26.7.16

THE FEAR ARTIST, by Timothy Hallinan

/series set in Bangkok starring Poke Rafferty. As he leaves a paint store, a man stumbles into Poke and dies in his arms. Police, including a Bangkok CIA contact, immediately cordon the area and question poke. He denies understanding the man's last words. They made no sense: a woman's name, an American city. Thugs visit Poke, who's hidden by his feisty little neighbor (who probably runs a brothel, but who really knows?). All Poke wants is to finish painting the apartment before Rose and Miao get back. But he's been sucked into a big problem, and there are people who want him dead. Click below for more...

7.7.16

REVELATION, by C. J. Sansom

4/series set in Tudor England, starring lawyer Matthew Shardlake. The grisly murder of one of Matthew's closest friends draws him back into the Court's orbit. After a chief coroner tries to sweep the murder under a rug, Archbishop Cranmer summons Matthew and his law clerk Jack Barak to Lambeth Palace. The Seymour brothers, powerful courtiers, are involved in keeping the murder quiet as well. The struggle between  reformists and ailing, overweight, newly-conservative King Henry VIII. Bishop Bonner, with the king's approval, scours the city for those who do not hew to the religion du jour. Punishment is quick and horrific, justice non-existent. Click below for more...

SOVEREIGN, by C. . Sansom

3/series set in Tudor England starring lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Religious persecution coupled with an aging King Henry VIII (now on wife #5, poor, silly, doomed Katherine Howard for whom the song Girls Just Want to Have Fun could've been written) have brought England to a state of constant fear and suspense. Who will go to the Tower next? The court embarks on a spectacular progress north to York, where a recent rebellion came close to succeeding before being savagely put down. Click below for more...

4.7.16

THE ZIG ZAG GIRL, by Elly Griffiths

1/series, Magic Men, set in post WW2 Brighton, England. Lovers of British cozies and non-gory police procedurals will fall head over heels in love with former Magic Man, now Detective Inspector  Edgar Stephens. A young woman's body, cut in three pieces with the top part absent, is found in two cases in Left Luggage. Stephens must figure out who and why. His old wartime comrade, the famous magician Max Mephisto, is playing at the local variety theater. Max points out there's a magic rick called the Zig Zag Girl, where the girl is supposedly cut in three parts. The woman's upper torso soon arrives at Stephens' office. This is getting personal. Click below for more...

DARK FIRE, by C. J. Sansom

2/series. Tudor-era suspense (and what, during that time, wasn't suspense-filled?) rarely entertain as this one does. Once connected to Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared right-hand-man, lawyer Matthew Sharlake is "just a jobbing lawyer". Asked to aid a young woman accused of murdering her cousin, Shardlake knows he has little chance of defending the girl as she refuses to speak. Her death, by "pressing", will be grisly and appallingly painful. Click below for more...