Mystery March wrap-up

mystery lettersI’ve had a blast reading mysteries this month! If I’ve learned anything from this is that I need my mystery fix much more often than I’ve been allowing for. Hopefully I won’t have to resort to a themed reading month again too soon and will be able to find room in the regular reading — but I could hold another one right now and likely still not finish all the qualifying books on my shelves …

Clearly I didn’t keep up with reviewing all those books, though. Since I’ve dug myself such a deep hole (and I don’t want to delay telling you about all the fun I had this month), I don’t think I’ll post full-fledged reviews of all of them (although I will review in-full a few, hopefully soon).

Here’s what I read:

Charm City by Laura Lippman

(book 2 of the Tess Monaghan series)

My expectations for this one were low, after reading several places that this book suffered from a bit of a sophomore slump, but I enjoyed it. I think I own all the books in this series now, too, so hopefully I won’t go as long between reading the 2nd and 3rd books as I went between the 1st and 2nd books. I enjoyed seeing Tess back in a newsroom setting, and seeing her willing to give it up.

Rating: 3.5 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review of the first book: Baltimore Blues

The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz

(book 4 of the Spellman series)

I’ve enjoyed this entire series, and this title is no exception. So much fun! But … apparently I didn’t take any notes about it. Hm. But, the characters are growing, and I think Lutz is growing as a writer, too. Such a great, light, funny series.

Rating: 4 stars
To buy: Amazon
My reviews of the earlier books:
Book 1, The Spellman Files
Book 2, Curse of the Spellmans
Book 3, Revenge of the Spellmans

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear(book 5 of the Maisie Dobbs series)

Maisie’s back, with gypsies, hops harvesting, culture clashes, a very nosy reporter — and even a taste of dyeing and weaving! My favorite book of the series since the first one. So very much fun.

Rating: 4.5 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: An Incomplete Revenge

Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer

(book 1 of the Riley Spartz series)

This is Julie Kramer’s debut novel, and it’s so much fun. Riley Spartz is an investigative reporter working in television news, in Minneapolis. I have a lot more to say, but I’ll try to save it for my review.

Rating: 3.5 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: to come, during Moonlighting for Murder (April 3-9!)

A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

(book 1 in the Inspector Lynley series)

One of the books Amy challenged me to read this year. Since finishing it, I’ve already acquired book 2! 🙂 With all the praise this series has (apparently) received, I felt really out of it, having not read it — once I was aware of it, anyway.

Rating: 4.5 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: to come

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

(book 6 of the Maisie Dobbs series)

This is another really stellar outing for Winspear. Maisie Dobbs is such a great character. I’m not sure if this one surpasses the previous book for me, but it certainly is right up there. This title brings immediacy in plotting, as well as diving into the subject of mental illness, both war-induced and not. Particularly interesting because of the historical context.

Rating: 4.25 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: Among the Mad

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen

It’s a standalone, how crazy is that?

The different time periods this one encompasses are very interesting, as is the medical angle. I also liked the connections between the characters of different worlds, essentially.

Rating: 4 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: to come

Missing Mark by Julie Kramer

(book 2 of the Riley Spartz series)

Riley Spartz is back and — surprise, surprise — it’s sweeps month again. She juggles a few different stories, plus the usual drama of everyday life. She also deals with getting a little too close to her interview subjects.

Rating: 3.5 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: to come, during Moonlighting for Murder at Jen’s Book Thoughts

Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz & David Hayward

I’m thinking this one is a standalone, too. I assumed this would be a standalone, but I learned this week it may actually be the start of a series!

Former romantic partners Lisa Lutz (author of the awesome Spellman series, see above) and poet David Hayward teamed up to write this whodunit (to be released this Tuesday), and hilarity ensues. Lutz and Hayward are characters, in a way, with their notes to each other included between each chapter.

Rating: 4.75 stars
To buy: Amazon
My review: to come

All in all, a very satisfying month of reading! Hope yours was, as well.

I received some of the above titles from the publisher. I am an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.

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8 responses to “Mystery March wrap-up

  1. Fun post! I do not read an many mysteries as I used too either and I have always enjoyed the genre – historical fiction is another one I wish I dug digger in to…
    The Laura Lipman sounds interesting, I have liked what I have read of her so far, A Great Deliverance sounds good and I think I have the Bone Garden – given to me by a friend who said “ooh you must read” and it has sat on my shelf ever since.

    • They’re so much fun! I think I’m really going to enjoy Lippman’s Monaghan series. And A Great Deliverance and The Bone Garden are definitely worth reading. 🙂

  2. Hey thanks for some good ideas on what to read!

  3. I read the tenth Tess Monaghan book without having read the others…and loved it so much, that I’m going to start over at Book One.

    I don’t know why I haven’t yet delved into the Tess Gerritsen books, but I loved the TV series that was based on these books….so I must start that series, too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  4. WOW! You read a lot to my like three books I read in March. 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed!

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