Category Archives: Juicy Mystery Book Reviews

Winspear, Jacqueline — Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in England. She began working on her dream of becoming a writer after emigrating to the United States in 1990. Inspired by her grandfather, who was wounded at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, she decided to set her first novel in England during the tumultuous first decades […]

Hart, Elsa — Li Du Mysteries

Elsa Hart’s first mystery, Jade Dragon Mountain, was set in southwest early 18th century China, and featured Li Du, a sleuth. scholar and former Imperial librarian. Li Du has been exiled from Beijing for ostensibly consorting with the emperor’s enemies. He heads to the Tibetan border, to a city nestled in the foothills of Jade […]

Camilleri, Andrea — Inspector Montalbano Mysteries

I adore Inspector Salvio Montalbano, a food-loving, honest detective unlike any other who struggles to bridge Sicilian and Italian cultures. He also loves his meals. The gruff inspector was created by Andrea Camilleri, one of Italy’s most famous writers. His books have sold over 65 million copies around the world. Even in translation, Camilleri’s books […]

Tallis, Frank — Max Liebermann Mysteries

Dr Frank Tallis is a British retired clinical psychologist who has published over thirty scientific papers in international journals, a textbook about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and four psychology books for lay people: Changing Minds (a history of psychotherapy), Hidden Minds (a history of the unconscious), Lovesick (an exploration of the relationship between romantic love and […]

Thompson, Victoria — Gaslight Mystery Series

Even though I like reading lesser known authors and mystery series, I couldn’t help spending a few bitter Chicago winter evenings this year devouring several in the Gaslight Mystery Series by Victoria Thompson. Winner of the Career Achievement Award for Mystery from RT Book Reviews in 2011, Thompson currently teaches in the master’s degree program […]

Margolis, Sasha — The Tsimbalist

What a charming, delightful tale, except for the part when because of a stubborn cow, a young Russian aristocrat is found murdered in the lake. This happens in 1871, and it’s close to the home of Koppel, who is recently widowed and struggling to marry off his eldest daughter and raise the rest of his […]