Where does troubled end and insane begin? Hannah Docherty has been incarcerated in a mental hospital for a decade - beaten, isolated, savaged by both residents and keepers. She was accused of killing her entire family, enclosed and forgotten. In return for a favor, psychotherapist Freida Klein meets with Hannah. as she examines the case notes, doubts are raised. If Hannah didn’t murder her family, who did? As Frieda investigates, it becomes clear a murderer escaped justice and will go to any length to hide the truth.
What makes this novel especially harrowing is knowing all the while that Hannah is innocent. She was a troubled teen, in with the wrong crowd, but she wasn't a murderer. Her horrendous experiences in the mental hospital have driven her insane. What is further frightening, is that Frieda’s sociopathic protector/adversary is making his pr...
Why do you create? What is the purpose for art, for music? What would you give to be noticed, remembered? Tom is a man who is a good trumpet player, but not a great one. He is dissatisfied with playing with his friends, angry and more than a little self-centered. One day an old man gives him a black trumpet. With it, Tom is able to play music that captivates and inspires, but it also kills. In addition to the terrible price of playing, homeless cultists are pursuing Tom in order to retrieve the trumpet. While dodging their attempts, Tom travels between worlds, encountering musicians from bygone eras who argue the purpose of creation. The graphic novel is definitely strange. Between the cultists who worship these otherworldly instruments and the surreal encounters with those who created great music, it’s easy to understand why Tom becomes more and more paranoid. Instrumental is not the easiest...
Absolutely the best piece of zombie-fiction I’ve encountered. Don’t be put off if you aren’t into zombies, Firewalk is a first class science fiction crime novel that stands far apart from the plethora of zombie novels cluttering shelves. It is a nice blending of investigative fiction and paranormal suspense successful both as a stand alone novel and as the first of a series.
Five years ago Special Agent Izzie Lefevre nearly lost her light pursuing a serial killer, the Recondito Reaper. The pursuit ended in his death, but Detective Patrick Tevake, who worked with Izzie on the case has called her back as evidence from his recent drug case seems connected. A new drug has hit the streets in Recondito. Ink not only makes the users forget, longterm use leads to lesions, strange black marks and death. The more they investigate, the more they begin to understand...
Outsider in Amsterdam is not your normal police procedural. Set against the colorful backdrop of 1970s Amsterdam, the novel features a pair of unusual detectives. They are faced with the murder of a guru. The man has a reputation as a womanizer and was known to have a temper. His disciples work for the society without recompense. But somehow money was being made, and suspicious characters are seen in the periphery - characters known to be involved in the drug trade. The detectives are surprisingly laid-back, almost lackadaisical in their approach. At one point they even have a jam session (with Gripstra on drums) while considering the case. As in the time it was written, the novel has a very clear anti-immigrant sentiment. Foreigners and foreign ideals are looked down upon. While it at first appears to be a simple case of following the money, Gripstra and de Gier find it to be fa...
Lily Mason and Smooshie return in The Money Pit, a cute cozy mystery with just a touch of romance.
Lily has fallen in love with Moonrise, but living with Parker Knowles causes too much heartache. As a shifter, Lily is afraid to let herself start a relationship with Parker. So when the opportunity comes to purchase a fixer upper with plenty of land for running, Lily jumps at the chance. But trouble emerges when Smooshie’s help leads to the discovery of a mummified body in the wall. Things get worse when the man who sold the property to Lily is murdered - and the sheriff considers her a potential suspect. Rumors abound of a bank robber’s missing loot and a possible connection to Lily’s property. Meanwhile, a reunion has brought many of Parker’s former teammates to town, including a beautiful reporter who is showing far too much interest in Parker and the previous murder Lily solved....
You can count on Stella Cameron for a British village mystery that isn’t formulaic. Her mysteries are well composed and immensely satisfying. They are cozies, but they are not designed for humor. If you like Midsommer Murders or Rosemary & Thyme, you will definitely enjoy Cameron’s novels. The residents of Folly-on-Weir feel real, as opposed to being stereotypes. Also, her novels are never straightforward murder mysteries. There are murders of course, but they are simply part of the larger scenario.
Lies that Bind begins with the discovery of a woman’s body in a neighboring village. Alex is drawn into the fray because the young man who discovered the body is the brother of one of her employees. The boys have been staying alone while their father, a lorry driver, is off working. The boys are afraid for the police to discover...
I loved the original Dragonbone Chair trilogy, so it was with high expectations and with great excitement that I picked up The Witchwood Crown. I was immediately reminded how rewarding a complex, character driven fantasy can be. This isn’t a straightforward good vs evil tale. It is very complicated, with individuals having different motives and ideals that influence their actions (on both sides). Threads of lives weave together to create a vast overarching story.
Simon and Miri rule as High King and High Queen of Osten Ard. At the onset they are traveling through their lands to see an old friend,Duke Isgrimnur, who is near passing. Many of their old friends come together to share news, not all of it good. The Norns are active once more. Their immortal Queen has awoken, and she has plans to reignite the war between the races. I don’t want to reveal too much. It...
The Coldest City
Antony Johnston, Sam Hart
Pub Date June 13, 2017
Paperback | 176 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
If you enjoy realistic spy stories like those of LeCarre, you will definitely want to read The Coldest City. The black and white format and shadowy images where details are partially obscured fits well with the Cold War era tale. Danger and deception are all part of the game. No one is what they seem and sides are always changing. The plot is neatly framed, shown as remembrances as Lorraine is being debriefed. As a woman, her competence is questioned, while her loyalty and honesty is not.( Format reminds me of the new version of Witness for the Prosecution with Toby Jones). The Coldest City is a thrilling read with an ending twist that will leave you breathless. I look forward to seeing The Coldest City in film form.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Coldest City from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Margery Allingham is one of the best early writers of crime fiction. Her stories have stood the test of time, and practically every mystery lover is familiar with her iconic detective - Albert Campion. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review this anthology. It more than lived up to my expectations.
Readers feast on an assortment of short stories, all unique. What they do have in common is how clever they are. Often there is a seemingly insurmountable puzzle, the unraveling of which is a delight. Many, but not all feature Albert Campion. More than a few throw in a dash of humor. Allingham is a consummate storyteller, able to bring vastly different characters to vibrant life and never using the same plot twice. These stories satisfy, not only because the puzzles are clever but also because justice is done. There is murder, but there is no graphic violence....
Manny the Frenchie's Art of Happiness by Manny the Frenchie
Pub Date 06 Jun 2017
Who needs a guru when they have Manny, the world’s hippest Frenchie? The stress just falls away as you look are the adorable photos of Manny, his siblings and his friends. And for times when you can’t meditate upon his smiling mug, Manny has plenty of advice designed to make life better for humans and their four pawed companions. Needless to say naps and bacon play an important role. But there is also ample encouragement to treasure friends and family and do things that benefit others. Manny’s positive approach to life is contagious. After reading, Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness, I felt energized and ready to take on the world one smile at a time.
I received a copy of Manny the Frenchie's Art of Happiness from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.