Genre: Mystery

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Before I go into details, I do want to say that I think Skulduggery Pleasant is one of those books I’m going to have to re-read in hard copy.  While the audiobook narration wasn’t strictly bad on this one, the voices didn’t really fit the characters in my head, and it wasn’t working for me the way I thought it could. I really enjoy this obscure little subgenre of “humorous fantasy books written by western European authors”.  Derek Landy’s style falls comfortably in with Jonathan Stroud, Douglas Addams, Eoin Colfer, and Terry Pratchett.  Also Christopher Moore (American).  Skulduggery Pleasant was a […]

Posted July 3, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I’ve always found the conspiracy and the theology and the science in Angels and Demons fascinating.  It’s been over a decade since I have read the book, so most of what I remembered of it comes from the movie (which, in all fairness, I still think is a fantastic interpretation).  It seemed time to revisit, so here I am! Most of this is still very good.  The pacing keeps you on your feet the whole time.  The treasure map through Rome is fascinating – even though there’s murder, Dan Brown has done a fantastic job making the reader excited for the next stop.  As […]

Posted June 19, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Ehhhhh. So conceptually, this sounded really interesting.  This is a world where people don’t have to die.  If you’re murdered, you get to come back in a place that feels comfortable and safe, reverted to a few hours before your death.  Our protagonist is a Dispatcher, meaning that he’s on call for things like medical emergencies, tidily “dispatching” the patient so they don’t die from the procedure. I expected to learn more about this world, but honestly, this is more like… an episode of NCIS.  Someone is missing, so a law official connects with another dispatcher to understand how the […]

Posted June 16, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

From what I can see of his previous works, The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a little out of his normal wheelhouse.  A lot of what Alexis Hall writes tends to be paranormal romance, which is one of my least favorites genres.  Had I known that, I probably would not have requested this one… but!  The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is NOT a paranormal romance!  This book is a fantasy retelling a la Sherlock Holmes and that is why I requested it and that is certainly what I got. The writing style in this novel is an absolutely delight, but it has its […]

Posted June 5, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. To start off this review, I actually want to pause and shout out to the main narrator, Graham Halstead.  I rarely talk about the narrators in my reviews even though most of my reading is audiobooks.  That said, when one is either very good or very bad, I like to highlight it.  Graham Halstead is fantastic.  Aside from having just the right cadence and buttery tone to embody James Watson, I’ve never noticed a narrator pay attention to the detail in book about the voice.  At one point, Watson mentions when he’s angry, his accent […]

Posted May 26, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

At the very beginning, Magic for Liars intrigued me.  The prologue starts in a magical school – half high school, half Hogwarts – then in chapter one we’re transported to a delightfully film noir atmosphere as we’re introduced to Ivy Gamble.  From page one, the atmosphere in this book was spot on, and it’s the type of book that immediately draws you in. Throughout, the atmosphere, setting, and magic remains intriguing.  Explanations of the magical system are simple to understand, but complex enough to be impressive.  There’s a good balance of magic and reality to make the whole novel feel balanced […]

Posted May 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //