Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: June 14, 2016
If you haven't read any of Cara Black's novels featuring Aimee Leduc, Murder on the Quai is a great place to start. Although this is her 15th novel, Murder on the Quai tells the tale of how Aimee Leduc began her career as an investigator. Evil deeds are rarely forgotten, particularly those committed in times of war. It is 1989 and the Berlin Wall has fallen. Records are being destroyed before they can fall into Allied hands. Aimee's father is drawn into doing one last favor, one last bit of espionage to help Aimee's mother, the woman he still loves.
With her father gone, Aimee takes the case of a distant cousin, whose father was murdered. What initially looks like a simple case of questioning a missing witness becomes complex and dangerous. The more she investigates, the more she leaves her studies of medicine behind.
The Doppelgänger is a novel, rich in emotion but extremely troubling. It is a psychological thriller that shook me, even while I was unable to stop turning the pages. It is so difficult to draw a line between the real and the imagined. Like Darcy, the reader is entrapped in a web of fear and suspicion, unable to break free to communicate or share what she believes is reality. While it is clear that she has extreme mental health issues, Darcy is easy to empathize with. Her reactions are easy to understand within the context of her perceptions, beliefs, and memories. Very few people understand what it means to endure a mental illness, preferring to ignore or ostracize. Management is only possible with proper care and medication.
At the start of The Doppelgänger, Darcy shows paranoia and evidence of hallucinations. Still, she manages until two...
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)
General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 02 Jun 2016
One part speculative fiction, one part scifi thriller, The Many Selves of Katherine North is an imaginative novel that should not be passed by. It is a story that will linger with readers long after the final chapter is read.
What lies at the core of identity? Is it defined by body and sensation or something more? If you could be another - whether animal or person, what type of insight into their experience could you gain? The Many Selves of Katherine North explores these questions and many others within its pages. At once beautiful and troubling, The Many Selves of Katherine North is a thriller that describes a technology with both a tremendous research potential and a potential for extreme danger and destruction. The novel does not only look at self, it also asks what holds a sense of se...
Random House Publishing Group - Alibi
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: April 19, 2016
Juliet Langley faces a latte trouble when her best friend Pete is suspected of murdering his irritating upper-crust girlfriend Cecilia Hollingsworth. With the movers and shakers of Nashville society putting pressure on the police, little effort is being placed looking for alternate suspects. Despite the danger, Juliet immediately starts asking uncomfortable questions of Cecilia's friends and relatives. Many stood to benefit from Cecilia's death, financially and otherwise, but Juliet needs more than a motive - she needs proof of a killer.
The Java Jive mysteries are fun, well-written cozies with just the right blend of action and romance. Like a well made cappuccino, Mug Shot is a pleasure to enjoy on a lazy afternoon, tasty and with just the right kick. I look forward to the next book in the series.
A Simple Guide to Protecting Your Pup from Unsafe Foods, Everyday Dangers, and Bad Situations
by Amy Luwis
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Home & Garden
Pub Date: May 3, 2016
With its hilarious illustrations and pertinent information, Amy Luwis's For Dog's Sake is a must have for any pet owner. Whether you have only just adopted your pet or are a long-term dog owner, you will benefit from reading For Dog's Sake. Best of all, the content is presented in a form that will be understood and remembered by readers of all ages. (Great for kids and adults)
Dogs, like children are curious and adventurous, but there are plenty of dangers that we are often unaware of. From poisonous plants to everyday items, Amy Luwis shows the dangers and offers suggestions. She even shows how to give your dog the Heimlich maneuver - a must for those with ball crazy dogs. The hilarious illustrations make the book fun to read, and the information is presented in a way that makes access dur...
Insiders know that shelter pups make the best pets, but often it is difficult to see their personalities as you browse the cages at a shelter. Guinnevere Shuster's beautiful pictures demonstrate the vibrant personalities of a wide variety of dogs at the Humane Society of Utah. Each page holds four candid pictures of an adoptable pup. Often hilarious or stunningly cute, Shushter's pictures show dogs filled with hopeful energy, ready to have a new chance at a happy life. There is even a section of pictures at the end where some of the dogs who were adopted are shown with their new families.
Dog pictures that are adorable and funny and stories with happy endings - what more could a dog lover ask for in a photo book? I absolutely loved Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth. It is a book guaranteed to make any dog lover smile.
Single Wired Female has an intriguing premise, but while the start is promising, the novel falters midway. There is no logical progression that culminates in the story's resolution. Instead the author waves a magic wand which results in the plot being neatly ended with the android lead awakening 50 years later to an almost happily ever after - no explanations given.
Tricia is unrestrained, a sentient android capable of emotion and self-direction. While androids as servitors are readily accepted, free androids are hunted as outlaws. Tricia is captured and transformed, her memory blocked. Seeded with the memories of Bonnie O'Neal, Tricia wakes up believing she is a human, a woman who almost died in a vicious attack. By chance, she discovers she is synthetic and slowly manages to break down the walls hiding her memory. She is driven to search for t...
Berkley Prime Crime
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: 5 April 2016
Readers can't help but love Quincy, the tubby and mischievous orange tabby with a gift for finding delicious tidbits and trouble. In Fat Cat Takes the Cake, Quincy once more proves he has a nose for murder when he discovers the body of Ron North. A creepy journalist with a long-term habit of stalking women, Ron North was never popular, and he managed to upset quite a few people at the high school reunion held the previous night. It is the scarf found with his body, however, that places Chase's friend Julie at the top of the suspect list. In order to save her friend, Chase and Quincy have to find the killer. Between a principal trying to hoodwink elderly homeowners, a slimy politician and a health obsessed body-builder, Chase is spoiled for choice. Still, Chase knows that she only has a limited time to find the truth before Julie's goose is cooked.
Ameerah: Paranormal Thriller by Rebekkah Ford
Mystery & Thrillers, History
Pub Date: January 27, 2016
Ameerah challenged the norms of her time, dancing, drinking and smoking in speakeasies along with flappers and gangsters. She made love to her best friend Betty, and looked forward to a vibrant and creative life. Instead, she dies soon after being placed in an insane asylum by her parents. The torment she suffered at the hands of the staff there leads her to accept an unusual offer. Rather than pass on, Ameerah becomes a dark spirit, able to live, eat, drink, and make love by possessing the bodies of soulless humans. Best of all, in her mind, is that she will finally be able to get revenge, to make those who betrayed her suffer.
Dark spirits are in part tricksters, angry and embittered. Some however have a goal - the elimination of humanity. As the novel progresses, Ameerah's experiences are recounted against the backdrop of hist...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: March 26, 2016
The 1950s marked a period of great change for British society as well as the British police force. The DCI Callum police procedurals wonderfully depict the changing culture and attitudes while giving the reader a thrilling mystery. Part of what makes these novels so enjoyable is that DCI Callum is not only a perceptive detective, he is also a man who cares a great deal about his family and his community. He isn't a simple two-dimensional caricature, and neither are the members of his team or the members of his family.
In Prime Evil, an actor with ties to crime is brutally murdered. The further Callum and his team delve, the more complex the scenario becomes and the more difficult it is to untangle the pieces of the plot. Maynard Sims does a wonderful job of showing how detectives gathered evidence by bits and pieces without the help of detailed forensics. WPC Myra Ban...