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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death – a book review in 200 words

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

by Charlie Huston

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This has been on my to-be-read list for literally 10 years. I added it to Goodreads in 2009!

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is about a crew of crime scene cleaners, but also so much more than that.

I want to say this is a fun romp, but it’s not really that. You see, the main character, Web, is a first class asshole. But he’s an asshole for a good reason. He’s an ex-teacher who’s been out of work for a year, getting less civilized each day. (Telling you the why of this will ruin the story, so I won’t.) He’s finally hit a rock-bottom of sorts and so, reluctantly, begins a career cleaning up after suicides and violent crimes. And then…a mystery, a turf war, a horrendous crime or two, and other life-changing exploits ensue.

In some ways, this is very different from what I usually read. It’s gritty and dark and very…bro. (I don’t really know how else to describe it.) But it was also interesting and enjoyable and humorous and a good read. So if you are looking for something a little different then what you normally read, you should give this one a shot!

Rating: 84/100

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Never Tell – a book review in 200 words

Never Tell

(Detective D.D. Warren #10)


Lisa Gardner


Never Tell is the 10th book in the Detective D.D. Warren series and the 3rd book with Flora Dane as a POV character. The dynamic between Warren and Dane is fantastic; one is a great detective with a loving family who can’t help but do things a little outside the box. The other a tortured (kick-ass) young woman looking for revenge, but also for forgiveness.

The mystery in this book revolves around a pregnant woman who has probably shot her husband and most definitely his computer; the same woman who accidentally shot her father when she was 16. Coincidence? Her mother is a crazy person and her relationship with her husband was definitely not normal. She’s a brilliant mathematician but works as a math teacher in a public school. There’s some weird stuff going on here and Gardner unfurls all of the clues and reveals with skill.

Flora Dane’s story line is also advanced here, with a deeper look into her kidnapper’s nefarious activities.

The relationships Gardner builds between her characters are compelling, which isn’t always the case in a mystery series. Gardner writes great mysteries (police procedurals) with great characters and interesting story lines. Try her, you’ll like her.

Rating: 89/100

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