Celia A. Sgroi

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (10 of 11)
Birthday: Feb. 21
In My Own Words:
I live in Fulton, New York and work as a professor at SUNY at Oswego in Oswego, NY. I am a lawyer and used to be a part-time city judge. I have a Ph.D. in German literature. My favorite work is Stifter's Der Nachsommer. I am a detective fiction fan, especially of historical mysteries and those that take place in other countries. Some of my favorite authors are Ellis Peters, Donna Leon, P.C. Dohert… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 485,409 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 11
One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (7) by Henning Mankell
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This novel is very reminiscent of Sjoewall and Wahloo's Martin Beck series. As was the case in THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN, Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander and his team are investigating the murder of one of their colleagues, Svedberg, a man they thought they knew, who turns out to be quite different than they ever imagined. Soon this cop-killing links up with the disappearance of three young people on Midsummer Eve. Believed to be off traveling in Europe, it becomes more and more likely that the three were murdered and that Svedberg had been on the trail of the killer. But why had Svedberg realized that the young people were dead and not missing? What did he know and decide to keep… Read more
Murder on the Marmora: A Mystery by Conrad Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a winner., April 28 2004
I'm afraid the Dillman/Masefield series is getting very repetitious, and this novel is a good example. The protagonists investigate thefts and a murder on a voyage from England to Egypt and wrap things up before the vessel reaches Port Said. However, it's the same cast of shipboard characters with diferent names, and not much new happens, although the author tries to introduce variation by adding a purser who is hostile to the detectives and the appearance of Genevieve's former fiance, a creep if ever there was one. There are lots of red herrings, and, as it turns out, two sets of villains, but one has the nagging sense of having read it all before. Maybe there's just nothing left to do to… Read more
The Game by Laurie R. King
The Game by Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King's latest Mary Russell novel is marketed as " a novel of suspense," and that is a very accurate description. This is by no means a whodunnit, but it is an exciting story with a couple of flaws that keep it from being first-rate.
This story takes Mary Russell and her illustrious husband, Sherlock Holmes, to India in 1924. They are searching for a missing British agent named Kimball O'Hara, the adult version of Rudyard Kipling's Kim. O'Hara has disappeared somewhere in northern India and the trail is cold. Nevertheless, Russell and Holmes set out to find him, and of course they do.
One of the great strengths of this series is that it is NOT a Sherlock Holmes… Read more