Reviews by Author

Peter Abrahams
Down the Rabbit Hole  3 stars  

Edward Acheson
Red Herring  3 stars

Peter Ackroyd
English Music  DNF 

Catherine Aird
Past Tense   3.5 stars
The Religious Body  4 stars

Joan Aiken
The Silence of Herondale  3 stars

Boris Akunin
The Winter Queen  3.5 stars

Mitch Albom
for one more day  4 stars

Louisa May Alcott
A Long Fatal Love Chase  3 stars

Dante Alighieri (trans Dorothy L Sayers)
The Divine Comedy 1: Hell   Review Part II  4 stars
The Divine Comedy II: Purgatory 3.5 stars
The Divine Comedy III: Paradise  3.75 stars

Isabel Allende

Margery Allingham
Dancers in Mourning  4 stars
The Fashion in Shrouds   3 stars
Flowers for the Judge  4 stars
Pearls Before Swine  3.5 stars
Police at the Funeral  4 stars  

Delano Ames
For Old Crime's Sake (aka Lucky Jane) 4 stars

Eric Ambler
A Coffin for Dimitrios   2.5 stars 


Kingsley Amis
The Green Man  1 star

Cleveland Amory
The Cat Who Came for Christmas 3 stars  

Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen's Fairy Tales 
3 stars  

J. R. L. Anderson
A Sprig of Sea Lavender 3 stars

James Anderson
The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks  3 stars

Poul Anderson
The High Crusade  3 stars

Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  4.5 stars

Anonymous (trans by Herbert Mason)
Gilgamesh   4.5 stars

Charlotte Armstrong
The Chocolate Cobweb  2 stars
A Dram of Poison Unrated
Lay On, Mac Duff!  3.5 stars

Margot Arnold
Exit Actors, Dying  3 stars

Brenda Ashford
A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story  4.5 stars

Isaac Asimov
Fantastic Voyage  3.5 stars
Foundation  3 stars 

Jane Austen
Emma  2 stars
Northanger Abbey  4 stars
Sense & Sensibility 3 stars
 
A. C. Baantjer
DeKok & Murder in Ecstasy  3.5 stars
DeKok & Murder on Blood Mountain  4 stars
DeKok & Murder on the Menu 3.5 stars 

David Bainbridge

Josephine Baker (intro by)

Muriel Barbery

Robert Barnard
Death and the Princess   3.5 stars 
The Habit of Widowhood  3.5 stars

Jonathan Barnes
The Somnambulist 3 stars 

Julian Barnes
Flaubert's Parrot  3 stars
The Porcupine  3.5 stars
The Sense of an Ending   3 stars

Lorna Barrett
Book Clubbed  2 stars

Stephanie Barron

L. Frank Baum
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus  3 stars  

George Baxt
The Dorothy Parker Murder Case  3 stars


Louis Bayard
The School of Night by 2.5 stars  
  
M. C. Beaton
Death of a Charming Man  3 stars
Death of a Chimney Sweep  3 stars

Sally Beauman
Rebecca's Tale  3 stars

K. K. Beck
Electric City  3 stars

Alan Beechey
This Private Plot  3 stars

Josephine Bell
Death at the Medical Board  3.5 stars
Death in Clairvoyance  3 stars

John McGrew Bennet

Maryka Biaggio
Parlor Games 3 stars

Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary  3 stars

Earl Derr Biggers
The Chinese Parrot  3.5 stars 


Lionel Black
Death Has Green Fingers  3.5 stars
(Charity) Lee Blackstock
The Woman in the Woods  3 stars

Nicholas Blake
The Morning After Death 4 stars
A Question of Proof  3.5 stars

E. F. Bleiler (ed)
Three Victorian Novels  3.5 stars

Lawrence Block
Random Walk  3.75 stars

Anthony Boucher
Rocket to the Morgue 3 stars

Richard L. Boyer
The Giant Rat of Sumatra  3 stars

Ray Bradbury
Ahmed & the Oblivion Machines 3 stars 
A Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers  3 stars 
Death Is a Lonely Business  4 stars
I Sing the Body Electric  4.5 stars
Let's All Kill Constance  2 stars (sortof)
Something Wicked This Way Comes  4 stars

Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Lady Audley's Secret  4 stars

Caryl Brahms & S. J. Simon
A Bullet in the Ballet  2.5 stars

Dennis Bradford
A Dark Time 2.75 stars

Marion Bramhall
Button, Button  3 stars

Christianna Brand 
London Particular (aka Fog of Doubt) 4 stars  


Gyles Brandreth
Oscar Wilde & the Vampire Murders  4 stars

Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who Saw Red 3 stars

Herbert Brean
The Darker the Night  3.5 stars
Wilders Walk Away  4 stars

Kit Brennan
Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards 3 stars


Emily Brightwell
Mrs. Jeffries Stands Corrected 3 stars 

Tom Brokaw
The Greatest Generation  4 stars

Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre   4 stars

Carl Brookins
The Case of the Deceiving Don  4 stars

Fredric Brown
Angels & Spaceships  4 stars
Night of the Jabberwock  4 stars

Marie-Therese Browne
Olga: A Daughter's Tale  4 stars

Leo Bruce
Case for Three Detectives  4 stars
Jack on the Gallows Tree 3.5 stars

John Buchan
The 39 Steps 3.5 stars  

Raymond Buckland
Cursed in the Act  3 stars

Mikhail Bulgakov 
Heart of a Dog unrated  

W. J. Burley 
Wycliffe & the Guilt Edged Alibi  3 stars  

Stephen Burt & David Mikics
The Art of the Sonnet  3.5 stars

Lewis Buzbee

Olivia deBelle Byrd
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle  4.5 stars

