Cross My Path by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
Clea Simon is an astounding author with a unique talent for capturing the essence of both humans and animals in writing. Since its start, this series has been one of my favorites. The world of Cross My Path is a decaying one. There is limited commerce, and jobs and food are hard to come by. Few are literate, and women and children are always at risk from the more powerful who seek to profit off the weak. Care has taken over her mentor’s business, finding the lost and righting what wrongs she can - a difficult and dangerous job. Her cat Blackie does what he can to help and support her. If you have read the previous novels in the series (spoiler) you already know that some of her mentor’s consciousness survives in Blackie. This is of central importance to Cross My Path.
First, an old woman calling herself Blaze hires Care to find her brother’s effects. Care accepts the case after s...
Killing Is My Business A Novel
by Adam Christopher
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 25 Jul 2017
Raymond Electromatic puts the hard in hard boiled. A robot with a gift for detection and a talent for eliminating obstacles, Ray is a standout in LA. In what might be his most difficult assignment, he’s tasked with killing of a mafia kingpin. But in this case, killing isn't enough. First he must get close and determine what he’s been planning. But Raymond has one weakness - his memory is wiped every day, so he only knows what he’s been told and maybe, just maybe his handler is keeping important information just out of reach.
Wow, noir and robots what an uncanny and unforgettable combination. It feels like a classic noir film merged with a 50’s scifi movie- absolutely captivating. The Raymond Electric novels are in a class by themselves, delightfully pulpy and eminently entertaining. This unique read is a far cry more satisfying than the vast...
The Right Side
A Novel by Spencer Quinn
Mystery & Thrillers , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 27 Jun 2017
The Right Side is a very different book from what I’ve come to expect from Spencer Quinn. It is an excellent, moving portrayal of the struggles of an injured vet to regain comfort in herself and in her surroundings. LeAnne Hogan is not pleasant or likable, but you can understand her anger and her fears, her inability to cope with the everyday that is so different from her life before the incident that took her eye and left shrapnel in her brain. Spencer helps the reader understand LeAnne by interspersing memories of her past between the actions of the present. Goody, is in some ways a reflection of LeAnne. She is a strong dog, clearly wounded in the past but still skilled and determined. Goody saves LeAnne from herself, ultimately giving LeAnne the will to continue.
The second half of the book is devoted to LeAnne solving the mystery...
by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Apr 2017
Finding the lost, uncovering the hidden - Care has taken to her mentor’s profession with alacrity. But her youth and her gender make her vulnerable in the tumultuous urban landscape where predators reign. Blackie may remember little from his previous life, but he still has his instincts and his desire to guide and protect Care. As a cat, his ability to communicate is limited, as his is his ability to help. It is through his wise eyes and feline perspective that we see events. Care has been hired to find a missing worker for the owner of a sweatshop. The case is promising in appearance, but is in reality a sinister trap. Gravitch is seeking papers - papers with information that threatens him and the system that runs the city. Care is in great danger and Blackie is her only hope for survival.
As Dark as My Fur is part fantasy, part noir - an entirely unique blend...
Clea Simon’s novels are not only enthralling mysteries where cats play an important role, they also address important issues - in this case sexual harassment in an academic setting. The newest Dulcie Schwartz mystery, Into the Grey, places her under suspicion for the murder of a professor interfering with her dissertation. But as Dulcie soon discovers, Professor Fenderby was also known for preying on vulnerable female students, including her cousin Mina.
Angry at being under suspicion, and threatened with losing her university position, Dulcie is desperate to find out who killed Fenderby and why she is being framed for his death. But her efforts might just end up with her as the next victim.
Clea Simon does an excellent job of raising awareness of women’s issues in a way that is appropriate to the story.
No Second Chances A British police dog-handler mystery
by Lyndon Stacey
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: 1 July 2016
No Second Chances is not your usual mystery that starts with a body and goes from there. Rather, it is a complex drama hinging on two elements, a missing husband being sought by thugs and a teenage girl needing to find her boyfriend, a Traveler, so she can recover pawned jewelry before her mother discovers it is missing. Daniel Whelan and his canine partner Taz left the police service, but his experience comes into play when he encounters a pair of thugs threatening a neighbor. Lorna asks for Daniel's help as her husband Harvey is missing and she doesn't know what these men want. Her teenage daughter, who is as maddeningly self centered as only a 15 year old can be, manages to convince Daniel to help her as well. The only reason he has for doing so is that Lorna is much too troubled to deal with her daughter's issues at that moment....
Lost Dog A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 3
by Alan Russell
Thomas & Mercer
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 14 Jun 2016
Lost Dog is a simply amazing novel that showcases the incredible, enduring bond that forms between rescue dogs and their adopters. This is no cozy mystery, but rather a dark and realistic thriller where dogs play a vital role, both Sirius, Detective Michael Gideon's K9 partner, and Angie a hound-mix seeking her missing owner.
Victims of abuse, both human and animal, frequently fall through the cracks. When Heather Moreland is abducted from her home, it is Angie through her perseverance draws the attention of Gideon and Sirius. A dog lover as well as K-9 officer, Detective Michael Gideon's compassion leads him to discover that Angie's owner, Heather, is missing and the possible victim of violence. Despite it not being his case, Gideon feels responsible for bringing Angie home, and he pursues the case relentlessly....
Clea Simon’s books are truly exemplary mysteries that skillfully capture the intricate relationship shared by humans and animals. Pru Marlowe has an easier time relating to animals than to her fellow humans. Her cat Wallis is more of a confidante than her lover Detective Creighton. Past experience has made her wary of becoming too close to others, and she fears what would happen if people discover her ability to communicate with animals. Like her cat Wallis, she is prickly and somewhat secretive, but she has a broad streak of curiosity and an immense compassion for animals.
After her discovery of the body of a rich but obnoxious tourist, Pru’s one concern is for the dog she heard barking. As the police didn’t find the dog, Pru searches the nearby forest. It is through Pudgy (Stewie) that she is drawn in to investigating the murder. The main suspect is his ski...