The best new and not so new murder mystery and mayhem

Why am I passionate about this?

I write whodunits. I love a good puzzle. And I love humour. I have written five mysteries Wayward Shot, Death and Denial, a travel mystery, The Trouble with Funerals, The Suspects, my protagonists, go on another travel mystery, and Murder Exit Stage Right. I have won BWL INC best-selling author two years in a row. I am now writing another mystery Moving is Murder the publishing date is October 2023. And new to me and a challenge is a historical mystery I’m writing set in the 1900s.


I wrote...

Death and Denial

By Joan Havelange,

Book cover of Death and Denial

What is my book about?

On her way to visit Egypt, Mabel Havelock stumbles upon a murder plot. Unfortunately, she's not able to identify the plotters. And no one will believe her, not even her best friend, Violet, even when strange accidents happen as they tour the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. Her warnings come true as they cruise down the Nile. Now Mabel is trapped on board a boat with a dead body and a boatload of suspects. And in the middle of the Nile River, a passenger disappears. Language difficulties put her at odds with the lone police officer on board the boat. Mabel is determined to untangle the web of lies and deceit. She must use all her wits and ingenuity to solve the murder in the locked cabin.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Thursday Murder Club

Joan Havelange Why did I love this book?

Seniors are not born seniors. They have life skills and personalities.

And that is what Richard Osman has captured in The Thursday Murder Club.

The novel is set in a posh English retirement home. But retirement is not on the minds of the Thursday murder club members.

The mystery and the twists were great, and I absolutely loved how these quirky seniors fly under the radar. Everyone underestimated them, including the police.

By Richard Osman,

Why should I read it?

21 authors picked The Thursday Murder Club as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

"Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining." -Wall Street Journal

"Don't trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman's own laugh-out-loud whodunit." -Parade

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to...
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead…


Book cover of Bad Move

Joan Havelange Why did I love this book?

This was the first mystery thriller of Linwood’s I read. And it wasn’t the last.

Since then, I’ve read every book he has written and have never been disappointed. Bad Move is a mystery thriller set in the small town of Promise Falls.

You would think moving from the big bad city would be a good move. But no. Hence the name Bad Move. Linwood combines this mystery thriller with humour. Yes, humour in a thriller.

He is a master storyteller. 

By Linwood Barclay,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Bad Move as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Zack Walker Mystery #1

Zack Walker is a writer with an overactive imagination and two teenage children. After a murder on their street, he uproots his family from the city - insisting it's for their own good - and heads for the security of the suburbs.

However, his peaceful new life is soon shattered when he finds a body while out walking by the creek. Zack recognizes the dead man - and knows who his killer might be.

Things go from bad to worse as Zack follows a trail of deceit that leads right to his front door. To protect…


Book cover of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Joan Havelange Why did I love this book?

The master of spy novels.

Not your slick James Bond. (Not that isn’t a good read too.) But Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy is grittier.

The author knows of where he speaks, as he was a spy for the British. Anyway, this story takes place back in the cold war era. I found it fascinating.

Who to trust? Who is the good guy? Who is bad? A great read.

By John le Carré,

Why should I read it?

10 authors picked Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies.

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla-his Moscow Centre nemesis-and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

The Oscar-nominated feature film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by…


Book cover of The Cold Cold Ground

Joan Havelange Why did I love this book?

This gritty mystery is set in Ireland during ‘the troubles.’

Adrian paints a picture of Northern Ireland in 1981. The IRA, the Ulster Force, riots, murder, mystery, and mayhem. 

During this tumultuous background, the hero, Sergeant Duffy is faced with solving a murder. Is it the IRA or the Ulster Force? Or a murderer who has no connections with either?

I do remember how he started every day. We check our cars before going to work to see if we have enough gas. He checked under his car for a bomb. 

By Adrian McKinty,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked The Cold Cold Ground as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Fast-paced, evocative, and brutal, The Cold Cold Ground is a brilliant depiction of Belfast at the height of the Troubles -- and of a cop treading a thin, thin line.

Northern Ireland, spring 1981. Hunger strikes, riots, power cuts, a homophobic serial killer with a penchant for opera, and a young woman’s suicide that may yet turn out to be murder: on the surface, the events are unconnected, but then things -- and people -- aren’t always what they seem. Detective Sergeant Duffy is the man tasked with trying to get to the bottom of it all. It’s no easy…


Book cover of Tai-Pan

Joan Havelange Why did I love this book?

As a historical fiction, this novel rates right up at the top.

I loved this story; James brought the people of the day alive for me. And I followed up with his other novels. He was a fantastic storyteller.

It is an adventure that takes place in the early 19th century. English, European and American traders sailed to Asia and began trade with the Chinese. James paints an exotic picture of the China of the day.

The culture of China mixed with the craftiness of the traders as they vied for domination over the other. Who will become the leader, The Tai-Pan? 

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By Mark A. Rayner,

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Why am I passionate about this?

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What is my book about?

Maximilian Tundra is about to have an existential crisis of cosmic proportions.

When a physical duplicate of him appears in his living room, wearing a tight-fitting silver lamé unitard and speaking with an English accent, Max knows something bad is about to happen. Bad doesn’t cover it. Max discovers he’s the only human being who can prevent the end of the world, and not just on his planet! In the multiverse, infinite Earths will be destroyed.

Alpha Max

By Mark A. Rayner,

What is this book about?

★★★★★ "Funny, yet deep, this is definitely worth venturing into the multiverse for."

Amazing Stories says: "Snarky as Pratchet, insightful as Stephenson, as full of scathing social commentary as Swift or Voltaire, and weirdly reminiscent of LeGuin, Alpha Max is the only multiverse novel you need this month, or maybe ever."

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