Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Pryor & Cummings by Rod Pennington

Pryor & Cummings one-ups the locked-room mystery with an entire locked building where a scientist is murdered. There is no gun and no suspect despite the building being locked up and the high-tech surveillance security reveals no one coming or... Continue Reading →

The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards

The Girl They All Forgot is a mystery rooted in the past in several ways. A young man kills himself in the same place as his father did twenty years earlier. The father had been accused of raping and murdering... Continue Reading →

The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans

The Physicists' Daughter is a World War II spy thriller. With the majority of men fighting overseas, there are more than a few Rosie the Riveters. Justine Byrne is just one of the many women working at a factory producing... Continue Reading →

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library is an ingenious mystery within a mystery. It begins with a murder in the library when four strangers hear a scream and retire for some coffee to talk it over. They subsequently learn there was... Continue Reading →

The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

What could be better than a new Phryne Fisher novel? How about several Phryne stories all in one book? The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions gives us seventeen short stories that have Phryne solving mysteries almost in an... Continue Reading →

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

The Rabbit Factor is a hilarious thriller that features an actuary as the main character. I love that math is a superpower in this book. Henri Koskinen has a well-ordered life. His apartment is optimally located for his job where... Continue Reading →

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club brings together what I hope will be a long-lasting trio of crime-solving women in Marlow, one of those quiet English villages along the Thames. Of course, some might say St. Mary Mead was a quiet village, too.... Continue Reading →

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple tells the story of Avery Chambers, a therapist who got tired of the slow therapy that waits for people to trip over their answers rather than give them direction. She took action and she lost her license... Continue Reading →

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Paradox Hotel is a delightful blend of mystery and science fiction. It takes place at a hotel that serves the wealthy who come to time travel. It's beautifully designed with outstanding service and January Cole is hotel security. Part... Continue Reading →

Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives by Rick Bleiweiss

Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives introduces a new detective series with Chief Inspector Pignon Scorbion, an Egyptian-Haitian British police officer heading up the police in the small British village of Haxford. His long-time friend happens to own the local... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead pick up right where Finlay Donovan Is Killing It left off. Someone wants her ex-husband murdered. Not that Finlay has not been tempted but she really wants to be off the list of professional assassins.... Continue Reading →

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman

City of the Dead begins with a bit of misdirection as we follow a couple of movers as they go about their job just long enough to think one of them is going to be the murderer or the victim... Continue Reading →

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections gives us a realistic hero in Liesl Weiss. She is good at her job, a stickler for detail and organization as any good librarian should be, but she worked mostly behind the... Continue Reading →

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid is a charming mystery that revolves around Molly Gray, a dedicated maid at Regency Grand Hotel. She loves her job and does it well until one day she discovers the wealthy, and not very nice, Charled Black dead... Continue Reading →

Desolation Canyon by P. J. Tracy

Desolation Canyon is the second in P. J. Tracy's new Margaret Nolan series. Nolan meets with a colleague for drinks knowing it is unwise, but did she really deserve to find a body on their date? The body is of... Continue Reading →

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