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Classic Spy Thrillers

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8 January 2019

Begin a new year by reading some of the best crime novels from years past. I invite readers of The Poisoned Martini to join me—online that is—in reading classic spy thrillers. These four titles appear on both the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time and the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time lists… Read More ›

Top 10 Mysteries of 2018?

With the advent of a new year, it’s time to take one last look at 2018 and the most popular mysteries that readers picked up. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out mysteries in 2018. Not surprisingly women authors ranked supreme taking all top ten slots!… Read More ›

Peril & Prayer: a Sister Lou Mystery

“Sister Louise LaSalle, two murders in Briar Coast in three months—and you’re on site for both of them.” So pronounces deputy sheriff Ted Tate upon arriving at the scene of the crime in this second mystery by author Olivia Matthews. Welcome to Briar Coast, a not-so-sleepy town in Upstate New York. The sisters of the… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Footsteps in the Dark

It’s a throwback to what was once considered cool and sophisticated. A man and a woman light up there cigarettes on this cover of Georgette Heyer’s 1932 novel. Though perhaps better known as a writer of Georgian and Regency romances, Footsteps in the Dark was Heyer’s first of several detective novels. Perusing through a selection… Read More ›

Lethal in Old Lace

Will the lawyer and the shop girl get married? The latest entry in the Consignment Shop Mystery series begins with a proposal as Walker Boone proposes to Reagan Summerside. It’s been about two weeks since the last book, Demise in Denim, ended with Walker being cleared as a suspect in a murder case that began… Read More ›

Top 10 Mysteries of 2017?

As 2017 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the year’s most popular mysteries. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out mysteries in 2017. Considering last year’s list, it’s surprising that this year’s list was more varied. *** Once again there’s a… Read More ›

By Its Cover: The Death of Kings

Imagine a classic film in black-and-white flickering on a screen in a darkened room. For an instance the frame freezes. A woman stands holding a glass of champagne in a room, reminiscent of an English manor, with a gentleman seated before her and two faceless men behind her. This cover seems to reflect such a… Read More ›

Top 10 Mysteries of 2016?

As 2016 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the year’s most popular mysteries. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out mysteries in 2016. Considering last year’s list, is it any surprise that one particular author once again dominated the top ten?… Read More ›

Bones on Ice

A body frozen in ice. A freak accident leading to such an occurrence is tragic and frightening, but what if it’s something more? Consider Ötzi, the 3,300 BCE era “Iceman” whose frozen remains were found in the Alps. Discovered in 1991, at first, it was thought he was a hapless mountaineer recently deceased. Tests later proved… Read More ›

Louise Penny’s The Hangman

“Armand Gamache didn’t like what he was looking at … A man was hanging from a tree in front of him.” The calm, collected Chief Inspector Armand Gamache stands “still and silent, like the forest itself” as the police search the area deep in the woods of Quebec where the body is found. It’s a… Read More ›

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