Jun 25, 2020

Execution, S.J Parris

The latest in this series of fascinating historical mysteries featuring former Italian monk Bruno Giordano, the heretic turned spy in the service of England.

Bruno’s self imposed French exile has come to an end. Sent back to England to his old spymaster Walsingham with news of a plot to murder a queen. He is asked to infiltrate the conspiracy posing as a Spanish priest. Walsingham’s past double dealings have come back to haunt him whilst Bruno’s past, in the comely form of Sophia Underhill,  may prove to be his undoing.

N.B. If you haven't read this series start with 'Heresy'

Jun 16, 2020

Mesa Verde Victim, Scott Graham

1891 Colorado: Joey leaves the Cannon farm on a secret mission for a foreign archaeologist-never to return.

Present Day Durango: Chuck Bender and his brother in law Clarence become suspects in a friend’s murder on the same day that another colleague summons Chuck to a private dig close to Mesa Verde national park. The team’s findings could rock the archaeological world to its foundations if they live to tell about them.

Jun 15, 2020

Shakespeare For Squirrels, Christopher Moore

Moore has taken A Midsummer Night’s Dream and turned it into a wickedly funny bawdy whodunnit.

Pocket is the ‘hero’ of this tale; a professional Fool, who is quite handy with a throwing knife. Cast adrift by his latest lady love, Pocket and co are sunk and almost drowned on the shores of Athens.

Pocket is saved by fairies and then set upon by the watch commander. He must solve the murder of one Robin Goodfellow. At stake, the life of Pocket’s apprentice. Most of the suspects will be very familiar to fans of the bard. The denouement is both bloody and hilarious, and did I mention squirrels?

Devolution, Max Brooks

House sitting at Green Loop - a small exclusive planned community in the Cascades - is just what Kate Holland needs. Fresh air, nature out your window. Mount Rainier in the distance. Yes it’s isolated, supplies come in by drone but it’s also self-sufficient, solar powered and high tech. Kate starts journaling to have fodder for her Skype therapy sessions, while husband Dan hunches over his IPad.

No one at Green Loop expected Mount Rainier to erupt and what it unleashed wasn’t just ash clouds and boiling mudslides...

Months later Kate’s journal is discovered in the devastated remains of Green Loop. That journal and interviews with Kate’s brother, Frank and Senior Ranger Josephine Schell enable Max Brooks,author of World War Z to piece together what happened and who-or what was responsible and the lines between fiction and non-fiction are officially blurred.

Jun 9, 2020

Full Scoop, Jill Orr

Tragedy strikes at the Tuttle Times and a file comes into Riley Ellison's possession. Clues to her grandfather’s murder. Riley and close colleague Will Holman decide to follow the trail of breadcrumbs scattered by two now dead men. All the while Riley is becoming closer to Ash Campbell whilst still being distracted by her ex, DEA agent Jay.

Just as it seems the Tuttle Times team are close to solving the case, Albert Ellison’s killer reaches out to Riley with an impossible choice. How far will Riley go to protect everyone she holds dear?

Jun 7, 2020

Gone By Midnight, Candice Fox

Third in the highly entertaining Crimson Lake series. Sara Farrow’s son vanishes from a locked hotel room where three other kids were sleeping. Enter Crimson Lake’s most unlikely pair of investigators disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and his partner – convicted killer Amanda Pharrell.
This is just the kind of puzzle that gets Amanda’s blood up but after the death of detective Pip Sweeny on their last case the police chief doesn’t want her involved -but this is Amanda we’re talking about.
Ted is concerned with finding the boy but he's also just been granted a few precious days with his daughter and doesn’t want jeopardize his chances of more visits and every day that passes means less chance of the Farrow boy being found alive…

Last Trial, Scott Turow

I always think I'm not a legal thriller girl and then I read one and love the genre all over again. Turow is so good at keeping the court room action moving and his latest is no exception.

Sandy Stern is at the end of a long and distinguished legal career, at 85 he’s ready to retire but there’s one last case to be defended. Stern’s client (and life-long friend) a renowned drug company CEO accused of murder, insider trading and fraud has begged Stern and his daughter Marta’s law firm to act as counsel.

Marta thinks the case is too much for Stern, who is only recently recovered from a serious road accident

Once the trial is underway, amidst the familiar cut and thrust of argument and counter-argument, Stern finds himself wondering if he really knows the defendant at all and what bombshells the witnesses for the prosecution will drop next.