Book Reviews

Book Reviews

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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

Review of Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

For IAN RANKIN’s John Rebus, it’s not about status but about the job itself. He’s accepted the demotion to Detective Sergeant, in order to…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klausmann

Tigers in Red Weather by LIZA KLAUSSMANN is an evocative and terrifically plotted debut novel. Set in post-world war II America, Nick and…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of The Last Word by Lisa Lutz

I’m one of those annoying people, who have to share the funny moments in a book but forget to fill in the context. Some people humour me…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of White Heat by MJ Mcgrath

For all those of you who left the pages of Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series with frostbite on your fingers and a yen for more, let me take…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann

Review of Bryant & May Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler

Dry wit, London lore and quirky cases. I just finished reading CHRISTOPHER FOWLER’s Bryant & May Off the Rails (#8), and it reminded me how…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann