The Best Man to Die
Lorry driver Charlie Hatton shows up late to Jack Pertwee’s stag party. Charlie “was a little fellow with a brown face and very brilliant sharp eyes. They flashed quickly and calculatingly over the assembled company before Charlie smiled. He showed a set of perfect white teeth which no one there but Jack knew were false.”… Read More ›
Top 10 Romance Novels of 2021
For the first time, The Poisoned Martini is taking a look at the most popular romance novels of the previous year. What were the most popular romantic reads that readers picked up? Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out titles in 2021. *** 10. The Dating… Read More ›
Top 10 Sci-Fi Novels in 2021?
We’ve taken a look at mysteries and fantasies, now it’s time to check out the most popular Sci-Fi stories of 2021. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out titles last year. *** 10. Machine by Elizabeth Bear—A space station begins to unravel when a routine search… Read More ›
Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2021?
Following a look at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out the fantasy novels that were the most popular in 2021. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out titles in 2021. *** 10. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu & A… Read More ›
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Clang-Dong. Welcome to Funiculi Funicula, a quaint little tucked away café in Tokyo with a remarkable secret. “Several years had passed since the café had its moment of fame because of an urban legend that claimed it could transport people back to the past.” If you could travel back to the past, would you? Time… Read More ›
Top 10 Mysteries of 2021
A new year has arrived with all new potential, but before we step further into 2022, let’s take a look back at the semi-normal year that was 2021. What were 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… Read More ›
Whether reading or writing about them, we all tend to conjure up an image of the characters in a story. What does he or she (or they) look like? We take cues from the text. Hair color, eye color, complexion, stature, and build all give us a sense of a character’s appearance. I’m sure we’ve… Read More ›
In the opening pages of Redshirts, Ensign Davis is on an away mission for the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union. He’s accompanying the ship’s officers: Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q’eeng, and Chief Engineer Paul West; and they’ve all been trapped in a cave infested by carnivorous Borgovian Land Worms. “Davis!” Captain Abernathy called. “Stay where you… Read More ›
Top 10 Mystery eBooks of 2020
Though it took me a bit longer than I’d like, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most checked out ebook mystery titles in 2020. After digging through various reports, I came up with a massive list of titles tagged as mystery or suspense, but not all of them would… Read More ›
Top 10 Mysteries of 2020?
Welcome 2021! So glad you’re here. But… Let’s take one last look at the most unusual of years, 2020. What were the most popular mysteries read? Based on circulation figures at my local library, these were the most checked out mysteries in 2020. *** 10. Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb — Eve Dallas in… Read More ›