May 18, 2021

Auntie Poldi and the Lost Madonna, Mario Giordano

Donna Poldina is headed for her 61st birthday and it could be her last. A couple of late night visitors from the Vatican raise Poldi’s investigative antenna and by the time she’s relating the tale to her nephew (our narrator) she has watched an exorcism, floored the Holy See and been arraigned for murder whilst she and Vito Montana investigate a secret society which has spread its tentacles across Italy and deep into Poldi’s adoptive hometown. Can Poldi cheat Death (and his clipboard) again?

May 14, 2021

Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir

You wake up alone on a spaceship; you have a swiss-cheese’d memory and you’re a loooong way from the home this craft was designed to save. 

You’re a scientist who can’t remember his own name let alone how to save humanity from an extinction level event but you might not be alone in your efforts.

This could be the best scientific field trip ever!

May 11, 2021

A Good Mother, Lara Bazelon

Was a young mother simply protecting her baby or did she murder her husband in cold blood?

Nineteen-year-old Luz Rivera Hollister stands accused of stabbing her decorated Iraq war veteran husband to death on an overseas airbase. She will stand trial in the US amid a media circus. Her legal team: Abby Rosenberg, just off maternity leave and newly hired JAG ace, Will Ellet have to convince a jury and an unfriendly judge that Luz isn’t a murderer. That’s going to be hard as neither is sure of Luz’s innocence and one of them has developed an unhealthy obsession with her.

Gripping from pre-trial arguments to nail-biting verdict.

Apr 13, 2021

One Got Away, S.A. Lelchuk

Part-time bookstore owner and full-time badass, Nikki Griffin is on tail of a suave blackmailer and he's on the run. Nikki, with a blank check for expenses, tracks him to an pricey Monterey resort and that’s where things go sideways for the blackmailer, a young witness and Nikki herself. Repelled and attracted to her mark, Nikki is pulled off the case which means she has to convince the blackmailer’s victim to hire her. 

Can Nikki rescue a con man and does she really have any idea of the snake pit she’s running into?

(This is Nikki's second outing, the first - Save Me From Dangerous Men - drops in paper March 9th)

Mar 16, 2021

Gathering Dark, Candice Fox

Ten years ago, Det Jessica Sanchez arrested a Beverly Hills pediatric surgeon for the callous murder of the surgeon's neighbour. Now Sanchez is dealing with an unwanted bequest and a partner and department who doesn’t have her back. The last thing she’s expecting is not one but two ex-cons landing on her doorstep. Bad girls trying to do something good. Can Sanchez help them or trust them?

Mar 11, 2021

Want a sneak peak at Thunderball?

 Book 2 in the Nikki Doyle series drops in April. Click here for an excerpt

Mar 9, 2021

Guest post from Wendy Foster Leigh Windsor Knot, SJ Bennett

A blurb from Wendy is always a treat. She discovered this little gem so its only fitting that she tells you about it. 

When Rozie Oshodi begins her new job at Windsor Palace, little does she realize that the Queen will turn to her for more than the occasional fetch and carry duties.  The Queen is a wonderful, subtle, and bright character, who is confined by history and custom to the daily duties of the palace.  She recognizes the usefulness of this bright young British Nigerian officer formerly of the Royal Horse Artillery.  The Queen is definitely the protagonist in the novel; however, this young aide is the means by which the Queen can find the culprits in the murder in the palace.  The book hints at the start of a new series in which these two characters will intertwine. In this mystery a young Russian pianist is murdered during a “dine and sleep” held prior to the Queen’s 90th birthday, she takes a personal interest in his life and death.  The Queen is a quiet thinker who leaves the applause to the professionals even when they underestimate her.  She guides the professionals and uses Rozie as her link to the outside world.  As a woman of a certain age, I appreciate the portrayal of this 90 year old woman who is shrewd, wise, caring.  This is not a mystery that patronizes age but recognizes the importance of experience and knowledge.