Mystery

Unlocking ‘Tony and Susan’

Unlocking ‘Tony and Susan’

Austin Wright’s Tony and Susan is a Matroyshka doll of a novel – a story within a story in which the main character’s reality blurs with the fiction she’s reading. When the plot is interesting enough to engage the reader, it’s an appealingly complex knot of words. The Susan of…
Welcome to their world of suck

Welcome to their world of suck

The best thing about reading Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner is that it made me appreciate how damn good Gillian Flynn and Gone Girl are. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much a genre reader. But since this year is all about reading outside my comfort zone, when Gardner’s…

‘Sharp Objects’ — Never Dull

After Gone Girl, I knew I needed more Gillian Flynn in my life. So, I went with her first novel, Sharp Objects. Sharp Objects presents a little bit of a challenge for me, review-wise. It was good in that I enjoyed reading it, but does a novel have to be…
Heavy Metal Boy

Heavy Metal Boy

The best thing about Gillian Flynn’s Dark Objects is that it allowed me to wax nostalgically about the Satanic Panic of the 80s, a phenomenon I had completely forgotten until this book. I don’t know how it slipped my mind. Heavy metal and satan-worshipping was as much a part of…
Sharp

Sharp

After the dizzying, glorious ride of Gone Girl, it was imperative to dive right into Gillian Flynn’s back catalog to see if I was missing out on more of the best mysteries ever. As logic would dictate, I started at the beginning with her debut novel Sharp Objects, about a…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I don’t read a lot of mystery, so when people recommended The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley to me, I just wrote it off as another mystery where there is a dead body and someone is investigating the murder. This is what The Sweetness at…

Outwitted

A peaceful cabin resort in northern Minnesota which is owned by an eccentric woman and her sister ~ add a corrupt judge who believes one of the cabins on the resort should belong to him ~ throw in a baby kidnapping ring ~ a couple of souls needing to complete…

Worth Dying For

A friend (with whose opinion I generally agree) told me I had to read Worth Dying For, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel. I had never read a Reacher novel before (Worth Dying For is fifteenth in the series) and it’s been ages since I read a New York Times…
A Sickness in the Family

A Sickness in the Family

The Ushers are a family in decline. Mother Biddy’s having an affair, William’s just been kicked out of Oxford, Amy’s waging a battle with their father over his refusal to invest in her architecture firm, Sam, the adopted son is never allowed to forget that he’s not “one of them,”…

Duluth’s Dark Side

Duluth is the perfect place to set a murder. You’ve got Lake Superior, extreme weather, fascinating history, more lakes, bridges, lots of rocks, tourism and poverty side by side, and big (sometimes tall) ships. Every time something strange happens to me or my friends in Duluth I think, “This would…

It?s all in the Cards

The Last Days of Madame Rey is a perfect companion to A. W. Hill's Nowhere-Land. Both feature the daring PI Stephan Raszer, and although Madame Rey came first, it has just been newly released in a paperback with brand-new cover art. Both reads are intense, but Madame Rey has an…