Category Archives: Mystery

A Love Story: Murder and Abuse in South Boston

In this suspenseful and evocative detective mystery, The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner, a mother has abandoned her South Boston home and her sleeping child in the middle of the of the night. She left behind her cell phone and wallet; … Continue reading

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Historians Foil Dracula Plot

If your father told you Dracula stories when you were young it might set your life on an unusual path. Elizabeth Kostova’s introductory novel, The Historians, is based on Dracula stories heard in her youth and on her meticulous research … Continue reading

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Sergeant Bevilacqua, Spanish Detective

This novel is a tale of two beautiful women, one in her 20s the other almost twice that age—the young woman was murdered and the other accused of the crime. Onto the scene comes the detective team of sergeant Vila … Continue reading

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Crime and Deceit in Canada

A few days ago, January 2011, I was browsing through a list of Daishel Hammett Award winners and was surprised to find Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Her novel The Blind Assassin won the award for best North American crime novel … Continue reading

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Havana Noir, Cuban Detective Fiction

When a Cuban mystery writer is published in the US, it’s a surprise and, in the case of Leonardo Padura, a major event. Padura is a native Cuban living in Havana who writes dark detective fiction in a style some … Continue reading

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Crime & Punishment LA Style

Reading Chandler’s classic detective novel The Big Sleep is a journey back to the LA before freeways, to a time when there were oil derricks in Hollywood and automobiles ruled the streets and blonds ruled everything else. This story is … Continue reading

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Americans Solve Jack the Ripper Murders

Online book stores make it easy to buy eBooks, sometimes a single click will do the job. I was on Amazon looking for a novel about the life of Alice Liddell, the precocious child of Charles Dodgson’s Alice in Wonderland. … Continue reading

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Cyberspace and Borges’ Universe

When opening a book, I usually thumb through the front matter to see if there is an introduction, dedication or epigraph. Often there is little there to interest the reader, but occasionally a gem is discovered. Opening my copy of … Continue reading

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Hard-boiled Fiction Noir

The detective fiction garlanded by the Hammett Awards in both North America and Spain owes much to the Philip Marlowe series of crime novels by Raymond Chandler. I recently bought the Kindle edition of The Big Sleep, which was the … Continue reading

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Historian, Inquisitor Cyber Chat

The historian Teresa fidgets at her computer terminal hoping that Inquisitor will connect to the chat room, but her cyber chat friend remains offline and unavailable. It has been several weeks and the historian is distraught by the waiting, but she … Continue reading

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