James M. Cain
The Postman Always Rings Twice  3 stars

Kenneth Cameron
The Bohemian Girl  4 stars

Alice Campbell 
Veiled Murder 1.5 stars

Robert Campbell
Red Cent  3 stars

Orson Scott Card 
Dragons of Light  3.5 stars (editor)
Future on Ice 3.5 stars (editor
Seventh Son  3.5 stars

The Lost Gallows  3.5 stars
The Problem of the Green Capsule 4 stars
Till Death Do Us Part  3.75 stars  

Maureen Carter
Dead Old 2 stars 

Jean-Claude Carriere & Peter Brook
(bassed on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar)
The Conference of the Birds  1 star

Gail Carriger 
Soulless   3 stars  
Changeless  3.5 stars  
Blameless  4 stars 
Heartless  3 stars 
Timeless 3 stars

Adolpho Bioy Casares & Silvina Ocamp
Where There's Love, There's Hate  4 stars

Vera Caspary
Evvie  4 stars
The Murder in the Stork Club 4 stars

Willa Cather
My Antonia  3 stars
The Professor's House  3 stars

Sarah Caudwell
The Shortest Way to Hades  4 stars
Thus Was Adonis Murdered  4 stars

Richard Cecil 
Twenty First Century Blues 4 stars 

Bennett Cerf (ed)
Famous Ghost Stories  4 stars 

Michael Chabon
The Final Solution  3 stars

Leslie Charteris

Marion Chesney
Lady Fortescue Steps Out  3.5 stars
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime    2 stars

G. K. Chesterton
The Innocence of Father Brown 3 stars 
The Man Who Was Thursday  3 stars

Erskine Childers
The Riddle of the Sands  2.5 stars

James L. Christian, ed
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: The First Encounter  2.5 stars   


Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None  5 stars
Cat Among the Pigeons  4 stars
Death in the Air (aka Death in the Clouds)  4 stars 
Elephants Can Remember  2 stars  
Endless Night  2 stars
Third Girl  3 stars
Ten Little Indians (aka And Then There Were None--see above) 5 stars

Richard Cibrano
Unthinkable  2.75 stars

Douglas Clark
Plain Sailing  3.75 stars
Shelf Life  3.5 stars
Vicious Circle  3.75 stars

Clyde Clason
The Purple Parrot  3.75 stars

Ernest Cline
Ready Player One 4 stars

 
V. C. Clinton-Baddeley
No Case for the Police  3.5 stars

Joan Coggin
Dancing with Death by 3.5 stars 

Paula Marantz Cohen
What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper   5 stars

Manning Coles
The Fifth Man 4 stars  

Mary Collins
Dead Center  2 stars

Max Allan Collins
The War of the Worlds Murder 3 stars 

Wilkie Collins
Hide & Seek  3 stars
The Woman in White  2.5 stars

Michael Cox (ed)

George Harmon Coxe
Inland Passage  3 stars 

Frances Crane 
The Coral Princess Murders  3 stars
The Yellow Violet  3.75 stars 

Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain  4 stars

Edmund Crispin
Beware of Trains  4 stars
Swan Song 4 stars 

Deborah Crombie
Dreaming of the Bones   3.5 stars
A Finer End by Deborah Crombie  3.5 stars
Kissed a Sad Goodbye   3 stars
The Sound of Broken Glass  3.75 stars

Terrie Curran
All Booked Up  3 stars

Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger   unrated

Elizabeth Daly
Book of the Dead  3 stars
Evidence of Things Seen  3.5 stars 
Nothing Can Rescue Me  3.5 stars
Unexpected Night   4 stars

Jeanne M. Dams
The Corpse at St. James's 3 stars
A Dark & Stormy Night 3 stars
The Evil That Men Do  2.5 stars

Kyle Dargan  
The Listening 4 stars

 
Mike Dash
Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century 3 stars 

MaryJanice Davidson
Undead & Unpopular  1- star  


Martin Davies
Mrs. Hudson & the Malabar Rose  3 stars

Lydia Davis
Break It Down    DNF

Norbert Davis
Sally's in the Alley  4 stars

Sammy Davis, Jr. [text by Burt Boyar]
Photo 5 stars  

Lillian de la Torre
The Detections of Dr. Sam: Johnson  3.5 stars

S. F. X. Dean
Nantucket Soap Opera Unrated

Julianna Deering
Death by the Book  3.5 stars
Rules for Murder  4 stars 

A. B. (Agnes) De Mille
Three English Comedies  3.5 stars  


Philip DePloy
The Witch's Grave  1 star

Kathie Deviney
Death in the Memorial Garden 3.5 stars

Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  3 stars
The Man in the High Castle  3 stars

Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings  4 stars
A Tale of Two Cities 4 stars 

