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Parker, Robert B – Back Story

Parker, Robert B – Back Story – VG

I am a fan of his and do think he is the master of dialogue. In Back Story, Spenser investigates a 28-year-old murder for the daughter of the victim. Classic Parker.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 10, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Parker, T. Jefferson – Silent Joe

Parker, T. Jefferson – Silent Joe – VG

Young man, whose face was burned by his father having thrown acid on it, witnesses the shooting of his adopted father, a local politician. It was the first I’ve read by him and definitely won’t be the last.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 9, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Peale, Cynthia – The White Crow

Peale, Cynthia – The White Crow – VG

Having lived in Boston, I do love books set there. Peale does a wonderful job of conveying the period and developing her characters. I really like the way this series is progressing.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 8, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Raphael, Lev – Little Miss Evil

Raphael, Lev – Little Miss Evil – Okay

The killing of a college professor. It was okay but just took a long time for anything to happen.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 8, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Roberts, Nora – Birthright

Roberts, Nora – Birthright – VG

An archeologist discovers she was kidnapped as an infant and sold to another family. This is a mystery/romance, with a bit more mystery than her usual fare. I do admit to being a fan of hers.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 6, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Ross, Kate – A Broken Vessel

Ross, Kate – A Broken Vessel – G+

Tragically, there are only four books by Kate Ross. This is the second of the Julian Kestrel series in which a woman of quality does in a shelter for prostitutes. Dipper, Julian’s “man”, goes undercover.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 6, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Simmons, Dan – Darwin’s Blade

Simmons, Dan – Darwin’s Blade – G

An action-packed story of an insurance investigator. Not as good as Hardcase or Hard Freeze, but enjoyable.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 5, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Spencer-Fleming, Julia – In the Bleak Midwinter

Spencer-Fleming, Julia – In the Bleak Midwinter – G-

A female Episcopal priest, a local cop, an abandoned baby and a murdered mother. I did enjoy the book in spite of Clare’s blindly rushing off without thinking and my doubts of her realistically being included in as many parts of the…

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Added by LJ Roberts on April 4, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Todd, Charles – Watchers in Time

Todd, Charles – Watchers in Time – G+

Rutledge call to investigate the murder of a priest. Such a well-done series. I really enjoy these.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 3, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Mini-Reviews - April 2003

Bowen, Rhys - Evan Only Knows - G+

Less light, man who shot Evans father accused of rape and murder



Brown, Dan - Di Vinci Code, The - Ex

2003 Top Ten - Holy Grail, cyphers, straight-through read…



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Added by LJ Roberts on April 2, 2003 at 10:00am — No Comments

Waiwaiole, Lono – Wiley’s Lament

Waiwaiole, Lono – Wiley’s Lament – NR

Very noir, somber and violent without a sympathetic protagonist. Others have loved it, but it was not for me.

Added by LJ Roberts on April 2, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

Wilcox, Colin – Dead Center

Wilcox, Colin – Dead Center – G+

Set in San Francisco, Det. Frank Hastings investigates the murders of members of an exclusive men’s club (thinly veiled Bohemium Club of which I know a member). Even has an appearance by Bruce Taylor, former owner of SF Mystery Book. Living in the Bay Area, I always enjoy his books and regret he is no…

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Added by LJ Roberts on April 1, 2003 at 5:30am — No Comments

EBMRG - 4 March 2003 Meeting Recap

East Bay Mystery Readers' Group -

4 March 2003 Meeting Recap

TO WEAR THE WHITE CLOAK - Sharan Newman

The seventh installment of Sharan Newman's critically acclaimed Catherine LeVendeur medieval mystery series, To Wear the…
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Added by LJ Roberts on March 29, 2003 at 1:30am — No Comments

Mini-Reviews - March 2003

Alexander, Bruce - Person or Persons Unknown - VG

Women being murdered, 1 killer or 2

Coleman, Reed Farrel - Life Goes Sleeping - G

His 1st book-good but too much WWII intrigue overlays the plot…

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Added by LJ Roberts on March 2, 2003 at 10:00am — No Comments

EBMRG - 4 February 2003 Meeting Recap

The East Bay Mystery Reading Group -

4 February 2003 Meeting Recap

MURPHY'S LAW - Bowen, Rhys - (Amateur Sleuth) - Good

"Molly is on the run from England for killing a man trying to protect her virtue. She meets a woman who is unable to travel to America with her children and rejoin her husband. Molly assumes her identity and all goes well until a man alludes to knowing her secret and making her life…

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Added by LJ Roberts on February 28, 2003 at 1:30am — No Comments

Mini-Reviews - February 2003

Alexander, Bruce - Watery Grave - VG

When preserving an image is more important than justice



Block, Lawrence - SmallTown - G+

More graphic sex than normal, quick tie-up and…

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Added by LJ Roberts on February 2, 2003 at 10:00am — No Comments

EBMRG - 7 January 2003

East Bay Mystery Readers' Group -

7 January 2003 Meeting Recap

Books discussed were:

CLOSING TIME - Jim Fusilli

From the publisher: "It's after midnight and a novice private investigator discovers the battered body of a livery cabdriver in downtown Manhattan's meat-packing district. Two days later, he witnesses a bloody explosion at a gala opening at a SoHo art gallery." "Unrelated incidents? Not…

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Added by LJ Roberts on January 29, 2003 at 1:30am — No Comments

Mini-Reviews - January 2003

Alexander, Bruce - Murder in Grub Street - VG

James Fielding/Jeramy Procter-mental illness, religious fanatics



Bowen, Rhys - Murphy's Law - G

Immigrant to Boston, Molly Murphy, probably won't read more.…



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Added by LJ Roberts on January 22, 2003 at 10:00am — No Comments

2002 - LJ's Top Reads

LJ's Top Reads of 2002

Banks, T.F. - The Thief Taker

Barton, Dan - Dead Crowd

Burke, Jan - Nine

Connelly, Michael - City of Bones

DuBois, Brenden - Killer Waves

Ford, G.M. - Black River

Gerritesen, Tess - The Apprentice

Grafton, Sue - Q is for Quarry

Harvey, John - East Meat

Hoag, Tami - Dark Horse

Katzenbach, John - The Analyst

King, Laurie R. - Folly

Moorcraft, Paul - The Anchoress of Shere

O'Connelll, Carol - Crime…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 31, 2002 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mini-Reviews - December 2002

Burke, Jan - Nine - VG+

Stand alone - very well done-would like more of these characters



Dymmoch, Michael Allen - Death of the Blue Mountain Cat - G

Straight cop, gay psych-2nd in series-charac VG, plot OK…



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Added by LJ Roberts on December 2, 2002 at 10:00am — No Comments

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