Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Vanessa's book recommendations. Find your next read here!

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

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…
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Vanessa Westermann

Vengeance by Benjamin Black

Vengeance (#5) is another strong instalment in BENJAMIN BLACK’s noir crime series set in 1950s Dublin. Davy Clancy hates the sea but…
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Vanessa Westermann