Peter Dickinson
The Yellow Room Conspiracy  3.5 stars

Carter Dickson
The Cavalier's Cup 3 stars
The Curse of the Bronze Lamp  3 stars

Eilis Dillon
Death at Crane's Court  4 stars

Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
Seven Gothic Tales  3 stars

Carlos María Domínguez
The House of Paper  3 stars

D. J. Donaldson
New Orleans Requiem  4 stars

General Abner Doubleday
Chancellorsville & Gettysburg 2 stars  

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow 4 stars
The Hound of the Baskervilles 5 stars
The Poison Belt  3 stars
Sir Nigel   4 stars
A Study in Scarlet 5 stars
The White Company  3 stars

Doug Drexler & Margaret Clark (eds)
Ship of the Line  4 stars

Ann Dukthas
The Prince Lost to Time  3 stars

Daphne du Maurier
The House on the Strand  3.5 stars

Castle Dor (w/Arthur Quiller-Couch)  3.5 stars
Rebecca    4 stars Rebecca movie

Mignon G. Eberhart
Five Passengers from Lisbon 3 stars
The Mystery of Hunting's End  4.5 stars
The Patient in Room 18  3.5 stars  

Jason T Eberl & Kevin S Decker, eds
Star Trek & Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant 4 stars

Martin Edwards
The Frozen Shroud  4 stars

Ruth Dudley Edwards
Publish & Be Murdered  3.5 stars

Max Ehrlich 
The Big Eye  3.5 stars 

George Eliot
Middlemarch  4 stars

Harlan Ellison
Dangerous Visions #3  3 stars (edited by Ellison)
Harlan Ellison's 7 Against Chaos  3 stars
Shatterday  5 stars
Slippage 4.5 stars 

Roger Elwood (ed)
The Other Side of Tomorrow 3 stars


Margaret Erskine
No. 9 Belmont Square  3.5 stars
Sleep No More  3 stars  
 


Loren D. Estleman
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Holmes  3.5 stars 

Janet Evanovich
One for the Money  DNF

Geraldine Evans
Deadly Reunion   1.5 stars

A. A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner)
The Bigger They Come  2.5 stars
You Can Die Laughing   3 stars

John Fardell
The 7 Professors of the Far North  3 stars

William Faulkner
Intruder in the Dust  4 stars

Noah Feldman
Scorpions: The Battles & Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices  3.5 stars

E. X. Ferrars
Choice of Evils  3 stars 

Sean Ferrell
Man in the Empty Suit 3.75 stars 


Jennie Fields  
Age of Desire  3 stars

Charles Finch
The Fleet Street Murders 3 stars 

F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby 3 stars

Owen Fitzstephen
Hammett Unwritten  4 stars 

H. K. Fleming
The Day They Kidnapped Queen Victoria  2.5 stars

Ian Fleming
Casino Royale 3.5 stars  

Joanna Fluke
Plum Pudding Murder 2 stars 

Leslie Ford
By the Watchman's Clock  2.5 stars
The Devil's Stronghold  4 stars

C. S. Forester
The African Queen  4 stars

 
Andrew Forrester
The Female Detective 3 stars   

William R. Forstchen
The Forgotten War  3 stars

Christopher Fowler 
The Water Room  1 star  

John Fowles
The French Lieutenant's Woman  2 stars

Dick Francis
Flying Finish  3 stars 

Antonia Fraser
Mary Queen of Scots  DNF

Don Freeman
Corduroy Lost & Found

Newton Frohlich
The Shakespeare Mask  4 stars

Emile Gaboriau
File No. 113  3.75 stars 

Erle Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Careless Kitten 3.5 stars 
The Case of the Grinning Gorilla 3.5 stars 
The Case of the Negligent Nymph 3 stars

Randall Garrett
Murder & Magic 3.5 stars 

Elizabeth Gaskell 
North & South 3 stars
 

Stella Gibbons
Cold Comfort Farm 4 stars  

Anthony Gilbert
The Black Stage 3 stars
Death Knocks Three Times  3.75 stars 
The Innocent Bottle  2.5 stars

E. X. Giroux
A Death for a Dancer  3 stars

Oliver Goldsmith
The Vicar of Wakefield  2 stars
Carol Goodman
The Sonnet Lover    2 stars

Charles Goodrum
A Slip of the Tong 2 stars 

Robert Goolrick
A Reliable Wife    3 stars

Edward Gorey
The Haunted Tea Cosy  4.5 stars

Jaimy Gordon
Lord of Misrule  3.75 stars

Paula Gosling
Monkey Puzzle  4.5 stars

Barry Grant
The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes  2 stars

Robert Graves
Good-Bye to All That  3 stars 

Alex Grecian 
The Yard  3 stars   

Anna Katherine Green

Martin H Greenberg and Edward D Hoch
Great British Detectives  3.5 stars

Graham Greene
Travels with My Aunt    4 stars

Amy Butler Greenfield
A Perfect Red  2 stars 

Kerry Greenwood
Cocaine Blues  3.5 stars  
Dead Man's Chest  4 stars
Death by Water  4 stars
Queen of the Flowers  4 stars
Unnatural Habits 4 stars

Martha Grimes
Foul Matter  Review Part II    3 stars
Jerusalem Inn  3.5 stars
Vertigo 42  4 stars


