Murder and Mayhem

I love my crime hard-boiled and unforgiving! (Unless it's a thoughtful, smartly written mystery which I enjoy too.)

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Wow! An incredibly original take on the locked-room mystery. THE. BEST. MYSTERY. I'VE. READ! - randy's July Staff Pick, 2019


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By Seicho Matsumoto, Beth Cary (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781569470190
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Published: Soho Crime - July 1st, 2003

This is nothing like your typical crime novel. Inspector Imanishi diligently follows up every lead and mislead until he puts everything together. And his partner, Yoshimura, is so earnest that you wouldn't expect to find him in a serious mystery. But he fits in perfectly. Matsumoto's prose is beautiful, and I loved the change of pace from all the hard boiled detectives we love and get most of the time. - randy


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ISBN: 9781609451806
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Published: Europa Editions - January 7th, 2014

Carlotto continues to expose corruption by highlighting actual events in a meaningful way without losing the true grit of a great crime novel. The Alligator books are top notch! - randy


The Ghosts of Belfast (Deluxe Edition) (The Belfast Novels #1) Cover Image
By Stuart Neville, Val McDermid (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781641293198
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Published: Soho Crime - June 29th, 2021

This is what a crime novel should be. Gerry is a former contract killer in Northern Island during The Troubles. He drinks a lot and has conversations with people who aren't there. But these are not voices in his head. These are the ghosts of his contracts tormenting him. They want justice and they want Gerry to get it for them. I couldn't put it down! - randy


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The Tattoo Murder Case Cover Image
By Akimitsu Takagi, Deborah Boehm (Translated by), Barry Lancet (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781569471562
Published: Soho Crime - July 1st, 2003

"Beware of the curse: Snake eats Frog. Frog eats Slug. Slug dissolves Snake."

Kenzo's lover has been murdered, and he decides not to tell his brother, Detective Chief Inspector Daiyu Matsushita, about their tryst but rather try and solve the case himself. When he fails to do so, he reaches out to an old classmate for help. The first of the Kyosuke Kamizu mysteries, this is another wonderful mystery from Japan set in the mid-20th century. Two thumbs up! - randy


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Gangsterland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025783
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Published: Counterpoint - August 11th, 2015

Not at all what I was expecting! Sal Cupertine has worked for his cousin getting rid of problems most of his adult life. And then one day, Sal kills 3 FBI agents and Ronnie sells him to Vegas. After several months recovering from plastic surgery and reading the Talmud as well as other Jewish texts, Sal is reborn as the rabbi David Cohen. But that’s just his day job. With a really original setup and great, colorful characters, Gangsterland is awesome! - randy


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By Massimo Carlotto, Antony Shugaar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609453367
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Published: Europa Editions - July 19th, 2016

Another great “Alligator” story! This time the crew is working on the behalf of a child looking for a killer. As gritty as you’ve come to expect from Italy’s greatest crime novelist. - randy


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ISBN: 9780312359676
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 24th, 2008

A young girl is found strangled on a beach. Magnus, accused in the disappearance of another young girl several years earlier, is the number one suspect but Inspector Jimmy Perez doesn’t want to jump the gun. Set in the Shetland Islands, Ann Cleeves weaves a wonderfully dark and intimate mystery befitting of the environs. If you like In the Woods by Tana French, you’ll love Raven Black! - randy (And the follow up, White Nights, is great too!)


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Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590583852
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - April 1st, 2007

Phryne Fisher is awesome! She takes what she desires and is always looking for an adventure. It's 1920's Melbourne and Phryne has returned from Europe to find out who's poisoning the aristocratic daughter of acquaintances back in England. A wonderful cast of characters, both competent and not, who follow Phryne anywhere she takes them to solve the case. Such a delightful mystery. - randy


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By Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782277729
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Published: Pushkin Vertigo - November 23rd, 2021

Phenomenal! The building that houses the K Apartments for Ladies needs to be moved to clear a path for a road. But there’s a secret buried in the foundation that someone doesn’t want discovered. Chance cannot be directed or maybe Fate just revels in its own mischief! - randy


