Sunday, August 31, 2014
Reading right now:
“Bless the Dying” by Sandra Bretting. Only Bretting’s second book, “Bless the Dying” is a mystery with a medical twist. When a young policeman is poisoned, his former girlfriend who works for the hospital doesn’t believe it was an accident and steps in to prove that something else is going on and finds plenty of suspects. This looks like it will be a pretty easy read, but has potential.
“Payoff” by Douglas Corleone. This is the second in the Simon Fisk series which debuted with “Good as Gone” last year. Our hero is former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk who now works as a private contractor to try to locate kidnapped children. After movie studio mogul Edgar Trenton’s teenage daughter is kidnapped during a violent home invasion, Fisk is hired to deal with the ransom exchange. It soon becomes obvious that the kidnappers are not going to return the girl and Fisk must track them through many dangerous South American cities to try to return her to her parents. This is supposed to be a tremendous thriller with many surprises.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Reading right now:
“Cradle to Grave” by Eleanor Kuhns. If you love historical mysteries, Eleanor Kuhns is a perfect choice for you. Her Will Rees series is rich in historical detail. It’s 1796 when Will Rees and Lydia set off to Mount Unity, New York to help Lydia’s old friend who has kidnapped five children in order to save them from an unfit Mother named Maggie Whitney. Legally there isn’t much that can be done, so when Maggie ends up dead, Lydia’s friend is the prime suspect. Can Will and Lydia find the real killer?
“The Bone Orchard” by Paul Doiron. This is the fifth book in the Maine game warden Mike Bowditch mystery series. After leaving his job as a game warden to work as a fishing guide, Mike’s former mentor is forced to kill a troubled war vet and faces criticism for her decision. The growing outrage leads to her getting shot which forces Mike into the manhunt. While Mike is chasing the shooter, he is also struggling with his job choices and his love life.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Reading right now:
“Poison Promise” by Jennifer Estep. You may think that this exciting and fun fantasy series doesn’t belong with a list of mystery titles, but it does. Gin Blanco is an assassin who kills bad guys, helps people weaker than she is, and in this novel is trying to bring down a drug dealer who is distributing a new drug called “Burn.” She’s tough and sexy and surrounded by good people who help her survive. I’ve almost finished this novel and am so happy that she has another book in the series coming out in November called “Black Widow.” I highly recommend this series. Every book is a fun ride you go on with Gin to see how she brings down the latest bad guy threatening her city.
As soon as I finish “Poison Promise,” I am starting David Rosenfelt’s “Hounded.” If you’ve read my blog, you know that I love David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series. The books are a riot. Andy Carpenter is rich and lazy. He hates getting hired to do work. He’s a lawyer so lots of people can understand why he would not want to do that job. In this 12th book in the series, Carpenter gets a call from his policeman friend Pete Stanton who asks that he take in the son and dog of ex-convict Danny Balfour who was murdered and, oh yes, defend Pete who is being accused of the murder. It looks like Andy is going to be very, very busy.
“Inside Man” by Jeff Abbott. Abbott has written more books than I realized. This is already his fourth book in the Sam Capra series. If you like Lee Child and Harlen Coben, Jeff Abbott is a great choice to start reading. Abbott graduated from Rice University with degrees in History and English and now lives in Austin. Three of his novels have been optioned for films: “Adrenaline,” “Panic,” and “Collision.” In “Inside Man,” ex-CIA agent Sam Capra’s friend Steve has been murdered. Capra wants revenge.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Reading right now:
“The Dead Will Tell” by Linda Castillo. This is the sixth book in the fantastic Kate Burkholder series. If you haven’t read the series, hurry to your library and find the first book “Sworn to Silence.” As the Chief of Police of a small town in Ohio, Kate has had her past come to haunt her, found a new love, and now faces a suicide that is really murder and ultimately only the first in a murder-for-revenge plot. I just finished this book last night and I loved the plot which I won’t ruin for you by laying it out too much, but it does involve a haunted house, secrets from the past, and the local Amish community.
“Evil in the 1st House” by Mitchell Scott Lewis. This is the third in a series called A Starlight Detective Agency Mystery. This series centers around Astrological Detective David Lowell and his staff (his daughter, Melinda, a young defense attorney; his hacker partner Mort; the office assistant Sarah; and Andy, his bodyguard). I have never read a detective novel where Astrology is used to help solve the mysteries so I would say that this is a unique series. If you believe or enjoy Astrology, this series would be a real find for you. I enjoy Lowell and his staff, but I find myself a little bored by all the Astrology discussions. His latest case involves a successful doctor who is trying to find his dying son’s twin in order to arrange a kidney transplant. There is, of course, much more to the story of why his wife ran away with the other son and what they are hiding from.
“The Devil Takes Half” by Leta Serafim. On a Greek island called Chios, being an archaeologist is deadly. When archaeologist Eleni Argentis and her assistant are found dead (or at least parts of their bodies are found), police officer Yiannis Patronas is determined to find out what is behind the deaths. Are the killings personal or did Argentis discover something worth killing for? This is a debut novel with a lot of violent passion incorporated into the story. The island is beautiful, the killings horrific, and Patronas is on his own trying to solve the murder with his only real ally an elderly priest who loves American detective shows.