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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Maud can’t find her friend, Elizabeth, and no one seems to be able to help her find her. Maud is challenged in her task, for Maud has dementia. Pieces and parts of her life have already gone missing, and she survives by clinging to those bits and snatches she still has left. Elizabeth is a [...]

Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

David Loogan needs a shovel, and as he considers the selection at the local garden center, we become aware that the shovel must meet certain requirements. David Loogan has to bury a body, and for that purpose, some types of shovels just won’t do.  At this point of the story, you might think David Loogan [...]

Montana by Gwen Florio

Lola Wicks, foreign newspaper correspondent to Afghanistan, is a victim of company downsizing. Her paper can no longer afford to let her work overseas, and so she’s brought Stateside. For Lola, who lives on adrenalin and coffee in the war zone, this is appalling. She has no wish to report on PTA meetings, neighborhood robberies, [...]

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse is a phenomenon that may occur after purchasing an item at auction, when the buyer regrets the high price they paid. Kestrel, the daughter of a Valorian general, buys a Herrani slave on a whim. Perhaps it is the defiance in his eyes or the stubbornness of his stance that attracts her, [...]

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This is a first for me: I don’t know how to review this book. I don’t even know how to begin without spoiling this haunting, suspenseful story. But I’ll begin this way: We Were Liars is the story of three teen-aged cousins—Johnny, Mirren, Cadence—and their good friend, Gat. Together, they are the Liars, and they [...]

The Lovebird by Natalie Brown

 As a lover of animals and the outdoors I really enjoyed The Lovebird by Natalie Brown. Its heroine, Margie Fitzgerald is an animal rights “nut” that has deep rooted sympathy for any helpless creature. Her intense sensitivity drives her to join H.E.A.R.T. Humans Encouraging Animal Rights Today at the behest of her deeply wounded Latin [...]

Nowhere Nice by Rick Gavin

In Rick Gavin’s latest Nowhere Nice crazy meth dealer Guy Boudrot has escaped from prison.  Guy was a major villain in Gavin’s previous work and of course he is out for revenge on every person he thinks had a hand in putting him in prison.  Repo workers Nick and Desmond know they are on Boudrot’s [...]

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd

Charles Todd is a mother-son writing team located in Delaware and North Carolina. They are the authors of the Inspector Rutledge Mysteries featuring the escapades of Rutledge, a British detective practicing in the 1920s. What makes these tales riveting is the presence of “Hamish”, the ghostly PTSD symptom from the Inspector’s ‘war’. In Hunting Shadows, [...]

Diners, Dives, and Dead Ends by Terri L. Austin

I recently became aware of the new mystery publisher, Henery Press, from reading their title Lowcountry Boil, by Susan Boyer. Lowcountry Boil won an Agatha Award for best first novel, and I enjoyed the book immensely. I chose another Henery Press title, more by the cover than anything else, and found that I liked this book [...]

The Bones of Paris by Laurie King

California writer, Laurie King, is best known for two series, The Mary Russell novels (Mary being the wife of Sherlock Holmes) and the Kate Martinelli dectective series. It’s been 5 years since King’s last foray with former FBI agent, Harris Stuyvesant in Touchstone. In The Bones of Paris she crafts a macabre tale of jazz [...]

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