Mystery fiction is a loosely-defined term that is often used as a synonym of detective fiction — in other words a novel or short story in which a detective (either professional or amateur) solves a crime. The term “mystery fiction” may sometimes be limited to the subset of detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle element and its logical solution (cf. whodunit), as a contrast to hardboiled detective stories which focus on action and gritty realism. However, in more general usage “mystery” may be used to describe any form of crime fiction, even if there is no mystery to be solved. For example, the Mystery Writers of America describes itself as “the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre”.
Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.
About the book
First Agatha Christie’s book in the series with Miss Marple as main character, in which a colonel hated by everyone in town is killed in the vicarage. The narrator is a man who is the priest of a small village in which among the others lives Miss Marple an old lady who has a particular hobby: being nosy and solve mysteries.
'Mr Sherlock Holmes, the well-known private detective, was the victim of a murderous assault this morning which has left him in a precarious position'.
Dr Watson stops dead in his tracks when he reads of the attempt on his friend's life. The forces of nature turn against man, love breeds hatred and cowardice, mothers appear to attack their own children, and Sherlock Holmes, the one man who can redress the balance, seemingly lies at death's door ...
When an assassination attempt is made on the great detective's life it seems that no one can escape the death and dread which blights Britain...
Last (finally) book dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and very short review. This is also a collection of stories that I honestly don’t remember that much. I don’t think I’ll miss Sherlock and his cases, often all the same or better with the same formula, so I’m happy to have finished this series (but not because I liked it).
Doyle’s style is obviously old, very often his descriptions of people who are not white and European are grotesque and somewhat racist which obviously at that time were accepted but been a few years later and having progressed (at least a little) socially it bothers me.
I will also certainly not reread it because rereading a detective story when you already know the end is not the best (even if I only did it once) and I honestly don’t understand his success. Especially for the collections of short stories that I don’t find illuminating at all.
How do you start an investigation when you have no evidence that a crime has been committed?
When a seventeen-year-old girl abruptly disappears, the ensuing investigation probes dead-ends seemingly as deep as Flathead Lake—the geographic and investigative center of The Other Side. In sleepy Lakeside, Montana, Britany Rodgers’s disappearance is as unexpected as the sudden, violent appearance of a storm sweeping off the lake. The search to find her unearths crimes but none that can explain her disappearance, and Detectives Steven Wendell and Stacey Knudson face one empty trail after another.
Wendell, unlike the girl for whom he searches, has never quite fit the expected norms of his peers. Meticulous, cerebral, a loner, he has the distinction of being the oldest graduate of the Montana Police Academy. When he and Knudson grow suspicious that Britany has been murdered, they have scant evidence and no body.
The investigation to discover what has happened to Britany takes readers into starkly contrasting environments—inside spectacular lakefront mansions and within gritty trailer parks—and into the lives of those who exhibit motivations as murky as the fog-choked Montana woods and mist-shrouded Flathead Lake bays.
The Other Side offers readers a tense crime novel with a literary heart.
About the book
I received this book as an ARC directly from the author who kindly contacted me asking for a honest review.
The Other Side is about a 17-year-old girl who suddenly disappears without leaving any trace. Did she leave freely? Or did something happen? The detective is Steve Wendell who is assigned to the case and over the course of the story we get to know him better.
Bambini Scomparsi Mystery Adam Thomson
April 17th 2020
March 21, 2021
March 22, 2021
"They took her!"
The night her mother did not find her in the room was just the beginning ...
It is early in the morning when the lifeless body of an American girl is found.
A quiet holiday in Italy thus turns into a terrible nightmare.
A few years later, another child mysteriously disappears and it is immediately clear that the two murders have many points in common.
A father who faces his greatest fear in search of the truth.
A detective dealing with the most distressing case of his entire life.
A race against time in search of the truth.
Someone, however, hides more secrets than they seem ...
A chilling story of kidnappings and abuse that gives no respite.
And you, how long can you keep a secret?
About the book
What is it about? I honestly don’t know, because for the first time in my life, I haven’t finished a book that I’ve started. I know it is about a girl killed 20 years earlier and one killed recently, in 2020 which, ironically, the book starts on February 5th and the girl’s father returns to Italy right in the middle of the first lock down (I know that most likely the book was written before and it’s just a coincidence, but I can’t see anything else now, just lock downs everywhere), but I don’t know anything else.
From the No.1 bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU, which Clare Mackintosh called 'utterly gripping', comes a chilling new novel. Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen's THE SISTER and Katerina Diamond's THE SECRET, Linda Green and Paula Hawkins.
Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.
It's her job, as a psychiatrist - and it's always been her role as a friend.
But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.
But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.
And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .
About the book
Three friends, three women linked to each other, a mother, a single, a mistress. A psychiatrist, a housewife and a career woman. A new patient arrives at the clinic where Karen works, a woman who seems to know facts about the three women that no one but the trio has ever known, only they know the secrets never told, so how does this woman know? Are they in danger?
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