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Cheesy pleasures and odd lots!

Description: Mysteries, thrillers, gaspers, shockers, horrors and assorted oddments that are agreeable, of questionable taste, make no pretense to art or social import, are generally no more than 250 pages long, and have a high body count and/or novel manners of dispatch. Enfin terrible, they are lurid, compelling, and satisfying.

Members: 6 participating members (show all)

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1
7,707 members, 72 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (1), sturlington (6), Stepn (27)

Score: 8.31

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): Sorry, none of my entries meets the 250-page spec, but this one's full-fat cheese: lurid, many dead, death by swine, violent titled people in the mysterious Baltic, general preposterousness. But fun to read. Once.… (more)

Stepn (27): Harris often gets unfairly damned simply for being reliably entertaining. I wish they`d give him a 007 novel to write.

2
5,856 members, 266 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sturlington (3), SomeGuyInVirginia (21), Stepn (28)

Score: 6.65

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (21): As good as the hype.

3
589 members, 18 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: craso (3), SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 6.08

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (3): Children shouldn't play with matches...especially this little girl.

4
195 members, 9 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2), sturlington (8)

Score: 5.74

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (2): A classic, and to some a religious text (and you know who you are.)

5
833 members, 28 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), SomeGuyInVirginia (33)

Score: 5.67

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (33): Welcome, fiend. Enter freely and of your own free will!

6
103 members, 1 review
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), SomeGuyInVirginia (38)

Score: 5.61

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (38): Was everybody in this town crazy?

7
5,716 members, 165 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Stepn (3), sturlington (7)

Score: 5.5

Explanations:

Stepn (3): High jinks in the Highlands.

8
1,130 members, 43 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (5), sturlington (9)

Score: 4.98

Explanations:

bluepiano (5): Fairly interesting but silly & shallow. Another protagonist who's much too fond of mummy.

9
1,187 members, 41 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (6), sturlington (10)

Score: 4.81

Explanations:

bluepiano (6): What could be more novel than death by VHS tape?

10
400 members, 25 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), SomeGuyInVirginia (69)

Score: 4.75

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (69): When Amanda was a little girl she had an imaginary friend. Now her friend is back...and there's hell to pay!

11
1,521 members, 43 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: sturlington (4), SomeGuyInVirginia (76)

Score: 4.18

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (76): Simply wonderful!

12
575 members, 13 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: sturlington (5), SomeGuyInVirginia (50)

Score: 4.18

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (50): If you read only one Vatican vampire assassin book this year, make it this one.

13
1,028 members, 15 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Stepn (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

Stepn (1): The first appearance of series villain Obadiah Hakeswill. Yes operator...Obadiah...H-A-K-E-S-W-I-L-L...

14
213 members, 6 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (1): Houdini and Doyle can't stop the killing...once upon a midnight dreary!

15
171 members, 5 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: craso (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

craso (1): A smart little girl trying to live her way in a world full of meddling adults.

16
448 members, 10 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (22), Stepn (29)

Score: 3.57

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (22): I'm a fan of the Carson Ryder series.

17
232 members, 4 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: craso (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

craso (2): An ancient Indian shaman grows and is born from a woman's arm.

18
118 members, 3 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

bluepiano (2): Would-be conman not half so clever as he thinks. It doesn't really hang together but it holds one's interest and protagonist's feelings about his mother would in most cultures be frowned upon.… (more)

19
43 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: Stepn (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Stepn (2): It goes like a train. As indeed does the Assistant Chief Constable`s wife...

20
83 members, 1 review
3.21 stars (3.21 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

bluepiano (3): Rather fun but plot & settings wholly OTT. Bonus: mad scientist.

21
290 members, 17 reviews
2.77 stars (2.77 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

bluepiano (4): Death by blood-sucking (bonus: vampires), distressed damsel imprisoned in mysterious eastern Europe, and preposterous ending. Perfect flu-reading.

22
93 members, 2 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 stars)

Lists: Stepn (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

Stepn (4): Jacki and Jill!!! Kill me next!!!

23
66 members, 1 review
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: craso (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

craso (4): Inside the mind of the last man on earth...maybe.

24
20 members, 1 review
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (4): Who's killing her little darling's rivals?

