Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 8/31/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong
Body Work by Sara Paretsky
Dark Peril by Christine Feehan
Danse Macabre by Gerald Elias
Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood
The Devil by Ken Bruen
Empire by Steven Saylor
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Holy Thief by William Ryan
An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
Lost Empire by Clive Cussler
Love Bites by Adienne Barbeau
The Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely
Never-Ending-Snake by Aimee Thurlo
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Torn Between Two Lovers by Carl Weber
The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada
The Waters Rising by Sheri Tepper
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shoot to Thrill by P.J. Tracy

This was the first MP3-CD audiobook that I have listened to, and let me tell you what a great convenience it was not to have to change a CD once during an eight hour car trip. In addition, the fast paced plot and intriguing story line made the time fly by.

In Shoot to Thrill, the most recent entry of the Monkeewrench series, Minneapolis homicide detectives Gino and Magozzi are working the case of a murdered transvestite. At the crime scene is a former judge who lives in the area who happened to be down by the river at the time of the drowning, but was too intoxicated to be a reliable witness.

Meanwhile, FBI special agent Jon Smith is working with the Monkeewrench crew, a private technologies firm that occasionally helps police with the investigation of cybercrimes, on a rash of murders where the killer videotapes and posts the murder on the Internet. So far the servers that these videos are being posted through cannot be accessed because of international regulations. Magazzi and Gino soon find out that their river bride murder is connected to the cyberspace videos, and they join up with Monkeewrench to stop the killer.

Overall, this is an enjoyable thriller. I would like to go back and read the earlier titles in this series. What was particularly enjoyable for me is that this takes place in Minneapolis, which was the location of my visit while I was listening!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

One Child by Jeff Buick

Jeff Buick has written an international suspense novel called One Child. The story is full of different characters and plot lines: a newly promoted Wall Street broker engaged to a young woman with cystic fibrosis, a multi-billionaire brokering illegal arms deals and seeking revenge against a colleague, a reporter embedded with soldiers in Afghanistan, and a destitute young girl living in Afghanistan who dreams that everyone in the world knows her. All their stories lead up to one moment...U2 taking the stage for a concert.

Buick has taken headlines from the newspaper...the ones we really should be paying more attention to...and has put together a page turning story. One Child also offers readers a new experience with ties to social media. Characters have Facebook and Twitter accounts pages, the reporter has made videos, and there are many photos on the website of places that exist in the book. Snippets of the story have been released in real-time, all leading up to a U2 concert on August 25th in Moscow (they really are performing that day!). Readers can immerse themselves with the characters and participate in the story.

One Child is recommended for those who enjoy suspense novels and like to read fictionalized accounts of real places, people and events. Check out the website: http://www.onechildonline.com/index.php.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 8/24/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman
Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt
The Evolutionary Void by Peter Hamilton
Juliet by Anne Fortier
The Sonderberg Case by Elie Wiesel
Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern

Betsy Treading has been in prison for twelve years. She supposedly killed her neighbor but has no recollection on doing it. But she signed a confession and had a bad lawyer. Now new DNA evidence proves that Betsy is innocent and she is released. She moves back to her old neighborhood and is staying with her old neighbor Marianne. Betsy has decided she will dig into past secrets until the true killer is caught.

What Betsy finds is secret after secret. She slowly uncovers them and starts to see what her life was like in this neighborhood. Marianne's house holds the most secrets; a secret lab, a runaway daughter, and a man and wife living apart. And when she is done learning about the old neighborhood, a killer will be revealed.

I would not recommend this book. I was really disappointed with Neighborhood Watch. I didn't feel for the characters and the subplot with the neighbors was stupid. I will not be reading Cammie McGovern again.

Friday, August 20, 2010

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Barclay's 2007 fiction hardcover debut was a little slow started for me but ended with a bang.

In No Time for Goodbye, Cynthia Bigge is visiting her family home in for the first time in 25 years for a television show about missing persons. She is hoping that the airing of the show will prompt someone to come forward with information about her family. As a teenager, she arrived home from school to find that her father, mother, and older brother Todd were gone. There was no note and their bodies were never discovered; it is like they vanished into thin air.

Although Cynthia has made her own family with husband Terry Archer and 8 year-old daughter Grace, after being raised by her aunt, she is still haunted by never knowing what happened to her family. Since the airing of the show, mysterious things begin to happen: her father's old fedora hat shows up suspiciously on their kitchen table and she receives an anonymous email telling her that her family forgives her. All these things make Terry wonder what really happened those 25 years ago and if he really knows his wife.

Even though it took me a little longer to get into this one than some of this later books, once I got going, I couldn't put it down. Barclay is a master at creating lots of thrills and twists in his books.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 8/17/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
Bridger by James Patrick Hunt
The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth
Crossfire by Dick Francis
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
The Last Lie by Stephen White
Last Night at the Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger
The Man with the Baltic Stare by James Church
The Postcard Killers by James Patterson
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith
Tempted by Trouble Eric Jerome Dickey
Turbulence by Giles Foden

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Search by Nora Roberts

Fiona Bristow has survived a madman. She now lives a quiet life on Orcas Island. She has a dog training business and has three search and rescue Labs, Newman, Peck and Bogart. Eight years have passed since she was abducted and escaped a serial killer and was able to put him in jail. But now someone has taken over the killer's MO and the endgame is Fiona.

Simon Doyle has moved to the Island to live a quiet life and create furniture. What he didn't want was a dog named Jaws that gets into everything. Nor did he want to be attracted to a woman who is nothing like his type. But both things happened and now he must deal with it. He also finds that he will do anything to protect Fiona.

