30.10.14

THE DEEPEST WATER, by Kate Wilhelm



One of the rewards of prowling through the library stacks is finding an author you never knew. The prolific and acclaimed Kate Wilhelm is a recent find. The author writes in several genres, so there's lots to pick from. This psychological mystery that unravels in multiple strands, leading the reader on and on. Set in the Cascade Mountains, Abby Connor's author father Jud dies at his remote cabin in what appears to be a drug robbery gone bad. Click below for more...

28.10.14

BEASTLY THINGS, by Donna Leon

20/series. While this book could stand alone, why deny yourself the pleasure of reading the whole Venice-based series starring the marvelous Guido Brunetti and his scholar wife Paola, and two delightful kids (and their delightful meals)? For a series of this length, it's amazing there's been not very many sags. And now that there's such a marvelous body of work, you can spend a month or two immersing yourself in La Serenissima as tourists rarely see it. In this grisly issue, a man's body is found in a canal; he has no identification. Click below for more no-spoiler review...

25.10.14

BONES OF CORAL, by James W. Hall

Mayhem, mutilation and madness, as the back blurb says. A Florida-based murder mystery that brings an unusually weird group of people into play, this non-stop Key West-centered marathon will keep you in its grip right through to the horrific finale. Shaw Chandler, Miami paramedic answers a call to a suicide and recognizes the victim. And knows it wasn't suicide. When the victim's wife dies that night and the house burns, he must return home to the Conch Republic to find out why. Click below for more...

23.10.14

THE BETRAYAL OF THE BLOOD LILY, by Lauren Willig

6/series. Penelope Devereaux’s outrageous behavior finally caught up with her, and she has gone (she really had nowhere else to go, given her what society thinks of her transgressions) to India with her new husband, the completely indifferent and dissolute rotter Freddy Staines. Perhaps, in a decade or two when the furor has died down, she can return home... Click below for more of this no-spoiler review.

20.10.14

CAVENDON HALL, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

2/series. A deliciously-layered Edwardian novel by one of the genre's masters. Set at Yorkshire's stately Cavendon Hall where the myth of stiff-upper-lip is both upheld and exploded by the aristocratic Inhgams and their servants, among them the Swann family. Family passions run deep, tragedies abound, but the ancient bond between these closely-linked families remains unbroken. The novel focuses largely on the second daughter, Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of the "Four Dees". Click below for more...

19.10.14

THE HEIST, by Daniel Silva

17/series. Gabriel Allon, art restorer and Israeli intelligence agent, is working on an Italian master's church altar painting when he learns that an old friend has been arrested for murder. Leaving his wife Chiara in Venice and going to Lake Como, where Julian Isherwood is incarcerated, Gabriel's pressured into a complicated and exotic plot involving stolen masterpieces, vicious murders, and a beleaguered nation's looted treasure. Click below for more...

18.10.14

THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny

11/series, starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, now happily retired to the village of Three Pines, scene of many of his griefs and his triumphs. Clara Morrow, after a long work-up of courage, confesses to Gamache that her estranged husband, Peter, has failed to keep a reunion. They'd been separated for a year, and Peter had agreed to return on that day to see what would come next. Clara is sure something has happened to her husband. What follows is as much Penny's fascinating enquiry into the nature of creativity and artistry as a mystery involving a missing painter. Click below for more...

17.10.14

UP IN HONEY'S ROOM, by Elmore Leonard

Set during World War Two, when Detroit was a center of war production and a hotbed of German spies, both domestic and imported. Meet Ukranian faux-Countess Vera Mezwa  and head of a German spy ring, and her faux-gay sidekick, the Romanian cross-dresser Bohdan. Enter the Hot Kid, U. S. Marshall Carl Webster, whose aim rarely fails, whose nerves are of steel, and whose publicity never stops. Tulsa-based Webster, whose father owns a thousand of acres of pecan trees harvested by prisoners from the nearby German POW camp, comes to know Jurgen, a charming German Afrika Corps tank officer. Click below for more no-spoiler review...

10.10.14

BY ITS COVER, by Donna Leon

23/series (plus cookbook). Venetian police Isspetore Guido Brunetti once again follows the clues in this convoluted tale of rare books and the thieves who prey on them. When a prestigious private library realizes some of its works have been vandalized, the police investigate and find a visitor with impeccable American credentials has handled all the ancient, priceless volumes. Pages have been cut out, and some full volumes are missing.  The American scholar, of course, has forged documents. Click below for more...

BAIT AND SWITCH, by Larry Brooks

Wolfgang Schmitt: with a name like that, he's not what you might think. This one's a 6'3" hottie, an ad agency accounts manager with cynical, smartass attitude to spare. Tall, dark, handsome, and, post breakup with the woman he was almost ready to commit to, tired of all of it. When he's offered a million bucks for making the estranged wife of a multi-billionaire fall in love with him, his inner good-guy says no. Then his why-not guy says yes. Click below for more no-spoiler review...

7.10.14

FILM STRIP, by Nancy Bartholomew

2/series. When visiting stripper Venus Lovemotion is murdered, the shot ricochets and hits Sierra Lavotini smack in the butt. Our heroine, headliner and exotic dancer par excellence, is at it again, this time trying to save another dancer at the Tiffany Club from a murder charge. And take it all off with stitches in her ass. Our feisty amateur sleuth manages to knock em dead, including a handsome, sexy stranger who Sierra suspects is a hit man. She's always had a soft spot for the bad guys. Click below for more...