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Back in August, when I raved about Tommy and Tuppence, Agatha Christie’s young, stylish crime-fighting duo, several of you mentioned the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. So when our book club needed a September selection, I suggested the first book, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. (As I sat reading it in the […]

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For a girl who grew up on Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and the Mandie books (anyone else remember those?), I came rather late to Agatha Christie. The inimitable Book Club Girl hosted a read-along last summer, and before long I was head over heels for Christie’s clever plotting and utterly English characters. I gushed this […]

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I am on a serious mystery kick lately, from the Spellmans to Tommy & Tuppence to Chet and Bernie. As I was finishing up those series, I scored a find at the Brattle for $1: The Family Vault, the first in Charlotte MacLeod’s mystery series featuring Sarah Kelling. Corrie, a friend and blog reader, had […]

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When Marilyn, my editor at Shelf Awareness, recommends a book, I pay attention. As you might guess, the woman has impeccable taste, especially after all those years of reviewing. She has referred to the Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn in several emails, so I decided to sniff them out recently. As a dog […]

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Last month, thanks to Jaclyn’s review of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files, I checked it out from the library, intrigued. A family of private investigators whose main recreational activity is spying on each other? A main character touted as “Dirty Harry meets Nancy Drew?” Sounded fun to me. As you can see above, I checked […]

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When I finally delved into Agatha Christie’s work last summer (thanks to Book Club Girl’s read-along), I mostly stuck with Miss Marple. I later read Murder on the Orient Express and branched out to the truly chilling And Then There Were None, but I completely missed Christie’s Tommy & Tuppence series until last month, when […]

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During Commencement season, my reading has slowed down a little. But here are the books I’ve loved lately: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, ed. Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger King (who writes the Mary Russell series I adore) and Klinger asked a few of their fellow […]

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The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story, Martin Edwards A fascinating, highly readable group biography of the men and women who transformed Golden Age (inter-war) detective fiction in the UK and beyond. Full of details about two of my favorites, Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie. […]

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Between plane delays, crazy long commutes and cold, dark evenings, I’ve been reading a lot lately. (But then, when am I not?) Here’s what I’ve read (and loved) recently. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham Veronica Mars is back in her hometown of Neptune, CA, and when a couple of coeds […]

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Last month, I posted a list of fun ideas to get me through the winter. We’ve had plenty of snow (so much snow) and frigid temps, but I’ve been working on the list anyway. Here’s an update: Fill up the journal I started in early January.* Working on it (though my handwriting is truly atrocious […]

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