Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Policeman Hamish Macbeth's archnemesis, DCI Blair, wants nothing more than to close Hamish's police station and put him out of a job. Blair sends cop Cyril Sessions up to Lochdubh to spy on Hamish, hoping that Cyril will get some dirt on Macbeth that he can report to Superintendent Daviot. However, Cyril ends up murdered, found on the beach. When vengeful librarian Hetty Dunstable reports to the police that she heard Macbeth say he would shoot Cyril, Hamish finds himself suspended from work. Hamish, with his usual tenacity and help from his assistant, Dick (and other friends) is determined to uncover who killed Cyril.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Gaby Mortimer, a famous morning show presenter, finds the body of a woman while out jogging one day. The lead investigator, DI Perivale, is immediately suspicious of Mortimer and it isn't long before she's brought in for questioning. When connections begin to be made between Gaby and the murdered woman, Ania Dudek, Gaby wonders if someone is trying to frame her for the crime. With her marriage faltering and notes from a unknown stalker, Gaby enlists the help of a journalist to clear her name. For readers who enjoy psychological novels focusing on women's lives.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
When an unidentified teenager is found dead outside Frankfurt, the police are stumped about her identity, even weeks after the discovery of her body. Then, Chief Detective Superintendent Pia Kirchhoff and her colleagues find themselves investigating the brutal beating of television host Hanna Herzmann, who was left for dead in the trunk of a car. Could the two cases possibly be related? In this the sixth book of the Kirchhoff/Bodenstein series (but second to be published in the U.S.), Neuhaus writes a police procedural that is similar to the mysteries of Camilla Lackberg and Helene Tursten.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
FBI agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state policeman Kirk Stevens find themselves reunited when people start dying around the country from what seem like contract hits. A man named Parkerson is recruiting young veterans who are scarred by war and melding them into emotionless killers. Stevens and Windermere are trying to piece together who's behind the crimes, but always seem to be one step behind. Will the duo be able to thwart Parkerson's horrible plans? This third book in the Stevens/Windermere series is fast-paced and very similar to the novels of Thomas Perry. It will be published in March.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Lawyer Sophie Diehl is asked to meet with Mia Durkheim, whose doctor husband is divorcing her. Sophie's specialty is criminal defense, but no one at the firm is available to see Mia, so she's asked to oversee the initial meeting. Mia, however, loves Sophie and the fresh take she'll bring to the divorce proceedings and gets her to agree to be her lawyer throughout the divorce. The Divorce Papers lets the reader follow the whole process through legal documents, letters, etc. while also exploring Sophie's professional and personal life. While author Rieger has an interesting idea for a plot, the books is way too long at almost 500 pages, especially since the epistolary format doesn't allow for much character development. It will be published in March.