The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy


The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy,  1987 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “The longer I listened, the more they talked about themselves, interweaving their sad tales with the story of the Black Dahlia, who they actually believed to be a glamorous siren headed for Hollywood stardom. It was as if they would have traded theirContinue reading “The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy”

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold


The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold, 2019 My favorite quote: “If the Whitechapel murders served to expose anything, it was the unspeakably horrendous conditions in which the poor of that district lived.” Most interesting characters: Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, the blacksmith’s daughter; Annie Chapman, wife andContinue reading “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold”

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes


The Lodger, Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1913 My favorite quote: “For the first time in her life, she visioned the infinite mystery, the sadness and strangeness, of human life.” Most interesting characters: Mr. Sleuth, the mysterious lodger who may or may not be quite what he seems Opening scene: Middle-aged couple, Robert and Ellen Bunting, sittingContinue reading “The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes”

Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton


Q is for Quarry, Sue Grafton, 2002 My favorite quote: “From the bottom of the stairs, someone called, ‘Kinsey.’ For one wonderful moment, the voice was my mother’s and she’d returned from the dead.” Notable characters: Kinsey Millhone, the PI; Con Dolan and Stacey Oliphant, the two cops working the case with her; Jane Doe,Continue reading “Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton”

Gilded Needles by Michael McDowell


Gilded Needles, Michael McDowell, 1980 My favorite quote: “You are falling into inanity,” said Judge Stallworth coldly. “I have told you, the lower classes do not take revenge upon the upper.” (P.S. – like hell, they don’t) Notable characters: Black Lena Shanks; the family matriarch who heads a group of female criminals; Judge James Stallworth,Continue reading “Gilded Needles by Michael McDowell”

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton


A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton, 1982 My favorite quote: “Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right – a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five.Continue reading “A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton”

The Throwaway Girls of Olympia by Ian Totten


The Throwaway Girls of Olympia, Ian Totten, 2020 My favorite quote: “In the last month, two young women, both brunettes, have been tossed to the side of the road in Olympia, both dead from apparent strangulation.” Notable characters: Alan O’Tool, the haunted small-town sheriff; Darcy, his not-very-likable ex-wife; James, his son; Amy, his deceased daughterContinue reading “The Throwaway Girls of Olympia by Ian Totten”

The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler


The Lady in the Lake, Raymond Chandler, 1943 My favorite quote: “He was quite easy to hate,” she said emptily. “And poisonously easy to love. Women — even decent women — make such ghastly mistakes about men.” Notable characters: Philip Marlowe; the best PI ever; Derace Kingsley, the wealthy businessman who hires him; Crystal Kingsley,Continue reading “The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler”

Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner


Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Judith Rossner, 1975 My favorite quote: “I’d rather be seduced than comforted.” Notable characters: Theresa Dunne, a woman leading a double life; James, the man who loves her; Martin Engle, the professor; Tony, a lover Most memorable scene: The closing one. I was so shook I didn’t know what to doContinue reading “Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner”

The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn


The Babysitter, Andrew Coburn, 1979 My favorite quote: “What I’m saying, Mr. Wright, is we don’t know who the hell she was. We don’t even know for sure Paula Aherne was her name.” Most interesting characters: Paula Aherne, the babysitter; John and Merle Wright, the parents of the missing child; agents Cooger and Spence, theContinue reading “The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn”

The Silver Dagger is Now Available in Audiobook!


The Silver Dagger, book 2 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is now available at Audible.com! If you haven’t yet read book 1, The Crimson Corset, you can get it in audiobook as well. Book 3, The Black Wasp, is on its way and is available now in eBook and paperback at Amazon. BrotherContinue reading “The Silver Dagger is Now Available in Audiobook!”