The Mystery Memo is a log of all of my mystery reading, with brief comments and a star rating for each book read. It is published every 4 to 6 weeks.
I have pulled out investigators and private investigators to feature in this post, including one Perfect Read: The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
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Kate Atkinson: Started Early, Took My Dog (2010) ****
Private investigator, England
Book # 4 with private investigator Jackson Brodie, a former police inspector.
Jackson is hired to look for birth information for a young woman now living in New Zealand.
He discovers that the story she knows about her birth 35 years ago is false. As usual, we see the story from many points of view. Nice writing – not neatly tied up. Not exactly a mystery, but a good read.
First book: Case Histories
Reed Farrel Coleman: Innocent Monster (2010) ****
Book # 6 with Moe Prager, a former investigator who now runs a wine store business.
Moe’s grown daughter asks him to look for the missing daughter of a friend. Good old fashioned private investigating.
First book: Walking the Perfect Square
Norman Green: Sick Like That (2010) *** ½
Book # 2 with Alessandra Martillo, an investigator's assistant in New York
Martillo is now running the investigation agency along with the woman who had been the secretary, Sarah Waters. Sarah discovers new skills as she starts to handle some of the more routine cases. Good writing and interesting characters as several cases lead them into unexpected areas.
First book: The Last Gig
Graham Moore: The Sherlockian (2010) **** ½
Non-series. Literary mystery/puzzle-based.
Fast-paced with lots of Holmes trivia.
Plot Summary: Literary researcher and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Harold White is shocked when a scholar who discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's missing diary is murdered, while in 1890s London, Conan Doyle hunts a serial killer to prove his superiority to his famous character.
Betsy Thornton: Dream Queen (2010) ****
Book # 6 with Chloe Newcombe, a victim advocate in Arizona. This is a prequel to the series and could be read first.
Chloe goes to visit her brother in Arizona but after he picks her up, he disappears at a gas station. Good characters.
First book: The Cowboy Rides Away
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