Joanne’s Mystery Picks

51teg1zuy7l-_sx331_bo1204203200_THE 8 MANSION MURDERS by Takemaru Abiko

As a locked-room mystery, this one ticks all the right boxes.  Inspector Kyozo and his hilarious assistant Kinoshita, are called to investigate two murders-by-crossbow at the 8 Mansion (so called because it was built in the shape of an 8).

The reader is entertained by the antics of these two while also being given a look back at many of the locked-room mysteries that were so prevalent during the Golden Age of Mysteries.

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Joanne gives this “1 dagger out of 5”.

stella-coverSTELLA RYMAN and the FAIRMOUNT MANOR MYSTERIES by Mel Anastasiou

Eighty-two year old Stella Ryman is contemplating her death.  After only three months in the Fairmount Care Home, she has made it upstairs – to Palliative Care.

Having neither home nor many possessions (having sold them all prior to taking up residence here), she seems resigned to the fact that she’s at her end.  That is until a slap to her face changes her mind.  What follows is Stella’s determination to join the land of the living once again and to find something useful to do with her time in Fairmount.  When her favorite caregiver is accused of theft, Stella decides that she will prove her to be innocent, and thus embarks on her new career – that of sleuth!

Further adventures follow when poison pen letters are delivered to staff and residents and, later, when a resident goes missing.  Bent on solving these mysteries, Stella ignores the rules set down by management and relies solely on her determination to find the guilty and protect the innocent.  She’s an eighty-two year old breath of fresh air: feisty, funny, and a little bit cranky.  But she’ll make you laugh and maybe think about how you’ll spend your “golden years”.

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Joanne gives this “5 daggers out of 5”.

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