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John Polidori’s The Vampyre

Before the arrival of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on the literary scene in 1897, there was Lord Ruthven, “a nobleman, more remarkable for his singularities, than his rank.” Lord Ruthven’s origins and the story in which he appears germinated one infamous night in June 1816 at the same gathering that birthed the idea for Frankenstein. John… 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 ›

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 Fantasy Novels of 2017?

Following a look at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2017. Based on circulation figures at my local library, these were the most checked out fantasy titles in 2017. It’s an unusually surprising list… *** 10.  Staked by Kevin Hearne — In the 8th… 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 Sci-Fi Novels in 2016?

For the first time, The Poisoned Martini is taking a look at the most popular science fiction titles of the previous year. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out Sci-Fi novels in 2016. *** 10.  Death Wave by Ben Bova— In the sequel to New Earth,… Read More ›

Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2016?

After looking at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2016.  The following list includes a mix of high fantasy, urban/paranormal fantasy, and steampunk titles, all of which are shelved in the Fantasy section at the library where I work.  Based on circulation figures, these were… 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 ›

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