LJ Roberts's Blog – March 2006 Archive (17)


UNHOLY TRINITY (Political Thriller-Rome-1945/Cont) – G

Adam, Paul – 4th book

Little, Brown and Company, 1999 – UK Hardcover

Andy Chapman is a Rome correspondent for a London newspaper. While investigating the

brutal murder of a priest, along with his friend Italian correspondent Enzo

Mattei, the evidence seems to implicate the Vatican and a link back to

Mussolini’s Black Shirts during WWII. He

turns the evidence…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 17, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Benoit, Charles – OUT OF ORDER

OUT OF ORDER (Mystery/Adventure-India-Cont) – Poor

Benoit, Charles – 2nd book

Poisoned Pen Press, 2006- Hardcover

Jason Talley processing loans and is a neighbor to computer programmer Sriram Sundaram and his wife Vidya. After dinner together one evening, Jason is shown a red silk sari Sriram

is planning to give his mother on his next trip to India. Jason comes home from work the next day to

find his neighbors dead and the…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 16, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments


FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS (Unlicensed Investigator/Writer-New Jersey-Cont) – G+

Cohen, Jeffrey – 1st in series

Bancroft Press, 2002- Hardcover

Aaron Tucker is a husband, father, ever-hopeful screenwriter and freelance reporter. Madlyn Beckwirth, wife of the town’s wealthy resident, disappears in the middle of the

night. Gary Beckwirth insists that Aaron

is hired to find her, but then refuses to cooperate with…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 15, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Dickinson, David – DEATH CALLED TO THE BAR

DEATH CALLED TO THE BAR (Unlicensed Investigator-London-1902) – VG

Dickinson, David – 5th in series

Constable, 2006 – UK Hardcover

Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to resolve the mystery behind the death of two murdered barristers. Alexander Dauntsey dies in his soup during a dinner at the Queen’s Inn, an inn of the court of London. Woodford Stewart is shot and killed. Both men are members of Queen’s Inn, but Powerscourt soon…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 14, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments


MURDER WEARS A COWL (Historical Mystery-London-1302 – Poor

Doherty, P.C. – 5th in series

Headline, 1992 – UK Hardcover

King Edward has been notified that unless someone uncovers the killer of a number of London’s courtesans, they may begin exposing their high-ranking client’s secrets. It has also been rumored that Richard

Puddlicott, the most wanted man in London,

as been seen. Newly dubbed Sir Hugh

Corbett, the king’s…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 13, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Elkins, Aaron – WHERE THERE’S A WILL

WHERE THERE’S A WILL (Forensic Anthropologist-Hawaii-Cont) – G

Elkins, Aaron – 12th in series

Berkley Prime Crime, 2005- Paperback

Forensic Anthropologist Gideon Oliver is vacationing with his friend, FBI Agent John Lau, on the private ranch of the Torkelsson. Years before, the ranch had been owned by two brothers and their sister. One of the

brothers was found murdered and the other disappeared by plane. Now, the family has…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 12, 2006 at 9:30am — No Comments

Freeman, Brian – IMMORAL

IMMORAL (Police Procedural-Duluth, MN-Cont) – Ex

Freeman, Brian – 1st book

St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005- Hardcover

Lt. Jonathan Stride, is investigating the second case of a girl who has disappeared without a trace. The first girl was sweet, well-liked and never found. Now a second girl has disappeared, but she’s hard,

promiscuous, has a very adversarial relationship with her mother and there’s

something not right about the…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 11, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments


THE VESUVIUS CLUB (Satirical Mystery-Edwardian England/Italy-early 1900s) – G+

Gatiss, Mark – Standalone

Simon & Schuster, 2004- UK Hardcover

Lucifer Box is an elegant, bi-sexual rake and a secret service agent who lives at Number Nine Downing Street. When two leading scientists are murdered it’s up to Lucifer to find who and why. His

investigation takes him to Naples. With a beautiful woman on his arm and a young



Added by LJ Roberts on March 10, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

Haines, Carolyn – THEM BONES

THEM BONES (Amateur Sleuth-Zinnia-MS-Cont) – G+

Haines, Carolyn – 1st in series

Bantam, 1999-Paperback

Sara Booth Delaney is trying to save Dahlia House, the antebellum family home, where she lives alone, except for Jitty, the ghost of her great-great-great-Grandmother’s nanny.

