Miami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 18 Jul 2018
To grasp history, we have to understand the common man’s place in it. Miami Days Havana Nights is not a historical mystery in the typical genre sense. It is something quite different, and all the more captivating for it. The story of a young Jewish man unwittingly ensnared in the Miami mob alternates with that of a young University of Florida professor seeking the man’s story. Her intellectual scavenger hunt not only leads her to Tampa and eventually Cuba- it leads her to examine herself and her relationships with others.
Miami Days Havana Nights is a must read for anyone interested in Florida history (particularly UF Gators). Miami Days Havana Nights will appeal to fans of historical novels, as well as those interested in mob history and the Jewish role in Florida.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Miami Days Havana Nights from the publisher and Netga...
Purrder She Wrote is a terrific follow up to Cate Conte’s debut, Cat About Town. In her newest mystery, Maddie James’s new cat cafe is finally open, and most of the town is purring in excitement - except for Holly Hawthorne. At the grand opening, the wealthy and spoiled Holly almost comes to blows with Adele, Maddie’s lead volunteer, over her refusal to give her a cat. This isn’t the first time Adele and Holly have come into conflict over cats, but it looks particularly suspicious when Holly turns up murdered not long after- by means of a catnip mouse exclusive to the Daybreak Island Cat Cafe. Maddie is by no means willing to settle for the easy answer, and starts her own investigation into the murder.
Maddie’s family plays a central role in Purrder She Wrote, her parents’ connections both making things easier and harder. It’s very clear that...
Home Is where the Bark Is Paws Fur Play Mysteries: Book One
by Stella St. Claire
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 04 Jul 2018
Home is Where the Bark Is has charm in abundance and will readily appeal to fans of light mysteries. Willow Wells is starting a new life in her hometown after her divorce. Her plans are to turn her Aunt’s property into a dog gym and training facility. But her plans are threatened when her sister’s cat Rover and her dog Telescope unearth the body of a local developer - one known to be in conflict with Griffin, Willow’s contractor. With Griffin as lead suspect, and his accounts frozen by the police, Willow’s building deadlines look like a lost cause. Needless to say Willow decides to investigate with the help of her sister Wednesday and Griffin. She may not have her father, the police chief ‘s experience, but what she does have is determination in abundance. Everyone says Lee Hunter was a good guy, but clearly s...
Ascendant Unrest (Faded Skies #2) Book TWO of the Faded Skies
by Matthew S. Cox
Curiosity Quills Press
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 24 Jul 2018
Matthew S Cox returns to the world he created in Ascendant in his second novel - Ascendant Unrest. His newest novel exceeds the high expectations set by his debut. Ascendant Unrest is a fantastic science fiction novel. Not only is the world rich in detail and history, his characters have emotional depth, and he does a convincing job with both the adults and the children and how their lives and personalities have been shaped by their world.
Maya tried to change the world, but while there have been some changes in how the Authority treats nons, Ascendant is still powerful, and Maya’s mother is still in control. All appears to have settled down, but soon after Gemma departs on a job, mercenaries try to kidnap Maya and Sarah, injuring Sarah’s father in the process. It quickly becomes clear that Ascendant has not forgotten Maya, and tha...
Magical Mystery Paws (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency)
by Mandy Morton
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Jul 2018
The No.2 Feline Detective Agency novels are difficult to categorize. They are fantasies in that all of the characters are cats - walking, talking, driving, clothes wearing, pastry eating cats. They look and behave like cats, but at the same time do all the things humans do. Apart from this, they are strictly mysteries- delightfully whimsical ones, with plenty of cat reinterpretations of pop culture history. The novels aren’t for everyone, but if you love cats and enjoy a bit of whimsy you will have a lot of fun reading Mandy Morton’s novels.
In the newest No. 2 Feline Detective Agency novel, Magical Mystery Paws, Hettie and co agree to accompany Patty Sniff on her new tour. Crammed together on Psycho Derek’s bus along with Patty and the Cheese Triangles, Kitty O’Shea’s Irish dance troupe, and Derek and Belinda Beacon they prepare to set o...
