Monday, April 6, 2015

Reading right now:

            “Falling in Love” by Donna Leon. This is the 24th in the Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series. Opera singer Flavia Petrelli was featured in the very first book in this series and is now back and asking Brunetti to protect her from a dangerous stalker. Leon is an American living in Italy which makes her very assessable to American readers. Brunetti is a wonderful character and the books are full of humor. It’s difficult to maintain a series throughout the years, but Leon has continued to keep her series fresh and bringing back a character from her first novel is an idea that really works in “Falling in Love.”

On hold right now:

            “Duet in Beirut” by Mishka Ben-David. Ex-spy Mishka Ben-David brings a reality and emotional energy to his debut novel. It’s taken two years for this book to be translated into English and become available in the U.S. (April 14). It centers around a government-sanctioned hit on the Hezbollah leader who planned a failed car-bombing in Jerusalem.

Other Mysterious Things:

A fascinating number of mysteries are available that take place in other countries. These exotic locales can add a whole new dimension to our mystery reading. Books coming out in April include: “Game of Mirrors” by Andrea Camilleri (Italy), “The Arc of the Swallow” by S. J. Gazan (Scandinavia), “Viper” by Maurizio de Giovanni (Italy), “Cry Wolf” by Michael Gregorio (Italy), “Reykjavik Nights” by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland), Stuart M. Kaminsky’s “Black Knight in Red Square” (Moscow), “Black Run” by Antonio Manzini (Italy), Liza Marklund’s “Borderline” (Sweden), Margaret Mazzantini’s “Rising Sea” (Italy), “Blood on the Snow” by Jo Nesbo (Norway), “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen (debut novel, Vietnam War), Jan-Phillipp Sendker’s “Whispering Shadows” (a German living in Hong Kong helps a Chinese homicide detective investigate the murder of an American businessman), “Fallout” by Paul Thomas (Aukland), “The Children Return” by Martin Walker (France), and “You Will Never Find Me” by Robert Wilson (Madrid).

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