She gets some money by taking her friend’s dog, sending a ransom note

and pretending to rescue him. In turn,

her friend…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 9, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

James, Peter – DEAD SIMPLE

DEAD SIMPLE (Police Procedural-UK-Cont) – VG

James, Peter – 1st of series

Macmillan, 2005 – UK Hardcover

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace’s wife disappeared several years ago without a trace. Now Grace is asked by Ashley Harper to find her fiancée, missing three days before their wedding. Michael Harrison is a practical joker. But his friends have turned the table, taken

him out, got him drunk and buried him in a coffin with an…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 8, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

Koryta, Michael – SORROW’s ANTHEM

SORROW’s ANTHEM (Private Investigator-Cleveland, OH-Cont) – VG

Koryta, Michael – 2nd in series

Thomas Dunne Books, 2006- Hardcover

Private investigator Lincoln Perry’s childhood friend, Ed Gradduck has been videotaped leaving an arson fire; a house containing the body of a murdered woman. Lincoln and Ed have

been estranged for years, but Lincoln

doesn’t believe his friend is guilty and offers to help Ed. Ed bolts and is run…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 7, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments


BLOOD FROM A STONE (Police Procedural-Venice-Cont) – G+

Leon, Donna- 15th in series

William Heinemann, 2005- UK Hardcover

Commissario Guido Brunetti is investigating the murder of a street vendor; one of the many illegal immigrants from Africa who sell imitation designer handbags.

What makes his death unusual is that it was a professional hit done in

plain few of tourists. When Brunetti

finds where…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 6, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

McBain, Ed - ICE

ICE (Police Procedural-Isola (Fict. City)-Cont) – VG

McBain, Ed - 36th in series

Arbor House, 1983- Hardcover

Members of the 87th Precinct are faced with three seemingly unrelated murders but the victims—a drug dealer, a dancer in a hit show, and a diamond merchant--were all killed by the same gun. Add to plot someone who is brutally slashing their victims, a stackout to catch The

Dirty Panties Bandit and Carella worrying about…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 5, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

Parker, T. Jefferson – THE FALLEN

THE FALLEN (Police Procedural-San Diego-Cont) – G+

Parker, T. Jefferson – 12th book

William Morrow, 2006- Hardcover

Detective Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a 6th floor window and survived. But one result is that he now has synesthesia which causes him to see shapes that represent the emotions

behind people’s words. When ethics

investigator Garrett Asplundh is found murdered, it leads Brownlaw into an



Added by LJ Roberts on March 4, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rosenfelt, David – BURY THE LEAD

BURY THE LEAD (Legal Thriller-New Jersey-Cont) – VG

Rosenfelt, David – 3rd book

Mysterious Press, 2004- Hardcover

Defense attorney Andy Carpenter inherited $22 million so working isn’t something he has to do. But when a serial killer is murdering woman and cutting off their hands,

Daniel Cummings, a local reporter and son of one of Andy’s friends, is arrested

for the murders. Andy doesn’t believe

he’s guilty and, with…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 3, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

Seranella, Barbara – AN UNACCEPTABLE DEATH

AN UNACCEPTABLE DEATH (Amateur Sleuth/Mechanic-Santa Monica, CA-Cont) – VG

Seranella, Barbara – 8th in series

Thomas Dunne Books, 2006-Hardcover

“Munch” Mancini is clean, sober, raising her daughter and about to get married to undercover policeman “Rico” Chacón. Rico is killed in a drug bust and Munch told he’d been killed by officers as a duty cop. But Munch doesn’t believe it and,

in working to find out the truth, finds herself…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 2, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

Templeton, Aline – PAST PRAYING FOR

PAST PRAYING FOR (Mystery/Suspense/England-Cont) – VG+

Templeton, Aline – 3rd book

Constable, 1996- Hardcover

Reverend Margaret Moon should have listened to her mother’s warning of “be careful what you wish for” when she wishes something would shake up the small town in which she is the newly appointed pastor of St.

Mary’s. Women, in small Stretton…


Added by LJ Roberts on March 1, 2006 at 9:00am — No Comments

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