All posts tagged mystery

Review: The Moonstone

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

I can honestly say that The Moonstone probably would have sat on my shelves, unread, for a number of years had it not been chosen by someone else for me to read. This is what I get for being indecisive. A whopping 608 page classic, written in 1868. Surprising to me, was the fact that I did enjoy the novel. Touted to be the first and best of modern English detective novels, The Moonstone, certainly kept me guessing. Read more…

My TBR Shelf is out of this world…

How does one tackle 200+ novels??

So it was about 4 years ago that I wrote a second post regarding my Bottomless Bookshelf and at that time, the list finished at 190. I’ve managed to knock a few off of that list, but 1) there are still books on that list I haven’t read, and 2) for every book I read, I seem to purchase 3. I clearly need a sabbatical from work. Read more…

Review: Eden

Eden by Candice Fox

Usually a sequel is a little disappointing. This is especially the case when the first in a series, and debut novel for the author, is absolutely amazing. Reading Eden, I was slightly nervous. I wanted the amazing-ness to continue. This is a series in which I was already in love with the characters and the grittiness of the stories. I was not disappointed. Candice Fox delivered another 5-star read. Read more…

Review: Hades

Hades by Candice Fox

Two children are kidnapped after their parents are brutally murdered in front of them. They are nearly killed, but are rescued and raised by a man named Hades: a criminal mastermind that specializes in ‘fixing’ others’ messes (i.e. bodies). They grow into very unique individuals, as well as very unique cops. Read more…

The 2015 Reading Challenge – In Review

Last year, I thought it would be a grand idea to try the 2015 Reading Challenge: a list of prompts that would allow one to read 52 books. In the beginning of the year, I went all out with excitement determining what my reading list would be; I had the books separated from my gigantic TBR shelves and was all prepared to completely blow this thing out of the water. Looking at the 2015 Reading Retrospective, you would think that by having read 102 books, I totally did blow that challenge out of the water. Read more…

Review: Cold Cold Heart

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

Mystery is probably my favourite genre ever. Naturally, through schooling and my own personal readings, crime stories draw me. I try to stay on the fictional side of mystery/crime novels, though,  because I am also a scaredy-cat and will never leave the house otherwise.

Tami Hoag is probably one of my number 1 go-to mystery/suspense authors. I basically grab whatever she’s written and I can certainly say that she is never a disappointing read. She knows how to do mystery and she knows how to do suspense. Cold Cold Heart is no exception.

SPOILER ALERT: It is as this point that I must say: Cold Cold Heart is sort of a sequel to The 9th Girl. As such, this review will most likely spoil the ending for The 9th Girl as there are plot pieces that cannot avoid discussion. If you haven’t read The 9th Girl and plan to, READ NO FURTHER! If you don’t care, READ ON! Read more…

Review: The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

We’ve all done it, or at least I hope we have: a bump is heard somewhere in the house and suddenly we are expecting a strange individual to attack us. Or maybe he/she is hiding and waiting. All that matters is that all the lights are now on in the house, and we’ve maybe taken the broom out of the closet as a potential weapon; all of this in broad daylight.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s novel, The Devil You Know, focuses on fear and obsession. It is also an amazing analysis on how the mind can take that fear and make it fester and grow until it becomes uncontrollable. Read more…

Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

To anyone that has yet to read an Agatha Christie novel, I gasp in shock. You are severely missing out. While the writing is sometimes simple and maybe at times juvenile (ie: Lombard said: …..  Berta said: ….. Justice said: …..), this is a woman that is only surpassed in sales by Shakespeare and the Bible. Her book covers tout her as The Queen of Mystery. If you are going to read any Christie novel (especially if you haven’t read her before), pick up The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, or this one, And Then There Were None. Read more…