We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
We Care for You is one of the best pieces of speculative fiction I have read. It is beautiful and thought provoking. It gives you a new appreciation of individuals we commonly ignore - the very old. There isn't “action” in the traditional sense. Instead, the novel meanders, exploring what it means to be human through various perspectives - Margaret, an elderly woman revitalized, Winifred, an artificial human who cares for Margaret, and Margaret’s son, John. Everything changes when the Helpers come to Margaret’s care home. Men and women suffering from dementia and other ills are suddenly revitalized, able to do the things they were once able to do - in particular communicate. It is a joyous event that is shadowed by the other uses helpers might be put to. It’s a fascinating read.
We Care for You is a wonderful book that shows just how com...
I had a hard time getting through Murder in the Manuscript Room. Don’t get me wrong, it is well written. The problem I had was that it dealt too much with contemporary politics for it to be an escapist read. An Arab scholar is automatically accused when a young woman working under an assumed name at the library is murdered. Due process is thrown out the window and the police are excluded from the investigation - an investigation led by a shady intelligence contractor who has his own motivations. The tension rises quickly, and the situation appears hopeless. Everything that could be done to frame an innocent, but convenient target is done. The more I read, the more anxious and uncomfortable I became. Based on the description, I expected a complex mystery but what I didn’t expect was the heavy and pertinent political content....
Santa Claws has delivered up a mystery that is certain to delight animal lovers and mystery lovers alike. The newest mystery in Krista Davis’s bestselling Paws & Claws series is a wonderful holiday themed treat that serves up pets and corpses aplenty. Wagtail, Virginia is a pet lover’s dream - a town devoted to pampering humans and their beloved pets, where there is no such thing as “no pets allowed”. In this installment, Christmas is on the horizon and Holmes has brought his fiancee and her family to Wagtail. Seeing Holmes with his glamorous, self indulgent and snobbish bride-to-be is difficult to handle but things get worse when Trixie finds a corpse - that of Holmes’s fiancee’s grandfather, a successful businessman beloved in Wagtail for his generosity and kindness. Unfortunately the rest of the family doesn’t follow his example, ranging from the vicious and ch...
Growing up I loved the Pip and Flinx adventures - I read and reread the novels, loving every minute. I was happy to have the opportunity to review Strange Music. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. It had only a shadow of a plot - finding a human interfering in the development of a world not yet part of the Commonwealth. Flinx is pure ego with no ingenuity. And as to the villains, well they are as textbook as can be. Where is Alan Dean Foster’s trademark humor and creativity? Where is the plot? It is almost as if he’s gotten tired of two of his most beloved creations and is simply making the motions. I have to admit that towards the end the novel improved significantly, but it doesn’t make up for the lackluster bulk of the novel
The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross is a decent, but entirely unremarkable paranormal mystery. I expected more based on the description.
What would you do if a man enters your home, cries witch and dies at your feet? In the case of Jesperson and Lane, you investigate, particularly when the unknown man has your card in his pocket. Charles Manning died of no known poison, but the peculiar circumstances surrounding his death imply foul play. The man, previously employed in the city had recently abandoned all practical concerns to write poetry and research the occult in Aylmerton. At his brother’s request, the two travel to Aylmerton to uncover the mystery of his last days. Amongst the suspects number Felix Ott an occult researcher and lecturer, Miss Buls...
The Ghost of Christmas Past A Molly Murphy Mystery
by Rhys Bowen
St. Martin's Press
Pub Date 14 Nov 2017
Rhys Bowen’s newest Molly Murphy novel is an entertaining holiday mystery, offering a taste of early 20th century celebrations as well as an interesting plot. Unfortunately it isn't without problems.
In The Ghost of Christmas Past, Molly Murphy Sullivan and her family accept an invitation to celebrate the holidays with the family of an old friend of Captain Sullivan’s mother. While the estate is sumptuous, there is tension in the house. Winnie is clearly afraid of her husband Cedric, and is still in mourning for the daughter who disappeared 10 years earlier. Cedric continually claims Winnie is unstable - and appears to be seeking any excuse to have her committed. Naturally Molly wants to help, but is there anything that can be discovered after so long a time?
For most of the novel, Molly attempts to uncover the closel...
Stay Calm and Collie on is a delightful pet cozy that is certain to leave animal lovers with a smile.
Sue Patrick and Lady Anthea Fitzwalter are wonderfully paired. While Sue is practical and a skilled businesswoman, Lady Anthea has ample experience managing people. Together they must find the killer of Buckingham Pet Palace’s driver - who was found dead in the back of the Palace’s van, surrounded by dogs. Rumors are circulating about the Palace’s safety and customers are leaving in droves. It’s up to Sue and Anthea to save the Palace’s reputation in time for the Pet Parent Appreciation Gala.
Stay Calm and Collie On is a low stress read. Sue and Lady Anthea aren’t suspects, so the main tension is related to keeping their customers. There is also a delightful bit of romantic interaction between Sue and the local Sheriff. Their interactions always left me...
Of Spice and Men A Pancake House Mystery
by Sarah Fox
Random House Publishing Group - Alibi
Mystery & Thrillers , Romance
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
When you live in a small town, it is only natural that the making of a movie locally is a major source of excitement. Wildwood Cove is abuzz and Marley’s pancake house, The Flip Side is busier than ever. But that doesn’t mean that Marley isn’t ready to help when she sees a burning trailer. Despite her attempt to save Christine, a special effects artist, the woman dies and murder is once more on the menu. Complicating matters is that one of the suspects is Alyssa Jayde one of her boyfriend’s exes who seems intent on recapturing his heart or at least his attention. The movie business is fraught with rivalries and disagreements, so much so that it’s difficult to weed out who had the most to gain from Christine’s death.
Of Spice and Men is an excellent cozy mystery that has it all - a great lead, lots...
I’ve encountered few historicals as cleverly plotted as RJ Koreto’s Death at the Emerald. Lady France's Ffolkes is an innovator, a feminist who uses her position to challenge convention, just as her lady’s maid Mallow is the perfect servant - a supporter and confidant who pairs acceptable behavior with acting as Lady Frances’s “Watson”. Koreto skillfully paints a picture of a society in the midst of change, a society where class means everything.
Lady France's Ffolkes is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young woman 30 years previous. Her family assumes she is dead, but one family friend wants Lady Frances to uncover the truth behind the young beauty’s disappearance. The trail begins at the Emerald Theater and leads them on a merry chase that begins and ends with murder. Expect to meet a few historical figures and see how a motion...
A Long Way Down is a bit different from your average police procedural. Sep Black is a DI, but he acts as a lone wolf, bending the rules in order to get results. His newest case both intrigues him and falls under the purview of the team to which he is assigned, the cold case squad. A journalist’s wife is convinced that her husband’s death is related to a case he was investigating- the death of a rich businessmen. As her husband died in a rundown hotel known for prostitution his death was dismissed as a mugging. His widow wants Sep to find the truth and she is willing to pay 50k to get answers.
Unlike many British police procedurals, A Long Way Down is heavy on action - exploding cars, gunfights, chases. Sep breaks rules with impunity, lies endlessly and doesn't worry about injuring suspects. He is charming, handsome and has a winning way with reluctant witnesses. Expect...