Posts Tagged ‘ Poisoned Pen Press ’

Bleeding Through by Sandra Parshall – review

September 22, 2012
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This suspense-filled novel is built around characters you care about, especially its protagonist, Dr. Rachel Goddard, veterinarian extraordinaire. The book opens when Rachel and her significant other, Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, working with a group of teens cleaning up roadside trash in a rural area in southwestern Virginia, discover the body of Shelley Beecher....

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Under the Dog Star by Sandra Parshall – review

February 11, 2012
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This is the fourth entry in Sandra Parshall’s Agatha Award-winning series, which brings back Rachel Goddard, veterinarian in Mason County, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where there has been a rash of mysterious disappearances of family pets from all over the area, posters of which cover the walls of Rachel’s animal hospital....

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Fade to Blue By Bill Moody – review

January 14, 2012
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What a pleasure to immerse myself in my two favorite worlds: jazz, and mystery writing! Bill Moody has the perfect background for both, and extensive credentials in each. In this latest work, Evan Horne, his jazz pianist protag, is hired by the agent for Ryan Stiles, a hot new movie star, one widely considered...

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Reapers by Frederick Ramsay – review

September 7, 2011
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There are some excellent South African novels. But Frederick Ramsay has a particular interest in Botswana, and this is the second novel in what appears to be a burgeoning series featuring an up-and-coming Inspector, Modise, and Ranger, Sanderson. With the World Cup about to begin in South Africa, various unsavory sorts are spread all...

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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood – review

July 20, 2011
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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood – review

The Hon. Phryne Fisher makes her 16th appearance in this novel wherein she deservedly takes her entourage, including daughters Ruth and Jane, companion Dot, and pet Molly, on a vacation to the Australian coastal resort of Queenscliff where they are to spend relaxing time, i.e., no crimes or murders, at a house loaned to...

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Freeze Frame by Peter May – review

March 23, 2011
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Freeze Frame by Peter May – review

Enzo MacLeod has solved three cold cases and undertakes to clear up another in this series which began when he accepted a bet that he could find the solution to seven cases described in a friend’s book. This novel involves a 20-year-old murder on a little island off the coast of France. The victim,...

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Virtually Dead by Peter May – review

March 21, 2011
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Virtually Dead by Peter May – review

Many people resort to fantasy to offset the realities of life. Michael Kapinsky, the protagonist in this unusual novel, lives not only in the real world but in a virtual world to solve a series of murders. Mike is a forensic photographer for CSI in southern California still grieving over the loss of his...

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The Serpent Pool By Martin Edwards – review

March 1, 2011
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The Serpent Pool By Martin Edwards – review

This is the fourth novel in the series set in England’s northwest Lake District, an area well-known not only for its landscape, but the home of Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Carlyle, Beatrix Porter and Thomas De Quincey, this last perhaps best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, but less famous for On Murder...

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Mirror Image by Dennis Palumbo – review

December 24, 2010
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Mirror Image by Dennis Palumbo – review

Kevin Merrick, a patient of Dr. Dan Rinaldi for six months, had finally made a breakthrough of sorts, overcoming the self-imposed barriers and opening up about the traumatic events in his childhood. Now 23 years old, he has used drugs, cutting, and other ways of dealing with his problems. Now Danny feels he may...

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The Eye of the Virgin by Frederick Ramsay – review

November 3, 2010
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The Eye of the Virgin by Frederick Ramsay – review

For a small town sheriff, Ike Schwartz manages to get himself and his deputies involved in major international situations. This time an apparent murder case devolves into a major spy conspiracy. A dead body is found sitting in a local clinic. The same day, a B&E at the home of an adjunct professor occurs....

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The Grim Reaper’s Dance by Judy Clemens – review

October 22, 2010
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The Grim Reaper’s Dance by Judy Clemens – review

The second novel in this series finds Casey Maldonado (a/k/a Jones) hitching a ride after her last misadventure in Ohio right into another one. Apparently, death doesn’t take a holiday when Casey is around, but just tags along so she has company. The road in front of the semi in which they are riding...

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Trick or Treat by Kerry Greenwood – review

August 17, 2010
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Trick or Treat by Kerry Greenwood – review

If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. No matter where Corinna Chapman, the affable Melbourne accountant-turned-baker looks, she faces problems. Looking down the street, she sees competition in the form of another bakery, a franchise store that can undercut her prices and put her out of business. Then, her love life suffers when an...

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The Runner by Peter May – review

April 10, 2010
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The Runner by Peter May – review

There are two mysteries running though this excellent novel. The first involves a series of deaths of top Chinese athletes just prior to a competition with the United States. The second involves the on-again-off-again romance between Section Chief Li Yan and the American pathologist, Margaret Campbell, who is almost in her ninth month of...

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Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood – review

March 8, 2010
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Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood – review

In the previous 15 novels in this delightful series, the Hon. Phryne Fisher cavorted through a series of capers in the year 1928. Now in the 16th entry, we progress to the dire year 1929, and the ‘thoroughly modern miss’ is faced with two absorbing new adventures in her inimitable fashion. First, she is...

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Book Review: Desert Lost by Betty Webb

February 25, 2010
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Book Review: Desert Lost by Betty Webb

Poisoned Pen Press December, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-59058-681-5 Hardcover, 274 pp., $24.95 If one man has ten wives, what happens to nine other men? Apparently, they will have none. That, of course, is a major problem with polygamous societies. And that is a major theme in this latest Betty Webb novel on the subject, along...

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Book Review: Predators by Frederick J. Ramsay

February 25, 2010
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Book Review: Predators by Frederick J. Ramsay

Poisoned Pen Press December, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-59058-684-6 Hardcover, 264 pp., $24.95 This is not an easy novel to review because it is difficult to determine or simplify its various themes. At first blush, it is a tale of corporate intrigue. But added to that thread is the development of character in some of the...

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