Sunday, November 30, 2014
Reading right now:
“Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwell. This is her 22nd book in the Kay Scarpetta series and, hopefully, a good one. I haven’t always been happy with Cornwell’s books which often get bogged down in family and personal issues that have grown tiresome over the years. Her latest finds her attempting to track down a serial sniper.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Reading right now:
“Die I Will Not” by Suzanne Rizzolo. English teacher Rizzolo writes a Regency London historical mystery series. This is the third in her series which started with “The Rose in the Wheel” and “Blood for Blood.” Her books center around lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. Rizzolo’s books have been called likeable, vivid, and intelligent. She brings Regency London to life with characters that you want to continue to get to know.
“A Fine Summer Day” by Charles Todd. This 17th novel in the Ian Rutledge series comes out in January, 2015. Amazingly, Charles Todd is a pen name used by a Mother and son team writing together to achieve an amazing body of work which includes two separate series and some stand-alone novels. Inspector Ian Rutledge deals with major crimes in a post-World War I world while struggling to cope with his personal demons from the war. Todd’s second series stars Bess Crawford, a World War I nurse who solves mysteries. Two new books in the Crawford series came out in 2014, “An Unwilling Accomplice” and “The Maharani’s Pearls.” In August, 2015, they are planning on bringing out only their second stand-alone novel called “A Pattern of Lies.” This body of work is for those who like literate, historical mysteries.
Friday, November 7, 2014
“The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly. This is the 19th Harry Bosch novel and they have all been fantastic. I love Harry Bosch and moving Bosch to LADP’s Open-Unsolved Unit with new partner rookie Detective Lucia Soto has given the series new life. This time Bosch catches an unusual cold case in which the victim dies after being shot nine years earlier. There’s no evidence, but there’s plenty of political complications. It’s hard to believe that anyone who loves mysteries hasn’t picked up the Bosch series, but if you haven’t yet read these run to the library and start at the beginning.
“Blue Labyrinth” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Special Agent Pendergast is back in this 14th book in the series. After one of Pendergast’s enemies ends up dead on his doorstep with a piece of turquoise in the deceased stomach, Pendergast chases the killer on a journey into his family’s past. This is an unusual and complicated mystery series which went a little off track for a while, but is now back on track with the regular characters back in great form trying to help Pendergast solve a complicated mystery filled with action and suspense.