Daily Archives: November 19, 2009

The Lineup: The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives by Otto Penzler

lineupReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Do you ever wonder how mystery writers create the main characters of their series? I always do. Well, here is a great book that tells you many of the secrets behind the characters in some long standing series.

I won’t go into detail about how the characters were created because this will spoil the read for you. You will be surprised when you find out how Lee Child’s Jack Reacher was named. There are several interesting stories behind the character creations – just to mention one – what does a painter have to do with Harry Bosch of the Michael Connelly series?

The Price of Butcher’s Meat by Reginald Hill

butcherReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

If you’re a fan of British mysteries, you’re sure to love reading The Price of Butcher’s Meat, Reginald Hill’s 23rd. installment in his Dalziel and Pascoe series of novels. It’s set primarily in Sandytown, England, a resort town bordering the North Sea. There’s plenty of murder, suspense, and intrigue in the air for a town that, on the surface, seems to be fairly sleepy and innocuous. Dept. Supt. Andy Dalziel is recuperating at The Avalon, a medical clinic of sorts, specializing in holistic and alternative healing practices. He’s recovering from a bomb blast caused by terrorists in Death Comes for the Fat Man, but even being hospitalized doesn’t keep him from investigating the suspicious goings-on that are sweeping through Sandytown which lead to the death of one of its most famous and despised citizens, Lady Daphne Brereton, who winds up skewered on a spit at a hog roast meant for the entire town.

Hour Game by David Baldacci (Review #2)

gameReviewed by Allen Hott

Another of Baldacci’s very interesting thrillers. Although this time he isn’t writing about political intrigue nor the Stone gang who work to keep Washington D.C. free of harm. No this time the story takes place in Wrightsburg, Virginia and though it may be a sleepy little town in Hour Game there is a killer or killers who has the entire area on edge.

Michelle Maxwell, a former Secret Service agent, uncovers the first murder victim while Michelle is out on one of her daily conditioning runs. She is almost knocked over by the flight of two young boys who come out of the woods at a terrific pace and with fear written all over their young faces. Michelle goes into the spot that they exited and smells before she sees the putrefied remains of a dead woman.

Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass (Review #2)

betrayalReviewed by Allen Hott

Doctor Bill Brockton is back and again in the bones! If you enjoy forensic matters and have the wherewithal to enjoy reading about autopsy work then Jefferson Bass is your type of author.

In real life Jefferson Bass is two people. Bill Bass, a well known and admired forensic anthropologist who put together the University of Tennessee’s Body Farm and Jon Jefferson, a highly acclaimed journalist and filmmaker. The two of them are extremely good at putting together a mystery novel and it always center around forensics and bones.

Bones of Betrayal is located in Oak Ridge Tennessee and deals heavily with the history of the area especially beginning in about 1940. Brockton, who teaches at UT and helps solve forensic cases, is called in by the Oak Ridge police to help in identifying a body that they found in ice in a swimming pool outside of a local hotel. He and his graduate student assistant help the police retrieve the body even though in doing so Brockton drops his Stihl saw into the freezing water where it has to be left for the moment.