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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Reading right now:
“Poison at the PTA” by Laura Alden . This is the fifth book in the Beth Kennedy series which started with “Murder at the PTA.” In this cozy series, Beth Kennedy finds out that being the PTA secretary involves more than bake sales. Living in a small town in Wisconsin, caring for her two children after her divorce, and working for a bookstore isn’t nearly enough for Beth who gets talked into helping with the PTA and any numerous murders that occur along the way. Laura Alden was nominated for an Agatha Award for her first novel in this series. These are fun to read because most of us can really relate to Beth who just can’t say no to more work.
On hold right now:
“The Red Road” by Denise Mina. Mina is one of those women that you have to admire. She’s lived interesting places and done amazing things. Her crime novels have been called grim and dark, but sometimes funny and always compelling. “The Dead Hour” was nominated for an Anthony, an Edgar, and a Macavity Award. She’s written eleven novels which have included three different mystery series. “The Red Road” is the fourth book in the Alex Morrow series. Morrow is a police detective who would rather stay home with her boys and who can blame her when most of her cases seem to have grave social and political ramifications?
Other Mysterious Things Available:
February saw some amazing mysteries come out including the following which I didn’t want to miss mentioning:
“Brotherhood of Fear” by Paul Grossman. This series of historical thrillers set in Berlin, Germany in the 1930s revolves around decorated World War I hero and the nation’s most famous detective, Willi Kraus who happens to be Jewish. In this third book in the series, Kraus flees Nazi Germany to France.
“Killer’s Island” by Anna Jansson. Former nurse, Anna Jansson is another brutally haunting Swedish crime novelist with only two books that have been translated into English: “Strange Bird” and “Killer’s Island.” Detective Inspector Maria Wern is the common thread in the two books.
“The Mangle Street Murders” by M. R. C. Kasasian. This new series centers around Gower Street detective Sidney Grice who works as a “personal detective” in London in 1882. His ward, March Middleton, helps him with his cases—despite his many and varied objections. The next book in the series is called “The Curse of the House of Foskett” and is expected out later this year. From the reviews I’ve seen the books are funny, clever, and occasionally morbid.
“Judgment Call” by Nick Oldham. Nick Oldham is a British policeman who has written 20 (soon to be 21) books in his Henry Christie series. This series of British police procedurals could be perfect for you if you are looking for a new author with lots of books available for you to read. His first book in the series was “A Time for Justice.”