The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 24 Mar 2017
The Cleaner is a one of a kind blend of mystery and espionage. It is all the more enticing because the lead is an individual without special skills, technology or backup. Judith is a cleaner, but she is smart, persistent and determined.
A series of coincidences lead Judith Kepler, a crime scene cleaner, to discover that what she has been told about her origins was completely false. Before the wall fell, she was brought to the Yuri Gargarin Children's Home, assigned a new identity and left to suffer the abuse the home was known for. Angry and confused why a murdered woman would have her file, Judith begins digging for answers. Her search angers powerful people, because if the truth comes out it will not only embarrass current German intelligence, it will also bring attention to those who worked for East German intelligence before the wall fell and their crimes....
Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn
by Chitra Agrawal
Ten Speed Press
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 21 Mar 2017
I love Indian food, but like many I find this rich and complex cuisine daunting. Vibrant India makes Indian vegetarian more approachable for the novice and provides a rich assortment of recipes that even experienced chefs will treasure.
Normally, I skip the beginning and jump straight to the recipes. Do not do that with Vibrant India! Chitra Agrawal provides one of the best introductions detailing not only spices and their origin but also uses, techniques and necessary equipment. I found the section on dal particularly useful as the varied assortment of beans have long been a mystery to me.
The recipes are not all traditional. Often they are bold modern takes on traditional homestyle vegetarian recipes - far different from the heavy oily cuisine we find in restaurants. I liked the Red Cabbage and Citrus Coleslaw (a variation on kosambr...
Warren Ellis and Jason Masters have succeeded in creating a Bond graphic novel that has everything that makes James Bond a popular icon - the charm, the action, the humor, an attractive and compelling heroine and a villain worthy of Bond’s time. Originally, I had my doubts. It isn’t easy to pack so much in a limited number of pages. Eidolon blew me away. The graphic style is a perfect match for the cinematic action sequences and the well developed story is pure Bond. Eidolon has it all - fights, car chases, explosions and just a hint of sex.
If you like Bond, you will definitely enjoy Ellis and Masters’s graphic version of the eponymous hero and his adventures. James Bond V.2 Eidolon is best suited to teen and adult fans of the series.
I received a copy of James Bond V.2 Eidolon from th...
by T. C. LoTempio
Crooked Lane Books
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 14 Mar 2017
When Sydney McCall returns to Deer Park, North Carolina it looks like everything is falling into place. She is home just in time to put her publicity skills to good use, helping Kat save her animal shelter. Everyone is excited about the forthcoming cat cafe adoption event - with the notable exception of Trowbridge Littleton, Deer Park’s own Ebeneezer Scrooge. After a very public argument between Kat and Trowbridge, Sydney and her sister decide to try to smooth things over. Unfortunately they are too late and they discover Trowbridge’s body. Kat is naturally the prime suspect.
Sydney always wanted to be a detective, and now she has the chance. Despite her good friend (and potential love interest) being part of the detective team, Syd fears Kat will be railroaded. Trowbridge had many enemies, the question is which one killed him. F...
The Pictures is a well composed noir thriller set against the glimmering backdrop of Los Angeles’ past. The Golden Age of Hollywood still attracts attention with its glamour, larger than life celebrities and its mystery. The motion picture industry, unlike most of America recovering from the depression, was successful, generating wealth and influence by creating a means of escape for a suffering public. Movie stars of the time were essentially idols, whose appearance could not be tarnished by scandal. “Fixers” were paid, and paid well to prevent unwelcome facts from becoming public. With its hidden corruption and cellulite femme fatales, it makes a perfect setting for a tale of gangsters, murder, blackmail and lust.
Detective Jonathan Craine is the archetypal noir antihero. He is as corrupt as it comes, willingly taking money f...
Wow! Blue Hand Mojo is an amazing graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous - dark and edgy, perfect for a surreal tale of hoodoo and gangsters. John Jennings is a talented author and artist. Frank “Half Dead” Johnson is a marked man, owned in part by the Devil and in part by Noir, the dark goddess of imagination. From her, Frank gets his magic, and from the Devil his task - to acquire souls for Ole Scratch’s final musical number. In 1931, having dark skin doesn’t make for an easy life, and with Frank’s additional challenges - well life is a bumpy road.
Considering just how good Blue Hand Mojo is, I can easily imagine John Jennings making his own deal with Noir. Whether you like fantasy/noir blends, graphic novels or are simply looking for something wonderfully unique, I highly recommend Blue Hand Mojo.
Maddie Kosloski may run a paranormal museum, but ghostly happenings come second to a very modern murder. I greatly enjoyed this cozy, and along with the town (eagerly placing bets with Deiter) I was looking forward to her solving the murder. Despite the bad guy being obvious, there was more than enough action to keep the story interesting. I especially loved the ending, where Maddie's GD (ghost detecting) cat took action against his nemesis. That in itself made the book worthwhile.
Maddie's trouble starts when the former owner of her recently purchased Haunted wine press accuses her of theft. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers his body in a load of grapes ordered by Ladies Aid for their grape stomping competition. To clear her name, Maddie agrees to investigate for the Ladies Aid society. After all, no one in their righ...
Three Days to Dead puts the demon in the "demon drink" days of prohibition. The Damned is a comic series where gangsters are as likely to be demons as humans, and souls are bought and sold as easily as back alley hooch (alcohol). It is a dangerous time and if you dance with the devil your life may be very short. The exception is Eddie. For him, death is not permanent. A gift, maybe, a curse, definitely.
The Damned volume 1 contains the complete Three Days Dead story arc. Eddie is revived in order to find out what happened to the demon in charge of finalizing the truce between Big Al's gang and a competing family. But something tells Eddie there is more at stake than the missing demon and the possibility of a gang war. Finding out what means Eddie must face his own demons, the most dangerous of the bunch.
A country house murder mystery with a supernatural twist
Simon R Green
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Mar 2017
I absolutely love the Ishmael Jones novels. They showcase Green’s characteristic wit, while providing readers with mysteries which while falling into the manor house mystery tradition (which has sadly fallen out of favor with many writers) are distinctly unique and always exciting. Like all of Green’s novels, the culprits may be more or less than human but Ishmael and Penny are always willing to deal with what is thrown at them no matter how weird - and do so with style. Besides, who can resist a hero who is an alien in human form.
In Very Important Corpses, Ishmael and Penny are called to represent the Organization when an agent is killed mysteriously at a meeting of the Baphomet Society - a group of 12 influential businessmen who control the world’s financial markets. This time, the annual meeting is taking place in an isol...
Control by Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank
Diamond Book Distributors
Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 21 Mar 2017
Control is an action filled thriller that leaps off the page so vividly that you can imagine you are seeing it at the cinema. Between the edgy story filled with politics, police conspiracies, sex and murder and the brilliant illustrations, Control has all that is needed for success.
Detective Sergeant Kate Burnham is good at her job, but doesn't have many friends in the DC police department. When a professional killer is interrupted and several officers are shot in the process, Kate’s decision to save 3 lives leads to her partner’s death. A text to a phone discovered at the scene leads to her discovering a prominent senator in a scandalous poisiton. Higher ups want her to stop investigating. What Burham finds is a web of wealthly and prominent individuals being blackmailed by a powerful media mogul. Those who don't...