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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 [...]

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is the first novel from historian William Kuhn who has also written biographies about key characters in Queen Victoria’s court and a look at Jackie Kennedy’s personality through the books she edited. Mrs. Queen novelizes an unusual day in the life of the United Kingdom’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. [...]

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things is the 19th century story of Alma Whittaker a plain yet brilliant woman and daughter of the formidable entrepreneur Henry Whittaker. The story tells of Alma’s growing up on a wealthy Philadelphia estate surrounded by acres of wildlife, aggressively educated by her Dutch mother Beatrix. Though plain Alma’s knowledge of [...]

The Chopin Manuscript by Jeffrey Deaver

Harry Middleton is in the middle of an intricate mystery.  Is the Chopin manuscript a fake? If so, why is Heinrich dead, and why is Harry being chased, and framed? The Chopin Manuscript is a fast-paced thriller, filled with classical music, past war crimes, theft, secret codes and murder in Kosovo, Poland and D.C. The [...]

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of Blood is a coming-of-age story, one wrapped in mystery and woven together with family ties and truths. Lucy loves her family and friends, but the discovery of a murdered friend’s pendent in an unexpected place causes Lucy to start to question what she really knows about them. Everyone has secrets, she discovers, [...]

Archetype by M.D. Waters

Emma Burke wakes up in a hospital, with no memories of how she got there and of her life before. As she becomes stronger, her husband Declan and her doctor fill in her past, telling her she was attacked by enemies of Declan. These enemies are fighting Declan’s company, and are against his plan to [...]

A Spider in the Cup by Barbara Cleverly

I continue my passion for reading World War 1 novels with a foray into the Joe Sandilands series by Barbara Cleverly, reading A Spider in the Cup. While it’s the 11th title in the series, the novel can be read as a stand-alone. Scotland Yard is such a rich venue for detective fiction and Cleverly’s [...]

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Most of us have lost loved ones, and we have grieved the loss. Some of people carry the weight of their grief far longer than they should, and a very few let their grief consume them. Sara Harrison Shea is such a person. When her eight-year-old daughter, Gertie, is found dead at the bottom of [...]

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