Book Review: X Marks the Spot

 by Sean Deffely A Book Review \by Jackie Houchin X Marks the Spot by is a very clever mystery involving kidnapping and murder in the Manor House of the very rich Mayhew family, in which all six of the adult children’s names begin with the letter X. Once you get these names straight, the story becomes…

Book Review – A Dead Man in Trieste

by Michael Pearce, narrated by Clive Mantle An Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin It’s the early 1900’s in Trieste. There is trouble at the British consulate when Lomax, the main man there disappears. The powers that be in the Foreign Office send Sandor Seymour, an East End immigrant policeman in London to investigate the disappearance.…

Book Review: El Deafo

by Cece Bell A Graphic Novel Book Review by Jackie Houchin I didn’t realize when I bought this book that it was a “graphic novel” – not written in paragraphs, but in comic boxes, cartoon characters, and speech bubbles. I was disappointed at first, but decided to give it a try. I opened and read…

Book Review: Bidding For Revenge

by Victoria Tait A Book Review by Jackie Houchin Author Victoria Tait has written another entertaining installment in her Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. In BIDDING FOR REVENGE, Dotty gets plenty of practice bidding for antiques as well as considering a few revenge scenarios, including what “she” would like to do to a certain arrogant…

Short Story Review: A Craving For Carvings

by Dianne Ascroft A Short Story Review by Jackie Houchin You’ll find several things that are “craved” in Dianne Ascroft’s cozy short story mystery, such as a whole marketplace of delectable sweet baked treats on sale at the annual Fenwater Flavor Festival in town. And then there’s the craving of a whole day of just…

Book Review: Conspirators’ Club

by Elena Jagar A Book Review by Jackie Houchin I thought CONSPIRATORS’ CLUB by Elena Jagar, would be a juvenile type mystery-adventure, but it is a true mystery with evil villains who have a history of violence, jewel theft, and blackmail. And the schoolmaster at the boarding school would make Cruella Deville look like a…

Book Review: Once Upon a Wardrobe

by Patti Callahan, narrated by Fiona Hardingham An Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin What a wonderful story!  When a friend recommended this book, I took her up on it but bought the audiobook. I’m so glad I did. (Now I’m eager to read Patti Callahan’s other books.) ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is the story about…

Book Review: A Disappearance at the Bonne Nuit Hotel

by Dominique Daoust A Book Review by Jackie Houchin I loved how A DISAPPEARANCE AT THE BONNE NUIT HOTEL begins!. Author Dominique Daoust briefly introduces her protagonist, sets up the scene, and then takes off running. Rita Larose is tired of covering boring women’s stories for the local Montreal newspaper she works for. She wants…