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Friday, December 4, 2015

2015 Best Mysteries: A Sparkling Collection of MBTB Stars

Apparently during 2015 I liked eleven books really well. You can click on the titles for the full reviews. 

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (actually released in 2014)

Is Room 712 in a Catskills hotel haunted? Teenage musicians and eccentric adults haul their luggage and psychological burdens to a music festival in that hotel.

The Iron Sickle by Martin Limón

The latest in the series set in 1970s South Korea starring military investigators Sueño and Bascom. The series just gets better. This time a Korean man wields an iron sickle and kills a military administrator. Why, why, why, why, why?

The Final Silence by Stuart Neville

Irish author Neville has the knack of exploring and exploding the dark psychological recesses of the human mind. Inspector Jack Lennon is a suspect in the murder of a woman who asked Lennon to look into older murders. Run, Jack, run!

Lamentation by C. J. Sansom

In the troubled time of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, hunchback attorney Matthew Shardlake is a beacon of integrity and intelligence. This time heresy is the topic du jour.

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

What could warrant murder in the publishing industry? What couldn't? A great debut.

Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill

Although Cotterill's Dr. Siri Paiboun stories are couched in his trademark good humor, he almost always teaches his readers a serious lesson about Southeast Asia in the 1970s. In this book, the Chinese are invading Vietnam. Laos, where Cotterill's series is mostly set, is in the way. Uh, oh.

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

An elegant two-character play about spy versus spy.

The Truth and Other Lies by Sacha Arango

A masterful story by German author Arango about a sociopath who tries to keep his life from tumbling into the abyss.

X by Sue Grafton

It's by Sue Grafton. Read it.

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

A twisty thriller with great heart.

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Based on a true story, heroine Constance Kopp was an extraordinary woman for her time. Protectively raised, oddly educated, and now facing the world alone, Constance and her sisters are thrust into a world of crime. Girl gotta get a gun.

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