The Second Death Of Daedalus Mole
by Niall Slater
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 14 Jan 2019
The Second Death of Daedalus Mole shows a great deal of promise. It isn’t easy to write a non-traditional space opera in a universe populated by original races and distinctive technology where humans play only a small role. The novel gets off to a bumpy start, the characters and the writing becoming more certain as the novel gets into the story. Niall Slater has a lot of ambition, The Second Death of Daedalus Mole has a broad story arc despite being only the first novel in a series. Only the occasional hiccup mars an otherwise well imagined story.
Daedalus Mole is a ne’er do well pilot, picking up whatever credits he can. He needs money, and Erin needs a ride, so he agrees. What he doesn’t realize is that his naive passenger has a bounty on her head, and that powerful players have plans for them both. Daedalus may not have been able to prevent the death of h...
A Murder Unmentioned
A Rowland Sinclair Mystery #6
by Sulari Gentill
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Feb 2019
If I could pick only two terms to describe A Murder Unmentioned, they would be intricate and well-researched. Sulari Gentill’s mysteries immerse you in pre WWII Australia - its politics, class struggles and response to the world of the time - a time we can and should learn from. Rowland Sinclair has made enemies amongst the far-right nationalists and others by repeatedly asserting Hitler and fascism is a threat, and by trying to spread the truth about what he saw in Germany. His enemies retaliate by reopening the case of Rowland’s father’s death, and encouraging the police to target Rowland.
In this novel, Rowland and his brother work side by side to demonstrate his innocence, along with Rowland’s steadfast friends and compatriots - but little do they realize, a viper is in the nest with a view to profit from Rowland’s...
Murder Lo Mein
by Vivien Chien
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 26 Mar 2019
Vivien Chen serves readers a generous helping of delicious suspense in her newest Lana Lee mystery. Cleveland’s annual Best Noodle competition is Ho-Lee Noodle House’s opportunity to shine. After coming in second several years in a row, Lana is determined this year is Ho-Lee’s turn to win. Norman Pan, food critic and one of the competition judges, is known for his scathing reviews, rude comments and bad temper - still it is a shock to discover him face down in a bowl of noodles. His death throws the contest into disarray leading Lana to once more put on her sleuthing hat and start asking questions.
It isn’t easy to discover the killer amongst the swath of suspects. Realistically, most of the people involved have different agendas which they are reluctant to share. The story is cleverly plotted. I also liked the unique color and flavor of Asia T...
The return of Lady Ansley’s old Gaiety theater group to Wychbourne court is intended to be a happy occasion, a chance to relive memories of triumphs. But a spanner is thrown into the works by Lord Richard, Lady Sophy and Lady Helen’s plans for a show. Not everyone amongst the aging actors and actresses are thrilled with the idea, particularly when it is determined the play will be at the public house. But that doesn’t match the brouhaha that comes when Lady Ansley asks whatever happened to Mary Ann. She disappeared but was she murdered?
Little does Lady Ansley or Nell Drury expect that this question will lead to murder, and long hidden secrets coming into view. In the world of the Gaiety, not all is what it seemed.
Death at the Wychbourne Follies is good, but it takes a long while to get into the meat of the story. I liked the previous Nell Drury novel far more. Once...
If you like Prohibition era capers full of outrageous antics, hilarious dialogue and plenty of fun, look no further than Maia Chance’s Naughty on Ice.
The Discreet Retrieval Agency doesn’t normally take anonymous commissions, but when a strange greeting card summons them to Vermont, they jump at the chance of a picturesque holiday vacation. Still - it doesn’t look good for Lola and Berta to be in the process of removing an antique ring from Great Aunt Cressida’s sausagelike finger when Mrs Goddard passes from a poisoned Negroni cocktail. But being under suspicion doesn’t stop the intrepid duo from working to clear their names. Needless to say hilarious hijinks follow, as the ladies of the Discreet Retrieval Agency, work to uncover the secrets of suspects - and in Lola’s case be fashionable doing so.
Lola and her pup are adorable, if naive about the...
Forgotten Murder is an excellent, Christie-esque mystery. In fact, it is almost too Christie-esque in that it brings to mind a very similar novel, Sleeping Murder. Jenny Langton, a friend of Jack Haldean’s wife, Betty, has come across a house that is strangely familiar. Despite having no memory of ever being there, she remembers the house as it was before it was remodeled. On top of that, while standing in the garden, she has a disturbing vision which horrifies her and makes her turn to Betty and Jack for help. As in the Christie novel, Betty’s emerging memories threaten a murderer who has long believed he is safe, and that his secrets are well hidden.
As I read, my own sense of dejavu was strong, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying Forgotten Murder. Gordon-Smith is a skilled writer with her own unique and eloquent voice. While there are many...
Lionel Page was the boy who survived, and suffered for it. After reinventing himself as Lionel Page, investigative reporter, he lives to debunk fraudsters and conmen playing on the public’s desire for supernatural mystery and intervention. Until he makes a deal with Regina Dunkle, a wealthy and reclusive heiress, visit New York, verify or debunk the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allen Poe Manuscript and she will do the seemingly impossible - prevent his past from coming to light.
What starts as a curious mystery ends up as a trip down the rabbit hole, where magic may just very well exist alongside the mundane. His task becomes more dangerous, but more rewarding both as he finds an ally in Madison Hannah and begins to understand just what he is facing.
Ghosts of Gotham is an exciting urban fantasy far removed from the bulk that lines the shelves. The story is one tha...
Murder, She Meowed
by Liz Mugavero
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 29 Jan 2019
Wedding preparations can be murder - but in this case it is literally true as the body of the young man scheduled to dance at Stan’s bachelorette party is discovered within the fake cake. Between trying to prevent her mother from taking over her wedding, running her pet patisserie, and helping Jessie solve the crime, Stan has her hands full. But unless the murder is quickly solved she won’t rest easy - particularly when a stalker starts targeting her and her business.
Liz Mugavero’s pawsitively organic mysteries are a treat for animal lovers as well as mystery lovers. I enjoyed Murder She Meowed immensely, especially the interactions between Stan and her family and friends. Frog Ledge is a believably close knit community, and all of the characters readers have come to know are present without situations feeling forced. The mystery itself is well crafted, and has many surprises in store...
The Puppy Who Knew Too Much
by V.M. Burns
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Feb 2019
If it wasn’t a definite after the first novel, it is now - I absolutely love V M Burns’ wonderful new mystery series. Not only does it have brave, funny, and lovable pups, it also has fascinating larger than life characters (I love Dixie) and just the right amount of humor. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much even has a hint of romance.
After solving her cheating husband’s murder, Lily and her poodle, Aggie, make a fresh start in Chattanooga Tennessee. What she doesn’t expect is to come into conflict with the neighborhood curmudgeon or find another body and become a suspect in yet another murder investigation. Determined not to leave the investigation to the police, or the charming TBI agent that is helping to protect them, Lily, her daughter Stephanie and her best friend Dixie set off to find the killer.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Gretchen Galway’s debut paranormal mystery. I was decidedly impressed. Not only did the mystery keep me guessing, but it applied magic in a creative way. I absolutely loved Random, Alma’s dog, and found Alma’s empathy for others believable.
The only weakness was that some characters were less developed than others. Some characters were little more than names while others had a bit of personality attached. With a touch more character development, I’d rate Dead Witch on a Bridge a 5 rather than a 4.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Dead Witch on a Bridge from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The first in a new paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Gretchen Galway.
Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?
On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was...