Oct 11, 2016

The Lost Boy, Camilla Lackberg

Lost Boy picks up a few months after the tragic events of the The Drowning.  Patrik is back at work with orders from his doctor not to overstress himself. Erica has her hands full with the twins and is still trying to get through to her sister Anna who is dealing with her pain the only way she knows how; by pushing people away.

Patrik and the team are investigating the murder of Mats Sverin who had only just returned to Fjallbacka. None of his colleagues, past or present, seems to have a bad word to say about him, leads are drying up and Sverin’s parents are desperate for answers.

Erica decides to visit an old school friend, Nathalie also recently returned home with her five year old son, Sam. Erica has been researching nearby Graskar, the island Nathalie and Sam are living on. She’s uncovered some mysterious tales she thinks Nathalie ought to know about. Back on the mainland Patrik’s stress levels are spiking as Mellberg, his inept but publicity hungry chief, decides to hold a press conference; with disastrous results.

Oct 10, 2016

Sherlock: The essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures, Introduced by Mark Gattis & Steven Moffat

Sherlock is a collection of Conan Doyle’s works, selected by the creators of the hit BBC series. Rereading these stories through the lens of these two brilliant writers makes it feel like you are discovering stories like A Study in Scarlet, or Scandal in Bohemia for the first time. A perfect companion for the series and (we can only hope) a glimpse into future episodes? 

Oct 4, 2016

The Trespasser, Tana French

Conway is tough as nails, she works the murder squad’s night shift and apart from a good solve the previous year (Secret Place) which netted her a partner, young and ambitious Steve Moran; her job is not turning out the way she’d hoped. Shifts are filled with vicious pranks, harassment, vanishing evidence and a bunch of boring domestics which aren’t that taxing. She wants a case that will propel her and Moran into the rarified atmosphere of the day shift and she just might’ve got it. 

The curious case of Aisling Murray, dead, probably the result of a lovers quarrel. Someone is pressuring Conway and Moran to wrap Aisling’s new boyfriend up nice and tidy and put a bow on the case file before it goes to the prosecutor. Aisling’s friends seem to think she was in over her head before she met the current boyfriend, and Conway is sure she’s seen Aisling before. Throw in a bent copper and some gangland interest from the victim and the case morphs into something else. 

Conway knows that working in the murder squad has made her paranoid, she’s just not sure how far gone she is. Can she trust anyone on the squad, including her new partner?

French carries on with the successful character transplant formula that she began with In The Woods.

Sep 20, 2016

Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, Alan Bradley

Flavia’s triumphant return from Canada just in time for Christmas is anything but. Her father has fallen ill and Dr. Darby won’t allow any hospital visits.

Feely and Dieter have had a bust up and Undine is using Buckshaw like a jungle gym, abetted by Dogger. 

Fleeing the estate at the earliest opportunity and on an errand for the Vicar’s wife Flavia discovers a body and a cat. The perfect antidote to her concerns about Colonel De Luce (the body, not the cat) Flavia enlists Mildred Bannerman, former chemistry teacher at Miss Bodycote’s Academy as her ally in this curious tale of science, storytellers, witches and murder.

Sep 15, 2016

Beloved Poison, Elaine Thomson

St Saviours is a crumbling infirmary in Victorian London, long overdue for demolition. Here the healing arts can be deadly. Jealousy, sabotage, drunkenness and passion all seethe just beneath the surface and that’s just the staff. In the apothecary Flockhart and his ‘son’ Jem (apothecaries can only be men), assisted by Gabriel prepare the medicines to doctors’ orders. Into their little family comes Will Quartermain; his employers have sent him to supervise the excavation of the churchyard that borders St Saviours.

Prior to the demolition Jem discovers six tiny coffins hidden in the wall of the chapel, they don’t look like much, so why does their discovery trigger a series of murders? Jem is determined to find out but her knowledge of poisons and an enemy both powerful and ruthless could put her on the road to the gallows.

Sep 13, 2016

Red Right Hand, Chris Holm

The Bay Area has been attacked, a little known terrorist group have claimed responsibility and a family’s cell phone video, shot at the precise moment of the attack, goes viral. The video exposes a federal witness that both sides thought was long dead. 

Charlie Thompson was in charge of walk ins on the night that federal witness turned himself in, now she’s a high flying special agent determined to protect an asset who has intelligence on the shadowy organization known only as ‘The Council’. FBI manpower is focused on capturing the terrorists so Charlie bends the rules; sending Mike Hendricks, wanted man and The Council’s worst nightmare in to secure her witness. Hendricks wades into the middle of a terror plot whose perpetrators may not be what they seem.

Sep 12, 2016

Seven days in the book world with Melodie Johnson Howe

Melodie, who was discovered by Hollywood at twenty one and acted alongside Clint Eastwood, Alan Alda and James Caan to name but a few always dreamed of being a writer. Just married and raising a young family she studied creative writing alongside acting. In 1980 she wrote her first play The Lady of the House. She quit acting when it ceased to fulfill her creative side and turned to writing. Her first two novels were The Mother Shadow (nominated for both an Agatha and an Edgar award) and Beauty Dies. Then came the Diana Poole series, starting with City of Mirrors.
Melodie is still married to Bones, they have three grown up children.

Here is Melodie's week in her own words.

This has been a busy week for me, but I always manage to get my reading in at night, in bed.  I don’t judge a book by its cover but by its weight. So if I fall asleep while reading I won't jerk awake with a broken nose.

I have just finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I admire her deft wit, and how she delves into the jumbled morality that most families live with.

Now I am back in Three Pines with Armand Gamache. I love Louise Penny’s series. In A Great Reckoning, I can taste and smell the food that Gabri and Olivier serve in their bistro.  I’m planning to go to Three Pines one Christmas. If I can find it on the map.

I’ve also been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic. In all honesty I wouldn't read this book if I were not going to be on a panel about it. I tend to shy away from tomes on creativeness. But she delivers a down home view on creativity that touched me. Whether you’re knitting a sweater, writing a memoir, throwing pots, designing a garden or painting you probably have doubts about you own drive and imagination (who doesn’t?). This is the perfect read for you.

Melodie's week in a nutshell

Truly Madly Guilty (2016)
A Great Reckoning (2016)
Big Magic (2015)

Hold A Scorpion (#2 in the Diana Poole series)
will be out in hardcover October 2016 9781605989679

Here is a sneak peak at the cover art

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