Murder Takes a Turn A British country house mystery
by Eric Brown
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
There is nothing quite like a well written, originally plotted manor house mystery. Murder Takes a Turn is an exemplary manor house mystery complete with a wide cast of characters, each with a motive and potentially the opportunity to murder the victim. Denbigh Connaught has long been a terror, with a long list of wronged acquaintances, including Charles Elder. When Charles receives a letter from Denbigh stating he wants Charles to act as agent for his new novel and invites him to stay for the weekend, he is greatly disturbed. Long ago Charles suffered greatly at Denbigh’s hand and is reluctant to consider accepting the invitation. Meanwhile Donald and his partner are hired by Denbigh’s daughter to investigate his secretary, who she believes is somehow defrauding her father. At Charles’ behest, Maria (his business partner) and Donald accompany him to Denbigh’...
Catching a Man (Valeriel Investigations Book 1)
by Elizabeth Corrigan
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 12 Nov 2014
The 1950s are reimagined in Elizabeth Corrigan’s debut mystery - Catching a Man. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I was quickly swept up into the story. Kadin Stone became an investigator’s aid in order to find a husband - a necessity because in Valerial unmarried women must be virgins to have a career, and women who are not married or virgins have no legal income opportunities. Valerial is a harsh world for a woman, but Kadin isn’t bitter. She is determined to do a good job. Her first case is the murder of Queen Callista. The detectives see her as little other than a pretty accessory to make java. What they don’t realize is that she has a sharp mind and just may be the key to finding a surprising killer.
Catching a Man is a great book, serious and funny in the right combinatio...
All the Wrong Places (Cara Walden Mystery #1)
by Lisa Lieberman
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 27 Jul 2017
Lisa Lieberman’s All The Wrong Places is not a traditional mystery. It defies categorization and boldly creates its own path. Cara is a consummate storyteller, deftly painting a vivid picture of her extraordinary life and experiences. Her reminiscences capture the reader who wants to understand the mystery that is Cara.
Cara is a young actress who flees with her brother, a screenwriter, to England during the McCarthy persecution of artists and writers. She and her brother Gray have very different reasons for leaving the US, but they both need the healing distance offers. Cara shares details of her life, the people they encounter and their experiences in a nonlinear fashion. The novel is filled with the glamour of early filmmaking and extraordinary personalities - actors, directors, writers, musicians and revolutionarie...
by Eric Brown
Severn House Publishers
Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 August 2017
I love mysteries involving early Hollywood. I also love classic manor house mysteries. Put the two together like Eric Brown has and the result is an absolutely delicious historical mystery. David Langham is a mystery author/private investigator. American movie star Suzie Reynard hires him to investigate a potential threat to her lover, the film’s director. The cast and crew are preparing to film a mystery based on an actual murder that occurred not far from the film’s location - Marling house, a stately home in the Norfolk countryside. Suzie believes that something sinister is going on at Marling house, so she wants Langham and his fiancee to pose as her friends and stay the weekend. The danger is not readily apparent, but tensions between the cast, crew and homeowners are palpable. The relationships and histor...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: March 26, 2016
The 1950s marked a period of great change for British society as well as the British police force. The DCI Callum police procedurals wonderfully depict the changing culture and attitudes while giving the reader a thrilling mystery. Part of what makes these novels so enjoyable is that DCI Callum is not only a perceptive detective, he is also a man who cares a great deal about his family and his community. He isn't a simple two-dimensional caricature, and neither are the members of his team or the members of his family.
In Prime Evil, an actor with ties to crime is brutally murdered. The further Callum and his team delve, the more complex the scenario becomes and the more difficult it is to untangle the pieces of the plot. Maynard Sims does a wonderful job of showing how detectives gathered evidence by bits and pieces without the help of detailed forensics. WPC Myra Ban...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: January 18, 2016
I’ve been consistently impressed by the British Police Procedurals released by Joffe Books. No Evil is no different. It is an excellent procedural set in the late 50’s in a small English town. The novel is the first of a series featuring DCI Jack Callum, a detective who is not only smart and focused on his job, he is also a man who cares a great deal about his family. Being a good father and a good husband is as important to him as being good at his job. He is a compassionate and compelling lead.
No Evil is cleverly plotted. While the culprits are revealed early on to the readers, knowing only makes the situation more tense. As the reader watches, youths are abducted only to be discovered days later eyes and mouth sewn shut and ears filled with wax. It is a race against time, as the local team led by DCI Callum struggle to follow leads and prevent further murders. The...