Archive for the ‘Mysteries’ Category

A Cruel Deception

December 29, 2019

index.jpgThe mother and son team writing under the pseudonym Charles Todd have launched their 11th mystery in the Bess Crawford series, about a young English nurse during and after WWI. This latest offering has Bess tracking the son of the Head of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. [The Corps was established in 1902 when Queen Alexandra was named to preside over it.] Lieutenant Lawrence Minton was posted in Paris during the peace talks when he disappears from the meetings. Bess finds him in rough shape, addicted to opium, and attempts to improve his health. But when a murder attempt is made on both her life and his, she needs to step up her efforts. A good read…

Where The Crawdad Sings

October 12, 2019

indexDelia Owens sets her novel in the Deep South and tells the story in flashbacks. It begins with a murder, and then doubles back to follow the life of the protagonist, Kya. Nicknamed the “Swamp Girl”, she swiftly becomes a courageous heroine who has to fend for herself, after her entire family of six leaves her, one by one. With the help of some friendly “folks” she manages to raise herself, but finds it impossible to open her heart to anyone. She finally falls for a good friend, and later a handsome townie. But when Kya finds herself accused of murder, she begins to loose all hope that she will be able to continue with her life in the swamp . A wonderful debut novel that I found extremely hard to put down…

Labyrinth

September 25, 2019

indexCatherine Coulter has crafted another FBI drama starring the team of Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich. Sherlock loses her memory after an auto accident, but still manages to aid her husband in their latest escapade. Coulter adds some eerie elements to the mystery of who kidnapped the 16 year old girls missing from an area in Virginia, where half the town is related to the other half. Throw in a CIA agent on the run from his colleagues, and you’re on your way to untangling the labyrinth of lies skillfully spun by the author.

The Widower’s Wife

August 28, 2019

indexAna and Tom Bacon are a married couple facing down bankruptcy. Living “high on the hog”, Tom, a trader on Wall Street makes a disastrous mistake and loses his job. Ana walks out on hers after her boss makes an unwanted move on her. The plan is to for both to take out million dollar life insurance policies, and Tom to fake his death so Ana can collect. But he’s turned down due to mental illness in the family, so Ana must fake her own death instead. She goes over the rail while on a cruise, but was it planned or did her husband help her along? Ryan Monahan is investigating the claim, and searches for the truth. A few of the elements seem a little too forced, Ana’s father is beaten up by gang members in Brazil who demand money, for one. But on the whole the action is well paced and the conclusion is satisfying.

Conviction

August 7, 2019

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Denise Mina explains to her readers on the first page of this novel why her protagonist, Anna, has assumed a new identity. We gradually learn the details, as Anna flees from her soon-to-be ex-husband and her two daughters in order to save her life. It involves a shocking instance in her past, and the murders of three people, one of whom Anna knew. The reader unravels the mystery of their deaths along with Anna, with a surprising twist at the end. Good read for mystery lovers!


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