Monday, April 28, 2014

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

Over thirty years ago, an Amish family suffered a horrible tragedy: burglars broke into their home, killed the father, kidnapped the mother and left her for dead. All but one of the children died when the house went up in flames (teen Billy Hochstetler was the only child to survive).  Now, it seems someone is taking revenge, murdering one by one the people who committed the crime. Painters Mill police chief Kate Burkholder delves into the old case and tries to coax information out of those who know the current victims, but finds that people want to keep their secrets buried. While I enjoyed this sixth book in the Kate Burkholder series, I deduced the murderer early on, which took away a bit from the story. The Dead Will Tell will be published in July.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and now works as a fishing guide for tourists. When his mentor and friend, Kathy Frost, is shot and left in a coma, Mike wonders if someone was taking revenge for Kathy killing a young war veteran in self-defense--or if the motive lies somewhere else. While Mike's persistence in pursuing who was responsible for Kathy's injuries is admirable, his recklessness might get him killed. In this fifth book of the series, the backdrop of the Maine outdoors is on full display. It's another great read by Doiron.  The Bone Orchard will be published in July.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

Cara Kryzik owns Bloom, a flower shop in Savannah, Georgia and is trying to keep her business afloat. With several high-profile weddings on her schedule, she hopes she will be finally able to pay off the money her father lent her. Living above the shop with her dog, Poppy, she is also trying to put the betrayal by her ex-husband in the past. When Poppy is mistakenly dognapped by Jack Finnerty, anger turns to passion. Then, when a rival florist makes it clear that he's trying to put Cara out of business and a client's family heirloom goes missing, it might turn out to be more than Cara can handle. With Andrews' trademark southern charm, a strong romance and the backdrop of life in a flower shop, this one's a winner. Save the Date will be published in June.