Category Archives: Modern Mystery

Fiction Review: The Man Who Controls the Earth by Marc Schiffman (2012)

The Man Who Controls the Earth by Marc Schiffman Self-published in 2012, Marc Schiffman’s novel is the story of a hard-boiled investigative newsman that moves—or gets pushed around. Expatriate news writer, Peter Merlo, lives a self-destructive life in Bangkok, Thailand. One “evening after,” two mysterious Thai men call on his help. An old friend and […]
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Fiction Review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (1998)

The book I have chosen to review is The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, a mystery novel by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the first novel of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series by Alexander McCall Smith. The series is set in Gaborone, Botswana, and follows the adventures of the clever and compassionate Mma […]
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Fiction Review: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons (1995)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel tells the story of Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles, a girl neglected by her parents who finds in the Yoruba faith of the slaves a refuge for her longings. In a South American seaport of the eighteenth-century, Sierva is bitten by a dog while she walked on the streets with […]
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Fiction Review: Finch by Jeff VanderMeer (2009)

In Finch, we witness one very difficult week of detective John Finch, “Finchy” as his beloved partner Wyte calls him, while he tries to solve an impossible murder case. Living in the dystopian city of Ambergris that is slowly decaying and putrefying after the “Rising” of the Grey Caps, the powerful colonizers of this once magnificent city, Finch […]
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Fiction Review: Observation Hill by Tim Jollymore (2015)

OBSERVATION HILL: A novel of class and murder, Tim Jollymore, Finnsway Books, 5/30/2015, Police detective Paul Tuomi is caught between East and West in Duluth, Minnesota, where drugs, arson, and greed figure in a series of mysterious deaths. Here the drug culture of the 1960s stands in relief against the backdrop of a glowering steel […]
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In the News: What Takes A Mystery Novel To Another Level? A Q&A With Tana French

by Michelle Dean 9/03/14 9:25am Link: http://review.gawker.com/what-takes-a-mystery-novel-to-another-level-a-q-a-with-1629500294 Tana French’s Dublin murder mystery novels, of which the new release The Secret Place is the latest, always hit the bestseller lists. But her readers are a proud cult in my experience, always happy to find another fan to discuss them with. She has a talent for lighting up […]
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In the News: James Ellroy and David Fincher to make Noir Drama

The series will be based on the life of a celebrated Hollywood private eye Director David Fincher (Gone Girl, Se7en, Fight Club) has signed up for an HBO noir drama series together with L.A. Confidential writer James Ellroy. Shakedown is set in the seedy underworld of 1950s Los Angeles and is inspired by the life […]
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