Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton

Kinsey is asked to help two detectives from the Santa Teresa Police Department with a cold case. The detectives, Dolan and Stacey, have been with the department for many years and are in ill health. In 1969, a young woman was stabbed and her body dumped. The authorities were never able to identity her or the killer. Now, eighteen years later, Kinsey reviews the old files and works with Dolan and Stacey to interview old witnesses. Will a new set of eyes be enough to crack the case, or has too much time passed for a resolution?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Spa owner Penny Brannigan has just moved into the cottage that she inherited from her friend, Emma. While going through Emma's possessions, Penny discovers that Emma had been in love with a woman named Alys Jones, who was a promising painter. Alys died in a hit-and-run near Emma's home forty years ago. With the police's blessing, Penny and her friends work together to find out if Alys' death was an accident or murder. A Brush with Death is the second book in the Penny Brannigan series.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Someone knows Catherine Ravenscroft's secret and has written a book about it. The names have been changed, but Catherine is sure the novel is about her. More intriguingly, how did the book get on her bedside table? Soon it becomes clear that someone wants to destroy Catherine--but who? The only other person who knew her secret is dead. A good read-alike for readers who like Ruth Rendell's psychological novels.

Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen

Lottie and Rose are two moms with young children, and are feeling overwhelmed with their lives. When they spot a notice on the school bulletin board advertising a cottage for rent in Maine for the month of August, they jump at the chance to get away and relax without their families. Hopewell Cottage turns out not to be a small cottage, but a very large home on Little Lost Island, with many bedrooms and a lot of charm. Lottie and Rose have gotten two other people to rent the cottage with them for the month--actress Caroline Dester and seventy-ish Beverly Fisher. None of the four know each other before they head off for their month away, but soon they are sharing meals and confidences. Enchanted August is a humorous tale of friendship and how the magic of a new place might just change one's life for the better.

A Place for Us by Harriet Evans

Martha Winter is turning eighty and having a big family party, at which she plans on revealing a secret. Martha and her husband, David (a famous cartoonist) have built what looks like, from the outside, an idyllic life at Winterfold, their home in Surrey. Their granddaughters, Lucy and Cat, now grown, remember it that way too. For Martha and David's three children, however, there was conflict between Daisy (the middle child) and her siblings--eldest Bill and youngest Florence. In the novel, the reader explores the family's lives both past and present from many points of view. A Place for Us is an exploration of family relationships and is a real treat for people who enjoy the novels of Joanna Trollope, Rosamunde Pilcher and early Jojo Moyes.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

When Georgia Ford discovers that her fiancee has a young daughter that she didn't know about, she escapes to her family's vineyard in Sonoma to think about if she still wants to get married.  There, she learns that her family is falling apart. Her father, Dan, whom she adores, has sold the small winery he started to a big corporation that cares more about making money than producing wines with care. Jen, her mother, has reunited with an old love, Henry, even though she's married to Dan. Meanwhile, Georgia's twin brothers, Bobby and Finn, are both in love with Bobby's wife, Margaret. Georgia is determined that the sale of the winery won't go through, but the buyer, Jacob McCarthy, won't back down. Jacob, while an adversary, is surprisingly in tune with Georgia's feelings and the upheaval in her family. Against the backdrop of California's wine country, Dave has written a novel about family ties and the meaning of home.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Sarah and Angus Moorcroft suffered a horrible loss fourteen months ago when their six-year-old daughter, Lydia, died. Wanting a new start, they decide to move from London to Torran, an island that Angus' family owns in the Hebrides, with their surviving daughter, Kirstie--Lydia's identical twin.  When Kirstie tells Sarah that she's actually Lydia and that it was Kirstie who died, Sarah wonders if it's true.  Chillingly enough, there is no way for Sarah to medically prove which twin died because the girls DNA is same and they were never fingerprinted. As Sarah tries to come to terms with Kirstie's confession and think of another way she might uncover the truth, Kirstie--who insists she be called Lydia--begins behaving oddly. Sarah's and Angus' relationship also begins to splinter with Kirstie's revelation. With the isolation of Torran and rumors of ghosts, the Moorcroft family sees their lives unravel...  This novel of psychological suspense is similar to The Hidden Girl by Louise Millar, Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster, and Hold My Hand by Serena Makesy.