Murder at Ochre Court by Alyssa Maxwell
Pub Date 31 Jul 2018
At the turn of the century, few women had careers outside of service. Emma Cross, a poor relation of the Vanderbilt’s, has been trying to make her way as a reporter, but papers hire her for her society connections and her links to gossip. Society reporting is lucrative but far from what Emma wants for herself. Her return to Newport coincides with the society event of the season - Cleo Cooper-Smith’s coming out at Ochre Court. Emma plans to report on that, and rouse the opportunity to dig up information on Griggson, a wealthy builder with an uncertain past and links to a collapsed tenement.
When Cleo is electrocuted, Emma’s friend Dale is blamed for the accident. With the sheriff, Jesse, in the hospital, Emma starts gathering information. Cleo’s accident was clearly murder, but who would want to kill a young debutante? Is Cleo’s father complicit in Griggson’s...
The Corpse at the Crystal Palace A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
by Carola Dunn
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 03 Jul 2018
The Corpse at the Crystal Palace is a charming 1920s mystery set in Britain. Unlike many set in the time period, it doesn’t focus on glamorous flappers and decadent society, instead focusing more on middle and upper class family life. The entire Dalrymple clan, as well as quite a few friends and relatives, play major roles in the case. When Daisy, her children, their young cousins and a few close friends visit The Crystal Palace, the last any expect is to be drawn into another murder. While exploring, Belinda and her cousins see Nanny following another nanny. Perplexed, they follow. Nanny is found unconscious in a fountain and another nanny is found dead in the ladies restroom. (*small spoiler*) It is soon discovered that the nanny found dead was not a woman at all, but a man in women’s clothes - a man with a history of lurid p...
DEATH OF A CLONE by Alex Thomson
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 12 Jul 2018
One part murder mystery, one part speculative fiction, Death of a Clone examines the nature of identity and its reliance on memory. Hell is a small mining colony on an asteroid far from earth. The workers are genetically engineered clones divided into families according to purpose - 5 Ays, 6 Bees, 6 Jays, and 2 Ells. All family members are identical in appearance, but there are also deeper similarities which become clear as you read. In addition to the clones, there are three human overseers who manage the groups. It is important to remember that all of the clones believe they will be sent to earth at the end of their 7 year tenure.
When her sister is killed, Laila begins investigating her murder, using the techniques she learned from reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries. Haunted by elusive memories and troubled by the strange inconsi...
A Gentleman's Murder Christopher Huang
FRONTLIST | July 31, 2018
Trade Paperback | 300 pages
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
$14.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
I was immensely impressed by A Gentleman’s Murder. Rarely have I come across a historical mystery that truly captures English life in the aftermath of WWI, particularly for those who came back after fighting in the trenches. Those men returned to a world where they no longer belonged, and Eric, the half-Chinese protagonist knows better than most what it means to struggle to belong. The Britannia Club is an oasis for former soldiers, a bastion of stability and propriety, until a new member is murdered. While the others want to sweep the death under the carpet, Eric becomes determined to both find justice for Benson and right the wrong that Benson was so eager to undo.
Christopher Huang’s masterful prose kept me glued to the page, eager to make discoveries alongside Eric. The character...
Jack Gilmour: Wish Lawyer by Ed Ryder
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 12 Jul 2018
There are many who would say that lawyers are from hell, but this one might just be your only chance of getting out of a demonic contract alive. Jack Gilmour is Las Vegas’s first and only demonic contract lawyer. In a city all too eager to sin where you can get anything if you are willing to sign on the dotted line - he’s the last line of defense. The novel starts with this unique premise, introducing a very different kind of hero in a world where demons readily interact with humans. Jack Gilmour is middle aged and balding, but he knows his demonic law. He also has friends, including a suave gambling wizard with major mojo. Don’t expect dry courtroom scenes. There’s plenty of action and more than a touch of dark humor.
When Eddie Malfitano’s naive nephew signs a contract guaranteeing the interest of the fiancé of one of Las Vegas’s biggest players, Jack...