M.L.Longworth has written a mystery series starring Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet. Together the pair must try and find the killer of a professor of Theology at the local university in Aix, Provence. Several theology professors, two university students, and a secretary are among the suspects for the murder. I found this title entertaining, though the author uses a lot of descriptive text throughout the novel, which makes for slow reading at times. It is number 2 in the series; the latest title was just released, number 6, if this review piques your interest…
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For anyone interested in mysteries, there is another group of awards to check out: the Shamus awards, which are awarded annually by the Private Eye Writers of America. This organization was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who also created the Shamus award. A Private Eye, or Private Investigator, is defined as a private citizen who is paid to investigate crimes. The awards are given in several categories: Best PI hardcover, Best Original PI paperback, Best First PI novel, and Best PI Short Story. Other awards include: “The Eye”, which is given to an author for lifetime achievement, and “The Hammer”, awarded to the character, not the author, for his/her contribution to and longevity in the field. Very interesting, indeed… Check here for a complete list of winners, past and present.
Maggie D’Arcy’s cousin Erin has been missing for 23 years when the Irish police (Gardai) call Maggie’s family to inform them that a scarf belonging to Erin had been found. Maggie returns to Ireland, having gone over when Erin first disappeared, so it is feeling like deja vu for her. She does some investigating on her own, since she is a homicide detective back in New York. Several other young women have gone missing, and Maggie is racing the clock to find the last victim before it is too late. Taylor pens an enthralling tale; I found it to be very absorbing read.