Humor · Mystery

Skinny Dip…intelligent, witty, but completely ridiculous

Title: Skinny Dip Author: Carl Hiaasen Published: Warner Books/2004 Genre: Mystery/Satire Length: 355 pages Rating: 4.5/10 My friend Krista G. let me borrow Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen, her fiance’s favorite author. I’ve seen Hiaasen’s books before but never found the covers or titles appealing, which makes sense because his novels seem to be written more for men than women. Skinny Dip was as much a… Continue reading Skinny Dip…intelligent, witty, but completely ridiculous

Mystery · Thriller

Sworn to Silence & Pray for Silence…decent murder mysteries set in Amish country

Title: Sworn to Silence Author: Linda Castillo Published: Minotaur Books/2009 Genre: Mystery/Thriller Length: 321 Rating: 5/10 Linda Castillo’s Sworn to Silence and Pray for Silence kept appearing on my Amazon.com recommended books list and who wouldn’t love a murder mystery set in Amish country?? I got them both on Swap.com and gave them a whirl. Sworn to Silence is the first… Continue reading Sworn to Silence & Pray for Silence…decent murder mysteries set in Amish country

Mystery · Thriller

The Princess of Burundi…a Swedish-style murder mystery

Title: The Princess of Burundi Author: Kjell Eriksson Published: Thomas Dunne Books/2006 Genre: Mystery/Thriller Length: 300 pages Rating: 5.5/10 I read The Princess of Burundi because I loved Let the Right One In and it was recommended to me by Amazon.com as another mystery/thriller by a Swedish author and they were also both translated from Swedish to English by Ebba… Continue reading The Princess of Burundi…a Swedish-style murder mystery

Horror · Movie Based on the Book · Thriller

Let the Right One In…creepy, suspenseful & oh-so-good

Title: Let the Right One In  Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist Published: Thomas Dunne Books/2008 Genre: Thriller/Horror Length: 480 pages Rating: 8/10 I bought Let the Right One In at Books Inc. in Mountain View, CA. It’s by a Swedish author, John Ajvide Lindqvist, who was called “Sweden’s Steven King” by the Tuscan Citizen. And apparently you can’t go wrong with a 500 page book… Continue reading Let the Right One In…creepy, suspenseful & oh-so-good

Historical fiction · Mystery

The Hangman’s Daughter…a little long-winded but historically interesting

Title: The Hangman’s Daughter Author: Oliver Potzsch Published: AmazonCrossing, 2010 Genre: Mystery Length: 448 pages Rating: 5/10 The Kindle version of The Hangman’s Daughter was randomly on sale one day and I thought it looked good–how could a book about a hangman and murder not be good? I read it while traveling for work in CA last week and it kept me… Continue reading The Hangman’s Daughter…a little long-winded but historically interesting