Author Archives: Rick Robinson

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The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz, original (c)2017, this edition Harper Perennial (c)2019 trade paperback, mystery novel, 390 pages The Blurb: The Word is Murder is a 2017 mystery novel by British author Anthony Horowitz and the first novel in … Continue reading

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In a Word: Murder – Stories in Memory of Maxine Clarke

In A Word: Murder – Stories In Memory of Maxine Clarke edited by Margot Kinberg, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 2014) – ebook, 128 pages from the Introduction: “Maxine Clarke, to whose memory these stories are dedicated, was a true … Continue reading

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short stories read – February 23

The Cases of Lieutenant Timothy Trant by Q. Patrick, Crippen & Landru 2019 Lost Classics Series, softcover story collection, mystery fiction, introduction by mystery historian Curtis Evans. I bought this when it was published, and have just now taken it from … Continue reading

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The Cat Who Saved Books

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa, 2017 Harper Collins, Harpervia Edition 2021 hardcover, translation by Louise Heal Kawai The Blurb: I read the review below on Lesa Hostline’s Lesa’s Book Critiques blog, and use her text with permission. “Rintaro Natsuki’s grandfather … Continue reading

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A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker, 2022 Forge Book, hardcover mystery novel Plot Summary: (edited slightly from the publisher’s blurb) A Thousand Steps is a beguiling thriller, an incisive coming-of-age story, and a vivid portrait of a turbulent time and … Continue reading

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short stories read – February 9

February already! I’ve finished a couple of novels, but right now I’m back to short stories. Knowing the third book shown below was on it’s way, I picked up the collection and anthology also shown to continue in them. First is … Continue reading

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The Music Box Murders

The Music Box Murders by Larry Karp, 1999 Worldwide paperback, mystery, first in Dr. Thomas Purdue series Having read an review of this book by Walter Albert in February, I tracked down a used copy and gave it a try. Walter … Continue reading

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Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye

Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye, 2009 Simon & Schuster hardcover, mystery novel, Sherlock Holmes pastiche, subtitled An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson Plot Summary: In a foreword, writing in 1939, the elderly Dr. Watson decides … Continue reading

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short stories read

The Golden Anaconda and Other Strange Tales of Adventure by Elmer Brown Mason, introduction by John Locke, [Off-Trail Publications, 2009 trade paper, 269 pages] – pulp reprint – Five short stories featuring Wandering Smith (from The Popular Magazine) and five … Continue reading

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National Pie Day!

Sunday, January 23 is National Pie Day! I love pie, and will be having some on this very special day, my favorite, strawberry/rhubarb. I hope you enjoy some pie too! From the National Pie Day website: ”Sponsored by the American Pie … Continue reading

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