Trouble in Bay Town is just what it aims to be - a modern mystery featuring an old-school private eye. Sonny Knight is a soft-boiled pi - a gentleman with a moral code, a willingness to act when he sees a wrong being done who is unafraid to act even if it puts him at risk. He may call his office manager Angel, but he’s far from being a misogynist. Another way he differs from “hard boiled” pi’s is in his positive outlook and sense of hope.
Trouble in Bay Town reminded me a bit of Doyle’s The Redheaded League. Hortense Oglethorpinger hires Sonny to discover why she hasn’t received an inheritance she expected, and why she is no longer being paid to play the piano on Tuesday nights at Go Fly a Kite - a restaurant where noone who plays on Tuesday nights normally gets paid. The case is odd and doesn’t interest Sonny as much as the disappearances of a number of women - disappearances t...
Of Spice and Men A Pancake House Mystery
by Sarah Fox
Random House Publishing Group - Alibi
Mystery & Thrillers , Romance
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
When you live in a small town, it is only natural that the making of a movie locally is a major source of excitement. Wildwood Cove is abuzz and Marley’s pancake house, The Flip Side is busier than ever. But that doesn’t mean that Marley isn’t ready to help when she sees a burning trailer. Despite her attempt to save Christine, a special effects artist, the woman dies and murder is once more on the menu. Complicating matters is that one of the suspects is Alyssa Jayde one of her boyfriend’s exes who seems intent on recapturing his heart or at least his attention. The movie business is fraught with rivalries and disagreements, so much so that it’s difficult to weed out who had the most to gain from Christine’s death.
Of Spice and Men is an excellent cozy mystery that has it all - a great lead, lots...
I’ve encountered few historicals as cleverly plotted as RJ Koreto’s Death at the Emerald. Lady France's Ffolkes is an innovator, a feminist who uses her position to challenge convention, just as her lady’s maid Mallow is the perfect servant - a supporter and confidant who pairs acceptable behavior with acting as Lady Frances’s “Watson”. Koreto skillfully paints a picture of a society in the midst of change, a society where class means everything.
Lady France's Ffolkes is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young woman 30 years previous. Her family assumes she is dead, but one family friend wants Lady Frances to uncover the truth behind the young beauty’s disappearance. The trail begins at the Emerald Theater and leads them on a merry chase that begins and ends with murder. Expect to meet a few historical figures and see how a motion...
A Long Way Down is a bit different from your average police procedural. Sep Black is a DI, but he acts as a lone wolf, bending the rules in order to get results. His newest case both intrigues him and falls under the purview of the team to which he is assigned, the cold case squad. A journalist’s wife is convinced that her husband’s death is related to a case he was investigating- the death of a rich businessmen. As her husband died in a rundown hotel known for prostitution his death was dismissed as a mugging. His widow wants Sep to find the truth and she is willing to pay 50k to get answers.
Unlike many British police procedurals, A Long Way Down is heavy on action - exploding cars, gunfights, chases. Sep breaks rules with impunity, lies endlessly and doesn't worry about injuring suspects. He is charming, handsome and has a winning way with reluctant witnesses. Expect...
Mr. Campion's Abdication by Mike Ripley
Pub Date 01 Nov 2017
Never underestimate Albert Campion or Mike Ripley who has done an admirable job of continuing where Margery Allingham left off. Admittedly following in her footsteps is a challenge - Albert Campion is one of the most popular figures of the Golden Age of Mystery. Campion and Lugg may be older, but as seen in Mr Campion’s Abdication, they are still formidable opponents to those with evil intentions.
Did the Duke of Windsor leave a treasure behind in the small village where he met up with Mrs. Simpson? Is there an Abdication treasure? Rumors flow like water but those in power are adamant - there is no treasure and Albert Campion must not find it. Campion insists his only purpose in going to Heronhoe is to aid in the making of a documentary starring his son and daughter-in-law. Searching for a nonexistent treasure is far from his thoughts, but that doesn't mean that Campion doesn't...
