Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Vanessa's crime fiction recommendations. Find your next read here!

Review of Booking The Crook by Laurie Cass

Booking The Crook is the seventh in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. Publisher: Berkley – July 2nd, 2019“Just because I’m short doesn’t…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Where The Ice Falls by J.E. Barnard

Where The Ice Falls is the second book in the Falls Mysteries series. Publisher: Dundurn – August 10th, 2019The Falls Mysteries series are…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of A Bias For Murder by Sally Goldenbaum

A Bias for Murder is the third book in the Queen Bees Quilt Shop cozy mystery series. Publisher: Lyrical Underground – August 6th, 2019When…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Heat Wave by Maureen Jennings

Heat Wave is set in Toronto in July 1936 and is the first in the “Paradise Café Mystery” series. Charlotte Frayne is a young associate in a…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Paper Son by S.J. Rozan

Paper Son is the 12th title in the critically acclaimed Lydia Chin / Bill Smith series. Ghost Hero (#11) was published in 2011, and it’s a…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Death at the Dakota by M.K. Graff

Part police procedural, part cozy, Death at the Dakota is the second book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series by M.K. Graff.Nurse…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Prisoners of Hope by Barbara Fradkin

On Saturday, I attended Barbara Fradkin’s Prisoners of Hope Toronto launch party at Sleuth of Baker Street Mystery Bookstore.Prisoners of…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of The Dame Was Trouble edited by Sara L. Johnson, Halli Lilburne and Cat MacDonald

The Dame Was Trouble is a collection of noir short stories by the best female Canadian crime writers. This anthology subverts the gender…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of The Crate:A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice by Deborah Levison

The Crate, by debut author Deborah Levison, tells the true story of her family’s discovery of a wooden crate, nailed shut and hidden beneath…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Sleuth by Gail Bowen

Having taught creative writing, my bookshelf is filled with texts offering advice on developing writing skills. I was therefore delighted to…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Blood Will Out by Jill Downie

If vampires and the mere mention of blood-play set your heart racing, then Blood Will Out (#3) by Ontario author JILL DOWNIE is the perfect…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

Chimney sweepers are associated with good luck and especially so at the start of the new year, so my January pick is ALAN BRADLEY’s latest…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann