Monday, November 24, 2014

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar

Kate Parker has suffered two tragedies in her life--the death of her parents on her wedding day and then the murder of her husband, Hugo. She is now a shadow of her former self and struggles to live a normal life with her son, Jack. Worried about his safety, she is obsessed with the statistical probabilities of all the things that could go wrong in their lives. Her relationship with her in-laws and sister-in-law (Hugo's family) is also disintegrating. However, hope comes when she meets a man named Jago Martin, who slowly helps Kate face her fears and start living again.  Will Kate get the happiness she deserves--or just more sorrow? A good read-alike for Erin Kelly.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Ted Severson meets a stranger, Lily Kintner, in an airport bar, whereupon he vents his anger at his wife, Miranda's infidelity and says he wants to "kill her." Lily then encourages Ted to go ahead and murder Miranda--in fact, Lily will even help him. What follows is an exploration of jealousy, attraction, and greed wrapped in a suspenseful contemporary noir. Despite a few implausibilities, Swanson has written a novel that is unpredictable and keeps the reader guessing until the end. It will be published in February.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan

William Heming owns a successful real estate agency. In his spare time he likes to spy on those that he's done business with over the last seventeen years.  His hobby is made much easier by the fact that he's made copies of the house keys from the residences that he's sold. When a dead body is found in one of Heming's client's homes, it might just lead to his undoing...  A Pleasure and a Calling explores Heming's life from childhood to the present in all it's dreadful detail.  It will be published in January.