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By Massimo Carlotto, Antony Shugaar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609451141
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Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2013

Giorgio has no intention of going back to prison. He owns a restaurant, is happily married, and has a buffer between himself and his last nefarious activity. But, his glad-handing lawyer can't be trusted, and he's pulled right back into the world of crime. And Giorgio is no one to mess with. Dark, unrepentant noir at its best! - randy


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Sometimes I Lie: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250144850
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 30th, 2018

Really love the reveal! Amber is in a coma. Thing is she can hear what's going on around her. She slowly starts to remember what happened the week leading up to her "accident" and there are plenty of suspects - her sister, her husband, her co-worker and more. But don't ever forget that sometimes Amber lies. - randy


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ISBN: 9780345497529
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Published: Del Rey - April 27th, 2010

There’s a murder to investigate, and all of the leads point to it actually taking place in another city. This is not your basic oil & vinegar cop mash up though. These 2 cities are physically interwoven, from street to street, with one another, and it’s a crime in both to even acknowledge the existence of the other. The setting is ingenious and ratchets up the tension unlike any crime novel I’ve read. I love this book! - randy


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ISBN: 9781616954079
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Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

Private detective Maisie Dobbs is Sherlock Holmes with a soul. During an investigation, she stumbles across some gravestones with no surnames. This leads her to Major Jenkins of The Retreat, an estate for wounded veterans of The Great War. Struggling with her own ghosts, Maisie is determined to find out why these veterans are dying. A great mystery written with some of the best prose I’ve read in quite a while. Maisie Dobbs is wonderful! - randy

And you'll love Messenger of Truth!


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Murder in the Marais (An Aimée Leduc Investigation #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616957308
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Published: Soho Crime - April 26th, 2016

A great murder mystery with a wonderful character. Cara Black does a terrific job with ratcheting up the tension and that keeps the pages turning. Highly recommend! - randy


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The Mad and the Bad Cover Image
By Jean-Patrick Manchette, James Sallis (Introduction by), Donald Nicholson-Smith (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590177204
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Published: NYRB Classics - July 15th, 2014

Julie is released from an insane asylum and is hired as Peter's nanny. Peter's uncle, Michel, hires a hitman to kill him. And off we go! Never an unnecessary word, always a brisk pace, no one writes a chase story like Manchette! - randy


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Crossing the Lines Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781464209161
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - August 1st, 2017

And down the rabbit hole we go! Maddie and Ned are each writing a book. Thing is, both happen to be the protagonists of the other's work. Two great stories entwined and heading for a dark place. Really original idea that will keep you full of dread waiting to find out what happens. - randy


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The Footprints of God: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982122324
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Published: Pocket Books - May 28th, 2019

If you’re wondering about AI and it’s benefits, you may want to start with asking not just can we but should we. A great thriller unlike any I’ve read. You’ll love it! - randy


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Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Novels #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312426859
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Published: Picador - June 12th, 2007

My favorite Maisie Dobbs story so far. Such a clear picture of what the world is at its worst and at its best. This book has life! - randy


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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781908276728
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Published: And Other Stories - July 5th, 2016

 

A dark, gritty read that I loved! And I'm not so sure it's dystopian as much as it is a drama reminiscent of Shakespeare. - randy


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The Lady Killer (Pushkin Vertigo #21) Cover Image
By Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782273646
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Published: Pushkin Vertigo - October 30th, 2018

My second Masako Togawa book and I was no less amazed! She walks you through the narrative in a very straightforward way that is a pleasure to read. But you can never assume your conclusions will hold up no matter how direct the plot appears. Just masterful! - randy


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Gangster Nation: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640091061
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Published: Counterpoint - September 11th, 2018

Sal Cupertine continues his transformation into the Rabbi David Cohen, but he won't leave his old life behind. Gangster Nation brings back many of the great characters from Gangsterland, as well as introducing a new one that will wreak havoc on the Rabbi's life like none other. Goldberg does a masterful job of delving deep into each of his characters without losing the pace of a well crafted crime novel. What a great sequel! - randy