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Consolation (Paul Hirschhausen #3) by Garry Disher

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery set in Australia. The story moves slowly and there are irrelevant storylines that detract from the main mystery. This is the third book in the series, but it’s a stand alone mystery so you can read this book without having read the other two.

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Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Ugh. This book was really hard to read and I was so glad when I finished. It’s a depressing mystery/thriller about a dysfunctional family of selfish, narcissistic people. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities.

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All the Devils are Here (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #16) by Louis Penny

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another fantastic mystery/thriller in this wonderful series. The story is set in Paris, where Armand and his wife are visiting as they await the birth of another grandchild. Walking through the city after dinner, Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz, is intentionally run down in the street and critical injured. And so, the mystery begins.

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The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope #9) by Ann Cleeves

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good Mystery set in small village in snowy Northumberland. DI Vera Stanhope sets off for home, but gets lost in a blizzard. She comes across a car abandoned at the side of the road with the door open. Upon inspection she finds a baby strapped into a car seat in the back seat.

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A Question of Betrayal (Elena Standish #2) by Anne Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good mystery/thriller set in the years just before WWII. In this book Elena is sent to Northern Italy on her first MI6 mission to rescue a contact that has important information regarding future plans of Nazi Germany. His handler is missing and MI6 needs to get the information, and rescue their contact if possible. Elena is the only one person that can recognize him – because he’s her former lover Aiden Strother, the man that betrayed her, ruined her reputation, and brought shame on her family.

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Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) by Margaret Mizushima

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(Release date 9-8-2020)

Yet another great mystery starring our favorite K-9 officer Mattie Cobb and her partner Robo. This time Timber Creek is having a lot of rain and areas are starting to flood. While out checking on damaged trails in the mountains, Mattie and Robo stumble on a dead body caught up on a tree in the flood waters. The deceased is linked to a new religious sect that has moved into the area. The members dress in 19th Century attire and practice polygamy.

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Two Widows by Laura Wolfe

Two widows

3 stars

This was an easy-to-read mystery/thriller set in northern Michigan. Continue reading “Two Widows by Laura Wolfe”

Ink & Sigil (Ink & Sigil #1) by Kevin Hearne

Ink & Sigil

4 stars (release date 8-25-2020)

This is a creative, funny, action-packed fantasy about an elderly sigil agent that can craft magical spells using special inks and symbols. Continue reading “Ink & Sigil (Ink & Sigil #1) by Kevin Hearne”

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

the turn of the key

3 stars

This was a fairly good Mystery/Thriller book about a nanny left to care for 4 children in a remote Scottish Highlands “smart” house that is reportedly “haunted”. The author did an ok job of building tension, but overall, the story was a little blah. Continue reading “The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware”

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