In Vicki Delaney’s author bio, she says that she loves writing “cozy mysteries”. I’ve never heard that term before, but I get the genre and have read many. Thanks to Delaney, I will now be incorporating that term!
In Elementary, She Read, Gemma Doyle runs the local Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and finds a hidden but valuable magazine copy. Realizing that someone may have been hiding it from someone else, she and her tea room side-kick Jayne, track down the owner. Unfortunately, they find a dead body instead. Old money, inheritances, and old grievances are all part of their investigation.
This was a fun book with a great setting.
Read April 2019
Kingdom of the Blind has Gamache under investigation again for the ending of Glass Houses. There are still deadly drugs in Montreal, but its the potential of the new drug that has everyone worried.
Gamache, Myrna, and an unknown man become executors of a will for a woman they’re never met. The dead woman left a title, millions of dollars, and buildings in Austria to her children, even thought she was a poor cleaning woman who died without much to her name.
Lots of intrigue over 130 years of legal battling over an estate that may not exist, has Gamache perplexed over his own involvement in this case, all while the time is running out to stop a powerful drug from hitting the market.
I’m a little worried this might be the last Chief Inspector Gamache mystery that Louise Penny will write. It will be sad to see him go. I really enjoyed how she wrote Gamache and all who became a family to him.
Read April 2019
In Reykjavik Nights, Arnaldur Indridason introduces us to Inspector Erlendur before he becomes Inspector. He’s just a beat cop noticing patterns and following up on crimes that are written off as an accident. Working nights, he meets plenty of drunks and wife-beaters, but its the missing that captivate his interest.
Having met and helping a drunk several times on his watch, he’s bothered by the accidental drowning death a short time after a fire. The pieces aren’t connecting and he investigates on his own until clues start fitting together.
This is a slow paced book, where Indridson reveals so many details that can be put together for a murder that no one else even realized had happened. Its interesting to see how an Inspector starts out before they become experienced.
Read March 2019
Patricia MacDonald’s The Girl in the Woods shows that no matter how far you travel from home, you can’t escape. Blair Butler’s childhood best friend was murdered when they were kids. On her sister’s deathbed, she reveals that the person convicted on the death could not have done it since she was with him. Due to their racist uncle, she never felt like she could tell the truth. Since the police won’t reopen a closed case based on hearsay information, Blair must find the truth herself.
Now, Blair must struggle with the death of her sister while caring for her young nephew and staying with her erratic, angry uncle. The story winds through Blair’s own trauma of her childhood and mixes with the truth of what happened 15 years ago.
Read March 2019
In The Darkest Hour, Anna Carlisle shows a different side to the opioid crisis. Gin Sullivan’s hometown has seen a spike in opioids and when her boyfriends estranged mother overdoses, she needs to find answers. The main suspect’s father is threatening the police for harassment, but his son admits to having found a dead body.
Gin continues to investigate while handling her relationship issues with her boyfriend. The ending was pretty good, but it felt like it took too long and somehow not long enough to get there.
Overall, this book wasn’t memorable.
Read March 2019.