The Skeleton Paints a Picture A Family Skeleton Mystery (#4)
by Leigh Perry
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 10 Oct 2017
Three cheers for Sid, the skeleton that any woman would want for a best friend, confidant and fellow investigator. The Skeleton Paints a Picture is a mystery that once again proves that Leigh Parry is one of the finest authors of modern humorous cozies. I absolutely love this fun, lighthearted series that shows that friendship is more than skin deep.
Georgia Thackery is once again an adjunct, this time at Falstone Art and Design University. Far from home and surrounded by snow, life is lonely - until Sid mails himself to the cottage she is staying at. Life is looking up, filled with visions of grading papers, late night movies and dance parties. Unfortunately during some late night exploration Sid discovers a body. It looks like an accident, and Georgia doesn't recognize the woman. But...
If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men by The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 26 Sep 2017
This book is hilarious, definitely one of the Oatmeal’s best. Whether or not you love dogs, this book will have you laughing. Like all of the Oatmeal’s comics, the humor comes both from the drawings and the truth inherent in the situations. If you have dogs, I can guarantee they’ve behaved like the two middle aged men on more than one occasion (eg. pooping while keeping in eye contact with the nearest human & barking like there is an ax murderer at the door only to shower love on the visitor when you open the door). Come to think of it, your pets have probably done everything covered by If My Dogs Were Two Middle Aged Men. I can easily imagine my dogs saying the same things (thank goodness they can’t talk in real life). I already know I will be giving copies of If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men to several of my dog-loving and...
Rubies in the Roses by Vivian Conroy
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 30 Aug 2017
Rubies in the Roses is the second Cornisea island cosy by Vivian Conroy. It is a charming mystery set on a fictional island on the Cornish coast. The mysteries are not very complex, and the cast of characters is relatively small, but they are enjoyable light novels perfect for whiling away an afternoon. Guinevere is a charming, demure lead and her dachshund, Dolly’s antics are sure to bring a smile.
Treasure fever has once again come to Cornisea Island. Rumors have emerged of a chalice covered in rubies and diamonds hidden on the grounds of Cornisea Castle. One of Oliver’s father's friends has returned with tales of a long lost treasure worth a fortune. It may be what is necessary to revitalize the island or it may mean the island will be overrun with treasure seekers. But along with the rumors comes the death of one of the island’s residents, an accident or murder?
by Fred Van Lente
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 11 Jul 2017
And Then There Were None is a classic, and I'm always thrilled to read novels that take a new approach to the plot. Ten Dead Comedians is one of the most unusual reworkings of the classic tale. Much of the novel focuses on the cutthroat nature of comedy and the extreme difficulty involved in remaining in the limelight. Fame and fortune is something many would kill for, but would they also die for it? Nine comedians are invited by famous or rather infamous funny man Dustin Walker. The weekend is viewed as an opportunity, but it quickly becomes clear it is a trap. Each and every one of the comedians has angered Dustin Walker in some way - angered him enough to consider each of their weaknesses and create individualized death traps. The murders are brutal and disturbing. Ten Dead Comedians departs from the formula in two ways - 1) the nature of...
Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog by Samm Hodges, Phinheas Hodges
Animal Media Group
Animal Media Group LLC
Entertainment , Humor
Pub Date 06 Jun 2017
I’ve never seen Downward Dog, but now that I’ve read this wonderful book I feel I have to. Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog warms the heart, bringing smiles and sometimes tears to your eyes. I thought the haiku were beautiful, a perfect concise expression of canine emotion and thought. I loved the simple and beautiful illustrations. In its entirety, Downward Dog: VSH from a VSD, sums up everything I love about dogs. It is a beautiful book that any dog lover would treasure.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
A book of haiku and illustrations from the mind of Martin, the talking, angst-ridden, introspective dog from the ABC TV se...
9 Tales of Raffalon by Matthew Hughes
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 May 2017
Raffalon is a thief of extraordinary skill and equally extraordinary bad luck. But Raffalon’s misfortunes are the reader’s gain as they accompany him on his adventures and misadventures, as he talks himself into and out of trouble. Matthew Hughes combines action and humor as skillfully as Raffalon picks a lock. He also doesn't allow his work to be too bogged down with serious ideas, taking pleasure in light fantasy that fans of Zelazny and Robert Lyn Asprin will easily enjoy. This anthology consists of 9 of Raffalon’s most thrilling adventures. Although it can be enjoyed in one long sitting. (The adventures are neither formulaic nor repetitive), the stories pair well with a morning cup of coffee or a relaxing afternoon tea. If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted fantasy romp, look no further. 9 Tales of Raffalon is the book for you....
Yes! Finally there is someone who writes comedic scifi ala Harry Harrison and does it with style. Captain Alexander Outland may not speak Esperanto (well maybe he does), but he does share Slippery Jim’s flexible morality and skill in planning and executing outrageous heists. Throw in a James T Kirk approach to women and a wildly mismatched but extremely skilled crew and voila. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate is just plain fun to read. I was always on the edge of my seat waiting to discover 1) which crazy situation they would get stuck in next 2) how they manage to get out of it. (spoiler alert - I almost died laughing as they escaped through the sewage system and subsequently defeated their enemies while escaping to their ship. Let’s just say the crap was flying) Gini Koch does an amazing job keeping the action and the humor flo...
Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton
Grand Central Publishing
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 21 Feb 2017
I always enjoy the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, but I have to say that Beaton has outdone herself with her newest novel. Death of a Ghost is fantastic.
As police Sergeant in rural Scotland, Hamish Macbeth has to rely on his wits and his knowledge of people rather than forensics. He genuinely cares about the people in his community. Hamish may lack ego and ambition, but he is extremely clever and good at solving problems.
Part of what makes these novels so refreshing to read is that while a good portion is devoted to the murder mystery, much is focused on village life and the various problems and issues Hamish encounters. It makes the books a relaxing escape from everyday issues.
Exorcising haunted castles doesn't normally fall to the police, but when a former police superintendent complains of a ghost haunting his castle, Hamish is given the case. Expecting teens or courtin...
The “unhuman” Inspector Hobbes and his hapless reporter companion Andy are back for another supernatural adventure that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. Some chefs take simple ingredients and the result is “meh” while others create masterpieces of delight. This novel is one such masterpiece of delight, far different from the standard urban fantasy/paranormal mystery fare. What makes it special? The unusual characters are so varied and likable - even Featherlight, the curmudgeonly bartender with a dubious grip on hygiene. Animal lovers will adore Dregs, with his vibrant personality (reminded me a bit of Scooby Doo, but far more fun and with a touch more Casanova). Andy, the narrator, is an affable, easy going guy with a talent for getting himself injured and into various forms of trouble....
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...