Mystery Reviews

SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn

SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn is the first in the series featuring Lady Julia Grey. Set in an upper-class Victorian England environment, this book and the others in the series are very entertaining----I’ve really enjoyed all of them. Lady Julia investigates the death of her husband in this one, and she’s a very smart cookie. Clever, well-written, fast-paced and with a dash of humor. Recommended by Rochelle.
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ISBN: 9780778328179
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Published: Mira Books - January 1st, 2010

"Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave."

These ominous words are the last threat that Sir Edward Grey receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, he collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.


I thoroughly enjoyed M.L. Longworth’s DEATH AT THE CHATEAU BREMONT.  The lovely Provence setting, much talk of wine and food, interesting sleuths (a chief magistrate and his former girlfriend, a law professor) and murder in a noble family come together in a sparkling new mystery. Recommended by Rochelle.
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ISBN: 9780143119524
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Published: Penguin Books - June 28th, 2011

The first installment in the beloved, sumptuous mystery series set in Provence, featuring chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque and his old flame Marine Bonnet, who must team up to solve a pair of murders

The newest book in the Proven al Mystery series, The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche, is available now from Penguin Books

INDIA BLACK by Carol Karr

I thoroughly enjoyed Carol Karr’s INDIA BLACK. The title character is a lovely and intelligent, young madam in 1876 London. When a government official is found dead in her brothel, she joins forces with a handsome British spy to keep valuable paper from the Russian’s clutches. This mystery is witty, high-spirited, fast-paced and has great humor. Recommended by Rochelle.
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ISBN: 9780425238660
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Published: Berkley Books - January 4th, 2011

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When Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.


The Keeper of Lost Causes by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen features a flawed Copenhagen police detective who is almost killed while on duty. His two colleagues didn’t fare as well. When he returns to duty, he’s been relegated to the department basement and must head up Department Q a newly created special investigative division that looks into unsolved homicide cases.
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ISBN: 9780525952480
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Published: Dutton Adult - August 23rd, 2011

Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of "The Absent One," is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo.

SLEEPING MURDER by Agatha Christie

If you’re hungering for a tried-and-true, reliable British mystery, you can’t beat Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder. Though she falls in love with a house for herself and her new husband, Gwenda begins to get the odd feeling that a door ought to be in a place where there isn’t one.
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ISBN: 9780062073723
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 1st, 2011

In Agatha Christie’s classic, Sleeping Murder, the indomitable Miss Marple turns ghost hunter and uncovers shocking evidence of a perfect crime.

THE HYPNOTIST by Lars Kepler

THE HYPNOTIST by Lars Kepler, a pseudonym for a literary couple who live in Sweden, isn’t just another brooding Scandinavian crime novel. It’s a worthy successor to Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy. A family is murdered, but there is one survivor: a disturbed adolescent. The story switches to Erik Maria Bark, a well-known psychiatrist and hypnotist who stopped practicing hypnotism several years ago.
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By Lars Kepler, Ann Long (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781250007582
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Published: Picador USA - November 22nd, 2011

A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction book for 2011
One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011

Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spell

MURDER AT THE PTA by Laura Alden

Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden is a promising first in a new series. Its gossipy characters, small-town setting and reluctant sleuth add just the right mix of charm and complication.
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ISBN: 9780451231093
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Published: Berkley Books - October 5th, 2010

A brand-new series in which murder is anything but elementary

After Tarver Elementary School's unpopular principal is murdered, PTA secretary and mother of two Beth Kennedy puts aside bake sales and class trip fund-raisers to catch a killer. And when members of the PTA become suspects, she realizes solving this murder will not be as easy as ABC...

New Mysteries List Posted

The for May through September 2010 has been posted on The Raven’s website. Check it out to see if your favorite authors have new titles coming out. Some of our favorites are Louise Penny (BURY YOUR DEAD--September), Nevada Barr (BURN--August), Rhys Bowen (ROYAL BLOOD--September), Andrea Camilleri (TRACK OF SAND--October), and Tana French (FAITHFUL PLACE--July). Click for list. Drop a line via email ( or telephone (785-749-3300) to ask us to hold copies for you. We will call you when the books arrive at The Raven!

THIS BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George

THIS BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George finds Thomas Lynley (still grieving after his wife’s murder) back at Scotland Yard, investigating the murder of a young woman. His old team is having a hard time dealing with the new department chief, a woman, who may or may not get Lynley’s old job. A seemingly unrelated crime runs through the narrative, which adds to the mystery.
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ISBN: 9780061160912
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Published: Harper - January 25th, 2011

"George explores her characters' dreams and fears with a penetrating grace that makes reading her books a joy."
Washington Post Book World

"Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. The Lynley books constitute the smartest, most gratifyingly complex and impassioned mystery series now being published."
Entertainment Weekly

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING by Nancy Pickard will be published in May, and what a wonderful novel/mystery to look forward to. The writing is first rate, and the mystery involving. Set in a small farming community in Kansas, the story follows the Linder family, the major ranching family in the community.
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ISBN: 9780345471024
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 1st, 2011

One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead.