A Cast of Falcons by Steve Burrows
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: May 7, 2016
A Cast of Falcons is meticulously written. It is clear Burrows paid close attention to how he described people and events, but most of all birds and their behavior. If you haven't read Burrows's previous novels, it is difficult to jump into A Cast of Falcons. The beginning is uneasy, awkward, much like the relationship between Detective Chief Inspector Jejeune and his brother. (The beginning of the novel is where the brothers are brought together and the language used is meant to reflect that awkwardness, but at the same time it makes it difficult to empathize with Jejeune). While the reasons are not immediately clear, Jejeune's brother is a fugitive and his presence threatens more than Domenic's career. His brother is also slow to reveal the reason behind his presence - and what it has to do with the sighting of a white gyrfalcon and the falling death of an unidentified man in Scot...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: May 30, 2016
Maddie Day serves up another delicious mystery in Grilled for Murder.
With the Christmas holidays approaching, Pans'N Pancakes is busier than ever. Hosting Erica Shermer's Welcome Home Party is icing on the cake. Unfortunately the party doesn't go as planned, with the guest of honor alternately offending and attempting to seduce guests - even Robbie's boyfriend, Jim. Still, Robbie doesn't expect to find Erica's body in her restaurant the following morning. Police are questioning everyone, including Robbie's friend Phil, who had been insulted by Erica's racist remarks.
Solving puzzles appeals to Robbie, and getting her friend out of trouble doubly so. Asking questions comes naturally, particularly when you live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Erica was far from popular, but that doesn't explain her murder, or does it...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date : May 3, 2016
Cat lovers definitely should pick up a copy of this purrfectly thrilling mystery.
Sunny and her inimitable tomcat Shadow are back in Catch as Cat Can, Claire Donally's newest Kittery Harbor mystery. This new addition is just as good as her previous mysteries, and is a good choice for newcomers who enjoy cozies as well as fans of the series. Not only is the mystery well-composed, but Donally does a marvelous job depicting Shadow's point of view. While ruled by his stomach, desire for comfort and curiosity, he manages to be just in the right place at the right time..in this case - the fish market next door to Sunny's office.
Neil Garrett's shop is the source of an ample supply of delicacies no cat can ignore (particularly one of Shadow's sensible nature). Unfortunately, winter hasn't been kind to the struggling business and neither has fate as Sunny and Neil discover a...
A Simple Guide to Protecting Your Pup from Unsafe Foods, Everyday Dangers, and Bad Situations
by Amy Luwis
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Home & Garden
Pub Date: May 3, 2016
With its hilarious illustrations and pertinent information, Amy Luwis's For Dog's Sake is a must have for any pet owner. Whether you have only just adopted your pet or are a long-term dog owner, you will benefit from reading For Dog's Sake. Best of all, the content is presented in a form that will be understood and remembered by readers of all ages. (Great for kids and adults)
Dogs, like children are curious and adventurous, but there are plenty of dangers that we are often unaware of. From poisonous plants to everyday items, Amy Luwis shows the dangers and offers suggestions. She even shows how to give your dog the Heimlich maneuver - a must for those with ball crazy dogs. The hilarious illustrations make the book fun to read, and the information is presented in a way that makes access dur...
Insiders know that shelter pups make the best pets, but often it is difficult to see their personalities as you browse the cages at a shelter. Guinnevere Shuster's beautiful pictures demonstrate the vibrant personalities of a wide variety of dogs at the Humane Society of Utah. Each page holds four candid pictures of an adoptable pup. Often hilarious or stunningly cute, Shushter's pictures show dogs filled with hopeful energy, ready to have a new chance at a happy life. There is even a section of pictures at the end where some of the dogs who were adopted are shown with their new families.
Dog pictures that are adorable and funny and stories with happy endings - what more could a dog lover ask for in a photo book? I absolutely loved Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth. It is a book guaranteed to make any dog lover smile.
Death at a Fixer Upper is a cute, light mystery with a decent dash of almost slapstick humor. Sam Turner is kind, earnest and a bit clumsy. It is no surprise that her coworkers see her as too soft for real estate. Her soft-heartedness, however, is what inspires her to dig deeper and ask questions - questions that unwittingly draw a killer’s attention.
After the sudden death of the owner, 13 Aster Lane, a ramshackle estate with a mysterious history is placed on the market. The once grand home and its surrounding land bring considerable interest, as the property could be worth a great deal to someone looking to develop. Much to Sam's surprise, on the very same day, she gets calls from three potential clients, one of whom wants to immediately put in an offer. Despite the surly attitude of the listing agent, Sam has high hopes, and eagerly starts researching the history and circums...
Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: May 31, 2016
Penric's Demon is an enjoyable novella that will leave newcomers anxious to read more of Lois McMaster Bujold's fantasies. It is a light and appealing read appropriate for fantasy aficionados of all ages.
Penric is an affable and intelligent young man, the younger son of an impoverished aristocratic family. On the way to his betrothal, he encounters a group of travelers, amongst them an elderly woman who is dying. As Penric comforts her, she bequeaths her greatest gift, the source of her powers, a demon. That one moment transforms his life, creating both envy and fear in those around him.
Like the heroes in fairy tales, Penric's lack of prejudice and expectations, along with his natural amiability and compassion lead him into an unprecedented relationship with his demon, Desdemona. As demons are the source of sorcerous ability, there are those who will re...
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: May 10, 2016
I have never before encountered a novel quite like Too Like the Lightning. It is a must read for any student of philosophy, particularly those who enjoy speculative fiction. Too Like the Lightning is not your run of the mill scifi novel. Although there is action, much of the novel involves the complexities of politics and conflicts of a philosophical nature. Parts read more like a political thriller than the average scifi novel.
The world of Mycroft Canner is vastly different from our own. It is a utopia, albeit far from perfect. Countries as they are today no longer exist. After the numerous wars caused by religion, religious practice is outlawed, while individuals are encouraged to develop their own system of belief. The world is post-gender, with every individual male and female referred to as them and they in order to perfect equality. Sensayers play the role of...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: May 2, 2016
Sometimes the best combos are unexpected ones - peanut butter and banana, salt and caramel, etc... Thus it comes as no surprise that making a team of a detail oriented, gentleman detective from London and an occult-obsessed, brusque Scotsman leads to spectacular results. The Strings of Murder is a thrilling novel which I hope is the beginning to a new historical mystery series featuring unusual cases of possibly paranormal origin.
Inspector Ian Frey is a detective and a gentleman, but when the police administration changes over the handling of the Ripper affair, he is out of a job. A chance run-in with the Prime Minister leads to him being offered an assignment in Edinburgh, with its successful conclusion leading to a possible reinstatement in London. The case itself is interesting - a famous violinist has been murdered in a manner similar to the Ripper's latest victim. The r...
For an animal lover, nothing is more devastating than losing a pet. It is even worse to have reason to believe that your pet was stolen. Sadly, it isn’t uncommon for pets to be stolen for resale purposes - and it doesn’t only happen to purebreds. This very real issue plays an important role in To Catch a Treat, Linda O’Johnston’s newest Barkery and Biscuits bake shop mystery.
Carrie’s brother, Neal is interested in a young woman Janelle Blaystone, and he wants Carrie to check her out. Janelle behaves oddly, but that is swiftly explained. Her beloved black Lab, Go, was recently stolen, along with a number of other dogs in LA. Janelle has come to Knobcone because the family of Ada Arnquist, the woman she suspects of being behind the thefts, has a large estate - perfect for hiding stolen dogs. When Carrie introduces Janelle to a black Lab newly arrived at the local shelter, t...