Friday, September 15, 2017

Proof of Life by J.A. Jance

Retired with lots of time on his hands, J.P. Beaumont agrees to look into the death of former adversary Maxwell Cole, who recently died in a house fire. A longtime friend of Cole's named Erin Howard had asked Beaumont to look into the circumstances around the fire, because she believes that it wasn't accidental, despite what the authorities are saying. With help from his wife, Mel, and his former contacts in the Seattle Police Department, Beaumont tries to uncover the truth for Erin. Proof of Life is the most recent book in Jance's J.P. Beaumont series and it's always so much fun to spend time with an old acquaintance.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson

When a sniper takes aim at a wedding, Detective Superintendent Banks and his colleagues wonder about who the targets are and about a possible motive. The clues are few and no one got a good look at the gunman. To try and unmask the killer, the police delve into the lives and pasts of the wedding party and their guests. In this latest book in the long-running series, Robinson puts together an interesting puzzle, and catching up with Banks and his colleagues is always a treat.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Kinsey is hired by the parents of Fritz McCabe to find out who's blackmailing them with a videotape of an assault that Fritz committed years ago. Fritz was actually just released from prison after serving ten years for a murder he committed while in high school. The assault and crime that he was convicted for involve the same set of people, so Kinsey finds herself really looking at both events, since they are interrelated. On a more personal front, Kinsey is on edge and constantly on guard, worried that killer Ned Lowe is after her. In the last book in the series, Ned succeeded in evading the authorities and is still on the run. In Y is for Yesterday, the reader goes between the current events happening in 1989 and those that occurred ten years earlier in 1979 with all the high school characters, including Fritz. While I really enjoyed the present story--following Kinsey as she investigates and gaining insight into her personal life--I found the flashback storyline too leisurely-paced for my liking.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

When widower bookseller Julius Nightingale passes away, the future of the bookshop that he owned for thirty years could be in jeopardy. His daughter, Emilia, has come home to the Cotswold village of Peasebrook, determined to take over, but it appears the store hasn't made money in years. With a local developer putting pressure on Emilia to sell, it will take a lot of hard work and support from her friends and fellow villagers to turn the fortunes of the shop around.  How to Find Love in a Bookshop is a delightful and cozy tale of Emilia's and her supporters' daily lives and loves, wrapped in a small town setting. A great read-alike for Jenny Colgan and Katie Fforde.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Holding by Graham Norton

When human bones are unearthed on a local building site, their discovery affects many in the small Irish village of Duneen. Most wonder if the skeleton belongs to Tommy Burke, who supposedly left town twenty years ago. His fiance at the time, Brid, got in a fight with another young woman named Evelyn, who had a crush on Tommy, around the time that he disappeared.  Do either of them know anything about what happened? Local Sergeant P.J. Collins, overweight and with not much experience in major crimes, pushes forward to try and solve the case. Holding is the first novel by talk show host Graham Norton and displays a great sense of place for a small town, and highlights the everyday lives of some of the townspeople whose lives are upended by the uncovering.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dead on Arrival by Matt Richtel

Disgraced infectious disease physician, Lyle Martin, is on a flight to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where almost all the passengers (except Martin, the pilot and co-pilot and one other passenger) appear to have died. Everyone on the ground seems to have perished too. After getting out of the plane and investigating, Lyle discovers they are still alive, but unable to move. Is the cause of their condition a virus or something else? The survivors from the airplane attempt to uncover the truth in this creepy technothriller.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

It's near closing time at the zoo and regulars Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, are heading towards the exit when Joan realizes that someone is shooting people. Terrified and desperate to protect her son, Joan heads back into the zoo to find a safe hiding place, but soon, Joan realizes there are at least two people who have no problem killing anything they see. She also wonders how long it will take for the authorities to come and rescue them. Taking place over a few hours, Fierce Kingdom is a page turner that shows the unbreakable bond mothers have towards their children.