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Looking for a little crime reading over the holidays?


Check out these two book reviews, recently penned by Capital Crime Writers president (and former OPL librarian) Michael Murphy:


Salvation of A SaintIn Salvation of A Saint, a man demands a divorce from his wife because she has not become pregnant. After his wife leaves to visit her family, the man dies from drinking coffee which contains poison. Tokyo police detective Kusanagi and his assistant are presented with a number of possible suspects, and Professor Manabu Yukawa, a physicist who is friends with Kusanagi, also becomes involved in the case. The novel is both a puzzle mystery and a procedural. It will appeal to fans of both types of mystery.


Keigo Higashino, one of Japan's best-selling novelists, has written over three dozen works and is the recipient of the Naoki prize. Twenty films and television series have been made based on his work.


The number of mystery novels coming out continues to increase. This includes both new titles and reissues.  At times it can be a challenge to keep up with your Books to Die forfavorite novelists, and what about those forgotten gems which you may have missed? Books to Die for will provide you some suggestions.  The book is divided into short essays by well known mystery authors.  Each contributor introduces his favorite book and explains the choice.  One comes away with both an appreciation for the work in question and insight into the contributor.  After reading a number of the chapters, I have come up with a list of books which I want to read.  I am currently starting the series by James McClure which takes place in South Africa and features Lieutenant Tromp Kramer and his assistant Sergeant Mickey Zondi.  The book is something you will come back to again and again.




Thanks Michael. I have a hold on Salvation of a Saint & look forward to reading it.