Reviews : Mystery

‘Vienna’ by William S. Kirby

Vienna brings together the crime and intelligence of a Holmes story but with a twist: “Sherlock” and “Watson” appear as women—Vienna and Justine, respectively—and to further twist the usual, the unlikely duo are lovers… read more

'The Ghost Network' by Catie Disabato

The Ghost Network is a mystery, though less a whodunit than a philosophical koan. It’s a layered and twisted trip through the real and fictional, pop and political… read more

'Orient' by Christopher Bollen

Bollen crafts a series of interweaving threads with impressive finesse and detail, and it’s a testament to his talent that the reader can become equally invested in them as they are in getting to the roots of the murders and arson that begin to pepper the narrative … read more

'Things Half in Shadow’ by Alan Finn

Alan Finn mines the fertile history of post-Civil War Philadelphia and the country’s obsession with Spiritualism during that period to craft a superbly rich, historically-detailed whodunit in Things Half in Shadowread more

Lesbian Mystery Lammy Finalists

Still catching up on the Lammy finalists? Here are the remaining three finalists in Lesbian Mystery. (You can read my reviews of Slash and Burn by Valerie Bronwen and Acquittal by Anne Laughlin here.) The Old Deep and Dark: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart Over 30 years of writing lesbian mysteries, Ellen Hart has won five Lammys for… read more