Imagine a world populated by cats, cats who talk, have shops and even solve mysteries. The world of Mandy Morton’s No. 2 Feline Detective Agency is charmingly feline centric. This unique series focuses on Hettie and Tilly, two tabbies who operate a detective agency. When Teezle the post-cat brings news of the death of Mavis Spitforce, Hettie and Tilly realize it is time for action. Mavis was murdered and the only lead is the story of Milky Myers, a young man who is believed to have brutally murdered his entire family many years before. With less than a paw’s worth to go on and a large number of suspects, Hettie and Tilly have their work cut out for them.
Mandy Morton’s series is definitely one of a kind. It is written for adults, but is easily enjoyable by mystery lovers and cat lovers of all ages. As long as you are...
Spencer and Locke by David Pepose
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic Novels , General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 15 Aug 2017
Part noir thriller, part homage to comic classic Calvin & Hobbes, Spencer & Locke is a comic for grown ups who remember what it is to be a child, to need support when none was there. Locke is Calvin as an adult, but this Calvin has a far more tragic history. His Hobbes, a panther named Spencer, has accompanied him through an abusive childhood and is now his partner and fellow detective. Locke may be delusional but his delusions work for him.
When an old flame is murdered, Locke and his partner Spencer have to dig in an unpleasant past to find a murderer and save a young girl. Expect plenty of action - gunfights, car chases, etc..Also, you can expect plenty of images reminiscent of Bill Waterson, but somewhat darker, as Locke does what is necessary for him to cope, from late night wagon rides to boxes that may change everyt...
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Oct 2017
Murder for Christmas is a vintage mystery novel that has lost none of its charm over the vast number of years since its initial publication. It is a pleasure to read, particularly as winter nears. Mordecai Tremaine is an amateur criminologist, a kindly, grandfatherly figure with an easy nature and a perceptive eye. Though he doesn't have official status, he is respected by the police, and in this instance encouraged to ask questions and dig into the truth as the potential suspects are unlikely to open up to police.
Murder for Christmas can be considered a manor house mystery, as Tremaine and a number of guests are spending the holidays at the home of a wealthy eccentric. Benedict’s love of Christmas is well known, as is his habit of hanging gifts on the tree for each of his guests. This time, however things are different. Father Christmas is ly...
Death of a Busybody A British Library Crime Classic
by George Bellairs
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 05 Sep 2017
Death of a Busybody is deliciously fun to read. It is a mystery that delights readers with an assortment of colorful village residents. Bellairs’ characters leap from the page, making it impossible for even the most serious of readers to hide their grins and chortles. It's clear that Bellairs has an eye for both the nuances of human behavior and their at times seemingly absurd motivations. The ways people relate to one another lies at the heart of Death of a Busybody.
Miss Tither is the archetypal nosy parker/ bully who knows everything about everyone and is prepared to tell each and every person exactly what it is they are doing wrong. Responses range from grim tolerance to outright annoyance, but no one expects her to be murdered. As the village constable is unprepared for such a serious case, Scotland Yard sends in one of their...
The Property of Lies A 1930s’ historical mystery
by Marjorie Eccles
Severn House Publishers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017
The Property of Lies is an excellent historical mystery set in the aftermath of WWI, in the heart of 1930s England. The writing takes some getting used to, as it is written in present tense, unlike the vast majority of novels. It is well worth continuing past any feelings of awkwardness. The story is set at the newly established Maxfield Court School for Girls, where Inspector Reardon’s wife has accepted a post teaching French. The previous French teacher left with little notice, but no one at the school expected her body to be found hidden in the disused wing. While Reardon's team investigates the murder, his wife Ellen asks her own questions. The school is awash in secrets, and plagued by incidents that may be pranks. They grow more serious, when one of the students disappears.
The Skeleton Paints a Picture A Family Skeleton Mystery (#4)
by Leigh Perry
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 10 Oct 2017
Three cheers for Sid, the skeleton that any woman would want for a best friend, confidant and fellow investigator. The Skeleton Paints a Picture is a mystery that once again proves that Leigh Parry is one of the finest authors of modern humorous cozies. I absolutely love this fun, lighthearted series that shows that friendship is more than skin deep.
Georgia Thackery is once again an adjunct, this time at Falstone Art and Design University. Far from home and surrounded by snow, life is lonely - until Sid mails himself to the cottage she is staying at. Life is looking up, filled with visions of grading papers, late night movies and dance parties. Unfortunately during some late night exploration Sid discovers a body. It looks like an accident, and Georgia doesn't recognize the woman. But...
The Censor's Hand Book One of the Thrice~Crossed Swords Trilogy
by A.M. Steiner
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 14 May 2017
A M Steiner has a great future as a writer. The Censor’s Hand is a captivating fantasy with a unique worldview and an unusual and uncanny take on magic. The masters of magic do so by going to strange and unusual extremes. There is not one way to do magic. It is highly individualized. It is also highly profitable and previously open only to men. The masters of the Honourable Company of Cunning sell their endeavors to the highest bidder. This has caused the rise and ruin of many including Jonathan - a man whose mill hasn’t fared well since the winds have been diverted by magic.
The story begins with a conspiracy and a murder. From there we are introduced to the main characters. Miranda - an extremely able young woman, a genius who wants to become a master of the cunning arts, something no woman has ever been permitted to...
We live in a world filled with nightmares, some of our own making and others beyond our control. Coping with anxiety, and moving forward despite our fears can often seem impossible- particularly in today's volatile social and political climate.
The Lairdbalor is the story of a child, but it is not a children's story. When Jamie falls down a hill, he discovers a world where nightmares are very real and very dangerous. It is at once a fantasy and a fable, reminding readers they are not alone. At the same time it points out clearly that many of our fears are based on ignorance, and despite having the ability to dispel them, we instead welcome those fears. (Very pertinent today). Jamie’s journey is surreal, much like Alice’s journey through Wonderland. Nightmares take a variety of physical forms which Jamie must face in order to return home.