Murder in the Rue Dumas

M.L.Longworth has written a mystery series starring Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet. Together the pair must try and find the killer of a professor of Theology at the local university in Aix, Provence. Several theology professors, two university students, and a secretary are among the suspects for the murder. I found this title entertaining, though the author uses a lot of descriptive text throughout the novel, which makes for slow reading at times. It is number 2 in the series; the latest title was just released, number 6, if this review piques your interest…

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Shamus Awards

For anyone interested in mysteries, there is another group of awards to check out: the Shamus awards, which are awarded annually by the Private Eye Writers of America. This organization was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who also created the Shamus award. A Private Eye, or Private Investigator, is defined as a private citizen who is paid to investigate crimes. The awards are given in several categories: Best PI hardcover, Best Original PI paperback, Best First PI novel, and Best PI Short Story. Other awards include: “The Eye”, which is given to an author for lifetime achievement, and “The Hammer”, awarded to the character, not the author, for his/her contribution to and longevity in the field. Very interesting, indeed… Check here for a complete list of winners, past and present.

Door of No Return

Kwame Alexander has a new novel in verse out that is a planned book one of a trilogy. Always a favorite among the middle-school crowd, Alexander’s latest deviates from his sports-themed subjects to African history and the 1800’s. The setting is Ghana and Kofi (the main character) is living under British colonialism. We get to know Kofi and his family as well as a less-explored vein of slavery. Alexander is skilled at capturing his reader enough to look forward to the second installment.