03 January 2012

My favorite mysteries of 2011, continued

 Part One of this list can be found here.

O'Donohue, Clare. Missing Persons.

In my review I said:
... O'Donohue writes from experience as a television producer of several programs for several networks, including truTV, TLC and The History Channel. Writing in the first person from Kate's point of view, the author somehow manages to allow the reader to draw her/his own conclusions rather than accepting what the character believes.


Louise Penny. A Trick of the Light.

In my review I said:
Each of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache novels has been outstanding, and each has seemed better than its predecessor. A Trick of the Light is no exception. As she has in the six earlier books, Ms. Penny draws us into the world of Gamache and Beauvoir and their team, and the isolated community of Three Pines. The policemen's relationship with the villagers doesn't hinder them from being objective, and all concerned are aware of this.

Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Gazebo.

From the publisher's summary:
Faith has a lot on her plate as she attempts to solve a Depression Era murder while trying to clear her husband’s name after he is accused of a heartless theft. Poignant, suspenseful, puzzling, and all-around marvelous, The Body in the Gazebo is cozy culinary mystery at its very best—complete with scrumptious recipes from Faith Fairchild’s kitchen and a resolution that would make Dame Agatha Christie proud.

Stanley, Kelli. City of Secrets.

In my review, I said:
Kelli Stanley is such a master of noir one could swear that she's Raymond Chandler reincarnated, and Miranda Corbie is the epitome of hardboiled.

Stanton, Mary. Angel Condemned.

In my review, I said:
... although all the elements of a horror story are here: evil attorneys opposing Bree, mirrors that reflect demons and paintings that portray reality, this is not a frightening tale.
Rather, the philosophy underlying this unputdownable book, that there is someone working to correct divine mistakes, is a comfort.

These books are arranged in alphabetical order by author.

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