Tag: mystery

Darlington by Tripsy South

“Sometimes it was just best to shut the f*** up and let the wisdom flow over you.” – (p. 217) Such was the approach I attempted to take while reading Darlington. This novel is a sort of Kerouac-like stream of consciousness that follows a few months in the life of Tommy Darlington – a part-time…

By C.S. O'Cinneide November 17, 2019 2

Bunny by Mona Awad

It is tough to nail down the genre of Bunny, A Novel by Mona Awad. Is it noir? Horror? Crime fiction?  Is it an acid flashback from that tab you dropped stupidly in college? Or maybe we will just call it Literary, the great catch-all for all exceptionally well-written works that often defy description. Whatever…

By C.S. O'Cinneide November 5, 2019 0

Divorce is Murder By Elka Ray

Divorce is Murder. I can attest to that. Although despite the messy demise of an ill-fated starter marriage in my twenties, no one seemed driven to committing an actual homicide (note to self: cancel outstanding professional contract hit on ex-husband arranged during a night with friends and too much Sangria). But when Josh Barton walks…

By C.S. O'Cinneide September 30, 2019 2

The Blood Spilt By Åsa Larsson

Before reviewing this book, I had to look up the term “Nordic Noir.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_noir) Basically, it is crime fiction that is set somewhere in Scandinavia  that is short on metaphor and long on bleak landscapes.  The weather in that part of the world lends itself well to bleakness apparently, particularly in the north.  And this…

By C.S. O'Cinneide April 29, 2019 2

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

I am really getting into these English translations. As with The First Prehistoric Serial Killer by Teresa Solana, The Perfect Nanny was originally written in another language. In this case, French rather than Spanish. The author is Moroccan born but Parisian living, Leila Slimani. She won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt for this…

By C.S. O'Cinneide March 25, 2019 0

Interview with Elka Ray

Elka Ray is a Canadian/UK author, editor, and illustrator. For adults, Elka writes crime, and is the author of three novels – the upcoming romantic mystery Divorce is Murder, due out with Seventh Street/Prometheus in June 2019; Saigon Dark (2016), a noir thriller; a lighter mystery, Hanoi Jane (2011); and a collection of short crime…

By C.S. O'Cinneide January 28, 2019 0

Snap By Belinda Bauer

There are a lot of scary stories told from the perspective of children these days. Whether it is the resurrection of Stephen King’s IT or the mass popularity of Stranger Things, young people are at the forefront of bad things happening.  I think it is a result of people getting tired of the “terrified woman”…

By C.S. O'Cinneide January 14, 2019 0