Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reviews: Stone Coffin, and A Study in Terror

Title: Stone Coffin
Author: Kjell Eriksson
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Psychological Suspense/Mystery
Recommended If You Like: dark crime stories, complex mysteries

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

The Book:

Ann Lindell is a detective in Sweden, who is called in on the case of a hit and run. A mother and her young daughter were killed, and the husband has disappeared.

What I Liked:

Eriksson has a writing style I really enjoyed. It's straightforward, but also detailed. The character of Lindell is complex and rings true.

The mystery was interesting as well, and had quite a few twists and turns.

Anything I Didn't Like?

For me, the book got somewhat confusing as it progressed. There were so many characters that I had trouble keeping track of who was who. I also found the solution to the mystery itself somewhat confusing, and somewhat abrupt.


I didn't love this book, and I didn't hate this book. To me, it was an okay read. I wanted more from it than I feel like I got. I won't be hurrying to read any more of the series.

Title: A Study in Terror
Author: Ellery Queen
Publication Date: 1966
Genre: Mystery
Recommend If You Like: Sherlock Holmes, reading about Jack the Ripper, Ellery Queen

The Book:

Ellery Queen is delivered a lost manuscript purporting to be the true story of Sherlock Holmes taking on the case of Jack the Ripper.

What I Liked:

It's Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper! Plus Ellery Queen! And there are some nice friendship moments between Holmes and Watson as well.

Anything I Didn't Like?

The ending was a bit abrupt, and felt a little rushed.


You can't go wrong when Ellery Queen tells the story of Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper.


  1. Both sound really interesting. I haven't read Ellery Queen and I think I need to do that as it sounds like you really enjoy her. :)

    1. or is Ellery a guy? Cause just checked out Ellery Queen who is also in the books and it's 'a guy...hmmm. :)

  2. I actually just found out that Ellery Queen is the pseudonym for two male writers, which I had had no idea about :)