herd by Andrea Bartz”

A Double Review: The Dry and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

I read these two books nearly back to back, and their plots and characters were amazingly similar, though I had no idea when I chose them.  I love a totally random reading coincidence.  Here’s a comparison of the two novels. The story: both The… Continue Reading “A Double Review: The Dry and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter”

Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

I read this book for the Read Harder 2019 Challenge.  I needed an #ownvoices book set in Oceania: the #ownvoices part means by an indigenous author, and Oceania is Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands. The Things She’s Seen is by brother… Continue Reading “Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina”

Mystery Series Mini-Reviews: the Kopp Sisters, Jackson Brodie and Maisie Dobbs

I don’t often write about books in series, but I read a few recently and thought it might be helpful to discuss them together.  For those who haven’t read these series, or aren’t caught up, I’ve avoided spoilers and focused more on the series… Continue Reading “Mystery Series Mini-Reviews: the Kopp Sisters, Jackson Brodie and Maisie Dobbs”

Review: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

I really enjoyed this debut novel that combines courtroom drama with a moving story about a Korean-American family.  Even better, the author is local and writes about a small town in Virginia that doesn’t exist but felt very real. The Yoo family runs a  a… Continue Reading “Review: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim”

Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This is a book that’s gotten a ton of praise, and has been described as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day.  As a murder mystery, it’s great fun, playing on the great murder mystery tropes: a group of wealthy, bored socialites in a dark and… Continue Reading “Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

I picked up this book from NetGalley because I loved Ritter in Jessica Jones.  I know that acting and writing are completely different, but I feel like she must have brought a lot of herself to the role, so I was curious about her… Continue Reading “Bonfire by Krysten Ritter”

A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

Readers of Anne Perry will enjoy this mystery set in Victorian England.  It’s a mystery that concentrates more on social and historical issues of the time, in this case railroad safety.  The characters are interesting and the story is fast-paced and engaging. Set in… Continue Reading “A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden”

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer

One of my favorite reads of 2015 was Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. I don’t generally read modern-day mysteries, but I loved everything about that book. So I was excited to get a copy of The Shut Eye, Bauer’s latest release. The Shut Eye tells… Continue Reading “The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer”

Following Up with Authors I’ve Reviewed

For the fifth anniversary of The Book Stop, I wanted to follow up with some of the authors who asked me to review their books. The authors I chose wrote books that really stood out — not only for the quality of the writing,… Continue Reading “Following Up with Authors I’ve Reviewed”

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Last week, I wrote mini-reviews of two mysteries, The Silkworm and Faceless Killers.  To complete my mystery round-up, here’s a review of my favorite of the three. I’d heard great things about this book, and was excited to get a review copy (it’s not… Continue Reading “Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer”

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