Half-Moon InvestigationEoin Colfer

This fun, silly young-adult book is by the author of the popular Artemis Fowl series, as of late being compared to the Harry Potter books in popularity. While I think that may be pushing things a bit, Colfer’s books are amusing for readers of any age. His Half …

The City of Falling AngelsJohn Berendt

In Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the reader has a strong feeling of time. The story covers years and you can clearly feel Capote’s desire to tell the story to the end, but at the same time strongly fearing and wishing for a conclusion. In Berendt’s books, …

ADeath on the Nilegatha Christie

Do you know why Agatha Christie is such a popular writer? Because she is a damn good one, that’s why. I know I read all of her books in high school, but had forgotten how really excellent they are. The plots are tight and detailed, characters are …

Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the HeadlinesMichael Bond

Does the name Michael Bond ring faintly familiar in your head? It should. Bond was the creator of the Paddington Bear books. Apparently Bond decided to free himself from a sea of marmalade and give mystery writing a whirl. Who can judge a book by its cover? I …

the-blackbird-papers Ian Smith

When the going gets tough, some of the tough read cheesy murder mysteries. I grabbed this one at random (ok, the cover was red and shiny).  Blackbird turned out to be one of the best and most imaginative mysteries I have read in ages. While most mysteries fit …