Mystery Reviews

THE BLACK CAT by Martha Grimes

Having the privilege of reading books before their publication date is one of the joys of working at the Raven Bookstore.
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ISBN: 9780451232946
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Published: Berkley Books - February 1st, 2011

Richard Jury is still dealing with the guilt of the accident that sent Lu Aquilar into a coma. But then he gets assigned the case of a beautiful woman who was murdered on the grounds of a pub called the Black Cat. And the only witness is a black cat. The woman is unidentifiable-but Jury is going to see that the person responsible is known to all...


For those of you familiar with the mystery, “Who in the Hell is Wanda Fuca?" By G.M. Ford, you are aware of this writer’s sense of humor.
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ISBN: 9780060874438
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Published: Harper - February 1st, 2009

The critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the Frank Corso and Leo Waterman series returns with a spellbinding novel of vanished lives and heinous betrayals that races, twists, and turns like a roller coaster running wild.


Though usually more comfortable with non-fiction books, I’ve read my share of cozy mysteries and have recently found a series I really enjoy. Blaize Clement’s Dixie Hemingway series about a cat/dog sitter features fast-moving plots, fully rounded characters, accurate animal information and a Florida Keys setting that offers vicarious sunsets and breezes for these cold, gray months.
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ISBN: 9780312369576
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 29th, 2009

"Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter" introduced a winning sleuth in Florida pet sitter Dixie Hemingway, and the next books in the series, "Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund" and "Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues," firmly established author Blaize Clement as a new star amongst mystery fans. Now Dixie Hemingway, no relation to you-know-who, is back in this fourth riveting installment.

THE DEAD OF WINTER by Rennie Airth

The award-winning Rennie Airth has a new British mystery, featuring World War I veteran Inspector John Madden and is set in London in 1944. THE DEAD OF WINTER finds the inspector investigating the death of his housekeeper, and clues lead to a Parisian furrier, stolen diamonds and a Resistance member. Lots of atmosphere and twists and turns--a fascinating mystery. (Harcover, $25.95).
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ISBN: 9780143117247
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Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

" Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Rennie Airth's The Death of Kings is now available from Viking.


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
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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