Tag Archives: Derryll White

Descriptive excellence can’t save novel

Book Review By Derryll White Carcaterra, Lorenzo (2010). Midnight Angels. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo Buonarrati This novel is advertised as a “religious artifact quest thriller” – shades of … > Read More

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Inspector Montalbano series an easy way to travel

Book Review By Derryll White Camilleri, Andrea (2006). The Wings of the Sphynx. Inspector Salvo Montalbano of the Sicilian police feels old at 56. Not only does he feel old, he begins to doubt himself and his ability to be … > Read More

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Thorough research makes many things clear

Book Review By Derryll White Wood, Naomi (2014). Mrs. Hemingway. I have read most of Ernest Hemingway’s work over the past 50 years, and am currently re-reading some of it. Through it all I have never quite understood the allure … > Read More

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Making us think about the world we’ve inherited

Book Review By Derryll White Westlake, Donald E. (1962). 361. ‘361. (Destruction of life, violent death). Killing.’ – Roget’s Thesaurus of Words and Phrases. Thank goodness for Hard Case Crime, the dedicated publisher that is bringing out the best of … > Read More

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Novel stretched me and made me think

Book Review By Derryll White Rankin, Ian (1987). Knots & Crosses. I have been waiting a long time to read Ian Rankin. My wife read the Inspector Rebus series and before she passed away she made me promise to at … > Read More

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A distinct feminine perspective to the mystery genre

Book Review By Derryll White Lackberg, Camilla (2004). The Ice Princess. Camilla Lackberg starts this novel in a classic Scandinavian style – cold, stark and psychologically dark. The reader knows that this will be a compelling read, one to be … > Read More

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In the end I am left bored

Book Review By Derryll White La Plante, Linda (2010).  Blind Fury. It doesn’t take very long for the reader to realize that La Plante stories are located off the North American continent. Her main character, Detective Inspector Anne Travis, opens the … > Read More

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Nancy Lee: raw, different, menacing, challenging

Book Review By Derryll White Lee, Nancy (2002).  Dead Girls. Nancy Lee is a very good writer. I first read ‘Dead Girls’ soon after it came out in 2002, and she is good enough that the book of short stories … > Read More

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Moore has consuming quality possessed by only the best writers

Book Review By Derryll White Moore, Jeffrey (2010).  The Extinction Club. “There is only one really serious philosophical question, and that is suicide.” -Albert Camus. There is a surreal quality to Jeffrey Moore’s writing, super-magical as it draws the reader … > Read More

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Surprised by how contemporary 50-year-old story sounds

Book Review By Derryll White MacDonald, John D. (1964).  The Deep Blue Good-By. A lady is a very special happening, so scented and delicate and breathless and totally immaculate. She wore a filmy something that tied at the throat and parted readily, … > Read More

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