Sunday, November 12, 2017

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

When Mr. Polopetsi, a part-time employee of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, hears about a woman named Charity Mompoloki, whom he believes was wrongly fired from an office furniture store, he asks if both Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi will help him get her job back. So, the agency goes about finding out about the owner of the store, the other employees, and Charity herself to find the truth about what actually happened. On a more personal note, Mma Ramotswe gets news that her ex-husband, Note Mokoti, who treated her very badly, is back in town.  She also discovers that there is a woman named Mingie Ramotswe who lives in Lobatse. Mma Ramotswe thought that she knew everyone with the last name Ramotswe who lives in Botswana--can Mingie possibly be a relative? Regular readers of this long-running series will enjoy another visit with Mma Ramotswe and friends.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch's past as a LAPD detective comes back to haunt him when the department's Conviction Integrity Unit lets him know a killer named Preston Borders that Bosch put on death row is probably going to be released because DNA evidence has been found exonerating Borders.  Bosch knows he's guilty, but wonders how is he going to prove it. Bosch also worries about how this case will affect his reputation as a investigator.  He might also find himself as the plaintiff in a lawsuit if Borders is let out. To make Bosch's life even busier, he is working for the San Fernando police department on the case of a double murder at a pharmacy, even though he's "retired." Two Kinds of Truth is another unputdownable read from Connelly. The appearance of Bosch's half brother, Mickey Haller, as part of the storyline adds some needed lightness to the story. Really not to be missed...

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Amber Patterson has decided that she wants to be the next Mrs. Parrish, wife of handsome and wealthy Jackson. Jackson is married to Daphne, so Amber makes it her mission to become Daphne's friend figuring it will be an easy way to insinuate herself into their lives and get to know how best to draw a wedge between the couple. Will Amber be able to keep the secrets of her past hidden while succeeding with her plan to ruin Daphne's life? The Last Mrs. Parrish is an unputdownable novel with several twists while you are waiting to see if Amber will succeed in her mission to destroy the Parrish family.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

In this last book of the Beach Street trilogy, Polly is busy getting ready for the holidays, frantically baking for the Christmas rush at her bakery. When her best friend Kerensa confesses that she had a one night stand while on the outs with her husband, Reuben, it threatens to jeopardize Polly's own relationship with her boyfriend, Huckle. Kerensa is now pregnant and not sure if the father is Reuben, and Huckle is very uncomfortable with keeping Kerensa's secret. Polly is also confronted with possibly meeting the father she never knew, much to her mother's dismay.  As ever, in the small village of Mount Polbearne on the Cornish coast, the support and friendship of the community can usually help solve almost any problem--and, of course, having a puffin named Neil as a pet (as Polly does) can't hurt either.

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.