Family can be terrifying, but rarely literally so. The newest DCI Gillard takes the term skeleton in the closet and brings it home to roost. Called out to help his elderly aunts with what appears to be a car theft and a hit and run, DCI Gillard faces multiple challenges in the form of their emotional blackmail, his Alzheimer ridden uncle Philip’s confession to murder, and his need to stay professional in his dealings with the local constabulary.
At first, it seems there is no hope of establishing the identity of the hit and run victim killed with Aunt Barbara’s car. DI Tallantire has her work cut out for her. The book’s action picks up as the reader is immersed into the lives of DCI Gillard’s extended family, and layer upon layer is pulled back. I was alternately astounded and horrified as his family turned against itself, and decades old suffering and corr...
Our favorite feline sleuths, Hettie and Tilly are back in their latest and most unusual adventure yet - Beyond the Gravy. Ghosts are usually beyond the purview of the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, but after Irene Peggledrip’s pleading and a demonstration from the ghosts involved, the duo reluctantly agree to take the case. The ghosts believe they are murderers, but who they are and who the victim was is in question.
A vital clue comes from the venerable Miss Crispy who recognizes elements of her play The Mousetrap.
Needless to say, over the course of their investigation Hettie, Tilly and Co., make new friends, have plenty of unusual , off the wall adventures and eat plenty of scrumptious food. Like all books in this adorable cozy series, there is much to bring a smile to a reader’s face. From the merry to the macabre, Beyond the Gravy is a...
Meet Jenna Starling, traveling cook and amateur detective. In Faith Martin’s newest Jenna Starling mystery, The Country Inn Mystery - an am-dram weekend in the Cotswolds goes seriously awry when the leading lady dies for real. Part police procedural, part amateur investigation ala Christie, this charming British novel makes for a relaxing afternoon read. Like a glamorous, junoesque Miss Marple, Jenna Starling has a gift for observation and a talent for understanding human psychology. I am eagerly looking forward to more of Faith Martin’s clever mysteries.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Country Inn Mystery from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
THE COUNTRY INN MYSTERY by Faith Martin
Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to wo...
E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part. The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts. They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort to release evil into the world. But are they winning the battle at the cost of the war when a demon helps them defeat their opponent? I will definitely give the series a try.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Craven Street from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of mu...
Once again Carol J Perry has provided readers with an intriguing mystery with just the right dash of paranormal flair. This time, things hit close to home when an antique sports car with human remains is pulled from the river. Aunt Ibby’s extreme emotional response on learning who could be in the car worries Lee. It appears that one of Aunt Ibby’s classmates had disappeared on prom night - one with a close personal connection to Ibby. Now it looks like his disappearance was something sinister - murder. Naturally, Lee is on the case, both for her aunt’s sake and for the sake of her job as an investigative reporter. Someone is willing to kill to hide old secrets - the question is who.
Part of what makes these books appeal to me is the likable nature of the central characters. You enjoy their company and care what happens. Perry has not fallen into the trap of using less characteri...
Murder Served Cold
by Eric Brown
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Apr 2019
Eric Brown has a gift for creating vibrant characters who fit their time. Personal beliefs and emotional responses to situations play a major role, as they do in Christie’s novels. The disappearance of the painting is a challenging puzzle, but the novel is a psychologically driven mystery. When characters feel real, so too does the mystery. Donald Langham and his partner in detection Ralph Ryland, as well as the other recurring characters are easy to like. I enjoy this series, and Murder Served Cold is a wonderful addition.
What first appears as a case of theft - the disappearance of a valuable painting - soon leads to a case of murder. Donald Langham, writer and sleuth, is called out with his partner when the painting is found missing and there is no sign of a break-in, indicating an inside job. Possibilities abound amongst Lord Elsmere’s lodgers, but first the painti...
Cat Ladies have gone from being portrayed as the elderly eccentric with dozens of cats and a garden with enough catnip to supply woodstock, to being seen as hip, happening and in the know young women and men. Ester Scholten gives cat lovers an honest reflection of their addiction along with tantalizing tidbits to remind them - hey famous people loved cats too. The illustrations are cute and cheery.
But it goes where many gift books have gone before. It doesn’t break new ground or offer anything unique. The illustrations are cute, but I’ve seen better. I do recommend Crazy Cat Lady as a gift book, but it isn’t one I’d buy for myself, and I am a cat fanatic.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Crazy Cat Lady from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to the new “crazy cat lady.” Once a dowdy, eccentric figure with at least a d...
Everyone’s favorite 70 something, the eccentric Vivien Borne is back - as sheriff no less. (shiver) While she and her daughter Brandy have solved numerous murders, with lots of luck, her knowledge of police procedure is as spotty as a dalmation. But that doesn’t stop her from doing her thing and using her new resources when a spate of crimes hits Antiqua, including a heinous murder in the vein of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. Brandy has her hands full attempting to manage her theatrical mother and her shihtzu, but finds time to share suggestions on how to properly search for collectible books.
It isn’t easy to make character narration of events work, but Barbara Allan does a superb job breaking the barrier between characters and reader, while still making the crazy hijinks believable.
I highly recommend Antiques Ravin’ to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a hefty...
by Nathan Sumsion
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 02 Apr 2019
Looking for a unique fantasy/mystery? Look no further, Necropolis PD is fun, fast paced, and decidedly different. Jacob Green was your average college student, but the one time he tried to be a hero, he ended up stuck in the City of the Dead - the only living person there. He doesn’t have high hopes for the future, until he’s drafted into Necropolis PD. He isn’t trusted, half the staff want to eat him, and now he has to help discover who is managing to kill the already dead. With plenty of action, magic, strange characters, and more than a touch of humor, Necropolis PD makes for an entertaining read.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Necropolis PD from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
How do you solve a murder in the city of the dead?
This fascinating thriller is deeply disturbing on several counts. First, it brings up an important but ignoble part of US history - the use of Nazi agents and scientists on the grounds that it was better to have them working against Russia. Second, it reminds readers of the ruthlessness of the early CIA, and the willingness to experiment on our own in hopes of developing new weapons and new ways of extracting information from foreign agents.
What starts as the apparently meaningless murder of a hansom cab driver leads Detective Michael Cassidy into the dangerous world of spies. All the while, someone is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Michael - showing just how close to death he is at any moment.
The novel is good, but dense, and difficult to face at times. The action progresses slowly, which can put off the reader. It does, however, speed up towards the end. I was...