Archive for the ‘Mysteries’ Category

Deadfall

October 4, 2017

2 bookAlex Cooper, Assistant DA of NYC, is back to star in yet another thriller by Linda Fairstein. But this time she is the suspect being interrogated regarding the suspicious death of a highly placed figure in the DA’s office. The title refers to an entanglement, which Alex refers to in the early pages of the novel regarding the murder. However, it has another meaning unknown to her; deadfall is also a hunting term meaning to set up a trap to catch a large animal. Her referral to this term will set her up as a prime suspect. The usual “suspects” are back as well: Detectives Mercer and Chapman, who help Alex in her fight to clear herself in the murder case. A great read for fans of legal thrillers.

The Lost Boy

September 27, 2017

2 bookSwedish author Camilla Lackberg pens another crime thriller that does not disappoint the reader. Detective Patrik Hedstrom has his hands full trying to solve a murder case where the victim seems to have been a pleasantly social guy, yet no one knows much about him. But the pieces eventually fall into place, despite Patrik’s hectic home life. His wife just delivered twins after having been in an serious accident with her sister, who lost her baby. Back to work after a recent heart problem, he methodically collects layers of information involving the sale of illegal drugs, more murders, an agency that helps female victims of domestic abuse, and a ruthless gang. Not for the faint of heart, but those who enjoy a fast paced murder mystery will enjoy this one.

Conviction

September 13, 2017

2 bookThe grisly murders of three family members in Brooklyn in 1992, both parents and their young foster daughter, were pinned on the teenage foster son, DeShawn Perkins, who was living in the home at the time. Fast forward to 2014, where Rebekah Roberts is a reporter at the NY Tribune. Bored with her assignments, she befriends Amanda, a blog writer who tracks murders in NYC, and becomes involved in a wrongful conviction project. Rebekah discovers a recent letter written by DeShawn Perkins, 22 years after he went to jail, protesting his innocence. Julia Dahl writes a tightly packed novel, weaving all the strands of the various characters actions together into a neat package by the end. She is an Edgar Award finalist for her previous book, Invisible City. Recommended for all murder mystery fans.

Murder is for Keeps

May 23, 2017

index.aspxThe latest mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan finds Penny Brannigan, the main character in the series, stumbling upon a dead body at Gwrych Castle in North Wales. She was painting the castle scene as the fourth in a series she intended to donate to the upcoming fundraiser. But when Penny notices a truck remaining in the parking lot after the workers had gone home, and decides to investigate the grounds, she finds the body of one John Hardwick. The plot thickens to involve an old grudge and some letters from the 1920s, written by the grandmother of a friend of Penny’s. Duncan writes very descriptive novels that are set in the countryside of Wales and are very “bloodless” mysteries, perfect for those fans who prefer this genre.

Death of a Ghost

May 9, 2017

bookThe latest in M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series finds the police sergeant and his sidekick, Constable Charlie Carter, investigating reports of a ghost haunting the home of the retired police superintendent Hanover Ebrington. But a harmless prank becomes sinister after the duo stumbles upon a dead body in the underground tunnels of the house; a body which mysteriously disappears shortly after it is found.  A teenage gang of  black market smugglers is accused by the department detectives, but Hamish is not buying the easy answer, especially after another dead body turns up. Adultery, murder and drug smuggling further complicate Hamish’s search for the murderer, and takes the reader on a colorful journey through the wilds of northern Scotland. Recommended for fans of Beaton’s murder and mayhem.


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