Mystery Reviews


Montreal’s wonderful Inspector Gamache returns to the village of Three Pines to investigate a very baffling murder in Louise Penny’s gripping THE BRUTAL TELLING, new in hardback. It’s complex and compelling and I enjoyed it very much. I think it’s her best book in a great series. (Hardcover, $24.99). Recommended by Rochelle.
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ISBN: 9780312661687
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 31st, 2010

Chaos is coming, old son.

Sara Paretsky’s new V. I. Warshawski novel and author reading

HARDBALL, Kansas native Sara Paretsky’s newest V. I. Warshawski novel is due out September 22, 2009. Call us to hold a copy of the book for you (785-749-3300). Sara will be at the Lawrence Public Library for a reading and signing co-sponsored by The Raven Book Store on Friday, September 25th, to launch HARDBALL. The event starts at 7PM.
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ISBN: 9780451412935
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Published: Signet Book - July 27th, 2010

The long-awaited return of V.I. Warshawski

A DUTY TO THE DEAD by Charles Todd

Many of you may be familiar with Charles Todd’s popular post-World War I series featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge. The author (a mother and son writing team) has a new series, beginning with A DUTY TO THE DEAD. It is 1916 and Bess Crawford, a volunteer with the nursing corps, promises a dying soldier that she will take a message to his family in England. Independent and frank, Bess finds herself drawn into the family’s secrets and discovers intrigue and murder in a small English village. (Hardcover, $24.99). Recommended by Rochelle.
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ISBN: 9780061791772
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 17th, 2010

The First Bess Crawford Mystery! 


“Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels…are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
New York Times Book Review


WIFE OF THE GODS by Kwei Quartey

WIFE OF THE GODS by Kwei Quartey is a wonderful new mystery featuring Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a very likable and insightful policeman who lives in Ghana’s capital.  He encounters rural Africa’s many superstitions and local customs while investigating a med student’s murder.  No.
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ISBN: 9780812979367
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade - August 3rd, 2010

Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field--and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years.


THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley has one of the most engaging and original sleuths in recent years, and she’s eleven years old!  It is the summer of 1950 and several strange events have occurred at Buckshaw, the deLuce family’s English country home.  Flavia deLuce (an aspiring young chemist with a fully equipped Victorian laboratory) investigates, and is clearly the most inte
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ISBN: 9780385343497
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Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010

Winner of the CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD and the AGATHA AND DILYS AWARD - "A wickedly clever story, a dead-true and original voice" - Laurie R. King

READ-ALIKES: If-You-Loved-This-Author,-You’ll-Love-This-One-Too

So you’ve just finished the last book of your most recent favorite author and you are at a loss:  “What should I read next?  I loved this author/series/character?” Here at the Raven, we hear that from our customers often, and we love introducing people to a new author.  So here is a short “If-You-Loved-This-Author,-You’ll-Love-This-One too” list.
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ISBN: 9780312986766
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 14th, 2003

Heavy Snow...Icy Desires...Cold-Blooded Murder