When it comes to couples in abusive relationships, people often ask how they got involved and why did they stay. The answers are never straightforward, as can be clearly seen in Other Countries.
The newest Gabriel Ash mystery is not a traditional murder case. Instead, it focuses on his friend, DC Hazel Best’s whirlwind romance with a celebrity historian. Hazel saves Oliver Ford when a young Arab attempts to firebomb him at a museum opening. The assumption is that it was a political attack. The reality is much more sinister in nature. As Oliver romances Hazel, taking her from country to country, Gabriel becomes suspicious, particularly when the young Arab opens up and suggests that Hazel is in danger. In order to protect his friend, Gabriel starts calling in old favors, but little does he realize how much damage Oliver Ford can do...
Family Matters is a delicious black comedy. It is a pleasure to see it back in print. Despite being originally released in 1933, the novel is in no way out of date.
Robert Arthur Kewdingham is a horrible man. He is a lazy, rude, self-absorbed, pompous, and quarrelsome hypochondriac. He is such a fool that you don’t know whether to hate him or laugh at him. You do however feel for his wife Bertha who is made to suffer on a daily basis. It is no surprise when she begins to contemplate murder...but she isn’t the only one. No less than three people have it in for Robert, including his cousin John who has feelings for Bertha and his doctor. You would think then that his death is a given...maybe it is but it is far from straightforward.
Family Matters is ingeniously plotted and wittily written. The science included may b...
Dying for a coffee? Or simply dying for a cute cozy to pass the time with? Olivia Rickard is a dog walker who is as disorganized and flighty as many of her furry clients. Change is a four letter word in her book, but murder on the other hand...Fleeing from potential commitment, Olivia manages to stumble across the body of Yvette Dean in the back of her coffee truck. The chance to solve a murder like the heroine in her favorite mystery series is as tempting as one of her sister Janelle’s delicious muffins...especially when Janelle becomes a suspect. Although her extremely patient boyfriend urges her to play it safe, Olivia has other ideas.
Barking Up the Wrong Bakery is an extremely cute novel. Olivia’s extreme response to anything that looks like it means “commitment” is at times so profoundly over the top it is humorous. At other times it is...
Kelly Oliver’s new novel, Fox, is a promising debut. She tackles important subjects including the victimization of women, mail order brides, women’s health issues, IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the controversy inherent in genetic manipulation (designer babies).
Jessica James is a PhD student in philosophy. When she wakes up naked behind a dumpster after a drink with a hot medical intern, she believes she has been raped. After leaving the hospital, she returns to the scene with her friend Lolita and the two discover a body. Someone is preying on young, intelligent women. Someone who is willing to resort to murder to hide their tracks.
A couple of things didn’t sit well. 1) Jessica is too ready to believe in the innocence of the intern she had drinks with before 2) Jessica has “super” genes, “golden blood” 3) She only quotes Nietzche. Making Jessica so special gen...
Maddie Day’s mysteries are as appealing and well composed as the tasty dishes Robbie Jordan serves at her restaurant, Pans and Pancakes. In When the Grits Hit the Fan, Robbie is faced with two intriguing mysteries. Little does she know they are connected.
Robbie thinks she has seen the last of murder, but when she discovers the body of a mysogynistic professor and the police target a good friend, she realizes she will have to investigate. Professor Charles Stilton was known for stirring up trouble, and he definitely had many enemies and few friends. Also, Robbie has discovered a number of odd items hidden in the walls of her building- items that someone doesn't want found.
Sleuthing comes as naturally to Robbie Jordan as cooking does. Robbie’s empathy and her practical, relaxed nature make it easy to convince people to confide in her. She is a very capable woman and easy to lik...
It’s 1952 and Mirabelle Bevan has made a career as a collection’s agent along with her best friend Vesta. It is a turbulent era, and although Britain is better than the US, life still isn’t easy for a person of color. When an 18 year old debutante disappears after visiting a jazz club, suspicion falls on one of Vesta’s cousins, a saxophone player. His color and his profession immediately make him guilty in the eyes of the police, and it doesn’t help that the witnesses are lying. Mirabelle starts looking into things when it becomes clear that Scotland Yard has no intention of looking further. As she digs into the smoky realm of underground jazz clubs, she discovers links to contacts she knew from the Secret Service. What was Rose Bellamy Gore and her cousin involved in? Why are the Secret Service involved? When Lindon Claremont dies in jail, Mirabelle knows that she must find the truth....
Wicked Wonders is filled with stories that stir the imagination. They are not stories for children, despite many featuring children. They are stories of transformation, each unique and exceptional. I loved the tale wherein mathematics ends up being used to create a paradise for two youngsters, and that of the cartographer who uses origami to create a passage for women to escape to safety. Many of the stories are moving, such as the love story between a woman who inherits the penny arcade and a stranger linked to the tree she loved as a child. The stories touch you with unexpected, sometimes making you smile, at other times making you shudder. All are excellent.
If you are looking for an anthology filled with wondrous tales that are entirely unique, Wicked Wonders is just what you are looking for.
Some Practical Magic is a light paranormal romance that will leave your nose twitching in delight. Having grown up with reruns of Bewitched, I had to smile as I read Some Practical Magic. Laurie C Kuna unashamedly pays tribute to the classic sitcom. Despite there being some “thriller” elements, Some Practical Magic is mostly a romance with a touch of humor.
Fleeing her mother’s attempts at matchmaking, Cassandra and her familiar/publicist Endora (who is hilarious whether in cat or human form) join a book tour. When she meets the headliner, horror novelist M S Kazimer, sparks fly. But all is not well, a serial killer is modeling his murders after those in Kazimer’s books, and the tour is an attempt to flush him out of hiding. Falling in love with a human is tough enough, but now Cassandra must refresh her magical skills in...
by Maia Chance
Crooked Lane Books
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 13 Jun 2017
Dumped by the boyfriend she put through grad school and on the cusp of losing her summer job, things are not going well for Agnes. Faced with living at home and with no job on the horizon, Agnes agrees to help her larger than life Great Aunt Effie refurbish the Stagecoach Inn. Life goes from bad to worse when she and Effie discover the body of Kathleen Todd, the manipulative head of the local historical society strangled at the Inn. Faster than you can say murder, rumors are flying through town - rumors that point to Agnes and Effie. Determined to clear their names, the duo start their own investigation. Between Agnes's determined curiosity and Effie’s flagrant disregard of social moiré, the two manage to question suspects, run down clues and get themselves into a boatload of trouble. While I chuckled more than laughed out loud, I found thei...
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Apr 2017
Children of the New World blew me away with the quality of the stories included in the anthology. Like Phillip K Dick, Alexander Weinstein captivates the reader’s imagination and keeps them pondering long after the last page is turned. The best science fiction stories are those that are both plausible and thought provoking, stirring the imagination and the emotions. Alexander Weinstein does just that.
It is hard to pick a favorite from the variety of visions - a couple tormented by the loss of their virtual children, an author of virtual memories who loses himself amongst his creations, a man becomes addicted to digital enlightenment. Some stories are humorous, others disturbing, all are excellent.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Children of the New World from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.