Review: Love & Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky


Title: Love & Other Crimes

Author: Sara Paretsky

Published: June 30th 2020, HarperLuxe

Status: Read July 2020 courtesy HarperCollins/Edelweiss


My Thoughts:

Paretsky is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel with her female private investigator, V.I. Warshawski. I ‘discovered’ the series in the early nineties and instantly became a fan. The first book, Indemnity Only, was published in 1982, the latest instalment, titled Dead Land (book #20) was released earlier this year.

Love & Other Crimes is a collection of fourteen short stories, eight of which feature Warshawski, including one original story. Written over a period of about twenty years, the common thread is love.

“….we kill out of love—love of money, but also love of family, a desire to protect those for whom we feel responsible.”

If you aren’t familiar with Warshawski, this short story collection is a good introduction to her character. Vic was raised, lives and works in Chicago. Specialising in investigating white-collar crimes, she is often drawn into cases involving her friends, family or vulnerable persons who are victimised by corrupt politicians or greedy businessmen. She is smart, capable and dogged with a strong belief in justice and all these traits are on display in the stories in this collection.

Most of the other six short stories have appeared elsewhere, often in themed anthology’s or magazines, though I was familiar with none. Two of the stories pay homage to Paretsky’s own literary hero’s – Race Williams, who was the first of the hardboiled detectives, created by Carroll John Daly in 1923, Amelia Butterworth, an amateur detective created by American crime novelist Anna Katharine Green. I like that Paretsky includes a note for each story in the collection that reveals the purpose of, or motivation, for the title, it’s a welcome glimpse into her authorial process.

Somewhat surprisingly I enjoyed every story in this collection, though I remain partial to those which involved V.I. Warshawski, reminded of how what a great series it is, and to move Dead Land up my TBR list.


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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jul 07, 2020 @ 12:43:20

    Female private investigator. Yes please.
    Btw do you move books up the reading list according to publication date so as to get the reviews done asap or is it strictly on reading whims at the time? I am often torn on this point!

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  2. Judee
    Jul 07, 2020 @ 13:38:43

    I like stories about female detectives or private investigators. Sounds like an interesting book- thanks for the review

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  3. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jul 08, 2020 @ 00:35:48

    I haven’t read any of her books but they sound really good. Especially since it features a strong female character.

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 08, 2020 @ 07:31:22

    I enjoyed this one also. I thought the VI ones were my favorites also. Fantastic review!

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