The Brothers Grimm
Grimms' Fairy Tales  3 stars

Batya Gur
Murder Duet    DNF

Edward O. Guthman & Jeffrey Shulman (eds)
Robert F. Kennedy: In His Own Words  3 stars

H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon's Mines 3.5 stars

Peter Haining (ed)
The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 3 stars
London After Midnight   3 stars

Michéle Halberstadt
The Pianist in the Dark  3.5 stars

Brett Halliday
Blood on the Stars  3.5 stars
Dividend on Death  3.75 stars
She Woke to Darkness 3.5 stars

Bruce Hamilton
Too Much of Water  3.75 stars

Lyn Hamilton
The Xibalba Murders  1 star

Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon 4 stars  

Edward B Hanna
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Horrors  3 stars

Helene Hanff
84, Charing Cross Road  5 stars

Cyril Hare
Suicide Excepted  4 stars 
Tragedy at Law 4 stars 

Michael S. Harper
Use Trouble   unrated

Lee Harris
The Father's Day Murder 4 stars
The Thanksgiving Day Murder  3 stars

Lynn Harris
Death by Chick Lit  3 stars

Erin Hart
Haunted Ground  3.75 stars
Lake of Sorrows 3 stars

Robin Hathaway
The Doctor Dines in Prague 2.5 stars

Pete Hautman
The Prop  3.5 stars

Sheridan Hay
The Secret of Lost Things  3 stars

S. T. Haymon
Death of a God 3 stars 

Sarah J. Henry
A Cold & Lonely Place  4 stars

Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah   3 stars

Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom
The Jesus Incident 1 star

Georgette Heyer
Behold, Here's Poison  2.5 stars
Black Sheep  3 stars
A Blunt Instrument    4 stars
Death in the Stocks  4 stars
Detection Unlimited  4 stars
Duplicate Death  3.5 stars   
Envious Casca  3 stars
Faro's Daughter  4 stars
Footsteps in the Dark  3.5 stars
No Wind of Blame  4 stars
Penhallow  3 stars
They Found Him Dead   4 stars  
The Unfinished Clue  3 stars  
Venetia  4 stars  
Why Shoot a Butler?  4 stars

Patricia Highsmith
Slowly, Slowly in the Wind 4 stars  

Reginald Hill
Who Guards a Prince  2 stars

Susan Hill

John Buxton Hilton
Ransom Game  3 stars 
Target of Suspicion  2 stars 

Jane Hirshfield w/Mariko Aratan (trans by)
The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Onon no Komachi & Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan 4 stars

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Best of Mystery  3 stars
A Hangman's Dozen  3 stars
More Stories My Mother Never Told Me   3 stars 

Donald Bayne Hobart
The Clue of the Leather Noose  2.75 stars

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
The Unfinished Crime  3.75 stars

Sheri Holman
The Dress Lodger  .5 star

Hazel Holt
Mrs. Malory & Death in Practice  3 stars

Susan Holtzer
Bleeding Maize & Blue  4 stars
Something to Kill For 4 stars  

Anthony Hope
The Prisoner of Zenda  4 stars

Laurence Hope

India's Love Lyrics  1 star

Nick Hornby
A Long Way Down  unrated

Jane Horning
The Mystery Lovers' Book of Quotations  4 stars  

S. P. Hozy 
The Scarlet Macaw  4 stars  

 
L. Ron Hubbard
The Trail of the Red Diamonds  2 stars

Maria Hudgins
Death in an Ivory Tower  3 stars

Dorothy B Hughes
The Bamboo Blonde  2 stars 
The So Blue Marble 4 stars

Roland Hughes
John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars  2 stars

Thomas Hughes
Tom Brown's Schooldays  3 stars

Helen Humphreys
The  Lost Garden  4 stars 

Alan Hunter 
Gently Go Man  1.5 stars 

Shaun David Hutchinson
The Deathday Letter  4 stars 

Elspeth Huxley
Murder on Safari  3 star

Alan Hynd
Prescription for Murder

Hammond Innes
Gale Warning  3.5 stars

Michael Innes
The Bloody Wood  2 stars
A Comedy of Terrors
Hare Sitting Up by Michael Innes  3.5 stars
The Long Farewell  4 stars 

Elizabeth Ironside
Death in the Garden  4.5 stars
A Good Death 4 stars 

Jane Isenberg
Hot & Bothered  3.5 stars

Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House  3.5 stars

Michael Jahn
Murder at the Museum of Natural History  3 stars
Murder on Theatre Row  3 stars

M. R. James  
The Haunted Dolls' House  3.5 stars

P. D. James
Time to Be in Earnest: a fragment of autobiography  4.5 stars

Herbert Jenkins 
Malcolm Sage, Detective  3.5 stars 

Mai Jia
Decoded  unrated

Dana Johnson
Break Any Woman Down  4 stars 

 
Mike Johnson
Star Trek Vol 1 3 stars

D J H Jones
Murder at the MLA 3 stars 

Gareth P. Jones

Lucille Kallen
C. B. Greenfield: A Little Madness  2 stars
Introducing C. B. Greenfield  2 stars

Rebecca Kanner
Sinners & the Sea  4.5 stars

M. R. C. Kasasian
The Mangle Street Murders  3 stars

M. M. Kaye
Death in Zanzibar 3.5 stars

H. R. F. Keating 
Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books  4 stars  


Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day

Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Old Album 3 stars
The Secret of the Old Clock  4 stars  