25
1,841 members, 45 reviews
3.27 stars (3.27 stars)

Lists: Stepn (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

Stepn (5): A long sexy thriller with everything but the wicker man.

26
1,285 members, 66 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (5): Johannes is one doctor you don't want to call.

27
223 members, 8 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: Stepn (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

Stepn (6): Volume one...`nuff said.

28
39 members, 2 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (6): I think I just read a YA novel.

29
197 members, 5 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

bluepiano (7): Wildly over-long for this list & Stevens isn't by any means a mediocre writer--but what seems to be attempt at a character study is over-colourful & over-inclusive. To be fair, a spate of killings near the end that seems thoroughly OTT is much like one of Ted Bundy's final crimes though the book would have been written first.… (more)

30
188 members, 6 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (7): Well, really, it's perfect.

31
61 members, 2 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Stepn (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

Stepn (7): The real climax to a great saga.

32
302 members, 6 reviews
3.21 stars (3.21 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

bluepiano (8): To me, rather a bore & not agreeable/satisfying but I'm swimming against the tide. Pulp, in excelsis. Melodrama, ditto. Bonus: incest.

33
165 members, 4 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (8): Theirs was a strange friendship, but will it be enough to help them fight evil?

34
20 members, 0 reviews
2.67 stars (2.67 stars)

Lists: Stepn (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

Stepn (8): Guess what`s in the New York sewers? Stephen King liked it too.

35
104 members, 3 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (9)

Score: 2.31

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (9): Someone's going to die at this prep school...and someone's going to kill!

36
23 members, 1 review
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: Stepn (9)

Score: 2.31

Explanations:

Stepn (9): Cat bit shrazy.

37
1,267 members, 25 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: Stepn (10)

Score: 2.25

Explanations:

Stepn (10): A Disneyland of danger!

38
268 members, 4 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (10)

Score: 2.25

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (10): He didn't always use his powers for good. He couldn't!

39
137 members, 5 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (11)

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (11): A dismembered corpse in a butcher's shop window. It's like Christmas came early.

40
57 members, 1 review
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: Stepn (11)

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

Stepn (11): Droll and tough and weird.

41
5,698 members, 115 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: Stepn (12)

Score: 2.15

Explanations:

Stepn (12): His only great book?

42
171 members, 3 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (12)

Score: 2.15

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (12): Starts as a screwball comedy, ends...badly.

43
13 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Stepn (13)

Score: 2.11

Explanations:

Stepn (13): N3`s wildest ever mission .

44
3 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (13)

Score: 2.11

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (13): Proof positive that when the grid fails, human sacrifice isn't far behind.

45
80 members, 1 review
2.7 stars (2.7 stars)

Lists: Stepn (14)

Score: 2.07

Explanations:

Stepn (14): My favourite novel from my favourite series.

46
6 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (14)

Score: 2.07

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (14): The title alone gets this on a lot of my lists.

47
13 members, 3 reviews
2.5 stars (2.5 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (15)

Score: 2.03

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (15): Geriatric revenge killings.

48
10 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Stepn (15)

Score: 2.03

Explanations:

Stepn (15): Tough and funny and fast.

49
95 members, 5 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (16): A cri de coeur from the gritty 70s.

50
25 members, 0 reviews
3.07 stars (3.07 stars)

Lists: Stepn (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

Stepn (16): The fall of an Empire... as it might have been described by Robert Bloch.

51
35 members, 2 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (17): Death in Venice was murder most foul!

52
33 members, 2 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: Stepn (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

Stepn (17): As smooth as dark chocolate, salted with human blood.

53
234 members, 15 reviews
3.31 stars (3.31 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (18)

Score: 1.94

54
49 members, 2 reviews
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: Stepn (18)

Score: 1.94

Explanations:

Stepn (18): I`m trying to slot this just below the Thomas Sterling...

55
489 members, 18 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: Stepn (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

Stepn (19): No list is complete without Modesty Blaise.

56
26 members, 1 review
3.2 stars (3.2 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (19): Nicely paired with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

57
33 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: Stepn (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

Stepn (20): Impressively vulgar.

58
1 member, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (20): Too well written to be anything other than extremely disturbing.

59
1,223 members, 20 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: Stepn (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

Stepn (21): The very definition of cheese.

60
36 members, 1 review
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: Stepn (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

Stepn (22): His most purely entertaining work.

