July 2004 Blog Posts (17)

Boyd, W.Y. - A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH

A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH (Amateur Sleuth / Soldier) – G-

W.Y. Boyd – 4th book

Elton-Wolf Publishing, 2003 – Hardcover



Set in the midst of battle during WWII, an officer hears a woman’s cry and, by the time he reaches the barn, finds a woman with her throat cut and an officer, nephew of unit Commander Coleman, who’s been shot. Coleman appoints Second Lieutenant Charles

Donnelly to find the killer at the same time trying to keep he…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 16, 2004 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Buchanan, Edna - COLD CASE FILE

COLD CASE FILE – VG

Edna Buchanan – 14th book

Simon & Schuster, 2004 – Hardcover



Twelve years’ ago children at a birthday party witnessed a garage explode which kills Charles Tarrell. Now his ex-wife comes to the Cold Case Squad saying she being seeing her

husband, even though she knows he’s dead.

Although the Squad is ready to pass on the case, their lieutenant, K.C.

Riley, insists they put it…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 15, 2004 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Carl, Lillian Stewart - TIME ENOUGH TO DIE

TIME ENOUGH TO DIE (Cont. Gothic Suspense) - VG

Lillian Stewart Carl - 11th book

Wildside Press, 2002 - Hardcover



Dr. Matilda Gray, an parapsychologist specializing in art, archaeology and architecture, is teamed with Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Gareth March to investigate the murder of a young woman suspected of stealing

artifacts for an archaeological dig.



Take a town in England, interesting…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 14, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cohen, Mark - THE FRACTAL MURDERS

THE FRACTAL MURDERS (Private Investigator) – VG

Mark Cohen – 1st book

Mysterious Press, 2004 – Hardcover



Math professor Jayne Smyers asserts that the probability of three other professors, experts in fractal geometry, must be related, despite what the FBI says. So she hires

investigator Pepper Keane, a former Marine JAG and prosecuting attorney, to

look for the link, and the killer.



Pepper is…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 13, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Connelly, Michael - THE NARROWS

THE NARROWS (Private Investigator) – G

Michael Connelly – 14th in series

Little Brown, 2004 – Hardcover



When now Private Investigator Harry Bosch is asked by the widow of Terry McCaleb to investigate her husband’s death, he finds Terry was actively investigating a case who path led to a serial killer in Nevada. When FBI agent Rachel Walling receives a call

that she must travel to Las Vegas

because of a package sent to her, it…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 12, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

D'Amato, Barbara - DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS

DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS (Police Procedural) – VG

Barbara D’Amato – 19th Book

Forge, 2004 - Hardcover



During a reunion weekend, famed doctor and author, Dr. Jay Schermerhorn, is found brutally murdered in the basement of Hawthorne House, once a home and treatment center for autistic children. Chicago Detectives Emily Folkestone and

Oliver Parks must quickly find the killer of this high-profile victim among the

former staff,…

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

DuBois, Brendan - BURIED DREAMS

BURIED DREAMS (Amateur Sleuth / Reporter) – VG

Brendan DuBois – 5th in series

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2004 – Hardcover



Reporter Lewis Cole’s friend Jon Erickson has made finding evidence of a Viking settlement in New Hampshire his avocation. It seems he’s finally found proof and has

invited Lewis over to see it. But when

Lewis arrives at Jon’s house he finds the police there and Jon murdered.…



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

Fawkes, L.T. - LIGHTS OUT

LIGHTS OUT: A WORKING MAN’S MYSTERY (Amateur Sleuth) – G+

L.T. Fawkes – 2nd in series

Signet Mystery, 2004 – Paperback



Not-yet-ex-wife of carpenter and pizza-delivery man Terry Saltz is found when a gun in her hand at a murder scene. Terry, certain of her innocence, enlists the help of his roommates and friends to find the real killer.