Eric Keith 
Nine Man's Murder 4.5 stars  

Susan Kelly
The Gemini Man 3 stars 

Harry Kemelman
Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet  2 stars
 

Carol Kendall
The Black Seven 3 stars
 
Susan Kenney
Garden of Malice 2.5 stars  


Philip Kerr
March Violets  3.5 stars

Laurie R. King

Rufus King
Holiday Homicide  4 stars

Stephen King
11/22/63   2 stars

Kate Kingsbury
Check-Out Time  2 stars
Death Is in the Air  3 stars 

Father Ronald Knox 
The Footsteps at the Lock   3.5 stars

Michael Kurland (ed)

Deryn Lake
Death in Hellfire

M. D. Lake
Grave Choices  3.5 stars
Once Upon a Crime  3 stars 

Jonathan Latimer
The Lady in the Morgue  3 stars 
Hilda Lawrence
Blood Upon the Snow  2.5 stars

Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird

Marie Lee
The Curious Cape Cod Skull 3 stars

Y. S. Lee
The Agency: The Body at the Tower 
The Agency: A Spy in the House

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories 

Ursula K. LeGuin
The Lathe of Heaven  2.5 stars

Elizabeth Lemarchand
Death of an Old Girl 3.5 stars  
Unhappy Returns  3 stars

Elmore Leonard
The Big Bounce  1 star

Gaston Leroux
The Mystery of the Yellow Room 3 stars
The Phantom of the Opera  4 stars

Ann Margaret Lewis
Murder in the Vatican  4 stars

C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity  3 stars
Out of the Silent Planet  4.5 stars
Perelandra  2.5 stars
Surprised by Joy 3 stars  
That Hideous Strength  3 stars

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Gift from the Sea 4 stars 

Elinor Lipman
The Inn at Lake Devine 4 stars

Laura Lippmann
After I'm Gone  4 stars
The Girl in the Green Raincoat  4 stars (Review #2)

Frances & Richard Lockridge
Accent on Murder 3.5 stars
Catch as Catch Can 4 stars
Dead as a Dinosaur 4 stars 
Death & the Gentle Bull 3 stars  
Death of a Tall Man  4 stars
Death on the Aisle   4 stars
Die Laughing  3.5 stars
Hanged for a Sheep  4 stars
Killing the Goose  4 stars
The Long Skeleton  4 stars
Murder & Blueberry Pie  3 stars  
Murder by the Book  4 stars
Murder Has Its Points 4 stars
Murder Has Its Points 4 stars
Murder Is Suggested   4 stars
Murder Within Murder  4 stars 
A Risky Way to Kill  4 stars
Voyage Into Violence  4 stars

David Lodge
Therapy  2 stars

Kylie Logan
A Tale of Two Biddies  3 stars

Mary Logue
Bone Harvest  4 stars

Jack London
The Call of the Wild 4 stars 

E. C. R. Lorac
Shroud of Darkness  5 stars

M. L. Longworth
Murder on the Rue Dumas 3 stars

H. P. Lovecraft
"The Call of Cthulhu"  2 stars 

John D. MacDonald
Dress Her in Indigo   3 stars 
Other Times, Other Worlds  4 stars

Sarah MacLean
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake   3 stars

Charlotte MacLeod
Mistletoe Mysteries   3.5 stars

Christmas Stalkings  2.5 stars
Vane Pursuit  3.5 stars

Mary Malloy
The Wonder Chamber  2 stars

Henning Mankell
Faceless Killers  2.5 stars
One Step Behind  4 stars
The Return of the Dancing Master  4 stars 

Cynthia Manson & Charles Ardai, eds
Future Crime: An Anthology of the Shape of Crime to Come 3 stars

Margaret Maron
Corpus Christmas  3 stars

J. J. Marric
Gideon's Month 2 stars 
Gideon's Power

Ngaio Marsh
Colour Scheme  2 stars
Death at the Bar  4 stars 
Death in a White Tie  4.5 stars
Killer Dolphin  4 stars

Andrew Martin
The Necropolis Railway 2.5 stars

Steve Martin
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Valerie Martin
Mary Reilly  3.5 stars

A. E. W. Mason
Murder at the Villa Rose  3.5 stars

J C Masterman
An Oxford Tragedy  3.5 stars

Peter Mayle
The Corsican Caper  3 stars

Anne McCaffrey
The White Dragon 2 stars

Helen McCloy
A Question of Time 3 stars
Through a Glass, Darkly  4 stars 

Adam McComber
This New & Poisonous Air  4 stars 
The White Forest 4.5 stars  

Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver & the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains  3 stars

M. R. D. Meek 
Kemp's Last Case  2.5 stars

Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta: The Score of My Life  3.5 stars

Denis Meikle
Vincent Price: The Art of Fear 3 stars

D. E. Meredith
Devoured 3 stars  

A. Merritt
Seven Footprints to Satan  3.5 stars 

Beverle Graves Meyers
Whispers of Vivaldi  3 stars

Nancy Milford
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay  4 stars

Margaret Millar
Beast in View 4 stars
A Stranger in My Grave 3.5 stars

Mark Mills
The Savage Garden  3.5 stars

A. A. Milne
The House at Pooh Corner 5 stars 
The Red House Mystery  4 stars
Winnie-the-Pooh  5 stars 
The World of Christopher Robin 4 stars 

