Books by Barbara Block

NO GOOD DEED by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Another of Block's dark tales of the seamy side of Syracuse and a morally ambivalent heroine who can't quit looking for answers."
Even when it finally comes to Syracuse, N.Y., spring brings no joy to sleuthing pet-shop owner Robin Light (Salt City Blues, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
SALT CITY BLUES by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"All those dark, frigid days and Robin's gloomy prospects make for a depressing tale, but one with enough twists and turns to make sharing Robin's blues worthwhile."
More than the freezing weather in snowy Syracuse, N.Y., is making life tough sledding for pet shop owner and quasi-detective Robin Light (Rubbed Out, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
RUBBED OUT by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Unfortunately, the suspense never keeps pace with the florid plot complications, leaving Block's eighth (Blowing Smoke, 2001, etc.) a drawn-out tale with as many loose ends as hangers-on."
Business may be slow at Noah's Ark, Robin Light's exotic pet store, but her personal life couldn't be more hectic. Read full book review >
BLOWING SMOKE by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Interlocking mysteries and layered family secrets nudge Block's sixth toward Ross Macdonald territory, but without Macdonald's edge."
Robin Light, unlicensed p.i., has arrived. Read full book review >
VANISHING ACT by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The dialogue is cool, but the action is mostly contrived in this amiable, only mildly engaging outing."
A college in Syracuse, New York, is the not too interesting focal point for the fifth in this series featuring widowed pet-shop owner/sleuth Robin Light (The Scent of Murder, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SCENT OF MURDER by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Sadly, the Richmonds aren't different enough to make you care which of them has made harried Robin (who'll need all the help she can get from her improbable network of lowlife helpers) switch back from bubble gum to Camels."
Just because Amy Richmond is the daughter of Robin Light's late, unlamented husband Murphy doesn't give her any excuse for dragging Robin (In Plain Sight, 1996, etc.) into the mess she's made. Read full book review >
IN PLAIN SIGHT by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Quite a comedown, then, from last year's bright Twister."
Three questions for pet-shop owner Robin Light, the very amateur sleuth whose Syracuse neighbors obviously have no use for the police. Read full book review >
TWISTER by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Surprisingly, the pert Robin, in her second case, keeps her head even while she's rushing from one overgalvanized scene to the nextall en route to a thoroughly logical denouement featuring the one suspect who's never confessed to a thing."
Pet-store owner Robin Light (Chutes and Adders, 1994) has always been jealous of her ``rich beauty queen'' friend Lynn Stanley, but no morenot since she followed Lynn to an abandoned house and found her friend hunched over the dead body of a stranger. Read full book review >
CHUTES AND ADDERS by Barbara Block
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A modern-day Eve, she can look a snake in its cold eye; it's the large spiders she can't stand."