Items tagged with Usual Suspects

In the Shadow of Gotham

Posted by on Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Stephanie Pintoff’s In the Shadow of Gotham is NOT a Batman story.

The Usual Suspects will be discussing the book on Sunday, March 18 at 2 PM.read more


Greek drama

Posted by on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 - 11:26 AM

messenger of athens coverThe Messenger of Athens is the opening title of a series based on the seven deadly sins. If you know what the first deadly sin is, you have your first clue!

After the battered body of a young woman is found on the Greek island of Thiminos, modern Athenian investigator Hermes Diaktoros, a.k.a. The Fat Man, brings mysteries of his own when he inexplicably shows up to prove that the death was not an accident and to find the killer.read more


The Madness of King George

Posted by on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 - 10:38 AM

Jane and the Unpleasantness ... coverThe English Regency is having its bicentennial.  It began in 1811 when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son was asked to mind the throne, and ended with George III's death in January 1820.

According to author Stephanie Barron, in between, along with “fussy furniture … the English got food riots, Luddites, Jane Austen and Waterloo.”

Barron writes a series in which Jane Austen takes on the role of amateur sleuth.  The series began in 1997, and the eleventh book, Jane and the Canterbury Tale, was published in 2011. read more


Murder for Christmas?

Posted by on Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 - 10:50 AM

hercule poirotHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie was first published in the UK in December 1938. 

It was published in US in February 1939 under the title Murder for Christmas.

The book features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and is a locked room mystery. 

It received a somewhat tepid reception at home but was warmly received here.

The New York Times Book Review concluded, "Poirot has solved some puzzling mysteries in his time, but never has his mighty brain functioned more brilliantly than in Murder for Christmas".read more


Deception

Posted by on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 - 11:13 AM

One of the paragons of the historical mystery is something of a newcomer to the genre. Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily Ashton made her debut in 2005 in And Only to Deceive, which was followed in rapid succession by four additional titles, with yet another due later this month. Alexander’s reputation for being extremely careful about accuracy in her novels—due to her meticulous research—has not suffered from the speed with which she writes.  

The Usual Suspects will be discussing And Only to Deceive next Sunday, October 16 at 2.

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The Puzzle Master

Posted by on Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 - 10:17 AM

The career of maverick Detective Inspector Rebus began with Knots & Crosses in 1987 and ended with Exit Music in 2007.

For Rebus, Edinburgh is just one big crime scene just waiting to happen.

Rankin’s writing is greatly influenced by the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson and he used the Jekyll and Hyde story as a template with Edinburgh itself being as much of a character as Rebus.read more


The Usual Suspects: The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette

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The-Hunt-for-Sonya-Dufrette.jpgDiscussion of the mystery The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette by R.T. Raichev. On the day of the Royal Wedding in July 1981 at a house party by the Thames, a little girl vanishes. Her doll is found floating in the river, but there is no sign of the child. Twenty years later, mystery author Antonia Darcy still puzzles over the disappearance and the ongoing bizarre behavior of the girl’s family. First in the series.

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The Usual Suspects: The Laughing Policeman

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The Laughing PolicemanDiscussion of the mystery The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (1970, 211 p.) On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwise—one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed—and he suspects it was more than coincidence.

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The Usual Suspects: Christine Falls

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Christine Falls coverDiscussion of the mystery Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (2006) (340 p.) Returning to the morgue where he works after an office party, Dublin pathologist Quirke stumbles across a body that should not be there, a young woman named Christine Falls, as well as his brother-in-law, eminent pediatrician Malachy Griffin, altering a file to cover up the corpse's cause of death.

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The Usual Suspects: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane coverDiscussion of the mystery The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (2009, 371 p.) Forced to set aside her Ph.D. research in order to help the settling of her late grandmother's abandoned home, Connie Goodwin discovers a hidden key among her grandmother's possessions that is linked to a darker chapter in Salem witch trial history.

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