IQ, by Joe Ide: Book Review

When a rap mogul’s life is in danger, he turns to IQ, a brilliant high school dropout detective, to keep him alive in this first installment of a gritty mystery series. … More IQ, by Joe Ide: Book Review

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A Twist Too Far: Into the Black Nowhere, by Meg Gardiner

This is the second book I’ve read by Meg Gardiner and it’s the second book with a serious case of too-muchness. To be fair, Into the Black Nowhere is toned down compared to its predecessor, Unsub, which introduced us to the character of Caitlin Hendrix as she faced down a serial killer who enjoys antagonizing her family … More A Twist Too Far: Into the Black Nowhere, by Meg Gardiner

Cormoran Strike in The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

Mystery/thrillers tend to be my book equivalent of comfort food. I go to them when I want something quick and entertaining to read. I can’t imagine that ever changing, but I do occasionally find myself bored of the genre’s trappings. Hard-boiled male detectives or ladies with clumsy romantic comedy love lives try to solve a … More Cormoran Strike in The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

I Know a Secret, by Tess Gerritsen: Book Review

The Rizzoli and Isles books have been a series that I’ve followed for some years now. I enjoy them, but I am fully aware that the quality is uneven. Unfortunately, I Know a Secret is one of Gerritsen’s “off” books. There are good ideas that went into this mystery. For example, the method behind the murders … More I Know a Secret, by Tess Gerritsen: Book Review

You Only Live Twice, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

“You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face.” Twelve books into Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, the strain to keep things interesting is showing. This is a Bond novel that laughably pretends rock, paper, scissors can be a high stakes game like Bond’s casino showdown with … More You Only Live Twice, by Ian Fleming: Book Review

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith: Book Review

“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.” Every detective series has to have a memorable detective at its core. To fill this requirement, a writer can either go quirky (like Precious Ramotswe or Stephanie Plum) or gritty (like Harry Bosch, Kinsey … More The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith: Book Review