61
248 members, 3 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (23)

Score: 1.83

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (23): Wow, I love love love this series.

62
79 members, 11 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: Stepn (23)

Score: 1.83

Explanations:

Stepn (23): Properly mendacious.

63
176 members, 32 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (24): They were just innocent children. Weren't they?

64
52 members, 0 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: Stepn (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

Stepn (24): Just randytastic!

65
653 members, 38 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: Stepn (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

Stepn (25): `ammer `orrer innit?

66
150 members, 3 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (25): Dan Kavanaugh=Julian Barnes.

67
302 members, 9 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (26)

Score: 1.77

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (26): This world is hard on small things.

68
31 members, 7 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: Stepn (26)

Score: 1.77

Explanations:

Stepn (26): More `ammer `orrer. Innit guv`nor.

69
573 members, 26 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (27): Demonic possession in a small college town. Need I say more?

70
75 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (28)

Score: 1.74

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (28): 30s noir masterpiece!

71
595 members, 11 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (29)

Score: 1.72

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (29): A Brit nasty.

72
76 members, 6 reviews
3.21 stars (3.21 stars)

Lists: Stepn (30)

Score: 1.71

Explanations:

Stepn (30): Could be tighter, but a good entry in my favourite series of the new century.

73
45 members, 3 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (30)

Score: 1.71

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (30): Read anything by Westlake.

74
485 members, 33 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (31)

Score: 1.7

75
23 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: Stepn (31)

Score: 1.7

Explanations:

Stepn (31): See Ottoman (above) for details

76
282 members, 14 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (32)

Score: 1.68

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (32): She was hunted by a psycho!

77
64 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (34)

Score: 1.66

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (34): Some people just suck!

78
40 members, 2 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (35)

Score: 1.65

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (35): The psychic wasn't able to foresee...disaster!

79
344 members, 16 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (36)

Score: 1.63

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (36): Even the New York Review of Books reissued it. Feel good about slumming through this psycho carnival.

80
908 members, 13 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (37)

Score: 1.62

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (37): THE perfect beach book.

81
173 members, 4 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (39)

Score: 1.6

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (39): Stalked by demons with days to live.

82
372 members, 7 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (40)

Score: 1.59

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (40): A psychiatrist locked inside a cell with a psycho killer. Can he get out...in time?

83
479 members, 12 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (41): Bewitched in the real world.

84
339 members, 1 review
3.27 stars (3.27 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (42)

Score: 1.57

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (42): A cheese classic!

85
18 members, 1 review
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (43)

Score: 1.56

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (43): Even nice old ladies can be killers!

86
2,308 members, 120 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (44)

Score: 1.55

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (44): One long dick joke.

87
188 members, 6 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (45)

Score: 1.54

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (45): What's creepier than murder in an asylum for the criminally insane? Set it in Germany!

88
288 members, 6 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (46)

Score: 1.54

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (46): He was a SS whore but he was supposed to be dead. Wasn't he?

89
104 members, 2 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (47)

Score: 1.53

90
320 members, 7 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (48)

Score: 1.52

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (48): Like herding all-powerful kittens.

91
48 members, 2 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (49)

Score: 1.51

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (49): The anti-cosy.

92
94 members, 3 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (51)

Score: 1.5

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (51): Bonnie cleans up after violent crimes, but things are about to get messy!

93
312 members, 5 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (52)

Score: 1.49

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (52): You'll wish you hadn't!

94
574 members, 63 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (53)

Score: 1.48

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (53): Just because she's dead doesn't mean she isn't hot.

95
846 members, 11 reviews
3.19 stars (3.19 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (54)

Score: 1.48

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (54): No joke!

96
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (55)

Score: 1.47

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (55): Jack and Jill ran up the hill. Pray they don't find you!

97
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (56)

Score: 1.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (56): Snowbound with a psychotic serial killer, but that's not even the worst of it!

98
13 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (57)

Score: 1.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (57): They got married. Then she wanted to change him. She wanted to change him...a lot!

99
31 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (58)

Score: 1.45

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (58): People were dying to recover a priceless hoard of Nazi looted artworks. Then they started just dying.

100
53 members, 1 review
3.05 stars (3.05 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (59)

Score: 1.44

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (59): A Nazi menace emerges from a modern-day English bog.

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