Book reviews

Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct Series

Ed McBain’s 57th Precinct Series

When it comes to reading mystery series, I generally follow a simple procedure: Start with the third or fourth book in the series and then work back at some later point if the author grabs me.

Book Review: Motherland by Maria Hummel

Motherland by Maria Hummel


Maria Hummel’s historical novel, Motherland, tells the tense and turbulent survival tale of a Third Reich family in Germany near the end of the war.

The Galton Case by Ross MacDonald

The Galton Case

Ross MacDonald was one of the greats of hard-boiled detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Just as Chandler looked to the pioneering Hammett, MacDonald looked to Chandler, whom he called a “slumming angel.”

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

It’s been a long time since I took my time reading a book because I didn’t want it to end. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one such book.

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Oedipus Rex

I know what you must be thinking – how does Greek tragedy fit into my ongoing blog series about classic mysteries? Well, I admit, it’s something of a stretch, but April is National Poetry Month, and I strongly advise readers to find some great poetry out there.

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