Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Poisoned Pen Press

The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley

Jamie and Victoria have been trying to have a baby for a long time. When they finally succeed they decide to go off for the last holiday with just them shortly before the baby is due. So of course they... Continue Reading →

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling

And There He Kept Her begins when two high school students try to burgle a house and are caught by the owner. Unfortunately, the homeowner Emmet Burr had secrets that would prevent him from ever calling for the police so... 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 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 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 Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney

The Grandmother Plot is a warm and delightful mystery featuring  Freddy, a rather hapless glass artist who does lampwork, not glassblowing, and he surely wants you to know the difference. He is an artisan, but like many of his kind,... Continue Reading →

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

Mortmain Hall is the second Rachel Savernake mystery. Rachel, her staff, Jacob Flint the reporter, and her favorite Scotland Yard officer return to a very different story. Rachel warns a man he will be murdered but offers to save him.... Continue Reading →

The Bones Remember by Sara E. Johnson

The Bones Remember is a mystery that made me want to go to the scene of the crime. It begins with Alexa Glock traveling to an island off New Zealand to identify a cadaver that had recently been found by... Continue Reading →

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

Before She Was Helen is an unmitigated delight. Clemmie has an agreement with her next-door neighbor to check on him every day to avoid an "I've fallen and I can't get up" moment.  Dom does not respond to her calls... Continue Reading →

That Affair Next Door by Anna Katherine Green

That Affair Next Door introduces Miss Amelia Butterworth, an insightful and observant woman who noticed a man and woman enter the next-door neighbor's house and saw the man leave minutes later. It was odd enough that she went next door... Continue Reading →

After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

After She Wrote Him is a standalone novel quite different from her Rowland Sinclair series. It begins with murder but the similarity to a standard mystery ends right there. Madeleine d'Leon is a lawyer turned mystery novelist with a popular... Continue Reading →

The Measure of Malice by Martin Edwards

The Measure of Malice is a fun anthology of classic mystery short stories from the Golden Age of Mystery. Martin Edwards has produced several editions for Poisoned Pen Press harvesting stories from authors who have been lost to the passage... Continue Reading →

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