Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Witches' Tree by M.C. Beaton

When Margaret Darby is found dead, hanging from a tree, in the village of Sumpton Harcourt, gossip abounds that a local witches' coven is responsible. Private detective Agatha Raisin is hired by Sir Edward Chumble to find the murderer. Agatha and her employees at the agency, along with friend, Charles Fraith, delve into the lives of the residents of the small village and try to determine if there are actually people around practicing witchcraft. Agatha, as usual, puts herself in harm's way on her journey to find the culprit before the police do.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

In this final book of the series, Hilderbrand wraps up the story of the Quinn family, who own the Winter Street Inn on Nantucket. Patriarch Kelley is dying of brain cancer, and his wife, Mitzi, worries about him and their son, Bart, who is floundering after returning home from being a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Kelley's other children from his first marriage to successful news anchor, Margaret, are processing the future without their father in their lives, along with trying to find personal happiness. As an added treat for Hilderbrand's many fans, characters from her novel The Rumor are part of the story. Winter Solstice was an enjoyable conclusion to the series.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben

When Nap was a senior in high school, his twin brother, Leo, and Leo's girlfriend, Diana, were killed. Nap's girlfriend, Maura, also disappeared at that time, and fifteen years later, Nap, has no idea what happened to her. Nap is still haunted by the past, so when Maura's fingerprints turn up at the scene of a murder that involved one of their high school classmates, he is stunned and determined to delve in the circumstances of the crime to see if it will lead him to Maura. What Nap uncovers could also help him put his questions surrounding Leo's death to rest.  While I always look forward to a new Harlan Coben book, I felt he had written a story very similar to this before, and that Nap and the plot were just not very interesting.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Private detective Nils Shapiro is hired to assist the Edina Police Department with a murder investigation. Maggie Somerville has been found dead in her home with bags of vacuum cleaner dust surrounding her, which has ruined the chance of getting any decent evidence from the crime scene. Nils delves into Maggie's personal life--including her ex-husband, boyfriend, and a secret from her past that possibly has a connection to the crime. With a very likable main character that the reader enjoys following as he pursues the case, this is a promising new mystery series.  Suggest to readers who like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Anna Fox spends her days in her renovated Harlem home spying on her neighbors and watching old film noir movies. Suffering from agoraphobia, she lives on her own with a basement tenant named David. Missing her young daughter and husband, she is also drinking too much wine while taking several different medications. One evening, Anna is convinced that she saw a horrible crime happen to one of her neighbors, but after the police check it out, they find nothing. Despite this fact, Anna pushes forward, unwilling to believe the authorities. Is Anna correct about the incident or has spending so much time alone messed with her sense of reality? The Woman in the Window is a page turner similar to the novels of Paula Hawkins, Ruth Ware, and Peter Swanson. It will be published in January.

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.