Gladys Mitchell 
A Hearse on May-Day  3 stars
Spotted Hemlock 3 stars

Roger Mitchell
Braid   2 stars
The Word for Everything  3 stars

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Selections from the Essays of Montaigne  unrated

L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables 3 stars 
 
Michael Moorcock
Behold the Man  

Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2 stars

Erin Morgenstern 
The Night Circus 3 stars

Christopher Morley
The Arrow  2.5 stars
The Haunted Bookshop  5 stars 
Kathleen  5 stars
Parnassus on Wheels  4 stars

Dermot Morrah
The Mummy Case Mystery 4 stars 

David Morrell
Murder as a Fine Art  5 stars


Walter Mosley
Devil in a Blue Dress  3 stars

Sarah Moss
Cold Earth  2 stars


Jojo Moyes
Me Before You  4.5 stars

J. J. Murphy 
Murder Your Darlings  3 stars  

  
Magdalen Nabb
Death of an Englishman  3 stars
The Monster of Florence  2 stars

Simon Nash
Dead of a Counterplot  4 stars 


Jack Newfield
Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir

Meredith Nicholas
The House of a Thousand Candles 3 stars

Nichelle Nichols
Beyond Uhura: Star Trek & Other Memories  4 stars

Harry Nicholson
Tom Fleck: A Novel of Cleveland & Flodden  4 stars

Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife 4.5 stars  

Mary Norton
Bed-Knob and Broomstick  4 stars

Robert C. O'Brien
Z for Zachariah 3.5 stars 

Maggie O'Farrell
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox  4.5 stars

Anthony Oliver
Cover-Up 3 stars  
The Elberg Collection  3 stars 

D. B. Olsen
Death Walks on Cat Feet  3.75 stars

Hank O'Neal
XCIA's Street Project  4 stars

Baroness Orczy
The Scarlet Pimpernel  4 stars

Grant Overton (ed)
The World's 100 Best Short Stories, Vol. III: Mystery 3 stars

Bernadette Pajer
Capacity for Murder  4 stars  
The Edison Effect  4 stars
Fatal Induction 4 stars
A Spark of Death 4 stars

Stuart Palmer 
Four Lost Ladies 2 stars 
The Puzzle of the Silver Persian 3.5 stars
Unhappy Hooligan  3 stars


Helena S. Page
A Girl Walks Into a Bar  2.5 stars

Robert B. Parker
The Godwulf Manuscript  3.5 stars

Q. Patrick
Murder at Cambridge  4 stars   

Caro Peacock
A Foreign Affair

Jay Pearsall 
Mystery & Crime: NYPL Book of Answers  2.75 stars

Howard Pease
The Tattooed Man  3 stars

Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Club Dumas  3.75 stars 
The Fencing Master 4 stars

Anne Perry
A Christmas Grace   3.5 stars
A Christmas Guest  3 stars
A Christmas Promise  3 stars 

Bernard Peterson
The Caravaggio Books  2 stars

Irving Phillips
The Strange World of Mr. Mum 3 stars 

Nancy Pickard
No Body  3 stars

Sean Pidgeon
Finding Camlann  2 stars

Rajendra Pillai
Mysterious Incidents at Lone Rock 3 stars

Sheila Pim
Hive of Suspects

Stefanie Pintoff
In the Shadow of Gotham  3 stars

Edgar Allan Poe
Steampunk Poe (illustrated by Zdenko Basic & Manuel Numberac) 4 stars

Sidney Poitier
The Measure of a Man  4.25 stars 

 
Maggie Pouncey
The Perfect Reader  DNF

Julie Powell
Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously  2 stars

Richard Powell 
Shell Game  3 stars 

Terry Pratchett
Unseen Academicals 3 stars

E. K. Prescott
The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares  1 star

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Relic  4 stars

Jutta Profijt
Morgue Drawer Four 3 stars

Bill Pronzini (ed)
The Edgar Winners: 33rd Annual Anthology of the Mystery Writers of America 4 stars   

Barbara Pym
Quartet in Autumn  4 stars

Ellery Queen
The Chinese Orange Mystery   4.5 stars
Cop Out  1 star
The Devil to Pay 3 stars
Murder With a Past 2 stars
The New Adventures of Ellery Queen  4 stars
Ellery Queen's 20th Anniversary Annual by Ellery Queen, ed  4 stars

Patrick Quentin
Black Widow  2 stars

Anna Quindlen
Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City 4 stars

Tom Rachman
The Imperfectionists  3 stars

Sheila Radley   
The Chief Inspector's Daughter  3 stars
The Quiet Road to Death  3 stars 

Robert Rankin
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse  3 stars

Ellen Raskin
The Westing Game 3 stars

Clayton Rawson
The Footprints on the Ceiling  3.5 stars

Deanna Raybourn
Dark Road to Darjeeling 

Alvin Redman, ed
The Wit & Humor of Oscar Wilde  4 stars

Helen Reilly
Compartment K 2.5 stars 
Dead Man Control 3.75 stars 

Mary Renault
The Praise Singer  2 stars

Ruth Rendell
Not in the Flesh 3 stars
Shake Hands Forever  3.5 stars
 A Sleeping Life 3.5 stars   

