Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Best-selling novelist and professor Thomas Huston has fled his home, leaving behind the bloodied bodies of his wife and three children. On the run and suspected of murder, he doesn't know what to do. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco of the Pennsylvania State Police recently had become friends with Huston and doesn't believe he's a killer. Leading the investigation, DeMarco hopes they will find Huston alive and unravel the mystery of who killed the Huston family. However, DeMarco has his own demons that threaten his task. Two Days Gone is a fast-paced tale of secrets and jealousy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

As a professor of Forensic Archaeology, Ruth Galloway is called to a underground tunnel where some bones have been found by a surveyor. Ruth determines that they are human bones and they appear to have been boiled, which is odd.  Around the same time, a local homeless man, Eddie, reports to DCI Harry Nelson that a friend named Barbara has gone missing. Like Eddie, she lives on the streets. Could there be some connection between Barbara's disappearance and the bones Ruth found? In this latest series mystery, Griffiths continues the personal stories of Ruth and her friends from the police force. While the mystery in The Chalk Pit is not especially compelling, it's still good to spend time with the characters. It will be published in May.

The Old Man by Thomas Perry

For thirty-five years, Dan Chase has lived quietly in Vermont, raising a daughter and happily married until his wife died ten years ago. Chase has kept himself mentally and physically sharp waiting for the day when someone discovers who he really is and comes to kill him. That day is now. All those years ago, Chase delivered $20 million for the CIA to a man named Faris Hamzah, who was supposed to give the money to Libyan insurgents. Instead, Hamzah kept the money for himself. Chase stole it back, and when he tried to get in touch with his superiors, they cut him off completely. Chase had no choice, but to disappear. Now on the run, trying to outwit and overpower those who are coming after him, it's a cat and mouse game to see who comes out on top. The Old Man is a extremely satisfying fast-paced thriller perfect for a cold winter's day.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Hollow Men by Rob McCarthy

In his job working as a doctor for the London Metropolitan Police, Harry Kent is called to the scene of a hostage situation. Teenager Solomon Idris is holed up in a fast food restaurant with a gun and appears really sick, so the authorities want Harry to go in and assess his condition. While in there, Solomon reveals that he has taken everyone hostage because of Keisha, but before he can reveal more, Solomon is critically injured. Harry along with DI Frances Noble finds himself delving into Solomon's life to find out what would cause him to commit such a desperate act. Along the way, Harry's life, along with others', are put in serious danger as the truth is uncovered. While The Hollow Men, the first book in a projected trilogy featuring Harry Kent, isn't a police procedural, its frame and pacing make it feel like one. It's also a good choice for readers who enjoy British mystery novels and are looking for a new author.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

In 1940 in the small town of Chilbury, Kent, the vicar has disbanded the village's choir, since almost all the men have gone off to fight in the war. But the women, lead by newcomer Primrose Trent, start the Chilbury Ladies' Choir. Taking place over six months and told from four characters' points of view, the story gives the reader a close up view of what it was like living in coastal England during World War II.  Mrs. Tilling, a widow, has just sent her son, David, off to war. Lonely, she finds a new purpose and strength. Meanwhile, midwife Edwina Paltry is not entirely honest and is out to make some quick money. Thirteen-year-old Kitty and her beautiful older sister Venetia, from the wealthy Winthrop family, bicker and dream of finding love. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir is a heartwarming tale great for readers who enjoyed The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It will be published next month.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Burning Bright by Nicholas Petrie

Battling PTSD, war veteran Peter Ash finds himself up in a redwood after encountering a grizzly bear. While up there, he meets journalist June Cassidy who is hiding from some men whom she believes want to kill her and might have had something to do with her mother's death (which was considered an accident).  June's mother, Hazel, was a renowned computer science professor at Stanford. June and Peter take a liking to each other and go on the run to uncover why June is in danger and to also take out whomever is after her. In this second novel in the Peter Ash series, Petrie cements himself as a must-read thriller writer and a sure bet for those readers (like me) who have tired of Lee Child's repetitive plots, but still desire a action-packed, suspenseful read. It will be published next month.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen

While out Christmas shopping, Jessica meets a handsome man named Dominic Lacey and impulsively goes home with him. Soon after arriving, she realizes her mistake--she is trapped by a madman. Dominic intends to keep Jessica prisoner, giving her a disturbing gift every day that lends insight into his past and the plans he has for her. Interspersed with Jessica's story is that of a policewoman named Kim who has been assigned Jessica's missing person's case and is trying to find out what happened to her. Dying for Christmas is a suspenseful tale similar to No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.