A Conventional Corpse – A Claire Malloy mystery | by Joan Hess

Claire is an interesting bookshop owner who has been coerced into helping with a mystery book convention. I must say I tend to be in awe of authors and can totally relate to some of the hero worship that goes along on these pages. What is hilarious is the authors here not only put on their trousers the same way we do, they are narcissistic, self-absorbed and ego-maniacal. Editors seem to be worse. I will one day be published – just need the right people along with way I guess.

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Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund | by Blaize Clement

Dixie Hemingway is a former deputy sheriff in Florida. She now pet sits. She is as meticulous with her pet sitting business as she was as a law enforcement officer. On a walk with a dachshund early one morning the dog discovers a dead body. Due to circumstances the killer now believes she can identify him/her and so now her life is in danger.

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Heat Wave | By Richard Castle

If you watch the TV show Castle then you will completely understand this book – if you don’t I’m not sure you’ll care. Quick reading, interesting storyline, brain candy. I like the relationship between the main characters and, of course, they take it a step further with the two main beautiful people. Come on we all need junk reads now and again, don’t we? One wonders if they will keep churning out these books as long as the series is popular – what can I say, I’ll read them.

Borkmann’s Point: an Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery | By Hakan Nesser

So I am on a Scandinavian mystery kick right now and a friend recommended this author. I can only imagine what living in towns like these portrayed in the book could be like but Nesser does such a good job with descriptions without too much detail –this is a mystery after all not poetry. Interesting characters and quite a gritty series of murders all the while giving background on the different coppers and their family lives. I give myself a pat on the back for figuring out ‘whodunnit’ but the why eludes until the very end. I enjoyed this thoroughly and will be looking for more by the same author.