May 2004 Blog Posts (14)

Billingham, Mark - SCAREDY CAT

SCAREDY CAT (Police Procedural) – G

Mark Billingham – 2nd in series

It is almost unthinkable that a single maniac would murder two women miles apart on the same day. Yet the evidence is leading Detective Inspector Tom Thorne to a stunning conclusion: there isn't only one serial

killer on the prowl, but a pair of them, working in tandem. And any corpse that

turns up in the future just might be accompanied by a second. To stop them

both, Thorne must…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 14, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Coben, Harlan - JUST ONE LOOK

JUST ONE LOOK (Contemporary Mystery) – VG

Harlan Coben - Standalone



Suburban housewife Grace Lawson collects some pictures at the local Photomat. Included is an old print of her husband, Jack, and other college students. When Grace shows the photo to Jack, he drives

away and disappears. Grace's hunt for her missing husband sweeps her back into

a nightmare evening years ago when she survived a rock concert rampage that

left…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 12, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dunnett, Dorothy - THE GAME OF KINGS

THE GAME OF KINGS (Historical Novel – non-mystery) – Ex

Dorothy Dunnett – 1st of series



In 1547 Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to his native Scotland, which is threatened by an English invasion and the bloody rivalries of its nobles. Accused of treason, hunted by friend and enemy alike, he leads a company of

outlaws in a desperate race to redeem his reputation, even at the cost of his

life.



This…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 11, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Pawel, Rebecca - DEATH OF A NATIONALIST

DEATH OF A NATIONALIST (Historical Novel/Mystery) – EX

Rebecca Pawel – 1st book



Set in Madrid, 1939, and the bitter civil war between the Nationalists, supported by the facists, and the Republicans, supported by the communists, with atrocities

committed by both sides. It is at this moment, when the Republicans have

surrendered, and the Guardia Civil has begun to impose order in the ruins of Madrid, that Carlos Tejada Alonso y…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 11, 2004 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hamilton, Sylvian - THE BONE-PEDLAR

THE BONE-PEDLAR (Historical Mystery) – VG+

Sylvian Hamilton – 1st of series



This is the world of medieval quest, of castles, journeys, of violent killings, and sometimes of unimaginable cruelty. It also a world deeply enmeshed with the supernatural, in which the holy remnants of saints may

be a matter of life and death. Against this background, of monks, witches,

children, mountebanks, women good and evil, and knights Templar, is…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 10, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Harris, Charlaine - DEAD TO THE WORLD

DEAD TO THE WORLD (Supernatural Mystery) – VG

Charlaine Harris – 4th in series



Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic Louisiana waitress, finds her bad luck has taken a new turn for the worse. Her love interest, Bill the vampire, runs off to Peru

to do research. In his place, she is stuck with Eric, Bill's boss, who appears

out of thin air buck naked with no memory of who he is or what he does. Then,

her brother Jason goes missing…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 9, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia - DEAR DEPARTED

DEAR DEPARTED (Police Procedural) – VG

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles – 10th in series

Chattie Cornfeld was murdered while jogging in the park. At first it looked as though she was the latest victim of the 'Park Killer', but it doesn't take Slider and Atherton long to establish that someone was trying

to pass the killing off as part of a pattern: only the pattern doesn't fit,

this one was personal.



This is a much-underrated series…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 8, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Harvey, John - FLESH AND BLOD

FLESH AND BLOOD (Amateur Sleuth – Non-cozy) – VG

John Harvey – Standalone



Retired Detective Inspector Elder is haunted by the unsolved disappearance of sixteen-year-old in 1988. One of the prime suspects, Shane Donald, has been released from prison, and Elder feels compelled to revisit the

scene of the crime. When Shane breaks parole and disappears and another young

girl is horribly murdered, Elder's involvement becomes crucial.…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 7, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Holt, Hazel - MRS. MALORY AND THE SILENT KILLER

MRS. MALORY AND THE SILENT KILLER (English Cozy) – Good

Hazel Holt – 15th in series



The village of Taviscombe is sent reeling when popular and respected Sidney Middleton has a tragic accident,

particularly when it becomes apparent his death was a deliberate act.

Mrs. Malory soon uncovers that his seemingly respectable man had dark--even

deadly--secrets.



Cozies are not my preferred genre, but I…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 6, 2004 at 10:30am — No Comments

Lashner, William - FATAL FLAW

FATAL FLAW (Legal Thriller) – Okay-

William Lashner – 3rd in series



When old law school classmate Guy Forrest is accused of murdering his lover in their Main Line love next, Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl agrees to represent him while keeping

silent about his own prior romantic involvement with the victim.



Let me start by saying I read books for character; if I don’t like the characters, it’s a good bet…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 5, 2004 at 10:00am — No Comments

Russell, Kirk - SHELL GAMES

SHELL GAMES (Wildlife Investigator) – Okay

Kirk Russell – 1st book

Chronicle Books, 2003 – Hardcover



Lt. John Marques is head of a special operations unit with the California Department of Fish and Game. He is after Kline, a former drug runner now into the more lucrative

smuggling of abalone and a long-time enemy.



With the story set in my own San Francisco Bay Area, I very much enjoyed the locations…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 4, 2004 at 11:00am — No Comments

Myers, Beverle Graves - INTERRUPTED ARIA

INTERRUPTED ARIA (Historical Mystery) – VG

Beverle Graves Myers – 1st book



In late 1731, Tito Amato and fellow castrato Felice Ravello leave Naples for Tito's native Venice to sing with an opera company owned by a wealthy and powerful family. During one performance, the prima donna is

poisoned, and Felice, is jailed as the chief suspect. Tito is determined to

clear his friend and scours the Republic

of Venice for evidence…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 4, 2004 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sansom, C.J. - DISSOLUTION

DISSOLUTION (Historical Mystery) – VG

C. J. Sansom – 1st book



It is 1537; the English Reformation is in full swing; and Lord Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's vicar-general, is busy shutting down papist institutions. When one of his commissioners is beheaded at a remote

Benedictine monastery, Cromwell dispatches a second emissary, hunchbacked

lawyer Matthew Shardlake, to investigate the murder. What Shardlake and…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 2, 2004 at 10:00am — No Comments

Saranella, Barbara - UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE

UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE (Amateur Sleuth - non-cozy) – G+

Barbara Saranella – 7th book



Munch Mancini receives a call from her daughter's aunt, who wants the girl to meet her cousins. When one of the cousins goes missing soon after the meeting, Munch is drawn into finding the girl and discovers a ring of

exploited and endangered children and teens.



I didn’t feel this was the strongest book of the series and…

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Added by LJ Roberts on May 1, 2004 at 10:00am — No Comments

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