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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 [...]

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

When London school teacher Eliza Caine’s dad dies, she answers an ad for a governess position in Norfolk.  There is no reason left for her to stay in London and she doesn’t know if she could anymore anyway, at least financially.  Eliza is very impressed with the estate in Norfolk and the children seem great [...]

Blackstone and the Endgame by Sally Spencer

I love ‘period piece’ mysteries, especially those set around WW1 or WW2.  Sally Spencer’s Inspector Sam Blackstone mysteries, numbering 9 to date, are set between Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 through World War 1.  In Blackstone and the Endgame, our Inspector is ‘set up’ to intercept German espionage.  A great deal of the action [...]

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling’s Snapper is so easy to identify with!  The main character, Nathan, is a Hoosier who has a love/hate relationship with Indiana and its rural areas and college towns.  After college, Nathan gets by doing wild bird research in the southern Indiana woods for various government agencies and professors.  He carries a torch for [...]

The Thicket by Joe Lansdale

I have recommended Joe Lansdale many times before, especially his Hap and Leonard series (see Vanilla Ride) and once again he has written a laugh out loud, violent, and seemingly ludicrous book.  I do not know where he gets his ideas but I kept putting off reading The Thicket because it sounded so ridiculous but when [...]

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is a funny guy. A funny engineering botanist guy who just happens to work on Mars. Mark works with five other scientists on Mars. When a storm threatens, the team, at risk of being stranded on Mars without a return vehicle, makes the decision to abort the mission. They flee and blast off. [...]

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are ex-Secret Service agents, now turned private eyes. The story begins with a chance meeting with a teenaged boy, running through the streets. The pair follow, as Michelle wants to make sure the boy isn’t in any trouble. Turns out, the boy, Tyler Wingo, has just learned that his father, [...]

Let Him Go by Larry Watson

You and I both know people who are obsessed with their grandkids.  In Let Him Go by Larry Watson, Margaret Blackledge takes this to the extreme.  After her son James dies in a freak accident and his widow Lorna marries another man (Donnie Weboy), Margaret becomes obsessed with getting her grandson Jimmy back.  Lorna and [...]

Innocence by Dean Koontz

How would you live if the very sight of you causes a murderous rage in those who see you? How could you hide and still have a connection with the rest of world? Dean Koontz asks this very question in his moralistic thriller, Innocence. When people see Addison Goodheart, they try to kill him, almost [...]

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