Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

the seven deaths of evelyn hardcastle stuart turton

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Mystery

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So, it seems that this book is titled “The 7 1/2 Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” in the US, and that was the version I had requested on Netgalley and got approved for. Then, because somehow I had convinced myself that 7 1/2 was a sequel, I bought The Seven Deaths myself as soon as it came out in my bookstore. By the time I realized my mistake, I had no regrets – the book is incredible and I’m glad I own a finished copy! Continue reading

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Double Mini-Review: The Naturalist & Looking Glass (The Naturalist #1-2), by Andrew Mayne

I love a good thriller with murder and mystery and an unorthodox detective. This series is one of my absolute favorites in this genre and today I am sharing mini-reviews of the first two books of this series!

the naturalist andrew mayneRating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis: Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.

I heard a lot about this book once it came out in 2017, and while I was curious, it took me months to really pick it up – I normally don’t pay too much attention to hype among thrillers, because of previous disappointments. But The Naturalist is an actually unique thriller among a multitude of thrillers that get published every month. And that is because Theo Cray, the “detective” of this story, is such a unique character, a mixture of intelligence, social ineptitude, charmingly witty personality, and acute perception. I loved following his steps towards this very unique crime story! So naturally, I had to pick up the second book… Continue reading

Review: Scheele’s Green Ghosts (The Lundenwich Society #1), by Terry Graves

Schelles Green Ghosts Terry Graves

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Middle Grade, Young adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery

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I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t normally read children’s books very often, but I love reading them to have fun and just have a good time. And did this book deliver!

Scheele’s Green Ghosts is the first installment in The Lundenwich Society series, a middle grade story about a group of children who have a gift to sense or see the supernatural and help solve mysteries in order to give peace to ghosts and help them move on. Continue reading

ARC Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Bluebird Bluebird Attica Locke

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Mystery, Crime

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was among the first books I received from Netgalley a few months ago, and it took me a while to read it, for the simple fact that I couldn’t connect to the story. It was a quite interesting premise – a double murder only two days apart from each other in a small town in East Texas where racism is rampant and justice is dealt in dubious ways. Ranger Darren Mathews is suspended, but he knows is aware of how crime is dealt with in those places, and decides to take matters in his own hands to find out who killed those people and how the murders are connected. Continue reading

ARC Review: Dead Man’s Chest, by Kerry Greenwood

Dead Man's Chest Kerry Greenwood

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely love the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series, as I have expressed before in this review. Miss Fisher is outspoken, fearless, very talented, sharp tongued, feminist, gloriously elegant and very sassy – I love her personality!

Dead Man’s Chest is the story of Miss Fisher, Dot, Ruth and Jane going on vacation at the seashore. They’ve rented a house, but once they get there, the butler and his wife are nowhere to be found and lots of things are missing – there’s no food, some vases and paintings have been moved, doors are unlocked with no sign of forced entry… while trying to enjoy their vacation as best as they can, Miss Fisher will also have to find the missing couple and solve the mystery. Continue reading

Review: She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery, by M. J. Tjia

She be Damned by M J TjiaRating: ★★☆☆☆

Recommended: No

Genres: Historical Fiction, Crime

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Goodreads Synopsis:

London, 1863: prostitutes in Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey to investigate. With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust before the killer strikes again. Continue reading

ARC Review: Brewing up Murder by Neila Young

Brewing up Murder Neila Young

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Crime

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was starting a reading slump when I picked this book up – and then it was gone!


Goodreads Synopsis:

As the owner of Mystery Cup Café in Wilton, Missouri, a town made famous by a string of long-ago murders, Blake Harper is used to the mysterious. When her barista is found strangled in a mound of coffee beans, Blake vows to find the killer, even though her sister, the town’s lead police detective, tells her to stay out of it. Continue reading

ARC Review: Murder in Montparnasse, by Kerry Greenwood

Murder in MontparnasseRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, I just had to read it! I was pretty psyched when I saw it got approved, as you can imagine.


Goodreads Synopsis:

The divine Phryne Fisher leads another dance of intrigue. Seven Australian soldiers, carousing in Paris in 1918, unknowingly witness a murder and their presence has devastating consequences. Ten years later, two are dead … under very suspicious circumstances. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder Anthony Horowitz

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Crime, Thriller, Fiction

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book comes out today, August 24th 2017!

I have been wondering how to review this book since I started reading it and, now that I’m finished, I am still not sure. The first thing to say is that it’s unique, not your typical murder mystery, and it’s strange. I was not sure if I’d liked it until it was over, and I think a better way to describe is that it definitely left an impression on me. It stuck in my mind and got me googling all through the story. So: yes, I enjoyed it! Continue reading

ARC Review: The Other Girl, by Erica Spindler

The Other Girl Erica Spindler

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Crime

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Girl comes out today! I read this book in one sitting. Need I say more?


Goodreads Synopsis: 

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer. Continue reading