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Strange Shores
Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason (Mystery/Suspense)
"Strange Shores" by Arnaldur Indridason is the latest in this Icelandic author's series about Inspector Erlendur, who returns to his childhood home to come to terms with the trauma of the disappearance of his brother Bergur in a snowstorm decades ago. In the meantime, Erlendur delves into another unsolved mystery about a young wife who leaves her husband in 1942 and is likewise lost. The two mysterious disappearances are dealt with in absorbing style and character development. Arnaldur Indridason is one of my two favorite Icelandic writers. BRAVO! -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/27/2015

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Death in a Strange Country
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon (Mystery/Suspense)
"Death In A Strange Country" by Donna Leon is the second book in her series of Commissario Guido Brunetti, a detective in Venice, Italy. This story concerns personnel stationed at an American military base on the mainland of Italy, not too far from Venice. Guido Brunetti investigates several murders and calls in some favors from fellow policemen, family members, and friends. We learn more about various types and levels of corruption in Italy, which is taken for granted by the citizens. Guido's wife and children continue to feature prominently in the stories. This series is very good and worth reading. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/24/2015

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Death at La Fenice
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon (Mystery/Suspense)
"Death At La Fenice" by Donna Leon is the first book in her series about Commissario Guido Brunetti, police detective in Venice, Italy. This book concerns opera divas, a maestro orchestra conductor, beautiful women, a variety of relationships, and death; we learn about Brunetti's extended family, the Questura headquarters, and the corrupt politics and business dealings in Venice. I enjoyed this police procedural and will be reading more of the books in the series. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/23/2015

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To Dwell in Darkness
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie (Mystery/Suspense)
"To Dwell In Darkness" by Deborah Crombie is another in the series of Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James. The venue is London, and Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are working different cases. His is a bombing at Saint Pancras Station, and there are hosts of suspects and smoke screens to complicate the investigation. A great deal of the book involves the family, friends, and pets of the two detectives, and I think this does NOT make the book more "cozy" or "human" only makes it more annoying. The book would be much better with more "police procedural" and fewer "family drama" events. Is the author having trouble filling the pages with police work? -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/17/2015

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The Angel's Game
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Mystery/Suspense)
"The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a prequel to his book "The Shadow Of The Wind". In 1920's Barcelona, writer David Martin works at a day job as a crime reporter, but also writes novels at night. He produces two novels, one "ghostwritten" for his supposed good friend and benefactor Pedro Vidal (which receives great reviews), and one under his own name (which does NOT do well). More angst occurs when the love of his life marries his friend. A mysterious publisher Andreas Corelli comes to his rescue on numerous occasions and offers David Martin lots of money to write a book "unlike anything that has ever existed".....a great temptation. "The Angel's Game" is long, but it is entertaining and filled with intrigue, passions, puzzles, loves stories, villains, mysterious deaths, and political corruption. Not all is resolved at the end of the book, and many questions remain.....what is real, and what is imagined? This book was discussed with a book discussion group for FOUR days! -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/15/2015

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The Monogram Murders
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (Mystery/Suspense)
"The Monogram Murders", advertised as "the new Hercule Poirot" (famous character of Agatha Christie), is written by Sophie Hannah. It was with curiosity that I read this mystery. Hercule Poirot is still living in London, and his supper in a coffeehouse is interrupted when a terrified woman tells him she is going to be murdered. She begs Poirot not to punish her killer. She insists that justice will have been done. Later Poirot learns that three guests at a stylish London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink was placed in each one's mouth. Poirot works with Catchpool of Scotland Yard to solve this complicated mystery. Although this book didn't receive rave reviews from Poirot fans, it was an interesting pastiche and had the expected gathering of the suspects at the end to expose the solution. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/12/2015

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Who's Sorry Now?
Who's Sorry Now? by Jill Churchill (Mystery/Suspense)
"Who's Sorry Now?" by Jill Churchill is one in the series of Grace and Favor books. Sister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster live in the Hudson River Valley during the Great Depression. The town has lost its post office, and when the mail gets dumped off the trains, citizens, including snooping women, have to rummage through the sacks to find their letters and packages. Some mail is even destroyed. When some townspeople are found dead, and swastikas are painted on buildings, hate and fear abound. Lily and Robert work to save their quiet town from disaster. This was an easy, fast read; there are other books in the series. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/09/2015

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Darkness & Light
Darkness & Light by John Harvey (Mystery/Suspense)
"Darkness & Light" by John Harvey is book # 3 in the Detective Inspector Frank Elder series. Frank Elder has retired, but is brought back, reluctantly, to Nottingham to investigate the disappearance of a friend of his ex - wife. He discovers secrets that the missing woman would not want anyone to know. Frank Elder also works with a former colleague DI Maureen Prior in another complicated case. These books are excellent for their character development and psychological studies. In John Harvey's books, there is always something unresolved at the end to keep the reader coming back for the next story. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/06/2015

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Ash & Bone
Ash & Bone by John Harvey (Mystery/Suspense)
"Ash and Bone" by John Harvey is the second book in the Detective Inspector Frank Elder series. Elder is called back from Cornwall to resolve problems with his daughter Katherine, the victim of an assault crime from the first book who is now living with a drug dealer, and to solve the murder of a fellow detective sergeant. Frank is recruited by a cold case unit that employs retired cops, and he tries to figure out why and by whom the detective was killed. Frank is also trying to rescue his daughter from her drugs-and-boyfriend trouble and repair their relationship. John Harvey's stories are well written, and are easy to read. The plots and subplots are complicated, but most are resolved at the end. I look forward to the next book in the series. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/03/2015

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Flesh & Blood
Flesh & Blood by John Harvey (Mystery/Suspense)
"Flesh & Blood" by John Harvey, is the first book in the series about retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder. After his retirement, and his wife's betrayal, Frank Elder has fled to the Cornish coast of England. He is still bothered by the unsolved disappearance of sixteen-year-old Susan Blacklock, sixteen years ago. Two men, convicted for the rape and murder of another young girl, remain the prime suspects in the Blacklock case, and one of them is released from prison. Soon, yet another young girl is horribly murdered, and Frank Elder becomes involved in the case. This is a well written and absorbing story, and I went on to read two more of the books in the series. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/31/2015

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