The plot is light but the characters are wonderful. You truly get to…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 9, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Ford, G.M. - RED TIDE

RED TIDE (Amateur Sleuth/Police Procedural) - G+

G.M. Ford – 4th in series

William Morrow, 2004 - Hardcover



When the police evacuate an area in Seattle, including a gallery with Meg Donovan’s first showing and Corso in attendance, Frank decides to find out why. Terrorists have released a

controlled form of the Ebola virus into a subway stations, and over a hundred

people die. In the meantime, Meg sees,

follows, and loses…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 8, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Grimes, Martha - THE MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF

THE MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF (English Police Procedural) – VG

Martha Grimes – 1st of series

An Onyx Book, 2003 (Reprint from 1981) - Paperback



It’s Christmas time in Long Pittleton. When the second of two murders occurs with the bodies found in two separate pubs, one with his head stuck in a beer keg and the other draped over the pub sign beam, Det. Chief Inspector Richard Jury

is sent to investigate.…



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Added by LJ Roberts on July 7, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Katzenbach, John - THE MADMAN'S TALE

THE MADMAN’S TALE (Psychological Thriller) - Ex

John Katzenbach – 10th non-fiction

Ballantine Books, 2004 – Hardcover



Francis Xavier Petrel, named C-Bird by his former fellow inmates at Western State Hospital, is now living on this own. But an

invitation to the hospital, closed for 20 years, being made a museum, draws

Francis back, both to the place and the memories of the events, people and

murders there.…



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Added by LJ Roberts on July 6, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kerley, Jack - THE HUNDREDTH MAN

THE HUNDREDTH MAN (Police Procedural) – G

Jack Kerley – 1st book

Dutton, 2004 – Hardcover



Det. Carson Ryder is one-half of new team supposed to investigate crimes which indicate having been committed by someone with psychological disorder; i.e., crazy. For

their first case, they have a serial killer leaving headless bodies lying about

with very small writing on the body.



The character of Ryder…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 5, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

McBain, Ed - KILLER'S CHOICE

KILLER’S CHOICE (Police Procedural) – VG

Ed McBain – 6th in series

The Armchair Detective Library, 1991 (Reprint from 1958) – Hardcover



The detectives of the 87th precinct are looking for the killer of one of their own, have gained a new member of the squad, Cotton Hawes, and looking for the person who murdered a young woman.



This edition is particularly enjoyable as it includes an introduction by the…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 4, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

MacMillan, Ann - CHICKAHOMINY FEVER

CHICKAHOMINY FEVER – Ok

Ann McMillan – 4th in series

Penguin Books, 2003 - Paperback



It is 1862, and Richmond is surrounded by the Union Army. Nurse Narcissa Powers is attempting to locate the body of a missing Confederate soldier, while Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist, searches for

the mother of an abandoned infant. A crucial letter, which could change

the course of the war, brings these two together.…



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Added by LJ Roberts on July 3, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pronzini, Bill - MASQUES

MASQUES – G

Bill Pronzini – Standalone

Leisure Books, 1999 (Reprint from 1981) - Paperback



Photographer Steve Giroux, vacationing in New Orleans, but the vacation turns into a nightmare when a voice on the phone demands a photograph Steve never had and he finds himself being stalked..



Pronzini has truly captured the feel of New Orleans in this dark, creepy, scary book with a really poor ending. However,…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 2, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pronzini, Bill - MASQUES

MASQUES – G

Bill Pronzini – Standalone

Leisure Books, 1999 (Reprint from 1981) - Paperback



Photographer Steve Giroux, vacationing in New Orleans, but the vacation turns into a nightmare when a voice on the phone demands a photograph Steve never had and he finds himself being stalked..



Pronzini has truly captured the feel of New Orleans in this dark, creepy, scary book with a really poor ending. However,…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 2, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

Robb, J.D. (aka Nora Roberts) - VISIONS OF DEATH

VISIONS OF DEATH – VG

J.D. Robb – 19th in series

Putnam, 2004 – Hardcover



A serial killer is murdering young women and leaving them posed naked with a red ribbon around their neck, their hands posed in prayer, and their eyes removed.



This series has always been something of a guilty pleasure for me. Yes, there’s still Roark, but he is less involved with the case than he once was. I love the cast of…

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Added by LJ Roberts on July 1, 2004 at 11:30am — No Comments

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