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A mysterious approach to Sherlock Holmes

Advantages: An introduction to a classic, print not cramped despite tiny book size.
Disadvantages: Looses the magic by gaining brevity, original stories are short enough surely

...The Christmas before last I recieved a tiny little book amongst my Secret Santa presents from work colleagues. Small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, the book was called The Essential Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes In One Sitting. My colleagues know th ...

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Review of Sherlock Holmes: The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting - Jennifer Kasius

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A Stretch Too Far for Hamish Macbeth

Advantages: It's a Hamish Macbeth book
Disadvantages: It's possibly the worst of the Hamish Macbeth books

Marion Chesney (under the name M C Beaton) has been writing cosy crime novels about the Scottish village of Lochdubh and its policeman, Hamish Macbeth, since 1985. Since that first book, Death of a Gossip, she’s produced books titled Death of a… at th ...

sharper_fin 05.03.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Death of a Kingfisher - M. C. Beaton

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Mr Monk at his worst and best.

Advantages: Really easy to read, murder without any gore.
Disadvantages: None for me, although some may find it not gorey enough.

I love reading crime/murder mystery novels but I don't want anything that's too explicit in it's details when it's explaining a crime scene. I like nice gentle books like Agatha Christie and Joanne Fluke. Something which will get my mind working on who du ...

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Review of Mr. Monk is Miserable - Lee Goldberg

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Write About What You Know - But Not About Writing

Advantages: The lead characters are good
Disadvantages: The supporting cast, setting and plot aren't all that great

The Introduction Retired army veteran Robert Galbraith published his first novel, a detective story called The Cuckoo's Calling, in 2013. It was an absolute belter of a book, a murder mystery featuring a one-legged private detective named Cormo ...

sharper_fin 12.03.2015 · Read full review
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Review of The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

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Another Death, Another Maiden

Advantages: Classic crime in all its absurd glory
Disadvantages: None - unless this isn't your thing

Edris Tidson used to grow bananas on Tenerife. Not the world capital of banana growing so far as I know, but I guess such plantations could have existed and certainly they'd be believable when Mitchell penned this classic crime caper in 1947. Tidson was ...

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Review of Death and the Maiden - Gladys Mitchell

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