Monday, March 24, 2014
Reading right now:
“The Mangle Street Murder” by M. R. C. Kasasian. Kasasian joins the ranks of English authors writing a Victorian crime series with a private detective duo. It’s 1882 and London’s most famous personal detective Sidney Grice is working with his ward March Middleton to uncover the truth behind a grisly murder. This is the first in a new series which I just started. So far I am enjoying the odd characters and interesting sense of humor. I understand that the second in the series is coming out sometime this year and is called “The Curse of the House of Foskett.”
On hold right now:
“Blood of Alexander” by Tom Wilde. This debut novel from Wilde features a modern Indiana Jones who works for a foundation that steals back lost antiquities and returns them to their rightful owners. Jonathan Blake is our hero who is pitted against a ruthless cult in order to stop the cult’s apocalyptic plans for humanity. It sounds like this novel could be compared to Dan Brown’s books and maybe Steve Berry’s. It certainly sounds like a thriller that will take you around the world with political ramifications and lots of action.
Other Mysterious Things Available:
Each month I’m faced with a huge number of mysteries coming out and am frustrated by how little time I have to read. There is no way I can read everything even if I spent every minute reading. I just try to read what appeals to me and bemoan the fact that I don’t get around to more. I noticed that this month Benjamin Black is revisiting Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe character with “The Black-Eyed Blonde.” Cara Black’s 14th book in the French Private Investigator Aimee Leduc series came out this month (“Murder in Pigalle”). “Savage Girl” by Jean Zimmerman is only her second book of fiction, but sounds fascinating. “Savage Girl” is an eighteen-year-old who has been raised by wolves in Nevada, but in 1875 a wealthy Manhattan couple attempts to tame her and introduce her into society. As you can imagine this doesn’t work out well. Her friendships with men are not only scandalous but prove deadly when those men end up murdered.