Review Policy


Booked                            Reviews including all pertinent information about the book.

Booked Vintage              Reviews of older editions (30+ years old) in my personal library.

Holiday Reads                 Books with a plot occurring around a specific holiday.

Mystery Extras                Random posts that cannot be pigeonholed into a category.


I review mystery books in all formats. Reviews will include the format of the book and how it was received.


I have an extensive collection of crime and mystery novels from the 40s and 50s. Because of this, some of the books I review may be older editions or out-of-print editions. Publisher/publishing date/ISBN information provided in reviews will be for the version I actually read. Earlier or later editions will not be referenced unless they are essential. Older and/or possibly harder to find editions will be categorized as “Booked Vintage” instead of “Booked” to make them easier to discern from reviews of recent and still widely available books.

Review Requests

The majority of the books I review are purchased from a bookstore, borrowed from the library, included in my Scribd subscription, or received via Netgalley. I am choosy about accepting unsolicited review requests from publishers and authors. I will decline to review a book for a myriad of reasons, such as:

* time constraints
* incorrect genre
* not feeling the plot
* my TBR pile is already overwhelmed
* the book is simply not a good fit for MysteryPlease!
* it’s just not possible

I began this blog as a way to share the books I have enjoyed reading with others. Often, older books that I feel readers might like as well, but may not know about. I have discovered that I read more and relish writing for this blog substantially more when there is no publication deadline and/or expectation of a review hanging over my head.
If I do accept a review request, I do not guarantee the book will be reviewed before the publication date or even reviewed on my site at all.
I will only respond to a review request if I am accepting it. If you have not heard from me within one (1) week of sending your request, I am, unfortunately, not able to review your book for one or more of the reasons listed above. I do, however, wish you the best with your book journey!

Review Opinions

Any review I write regarding the book is honest. It doesn’t matter if I purchase it on my own or check it out from the public library or obtain it any other way; if I find things I don’t like in a book, my review will reflect that. I do not receive monetary compensation for reviews.

Other Genres

I review books in the mystery genre. Occasionally, I will review a non-fiction book if it relates significantly to the mystery genre, such as a biography on Craig Rice or a study of mystery novel heroines. I also read YA mysteries, but not many.

Why is there no rating system?

Every book has an audience, but sometimes I begin a book and quickly discover its audience does not include me. What doesn’t work for me, though, might not bother you. All of the books I review on my blog are roughly 3- (worth picking up) to 5- (a must read) star books. If you really need to see a rating, I do rate the same books when I post reviews on Goodreads (but only because Goodreads requires a rating). Basically, if a book is on my blog, I have read it entirely and I’m recommending it to you. Reading is a personal experience; a book that is 3-stars for me might be 5-stars for another reader. If that reader didn’t give the book a chance because I gave it only 3-stars, and missed out on a book they would have truly enjoyed, it would be tragic.