Spring Murder Spree

I don’t know about you, but after I’ve read a few serious or “heavy” novels, I often look for a little murder to cheer me up and clear my mind. What, don’t you? Of course, I’m talking about murder mysteries. For me, a good murder mystery is a great palate cleanser — the language and…

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Installment Plan

Book series – they are both a boon and bane to readers. A boon because they can allow readers a richer connection to favorite characters and have the capacity to explore long, subtle plot arcs. A bane, perhaps, because sometimes when the well goes a little dry for the author, we tend to hang on…

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More Mystery Bites

I like a good mystery. In fact, the Beloved and I were just talking about mysteries this morning. I said that I use them as “palate cleansers” between other types of books. (Actually, it turns out that I’ve said that before while using the same title convention for a post. Ah well, so much for…

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Book Review: The City and The City, by China Mieville

One of my favorite books from a couple of years ago was Kraken by China Mieville. I enjoyed that audiobook so much that there was a part of me that had some trepidation about reading more of Mieville’s books because I worried that maybe they wouldn’t be as good as that first one, right? Please…

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Hercule-an Efforts

When you’re a scientist and you think of fictional personas that you might like to emulate, I think the easiest answer that pops to mind is Indiana Jones. I mean, come on: he’s a Professor, Archaeologist, Finder of Lost Things, and gun-totin’, whip-wielding, Nazi-beating collection of awesomeness. But you’ll probably be surprised to learn that…

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Book Review: “Mister Peanut” by Adam Ross

In his debut novel with the incredibly disturbing cover, Adam Ross explores the dark side of human nature especially with respect to marriage, interweaving three tales in which husbands contemplate (and possibly succeed at) killing their wives. In the predominant storyline, David Peppin is a successful video game designer that specializes is making games based…

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Recent Mysteries

Sometimes I find that the books I read tend to cluster – for example, this time last year I found myself reading a bunch of post-apocalyptic fiction.   Recently, I’ve been reading a few mystery-thrillers, and in particular what I would have to think of as the very narrow sub-genre of Murder Mysteries Involving Missing Children…

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