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Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos

Chaos is here. Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta novel begins in the sweltering heat of late summer on the Harvard campus. The twenty-fourth entry in the series promises chaos, and it’s not in the form of Kay’s sister, Dorothy. The book’s synopsis informs us that a young woman “is killed while riding her bicycle along the… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Someone Always Knows

Sometimes it’s not so much the cover that attracts attention but the title on it. Someone Always Knows. What a loaded statement! It begs the question, “Knows what?” At first glance—and certainly from a distance—the cover may not seem like much. Only the almost-neon green title stands out initially. A closer look reveals the two… Read More ›

Maia Chance’s Teetotaled

“Although, of course, not rum. I never touch that vile stuff. But a highball, yes, a highball would be refreshing—” One character’s seemingly innocent comment becomes surprisingly significant and launches a murder investigation that complicates the retrieval of an errant diary. Short on funds, Lola Woodby is “an unwilling teetotaler” and the rent is coming… Read More ›

Blog Tour II: Mystery Author Maia Chance

“No job is too trivial” for the Discreet Retrieval Agency, if only they didn’t tend to end in murder… “After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could—her deceased husband’s secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan.”… Read More ›

16 Famous Sleuths

Discover new authors (or revisit old favorites) with The Poisoned Martini ‘s Recommended Reads.  Perhaps these suggested titles will expand your reading list. *** Real People, Fictional Sleuths! Several authors have given new life to renowned individuals—many of them authors in their own right—by chronicling their fictional exploits as amateur sleuths. Think of it as… Read More ›

Catherine Coulter’s Insidious

Missy Devereaux had hoped to escape her stalker, but somehow he’d followed her to Vegas. Having had enough, Missy takes the fight to him and chases John ‘Blinker’ Bayley down, confronting him in a casino parking lot with an able assist from a security guard. Later, jewel thief Marty Sallas has tracked down Molly Harbinger,… Read More ›

It’s a Wonderful Knife

“It’s a wonderful time of year”… until murder strikes in the latest Comfort Food Mystery. But first it’s off to the hospital for Trixie Matkowski after a tumble down the stairs. Taking her there is, Trixie’s BFF, Antoinette Chloe Brown, who drives “like the road is a giant pinball machine.” Unfortunately, Trixie has broken her… Read More ›

The Four Just Men

A most unusual crime novel begins at the Cafe of the Nations on the High Street of Cadiz, where four men sat about one table and talked business. “Leon Gonsalez was one, Poiccart was another, George Manfred was a notable third, and one, Thery, or Saimont, was the fourth.” Of these the narrator notes that Thery… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Hostile Witness

Photographic covers, especially stunning ones of familiar places, attract attention. There’s something about a photograph that makes one wonder more about what is seen. Here we have a nighttime view of Washington, D.C. The lone figure of a woman in the foreground looks toward familiar monuments of the city. The lit landmarks, the light reflected… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Code Grey

Pets, particularly cats, often feature in mystery stories. This one’s a bit unusual in that it features a ghost cat. Mr. Grey was/is the name of Dulcie Schwartz’s late cat, and befittingly serves as the eponymous “grey” of the titles in the series. Presumably—although looking more corporeal—Mr. Grey is the cat on the cover who… Read More ›

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