Be still a moment and this mystery explore: Crimes from Pushkin Vertigo

Pushkin Vertigo, a section of Pushkin Press, has dedicated itself to identifying masterful, classic foreign mysteries and bringing them to a new audience. Carefully chosen and given gorgeous cover designs, even the most dedicated crime reader will find something new. (Read about the other Pushkin Vertigo classics I loved) THE TOKYO ZODIAC MURDERS The Tokyo…

READS for your winter break

A few days off mean more time to read. Right? Even between all the travel, parties and meals, we bibliophiles can usually find a few secret hours to read. Here are my suggestions on what to read (and what to skip) on your winter break. the big black lizard big book of locked-room mysteries Edited…

REVIEW: I WAS JACK MORTIMER by Alexander Lernet-Holenia

This deceptively small book reads like a layered film noir. An innocent cab driver is drawn into a labyrinthine plot when his fare is shot and killed in the back seat. The driver, Sponer, is perhaps of less than average intelligence. He decides the best course of action is to drive around with the body…

REVIEW: BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager

Centered around the brutal and shocking assassination of the Duke of Orleans, brother to the King of France.Returned home one night, he was set upon by a gang of mounted ruffians who bashed in his skull and left him for dead on the cobblestone street of Rue Vieille du Temple. Jager’s retelling of the incident…

REVIEW: INVENTION OF MURDER by Judith Flanders

Despite the title, this delightful tome is nearly 500 pages of salacious details of crime and murder in Victorian England — plus almost 100 pages of notes, bibliography and index.  For someone like me, it’s a treasure trove of the ignoble and infamous.  I admit, I got a little giddy when the book arrived. It…

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