Alastair Reynolds
Zima Blue & Other Stories 3.5 stars

Jean Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea  

Anne Rice
Interview with the Vampire  unrated

C. S. Richardson
The End of the Alphabet  5 stars  

Rainer Maria Rilke
The Rose Window & Other Verse from New Poems 3.5 stars  

Mary Roberts Rinehart
The After House  3.5 stars
The Bat 4 stars
The Confession & Sight Unseen 2.5 stars
The Door  2 stars
The Man in Lower Ten 3.5 stars
The Red Lamp 2.5 stars
The Yellow Room 4 stars 

Terry Lee Rioux
From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoy 5 stars

David Roberts
The Quality of Mercy  3.5 stars

Gillian Roberts
You Can Write a Mystery  4 stars

Lillian S. Robinson
Murder Most Puzzling 2.5 stars  

H. W. Roden
Wake for a Lady 1.5 stars

Charles Rodrigues
Total Harmonic Distortion  3 stars

Sax Rohmer
The Golden Scorpion 3 stars 
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu 3 stars


Kelley Roos
Made Up to Kill  4 stars

Elliott Roosevelt   
A First Class Murder 3 stars 

David Rose (ed) 
They Call Me Naughty Lola

Samuel Rosenberg
Naked Is the Best Disguise  1 star. maybe.

Barnaby Ross [Ellery Queen]  
The Tragedy of X   3.75 stars
The Tragedy of Y  3.75 stars
The Tragedy of Z  3 stars 

Jonathan Ross 
Burial Deferred  3.5 stars

Christina Rossetti
Poems & Prose  3.5 stars 

Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint

Jed Rubenfeld
The Interpretation of Murder

Susan Runholt
The Mystery of the Third Lucretia  3 stars

Scott Russell Sanders
The Private History of Awe  5 stars 

Dorothy L Sayers
Busman's Honeymoon  5 stars  
Clouds of Witness  4 stars 
Five Red Herrings   4 stars 
Gaudy Night  5 stars   
Hangman's Holiday  3 stars 
Have His Carcase  4 stars 
In the Teeth of the Evidence  3 stars   
Lord Peter Views the Body  4 stars  
The Mind of the Maker unrated 

Murder Must Advertise  4 stars  
The Nine Tailors   4 stars 
Strong Poison 
Strong Poison  5 stars 
Unnatural Death  4 stars 
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club  4 stars  
Whose Body?  5 stars 

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The Lady in the Loch 2.5 stars

Margaret Scherf
The Diplomat & the Gold Piano  2.75 stars
The Green Plaid Pants  3.75 stars 

Diane Schoemperlen
Our Lady of the Lost & Found   4 stars

Jennifer Scroggin
It's Not All Flowers & Sausages  2 stars

Anya Seton
Katherine

Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale   4.5 stars

Anne Sexton
Live or Die  4 stars

William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew 3 stars 

Charles Sheffield
The Web Between the Worlds 3 stars 

Lloyd Shepherd
The Poisoned Island  4 stars

James Sherburne
Death's Pale Horse 1 star 


Nevil Shute
On the Beach  4 stars

Sam Siciliano
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Angel of the Opera  2.5 stars

Ragna Sigurdardottir
The Perfect Landscape  2 stars

  
Robert Silverberg
The Masks of Time 2 stars  

Clifford D. Simak
Shakespeare's Planet  2 stars
 

Cynthia Smith
Silver & Guilt  3 stars

Denis O. Smith
The Mammoth Book of the Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes  4.25 stars

Joan Smith (Britain; 1953- )

Joan Smith (Canada; aka Jennie Gallant)
Behold, A Mystery!

Sarah Smith

C. P. Snow
Death Under Sail  4 stars

Simon Sobo
Commodore  4 stars 

J. L. Spohr
Heirs & Spares 4 stars  


Patricia Sprinkle
 Murder at Markham 3 stars

  
Jonathan Stagge

Mark Alan Stamaty
Who Needs Donuts?  4.5 stars

Maura Stanton
Tales of the Supernatural  4 stars

Daniel Stashower
The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man 3 stars

Seth Steinzor
To Join the Lost  2.5 stars

Fred Stemme
The Lieutenant's Whistle 3.5 stars 

Autumn Stephens (ed)
Loose Cannons: Devastating Dish from the World's Wildest Women  4 stars

Laurence Sterne
Tristram Shandy  unrated

Robert Louis Stevenson
The Master of Ballantrae  2.5 stars 
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  (encore)

Kate Stine, ed 
The Armchair Detective Book of Lists  4 stars 

Bram Stoker
Dracula 4 stars
Lair of the White Worm  2.5 stars

Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead  1 star (maybe less)

Rex Stout
And Four to Go  4 stars 
Black Orchids  4 stars
Champagne for One 4 stars
Cordially Invited to Meet Death  4.5 stars
Death of a Doxy  4 stars
Death of a Dude
A Family Affair  4 stars
Gambit  4 stars
The League of Frightened Men  4 stars
Too Many Cooks  4 stars

