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Tops for 2007

Here are my tops for 2007 in no particular order:



The Tin Roof Blowdown—James Lee Burke (Best Novel of the 2007)

Dead Cold or Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (Runner-Up for BN 2007)

The Overlook—Michael Connelly (I miss Michael!!)

Sharp Objects—Gillian Flynn (Most Unique)

Stealing the Dragon—Tim Maleeny (Best First for 2007)

Field of Darkness—Cornelia Read (Can't Wait in 08!!)

To The Power of Three --Laura Lippman (I'm in awe of this Woman!)

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Added by Gumshoe Carl on January 19, 2008 at 11:09am — No Comments

The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

Every time I read a new James Lee Burke novel, I often ask myself if that book will be the pinnacle of his incredible writing career. I can’t ever imagine Mr. Burke getting any better, but then he surprises me with yet another masterpiece of fiction. This is certainly the case for The Tin Roof Blowdown, Mr. Burke’s depiction of Hurricane Katrina and the calamities of the people of The Big Easy and New Iberia Parrish.

It is unfathomable that human beings would commit acts of murder,… Continue

Added by Gumshoe Carl on July 31, 2007 at 10:17am — No Comments

Review of The Overlook by Michael Connelly

It finally happened--my first A+ book of 2007. By some snafu of nature, I was able to get my hands on THE OVERLOOK by Michael Connelly a week early, though I read the entire book in one day. The Overlook will be in stores tomorrow (May 22) and if I were you, I'd be standing at the door of your favorite bookstore when they open the doors so you can be one of the first to purchase this wonderful piece of crime fiction. Some of you may be familiar with parts of The Overlook that were serialized a… Continue

Added by Gumshoe Carl on May 21, 2007 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Review of Dying Light by Stuart MacBride

I’m not sure why I waited so long to read Stuart MacBride’s sophomore outing, Dying Light. Mr. MacBride found instant success with his first crime fiction novel, Cold Granite, which I couldn’t get through because of the subject matter of small children as victims. But on my two unsuccessful attempts to read Cold Granite, even as I laid the book down unfinished, I knew I was in the midst of a wonderfully talented crime fiction author. Dying Light is a wonderful police procedural set in Aberdeen,… Continue

Added by Gumshoe Carl on May 21, 2007 at 12:08am — No Comments

Apple of My Eye

I finallly made the jump to Apple by purchasing a new MacBook. I'm at a point in my life where many doors are closing, like the completion of a PhD, and many new doors are opening, like starting a new job as a college professor. It just seemed like the right time to move to an Apple product. In addition, I'm expecting a light summer, so now was the best time to learn an new operaing system, and so far so good. Except for one thing.



There wasn't anything wrong with my Dell laptop. In… Continue

Added by Gumshoe Carl on May 16, 2007 at 6:58am — No Comments

Reading Slump--All My Fault!

It's all my fault--really.



As I have stated in other posts, 2007 hasn't been a very good one for

me as far as mystery/crime fiction is concerned. I've finally decided

it is probably me, and not the books I am reading. Now that the PhD is

behind me and I have found a new job as a college professor, I think

things will settle down for me. It's hard letting go of the past. It's

even harder going on job interviews, especially when what you really

want to do with… Continue

Added by Gumshoe Carl on May 7, 2007 at 1:58am — 1 Comment

Review of Stealing the Dragon by Tim Maleeny

When a freighter ship carrying Chinese refugees runs aground on San Francisco’s famous Alcatraz, Private Detective Cape Weathers becomes interested. This is not the kind of case that he usually takes on but when it is determined that the crew of the freighter ship were all murdered by a professional assassin, Cape begins to worry. The murders look eerily similar…

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Added by Gumshoe Carl on April 10, 2007 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Thanks to everyone for visiting my page. I obviously spent more time here setting up everything but I'm always looking for something a little different. I'd like to track my books here, so may only b…

Thanks to everyone for visiting my page. I obviously spent more time here setting up everything but I'm always looking for something a little different. I'd like to track my books here, so may only blog when I finish a book. Right now I am 2/3 of the way through Stealing the Dragon by Tim Maleeny and am enjoying it quite a bit. I like Cape Weathers (the PI) and look forward to future outings. Tim if you are reading this, send me a ARC of Beating the Babushka and I will definitely read and…

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Added by Gumshoe Carl on April 8, 2007 at 10:32am — No Comments

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