shutter July 02

Nothing is What it Seems in Massachusetts: Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane

***** Harper Torch, 2003 ISBN 038073186X (ISBN13: 9780380731862) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This book is exactly what I love about mystery novels. I almost wish I hadn’t seen the movie before I read the book; no matter how much I love Leo, the movie did not do this story justice—in a […]

blessing way June 18

Vast Arizona: The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman

***3/4 Harper Torch, 1970 ISBN 0061000019 (ISBN13: 9780061000010) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This was the first Tony Hillerman book I read, and I can say it was just what I expected: well written, entertaining, and very descriptive of the setting. The book starts with the discovery of a corpse in the […]

cover sculptor June 12

“Pretty” Rhode Island: The Sculptor, Gregory Funaro

**1/2 Pinnacle, 2009 ISBN 0786022124 (ISBN13: 9780786022120) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge This is the kind of book where the idea was better than the actual story. “The Sculptor” is a serial killer who disposes of his victims to replicate famous statues by Michelangelo by using real body parts for his creations. […]

Stephen-Kings-The-Shining-1997 June 09

Fear and Loathing in Colorado: The Shining, Stephen King

***** Hodder & Stoughton, 1977 ISBN 0450040186 (ISBN13: 9780450040184) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book, especially because I love the movie so much. However, no matter how much I like Kubrick, the book is much better. In the spirit of full […]

two little cover June 03

Tedium and cliché in Connecticut: Two Little Girls in Blue, Mary Higgins Clark

* Pocket Books, 2007 ISBN 0743497295 (ISBN13: 9780743497299) Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge  This is probably a book I should have put down after the first chapter. I can’t remember reading Mary Higgins Clark, but I thought that since she was so popular, the novel would be pretty good. WRONG! The story […]

Carthage cover June 02

Big Questions in New York: Carthage, Joyce Carol Oates

***** Fourth Estate, 2014 ASIN B00DJHKGUK Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge Sometimes there are periods when nothing you read impresses you—and then a book comes along that just blows you away by the sheer talent of the writer. Some novels touch readers through story; others do it through language or plot construction. […]

Winter People cover May 13

Ghosts Walking in Vermont: The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon

** Doubleday, 2014 ISBN 0385538499 (ISBN13: 9780385538497) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge While this book had potential, it fell kind of flat from the outset. Its dual timelines follow the residents of an old farmhouse near a rock formation known as the Devil’s Hand, near the small town of West Hall, Vermont. […]

Cover weight of May 07

Sinister Missouri: The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh

Spiegel & Grau, 2014 ISBN 0812995201 (ISBN13: 9780812995206) ***3/4 Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge “If the wolf wants in, he’ll find a way.” Laura McHugh’s The Weight of Blood takes place in Henbane, a fictional town in the Ozarks. I was genuinely surprised at how much I liked this book, and it […]

the-round-house_custom-94ab45a1030026be0c3d76c1a9a6449b74be7a44-s6-c30 May 01

Injustice in North Dakota: The Round House, Louise Erdrich

***** Harper Collins, 2012 ISBN 0062065246 (ISBN13: 9780062065247) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge The Round House dealt with a lot of serious issues, from Native American rights to rape to revenge. Beautifully written and expertly told, Louise Erdrich’s novel was perfect for the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge. The entire book […]

Untitled April 21

Verdant, Adventurous Washington: Gemini, Carol Cassella

 *** Simon & Schuster, 2014 ISBN 1451627939 (ISBN13: 9781451627930) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge An unidentified woman has been the victim of a hit-and-run, and as the hospital begins to take steps to make important decisions on her behalf, Charlotte, her doctor, feels that she needs to find out who the woman […]

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