Amateur Sleuths

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“Despite the classic investigations that Poke leaps into, with violence and threat and red herrings and regret, Poke Rafferty is a person who cares enough to listen, to experience, and to c

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“Perhaps the first three stories in the series provide the reader with a more definitive sense of characters and story, but Rigged fails to make the grade.”

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“Just as Hammett made imagined crime feel real, McAlpine makes metafiction mischief suffused with meaning; from the masterful Hammett Unwritten, to the too-wonderful-not-to-mention

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The Body in the Garden has a good story, is well researched, and employs good writing.”

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Laura Joh Rowland switches from 17th century Japan to 1890s London in her memorable new series featuring a likeable trio of crime scene photographers for the Daily World newspaper.

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“Be warned: Once you pick up the book, you won’t put it down until the end.”

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“The premise that Graves lays out for her readers is a good one. The writing? Not to be unkind, but Graves could have used a good editor.”

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“The story is a good cozy read, and the reader will be challenged to ride along with the characters and try to learn who the criminal is before Sammy does.

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“This is not a fast read, nor is it a satisfying ending to a confusing story.

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“Beginning with that very first sentence, this novel is definitely one for the historical mystery buff.

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“a very interesting novel in which the concept of the discovery of a missing child’s remains giving closure to the family is a cogent one in today’s society.”

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“This is a fun book to read. It moves quickly and logically in spite of the many clues Penney throws in Iris’ path.

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“an intriguing and tightly written drama, pointing out as it does that what one wishes to be true, and what actually is the truth don’t always mesh.”

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“One of Hand’s remarkable abilities is the deftness with which she creates dynamic and unique voices for each point-of-view character, helping the reader track multiple storylines throughou

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“Martin Edwards crafts vivid descriptions of both character and setting that embed the reader into the scene in a way few writers can achieve.”

“DeDakis, a former journalist, can’t decide whether he’s writing a mystery, a political roman à clef or a YA book, and the result is none of the above.”

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“when it comes to gritty real life plots, believable characters, and on-point descriptions of both people and place Thomas Keis can't be beat.”

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“a lip-smacking light mystery flavored with lovable characters and Southern charm that readers of cozies will devour along with the scrumptious recipes included at the end.”

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“Buzzelli presents a good story with lots of twists and turns but enough clues to keep the reader turning the page to meet the next part of the conundrum.”

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Well-researched historical fiction takes readers to new (old) places and brings the time and people alive. That is, if the story works as a story.

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Lady Georgie Rannoch has come a long way since the Royal Spyness series began.

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“as easy to read as one of Mr. Dickens’ actual novels and as entertaining. As the subtitle reveals, it’s a Dickens of a tale . . .”

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Shamed, book number 11 in The Kate Burkholder series very well stands on its own, offering many twists and turns along with descriptive reference

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“Lincoln scholar Putnam has once again woven a fact-based story into an entertaining fiction for his readers to enjoy.”

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“The Sentence Is Death . . . may just be one of summer’s greatest, guiltiest pleasures . . .

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