Simply exquisite, Creatures of Will and Temper is an exotic bloom of a fantasy novel. It is not only a wondrous homage to Wilde’s Dorian Gray, it stands in it’s own right as a literary work.
The novel centers around two sisters, Evagne and Dorina Gray. The younger Dorina yearns to be an art critic, to experience and explore the art world of London. Her vibrance makes Evagne’s taciturn stolidness seem all the more dull and unpalatable. Evagne has limited love of beauty and has been disappointed both in love and by her sister’s actions. Her only love is that of fencing, the physical pleasure of achievement. It is only natural that the connection that Dorina forms with the captivating and completely unconventional Lady Henry troubles her. Lady Henry is a diabolist whose focus is aesthetic enjoyment. Henry’s unconventional approach...
Hamlet, Revenge! An Inspector Appleby Mystery
by Michael Innes
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 17 Jul 2017
Literate and well researched, Hamlet, Revenge is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. The large cast of characters is well developed, as is necessary for a character driven mystery. It isn’t your average manor house mystery by any means.
At the vast Seamnum Court, an amateur performance of Hamlet with a cast of scholars, politicians, aristocrats, bohemians and one singular actor is being staged. Anyone who is anyone plans to attend. But a glittering performance is marred, first by odd threats quoting Shakespeare, then by the murder of the Duke of Horton. Inspector Appleby is tasked with the investigation, not only because the Duke was so esteemed but also because in his care was a document which foreign spies would desperately like to get their hands on. Was the murder for personal reasons, or was he killed for...
Where Dorothy Martin goes, intrigue follows even on vacation in France. As Alan is incapacitated by a broken ankle, Dorothy ends up alone on her holiday. By chance, she meets a young volunteer who claims to be in search of music by Abelard. Coincidences happen, but it quickly becomes clear he isn't the only one searching for missing manuscripts. And what does it have to do with an unknown tourist who almost drowned in quicksand and a man who was attacked at the Abbey and left for dead. And does any of this have anything to do with the forged illuminated pages comin forth from unscrupulous dealers? Everyone lies, as Dorothy and her husband (once he arrives) discover, but is someone a murderer?
Once you get past the improbability of Dorothy getting involved, it’s a good story, quite different from than the average mystery. It makes for a nice change...
Artemis A Novel by Andy Weir
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 14 Nov 2017
Fantastic! Artemis is an incredible piece of science fiction - exciting, clever and even funny. Jazz Bashara is an incredible lead, fast thinking, creative, and delightfully devious. When it comes to skirting the law on the moon, Jazz is one of the best even if her bank account doesn't reflect her intelligence or skill. For the most part, she smuggles in items from Earth. Between that and her porter job she is just scraping by. But a big chance comes her way - 1 million credits to sabotage the ore harvesting machinery of Artemis’s aluminum processor. Of course Jazz didn't count on the complications resulting from her efforts. On the run from a murderous cartel, Jazz has only one chance to save her skin and Artemis's future.
Andy Weir’s characters were wonderful. I absolutely loved Svoboda. He was adorably geeky and his innocent enthusiasm was a perfect match for Jazz. No mat...
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
Jade City is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and others who enjoy intense politically complex fantasy. Set in an area much like early 20th century Asia, Kekon is an island nation divided between families of power. Green Bone warriors wield jade in service of the patriarchs, the bioactive stones enhancing physical and psychic capabilities. The more jade you can wield, the higher your position. Kekon maintains an uneasy balance of power, but jade and the capacity to wield it is envied by other countries as well as by commoners who see it as a path to wealth and prestige. Shine, a drug designed by foreign powers, allows the untrained to wield jade upsetting the delicate balance and leading to war between the Kaul and the Ayt.
Part gangster drama, part action fantasy Jade City is a unique and unforgettable epic. The story starts slowly, and is incredibly complicated. It takes time to get to kno...