Now the new killer is changing the rules. He starts by sending Fiona a red scarf, which the originally killer would use to strangle his victims, in the mail. Then he ties one to her fence. Now the countdown is on an it is only a matter of time before he strikes.

Nora Roberts has written another fantastic romantic suspense book. With great dialogue and supporting characters, The Search is one book you do not want miss.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 8/10/10

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Blind Man's Alley by Justin Peacock
Capitol Game by Brian Haig
The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman
Cure by Robin Cook
Death on the D-List by Nancy Grace
Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwarz
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
The Hot Box by Zane
Original Sins by Peg Kingman
The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal
Shift by Tim Kring
Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
Veil of Night by Linda Howard
The Vigilantes by W.E.B. Griffin
With Friends Like These by Sally Koslow

Monday, August 9, 2010

Think of a Number by John Verdon

Combine a serial killer as evil Hannibal Lecter with a puzzle style plot that is the caliber of a Dan Brown Robert Langdon book, and you've got the making of the page-turning thriller, Think of a Number.

In Verdon's debut novel, retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney, who now lives in the Catskills with his wife, receives a frantic phone call from a former college friend who he hasn't talked to in over twenty years. Mark Mellery, who now runs a self-help institute, received a letter containing a menacing poem that suggests he knows all Mellery's secrets. In fact, the letter asks him to think of any number between 1 and 1,000. The exact number Mellery thinks up is written in a smaller envelope that came with the letter!

Gurney suggests that Mellery go to the police, but Mellery is concerned that any police involvement will bring bad publicity to the institute. Unfortunately, his unwillingness to turn this over to the authorities proves fatal.

Now the police look to Gurney to help with the investigation of the unexplainable crime scene that the killer left behind. He soon discovers that this isn't the first murder involving a grisly murder weapon. Gurney must find the killer, even if it means putting himself in danger, before any more lives are jeopardized.

This is more than your average thriller: very cerebral and very intense. I literally could not put this one down and read it in a day. You will be hooked from the first chapter and won't turn away until the identity and motive of this clever serial killer is finally revealed. On a final note, the fact that this takes place in the winter really makes it even more chilling, if that is possible!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

What happens when you take two city boys, one a doctor, and one a former drag queen, and drop them into a country mansion? Well, if you're Josh and Brent, havoc and hilarity will ensue!

When the boys come upon the Beekman mansion in Sharon Springs, New York, they fall in love with the house and the community right away, and jump at the chance to buy it. Brent sees it as a chance to live his Martha dreams (he worked with Martha Stewart as Dr. Brent on her TV show), and Josh sees it as a chance to get back to a simpler life (as he channels Oprah's Best Life mantra), away from the advertising rat race.

They never imagined what would happen next, as their dreams collide, and the business that they started, Beekman 1802 starts to take off. Add a bartender in a kilt, some goats, zombie flies, a reality TV show, and some nosy neighbors, and as Josh says, "You've got a cross between Green Acres and the Beverly Hillbillies."

In the end, Brent and Josh come to realize that things haven't worked out the way they'd planned, and it's time to come up with Plan B. But Plan B may turn out better than they'd ever hoped. Josh concludes "Your best life is the one that you're the best at living."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta

A Welcome Grave is a solid third entry in Koryta's Lincoln Perry series. Perry, an ex-cop for the Cleveland PD, who works as a PI with partner Joe Pritchard, just received a phone call from his ex-fiance wanting his help.

Karen's husband, Alex Jefferson, a powerful and wealthy attorney, was brutally murdered, and Karen wants Perry to locate his estranged son so that he knows not only what has happened to his father but also of the large inheritance he is slated to receive. What should have been a routine trip to Indiana to report the news to Jefferson's son turns into a deadly twist of events where Perry finds himself at the center of it all.

Seconds before Perry could deliver the news, Jefferson's son believed that something awful was going to happen to him, and so he took his own life. The cops already were looking at Perry because of his past run-in with Jefferson when he had discovered Jefferson's affair with his fiance. Now with a second death in which the victim had a connection to Perry, dectective Targent and his team are zeroing in on him has their prime suspect. Perry may have to enlist the help of a Mafiso to clear his name and to save an innocent woman.

I did pick up this book in the middle of the series, so I didn't know as much as I could about some of the plot threads, such as Perry's connection to the Russian mobster, Thor. However, it still was a a compelling mystery that was hard to put down.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 8/3/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Burn by Nevada Barr
Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme by Carole Nelson Douglas
Death's Excellent Vacation edited by Charlaine Harris
Dream Queen by Betsy Thornton
Elminster Must Die! by Ed Greenwood
Fragile by Lisa Unger
The Garden of Betrayal by Lee Vance
Hangman by Faye Kellerman
How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
In Harm's Way by Ridley Pearson
Labyrinth by Kat Richardson
The Last Talk with Lola Faye by Thomas Cook
The Man Who Never Returned by Peter Quinn
The Moses Expedition by Juan Gomez-Jurado
Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden
Murder in the Air by Bill Crider
My Hollywood by Mona Simpson
Percival's Planet by Michael Byers
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Red Star Rising by Brian Freemantle
Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle
Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux
Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel
A Stranger Like You by Elizabeth Brundage
Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes
The Typist by Michael Knight
Venom by Joan Brady
The White Island by Judith Reeves-Stevens
The Viognier Vendetta by Ellen Crosby