Kay Cleaver Strahan
The Desert Moon Mystery 3.5 stars

Gene Stratton-Porter
Laddie: A True Blue Story  5 stars 

 
Margaret Sutton
The Name on the Bracelet  3 stars

Jean Swanson & Dean James 
By a Woman's Hand  3 stars 

Julian Symons
Bland Beginning 2.5 stars 

Hake Talbot
Rim of the Pit   3 stars 

Donna Tartt
The Secret History  4 stars

Andrew Taylor
The Anatomy of Ghosts 2 stars 

Sarah Stewart Taylor
O' Artful Death 3 stars 

Darwin L. Teilhet
The Talking Sparrow Murders  2.75 stars

Kathleen Tessaro
Elegance  2.5 stars

Lee Thayer
5 Bullets  3 stars


Paul Theroux
The Kingdom by the Sea  1 star

James Francis Thierry
The Adventure of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons  2 stars

Frank Thomas
Sherlock Holmes & the Treasure Train 2 stars

Will Thomas
Some Danger Involved 5 stars 
To Kingdom Come  3.5 stars

Dustin Thomason
12.21  3.5 stars

June Thomson
The Dark Stream  2 stars
No Flowers by Request  3 stars  
  
Emily Thorn
Aaron's Serpent 3 stars


Geoff Tibballs
Zingers, Quips, & One-Liners (editor)  3 stars
  
Alice Tilton (Phoebe Atwood Taylor)
The Hollow Chest 3 stars  

Charles Todd  
The Murder Stone  4 stars

J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit  
 
Simon Tolkien
The Inheritance   3.5 stars

Arthur Train
Tut, Tut! Mr. Tutt  3.5 stars

P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins  3 stars 

Anthony Trollope
The Eustace Diamonds  3.5 stars

Margaret Truman
Murder at the Library of Congress 3 stars

L. C. Tyler
The Herring in the Library  4 stars 
Ten Little Herrings  4.5 stars 


Walter Tyrer
Such Friends Are Dangerous 4 stars 

David L. Ulin

Arthur W. Upfield

Nicola Upson
Angel With Two Faces  4 stars
Two for Sorrow  3 stars

S. S. Van Dine
The Casino Murder Case 3.5 stars
The Winter Murder Case  2.5 stars

Robert Van Gulik
The Chinese Bell Murders  2.5 stars

Fred Vargas
The Three Evangelists 4 stars  

Artie Van Why
That Day in September  5 stars 

Various
More Holmes for the Holidays  3 stars  


Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days  4 stars 
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 3.5 stars 

Luigi Veronelle
The Foods of North Italy 1 star   

Roy Vickers
Date With Danger  3 stars
Maid to Murder  4 stars 

Stephen Vizinczey
In Praise of Older Women 

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Slaughterhouse-Five

Dan Waddell
Blood Atonement  4 stars 
Blood Detective  3.75 stars

Henry Wade
Mist on the Saltings 3 stars 
New Graves at Great Norne 3.75 stars 

Linda Wagner-Martin

Jill Paton Walsh
The Attenbury Emeralds  2 stars
The Late Scholar  3 stars
A Piece of Justice  3 stars
The Wyndham Case 3 stars

Dorothy Wayne
Dorothy Dixon & the Double Cousin  3 stars

Manly W. & Wade Wellman

H. G. Wells
The Croquet Player  3 stars 
The First Men in the Moon 2 stars
The Invisible Man 4 stars
The Island of Dr. Moreau  4 stars

Patricia Wentworth
The Key 4 stars
Miss Silver Deals With Death  3 stars

Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence  Unrated  

Betty White
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) 3 stars  


Claire Nicholas White (ed)
Standford White: Letters to His Family 2 stars

Ethel Lina White
The Lady Vanishes (aka The Wheel Spins)  2.5 stars 

T. H. White
Darkness at Pemberley  3 stars

Gregory Widen
Blood Makes Noise  3.5 stars


Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Birds' Christmas Carol  5 stars  

  
Oscar Wilde

Bruce Wilkinson
The Prayer of Jabez  3 stars

Jacqueline Winspear
An Incomplete Revenge  3 stars

P. G. Wodehouse
Full Moon 3 stars
The Girl in Blue  3 stars
Heavy Weather   4 stars
Leave It to Psmith  4 stars
Something New (aka Something Fresh)  4 stars

David Wojahn  
Mystery Train 3.5 stars  

Maryanne Wolf
Proust & the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain 3 stars

Elsie N. Wright
Strange Murders at Greystones unrated  

Philip Wylie
Corpses at Indian Stones 4 star

Carol E. Wyer
How Not to Murder Your Grumpy  3 stars


Philip Wylie
Triumph  5 stars
 
Ye Xin
A Pair of Jade Frogs  2.5 stars 

Joyce Yarrow
The Last Matryoshka  3 stars

Jacek Yerka & Harlan Ellison
Mind Fields: The Art of Jacek Yerka/The Fiction of Harlan Ellison  5 stars

Margaret Yorke
The Small Hours of the Morning  3 stars 

Felicity Young
The Anatomy of Death 3 stars

Charles Yu
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe  unrated

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Angel's Game  2 stars

Roger Zelazny
The Last Defender of Camelot  4.5 stars

M. J. Zellnick
Murder at the Portland Variety 3 stars  

Chuck Zito
A Habit for Death  3 stars 

Anne Zouroudi
The Lady of Sorrows  3 stars

Markus Zusak
The Book Thief  4.5 stars