Maigret in New York by Georges Simenon

The trouble with Maigret in New York is clearly stated in the title. Inspector Maigret should stay in France, preferable in Paris.  I suppose over the course of 75 novels Maigret was bound to leave the country at least once, but I much prefer him when he is at home. Certain books are associated with certain places–that becomes part of the fun, maybe part of the … Continue reading Maigret in New York by Georges Simenon

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

A summer read that is a creepy good time. Jeff Vandermeer’s novel Annihilation, the first part of the Southern Reach Trilogy, concerns a team of scientists sent into a quarantined region to find out as much as the can about what has happened there.  They are the 12th team of scientists to undertake this mission. The region, known as Area X, appears to be growing several miles … Continue reading Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

P is for Peril by Sue Grafton

P is for Peril by Sue Grafton comes rather late in the author’s alphabet series.  Her detective Kinsey Milhone is well established by now, almost as comfortable a figure as Hercule Poirot, though much more hard-boiled.  I can’t say that there is anything new in P is for Peril.  Kinsey seems much like she’s always been, single, without a decent client, in between office locations, … Continue reading P is for Peril by Sue Grafton