musings, thoughts, and writings of Barbara W. Klaser

February 15, 2005

Masks of Murder, by C. C. Canby

In Masks of Murder, by C. C. Canby, police detective Zeke Mallard is stabbed to death in his garage while unloading groceries from his car. As a result, rookie detective Richard Lanslow takes on the case every police detective loathes, that of investigating the murder of another officer, in this case his own partner. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:59 pm PST, 02/15/05

October 31, 2004

Verse of the Vampyre by Diana Killian

How much trouble can an American schoolteacher get into while on sabbatical in the Lake District of England? When the schoolteacher in question is Grace Hollister, and when ex-jewel thief Peter Fox is involved, the result may be disaster.

Verse of the Vampyre opens with Grace Hollister hiding in a graveyard, late at night, waiting for—well, spying on—Peter Fox, who’s to meet with a mysterious woman. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 1:27 pm PST, 10/31/04

October 21, 2003

High Rhymes and Misdemeanors by Diana Killian

Diana Killian’s High Rhymes and Misdemeanors transports you to the Lake District of England, in the footsteps of the Romantic poets. Grace Hollister is there on vacation from her teaching position (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:00 pm PST, 10/21/03

November 28, 2001

To Wear The White Cloak by Sharan Newman

Novels are mini-vacations, they take us on guided tours of new places, and introduce us to new people who are involved in occupations or activities other than our own, and who experience unusual circumstances. A good book pulls you in and holds your attention through the story so well that, when it ends, you want more.

Sharan Newman’s To Wear the White Cloak held me this way. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:00 pm PST, 11/28/01

July 31, 2001

Before I Say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark

Before I Say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark started out slow for me, mainly because I don’t consider politicians all that intriguing. However, I kept reading and I’m glad I did. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 5:33 pm PST, 07/31/01

He Shall Thunder In The Sky by Elizabeth Peters

He Shall Thunder In The Sky is the second of Elizabeth Peters’ books that I’ve read. I’m now planning to go back and read all of that series, as well as anything else of hers I can get my hands on. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:30 pm PST, 07/31/01

April 25, 2001

Canis by Robert E. Armstrong

In Canis, by Robert E. Armstrong, the head of Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation & Care is Dr. Duncan MacDonell, a man of compassion, intelligence and common sense who’s already doing what anyone will recognize as a difficult, depressing, and thankless job. Then street people begin to turn up dead (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:00 pm PST, 04/25/01

February 17, 2001

Beacon Street Mourning by Dianne Day

In Beacon Street Mourning, Fremont Jones, suspicious her ailing father is being neglected by his wife Augusta, returns to Boston to see him. Her father begins to improve, then suddenly dies. Fremont must solve what she believes to be murder by poison, while others, including his doctor, contend that her father died of natural causes. (more…)

— Barbara @ rudimentary 12:00 pm PST, 02/17/01

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