Necropolis is a beautifully composed novel that highlights Delhi's unique culture where tradition wages a subtle war against modern values. On superficial examination, the novel is composed of the cases assigned to detective Sajan Dayal and his team. These cases differ from the standard police procedural in that the struggle for power between the old guard (the traditionalists) and the young who wish to be recognized lie at the heart. Sajan's investigations are as much part of the power play as the crimes themselves. But there is more, an underlying theme of a potentially paranormal nature, where tradition is personified in vampire form, unrelenting and eternal. Singh's Delhi is beautiful and terrible at once. Poverty and wealth reside side by side and the desire to advance one's station at all costs is omnipresent. The reader is at once above it all and powerles...
Miss Seeton has as much in common with Miss Marple as Abbott and Costello have with Holmes and Watson. Actually she has more in common with Abbott and Costello, her antics, like theirs resulting in immense quantities of comic mayhem.
Miss Seeton wouldn't call herself a detective. She has no idea that the police use her because of her amazing ability to unknowingly upset the plans of hardened criminals. Armed only with her umbrella, handbag and immense naïveté Miss Seeton manages to survive fire and flood barely singed, much to the frustration of the criminal class. It is no surprise these comic mysteries have as loyal a following today as they did when the series began in the late 60s.
In Witch Miss Seeton, the police require Miss Seeton's assistance in investigating a nuisance - Nuscience - a cult that attracts the very wealthy and very gullible. At the same time, rumors o...
Bedlam & Belfry, Intergalactic Attorneys at Law: The 1st Dozen by Glen Cadigan
Humor, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 11 Apr 2016
Everyone loves to hate lawyers. Somehow they always come across as smarmy tricksters more interested in making money than in justice. Bedlam and Belfry are the worst of the worst, or the best of the best if you consider the size of their pocketbooks and their courtroom successes. Had the stories in this anthology been written from their perspective, readers would boo and hiss - but - The stories are instead written from the perspective of their clients.
The change of perspective gives the stories an almost gleeful absurdity where you both empathize with the client and gape in amazement at the bizarre twists of fate. While Bedlam and Belfry are as corrupt as they come, you cheer on their efforts. I absolutely adored the client in the second tale of the anthology - who can help but adore a talking dog, particularly...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 07 Jun 2016
Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap Mysteries continue to delight, providing readers with fresh fun mysteries filled with the colorful characters fans have come to love. In Tea Cups and Carnage, Jill Gardener, owner of Coffee, Books, and More is drawn into helping solve a murder linked to the town's newest resident. Kathi Corbin, a charming Texan plans to open a specialty shop, Tea Hee. Things begin to go awry when Kathi's sister Ivy arrives. Not long afterwards, their cousin is found dead at the local "no tell" motel - and Kathi is the prime suspect. On top of everything, an unknown biker is terrorizing residents.
The only thing that I didn't like about Tea Cups and Carnage was the subplot of the missing check. Jill suspects her employees, who have been nothing but loyal, despite the bank having a new teller who obviously doesn't know what she's doing. (Cahoon makes th...
Outfoxed is an incredible mystery that keeps readers on edge, as there not only is a double murder to be solved, there is an innocent man on trial for the crime who needs a strong defense - and a dog waiting for his partner to be exonerated.
Andy Carpenter much prefers working with the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he founded, than working as a defense attorney. His love of dogs and involvement in a county prison program where inmates train dogs leads to his involvement with Brian Atkins, a white collar criminal nearing the end of his sentence. Just weeks before his parole hearing he breaks out of prison with his dog Boomer. He is witnessed leaving his wife's home where her body and that of his partner are discovered brutally murdered. Brian is innocent, but blames himself as his wife had uncovered that someone in the business had dealings with Petrone, a well known...
The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Angry Robot Books
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 05 Jul 2016
The Copper Promise is filled with fast-paced action, vile demon-worshipping evil-doers, a motley group of dedicated heroes, magical artifacts, a dragon, a God, and an unstoppable army. The Copper Promise doesn't just promise a quality, old-school fantasy adventure - it delivers. This book is perfect for fans of classic RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, even if their days of gaming are long over. While there is a lot of dramatic action, readers have the sense that no matter how dire the situation becomes, the Copper Cat and her crew will succeed to adventure another day.
There isn't a dungeon or enchanted tomb that these adventurers are unwilling to explore, given they are paid enough for the job. The higher the danger, the higher the price, the more eager Cat and company are to do the job. The ruined Citadel, where once the mages dwelled, is rumored to be immens...
New York Nocturne The Return of Miss Lizzie
by Walter Satterthwait
Open Road Integrated Media
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 07 Jun 2016
Jazz age New York City - a city of glamor, thrills, and murder
There is something about Jazz Age New York that captures the imagination - the glamorous allure of speakeasies, charming gangsters in sharp suits, high living and fast times. Decadence and corruption served up on a silver platter. It is not surprising that the reader, like 16 year old Amanda is quickly caught up in the allure of New York and the charm of her uncle John.
But when her uncle is found murdered, the glamor shatters. The police quickly target Amanda as a convenient suspect, easy to accuse as she has no nearby family to help her. The police do not count on one thing - Miss Lizzie Borden. Hearing of Amanda's arrest, she quickly comes to her aid, hiring both a skilled lawyer and a private investigator. John wasn't exactly the man Amanda believed him to be...
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date: 25 April 2016
An intense debut to a mystery series set in 1960s Britain...
Wealth and power provide some with a sense of entitlement, a sense of being "above" the law. Wealth enables the satisfaction of desires that the masses find abhorrent. But how can you successfully go against those with the power to destroy your life and your career? When the broken, badly used body of 14 year old Simone Winston is found in a frozen ditch, Probationary Police Constable Michael Collins and Constable Clive Clark take it upon themselves to seek justice, despite being warned off by higher ups. Agnes Winter, Constable Collins's landlady and former member of British Intelligence provides them with valuable assistance in unraveling the complex crime and determining the identity of the culprits being protected.
The Witch Who Came In From The Cold The Complete Season One
by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Ian Tregillis, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Michael Swanwick
Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 Jun 2016
Ok, I admit it. I am a fan of 60s spy-fi. Callan is one of my all time favorite tv series. I also love fantasy. So it is no surprise that in my mind magic and Cold War spy fiction go together as well as peanut butter and chocolate. The Witch Who Came in from the Cold is a delectable series blending the two. It is the height of the Cold War, and the US and the KGB are fighting a covert war of deception and speculation. At the same time, another war is being waged - a hidden war between mages allied to Ice and the mages allied to Fire. Allies and enemies overlap, and one's enemy in one war may be one's closest ally in the other. The series is set in Prague and focuses on two central characters, Tanya Morozova, a KGB officer and ded...
The Complete Season One
by Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, Margaret Dunlap, and Brian Francis Slattery
Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 02 May 2016
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The Bookburners isn't what you might expect from the title. It is a nickname for a crack team of investigators working for a secret division of the Vatican. Magic is real and extremely dangerous. Books open doorways for powerful beings who possess unwitting readers for their own ends culminating in death and destruction. Detec...