Monday, October 26, 2020

Review: The Sleeping Car Murders


The Sleeping Car Murders

Sébastien Japrisot

When a woman is found dead on a train from Marseille to Paris, it's the job of Detective Grazziano to find her killer. Once a witness to the woman's death is found dead, the case becomes much more complicated than at first glance. Will Grazziano be able to stop a killer in his tracks? Or is he on the wrong track? It looks that way when another witness is found dead.

With a unique writing style, Japrisot takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Paris to find a killer who thinks he's committed the perfect crime. A gripping noir mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. This is an author I hope to read again.

Thanks to Gallic Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Review: Murderous Morning

Murderous Morning

Bernadette Calonego

When Tessa Griffins finds out her foster sister, Fran, is missing, and Fran's husband and children have been found dead, she drops everything at the law firm where she works in Vancouver to get to the small town of Whatou Lake, in British Columbia where her parents live. She hasn't been back for some time, and she's not sure what she will find, except old memories she's tried to forget. But, she has to help out in the search for Fran. She will also have to dig deep to find out what happened at the remote farm where Fran's husband and children died. Could it be poachers? Or is it something more sinister that's responsible for all the carnage?

Calonego has written a riveting mystery that will keep fans glued to the page. I loved that this story had many exciting elements, such as family drama, a mystery, and enough tension between the various characters to keep me guessing until the end. Frankly, I felt like I'd been on an expedition through the Canadian wilderness by the time I finished this book. The atmosphere and descriptions were so wonderfully developed that I had a hard time putting it down. If you are craving a mystery with a depth of story, character, and plot, this is definitely one to read.

Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Friday, October 9, 2020

Review: A Better Man


A Better Man

Louise Penny

After being suspended and demoted, Armand Gamache is back as Chief Inspector of Homicide. A position he is sharing with Jean-Guy Beauvoir before Beauvoir leaves the force for a job in Paris. Quebec is in the grip of a hundred-year flood but, a woman is reported missing by one of Gamache's team, Inspector Cloutier, a friend of the woman's family. They all set out to find her, even as Gamache's village of Three Pines is threatened by the raging Bella Bella river. What has happened to Vivenne Godin? Did her abusive husband kill her? It sure looks that way to Gamache but, will this case present more questions than answers?

A Better Man has to be one of Louise Penny's finest works; she is clearly a master of the mystery. It's brilliantly plotted and oh so hard to put down. Captivating and engaging throughout, it has to be one of the best mysteries I've read this year. Like a fine wine, Penny and Gamache seem to get better with time. I'm addicted to her sleight of hand and ability to whisk me off to the village of Three Pines, where I find old friends from past books. Without a doubt, this is one not to be missed.

This review was written by me and originally published by City Book Review.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Review: The Books of the Dead


The Books of the Dead

Emilia Bernhard

Rachel Levis discovers a body in a cafe restroom in the middle of Paris. The men's room, to be exact. The body in question belongs to Guy Laurent, who worked at France's Bibliothèque Nationale in the reading room. Rachel's friend in the Paris police, Capitaine Boussicault, would like her to assist him by working at the library to observe his suspects. But can Rachel simply watch and refrain from action? Of course not. And her best friend Magda is just itching to get involved in the investigation as well. After all, that's what the two do best, solve crimes. Maybe even better than the Paris police.

If the Paris setting isn't enough to make you pick up this book, then the fun, engaging and witty writing style of the author is. The Books of the Dead is a must for mystery fans who like a little international drama and an enticing amateur sleuth. This is the second in the series, and I sure hope it isn't the last, as I've enjoyed strolling around Paris with two friends seeking to find answers to life's mysteries.

This review was written by me for City Book Review.