Have a CD - Book or DVD you would
like reviewed on this site? Mail to:
The Mystery Site
41 Deblois
St-Nicephore Qc J2A 2M6


The Burning Room

 As a long time fan of Michael Connelly, I was very happy to read his latest Harry Bosch mystery, The Burning Room. On the cusp of retirement, Bosch is LAPD Robbery and Homicide Division's most senior detective.  He is matched with Lucia (Lucy) Soto; a young recently-promoted novice to the force, who has already established herself as a hero.  Unfortunately, her youth and inexperience cause the resentment of some of their colleagues.The Burning Room starts with the gruesome every day ... More

My Name Is A by Anonymous

WTF? I admit I am not a fan of found footage so my opinion of My Name is A by Anonymous is very much colored by that fact. Still, I do not understand this movie. It is presented as based on the actual events surrounding the 2009 murder of a nine year-old girl by a fifteen year-old named Alyssa Bustamante. I poked around the net a bit to figure out what was going on. The murder presented in My Name ... More

Bones Never Lie

Bones Never Lie is the latest murder mystery by forensic anthropologist and producer of TV's Bones, Kathy Reichs.Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan is summoned to a meeting with the Charlotte, NC Homicide Cold Case Unit, to work on the 2007 unsolved murder of a 12 year-old girl, which sends her memory spinning to another similar and disturbing case.  Kindle versionAnique Pomerleau is a name Brennan can't forget.  A prime suspect in the abduction and deaths of several young girls in ... More

Broken Monsters

 A thriller featuring one hell of an original and interesting villain should not after a while put off a reader. This is, unfortunately, what Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes does. Clayton Broom is one hell of an original villain but he becomes a secondary character in a thriller filled with other secondary characters There are so many superfluous scenes you become afraid of moving on to the next chapter and get stalled once again. Kindle at AmazonClayton Broom creates mixed ... More
THIS SPACE FOR RENT

The Blacklist - The Complete First Season

 The Blacklist is brilliant!  James Spader (Boston Legal) is superb as Raymond “Red” Reddington; a former top-ranking member of the U.S. Navy who has been off the grid since 1990.  For years he has gained access to and brokered deals with extreme cold-blooded criminals, so subversively deadly and notorious that even the FBI is unaware of their existence.Red is wanted, and dangerous.  In the show's pilot, he stuns the agency simply, yet with great fanfare, and turns himself in.A chilling, ... More

In The Red

 Touted as a “darkly erotic novel about a good girl gone bad”, In the Red, by Elena Mauli Shapiro focuses on the destructive path that a young Romanian-born, but American-raised young woman takes when she leaves her adoptive parents to attend college. Irina is literally and figuratively seduced into an oddly comfortable world of anonymity and subservience by Andrei Vadrescu, an older man who meets her at a fountain. He tells her stories of her homeland, and ... More

Watching You

 Watching You by Michael Robotham is an engaging psychological thriller.Marnie Logan is in a bad space.  Added to financial difficulties, caring for a son with health problems, and an independence-seeking teenage daughter has its challenges.  Haunted by gambling debts, her “love at first sight” husband Daniel has vanished, and has been missing for a considerable time.  His whereabouts are a mystery.  Is he dead?  How could he leave her?  Did he just save himself and leave her to clean up ... More

The Farm

Its film rights already sold, The Farm is an intriguing new mystery by Tom Rob Smith.Very interesting and exciting from the get-go, it plunges deeply into the secrets and lies of the family of Daniel and his parents Tilde and Chris, who have blissfully retired to Sweden.  Kindle at Amazon   All illusions are shattered when Daniel receives a call from his uncharacteristically hysterical father who is distraught that Tilde is not only missing, but psychotic.  She is seriously ill and ... More

The Girl With All the Gifts

 The Girl With All the Gifts is a post-apocalyptic novel by M. R. Carey. Not generally being enamoured by this genre, I surprisingly found myself immediately hooked and totally enthralled by Carey's book.  I admit I would not have picked up this self-described thriller, had I known what it was about.  Fortunately, the title, the cover, and the brief, only vaguely informative synopsis intrigued me. Kindle version.The girl is Melanie, an innocent, intelligent and highly inquisitive ten year-old who is ... More

The Skin Collector - A Lincoln Rhyme novel

The Skin Collector is an excellent thriller by Jefferey Deaver. It features series regulars Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs and though knowledge of previous novles like The Bone Collector helps with some background details, you do not need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this latest installment. This is a perfect novel for the summer months.  Kindle at AmazonThis is a detective versus serial killer thriller so there is a certain formulaic feel to The Skin Collector. Readers ... More

You Should Have Known

 The year is young, but You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz is the best novel I have read to date.  It will likely remain at or near the top.  Kindle version at Amazon.Gifted New York psychotherapist Grace Reinhart-Sachs has it all:  An amazing 15-year career, a successful paediatric oncologist husband Jonathan who she indulges and protects, a delightful, intelligent young son, and membership in a community of “friends” dripping with money, pretension and clout.She is ready to catapult ... More

The Lady of Sorrows

 First published in 2010, The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi is the fourth of her Seven Deadly Sins Mysteries.  2014 marks the premiere North American edition of the book.There is a legend that in1863, a group of sailors is saved from a terrible storm when The Virgin Mary appears in human form to guide them to safety to the Greek Island of Kalkos.  Left in her place is a beautiful icon.  It was a miracle!A church is erected in ... More