Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming Up-Short Story Week #2

Former Book Fox Rosy was always saying how short stories are an under appreciated literary form, so with that thought, we decided to spotlight them in what I hope will … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

What I Read on my Summer Vacation (a round-up)

Just because the Foxes were on holiday doesn’t mean we weren’t reading. Unlike some of my fellow Foxes, I wasn’t traveling, so in a way, I had more opportunity to … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cormoran Strike mysteries by Robert Galbraith

Unlike most people, I haven’t read the Harry Potter books, so when my local book group did The Cuckoo’s Calling last year, I went into it with an open mind. … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

In Death series by J. D. Robb

Some might say this series are really mysteries and they are partly right. But as the author is an alter ego of Nora Roberts, romance is definitely involved. Sure, the … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

In praise of the gentler end of detective fiction

The Adam Dalgliesh novels of P D James. A Guest Review by Kirsty Doole. I have long been a fan of crime fiction. It is my go-to genre when I need … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spenser Quinn

One of the most pleasant discoveries I made last year was the mystery series featuring Chet the dog and Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, set in modern day … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

This is a perfect example of a cozy mystery. The characters frequently repair to a book-lined library, where they have tea and toast before a warm fire while it snows … Continue reading

June 23, 2008 · 5 Comments

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom

Delightful! That’s the perfect word to describe Ian Sansom’s first book in his Mobile Library series. It’s rambling, conversational style is full of asides, amusing details and sound effects. Humor … Continue reading

April 28, 2008 · 5 Comments

A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander

It’s not often that one can see such a drastic difference in an author’s work from one book to the next, but that is the case with Tasha Alexander’s second … Continue reading

March 31, 2008 · 4 Comments

Brodie Farrell mysteries by Jo Bannister

One of the best discoveries I made in 2007 was the novels of Jo Bannister. Her mysteries don’t have the flash of Evanovich, the repartee of Parker, they are watercolors … Continue reading

January 12, 2008 · 15 Comments

The Art Thief by Noah Charney

The Art Thief is one of the wittiest books I’ve read in a long time. Not only the snappy dialogue, but the sharp observations are all done with cleverness and … Continue reading

January 6, 2008 · 6 Comments



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