Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

Arizona Storm has had a rough life. Sold at the age of 17 by her father to human traffickers, Arizona had to save herself. Now 21, Arizona does what she can to stop them. During one of her stakeouts she meets Spencer Lark. Spencer is a bounty hunter and also as a score to settle with the human traffickers.

Spencer is drawn to Arizona but knows she is off limits. But Arizona wants to be partners and Spencer can't resist. Together they will take down human traffickers. But Arizona also wants Spencer to help her move on with her life. He agrees to help but didn't expect to want her so much.

With the help of Jackson (Savor the Danger), Dare (When You Dare) and Trace (Trace of Fever), they will take down the traffickers. And along the way Arizona can finally heal with Spencer.

This was the fourth book in Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and I liked it. I enjoyed the other three more but this was is definitely worth reading .

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline

The first book in the Rosato and Associates series, Everywhere that Mary isn't one of those thrillers that grabbed me right away, but I am glad I stuck with it. Once it got into the crux of the story, I couldn't wait for the killer to be revealed and didn't have a clue who it was. Scottoline gives us enough possible suspects to keep you guessing.

Associate litigation attorney Mary DiNuzzio works at a prominent law firm in downtown Philly and is in competition for a partnership with two other lawyers, one who happens to be her best friend. Her job and assistant/friend is all she has since she lost her husband Mike last year in a hit-and-run accident. She has no interest in dating again, even though coworker Ned Waters, who she went out once in law school, clearly has pined for her for years and hopes to start a relationship.

Lately Mary can't help but feel like she is being watched. She receives cryptic letters from an unidentified source in the mail and prank phone calls the minute she arrives at work or home. When someone else close to her is also run down by a vehicle, she now knows that what happened to her husband could not have been an accident. Who would torment her like this, and is their motive driven by hatred or obsession?

Scottoline's writing is entertaining, and she is skilled at combining an interesting and page-turning plot with elements of humor. Mary ends up becoming a strong and kick-ass kind of gal that you would want as your best friend. I can't wait to start the next book in the series, Final Appeal, to see how Mary and Judy's boutique firm takes off.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Fiction 4/24/12

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.

Ada's Rules by Alice Randall
Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick
Fifteen Digits by Nick Santora
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
One Red Bastard by Ed Lin
The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman
True Sisters by Sandra Dallas
Under Oath by Margaret Mclean
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

I started this book years ago and then was distracted by something else and never finished it. I had to pick it up again when I learned that a movie is in the works starring Leonoardo Dicaprio, and I am so glad I did. This page-turner captures the turmoil and challenges behind creating the Colombian Exposition of Chicago in 1893 while simultaneously telling the story of a young and charming man who used the draw of the fair to prey on naive and vulnerable women alone in the big city.

After a heated battle with New York, Chicago, known as the second city in comparison, receives the opportunity to host the World's Fair. Burnham, a team of American architects, and Olmstead, his landscape designer, only have a few years to build an attraction that has to rival the Paris Exposition which boasts the largest building of steel at the time, the Eiffel Tower. Trouble abounds from the very beginning when the inhospitable Chicago soil makes erecting large buildings for the fair almost impossible in the wasteland of Jackson Park. There are labor strikes, an uncertain economy, and financial woes. Riding on everything is the pride of Burnham, Chicago, and the nation.

Larson alternates the chapters of the construction of the fair with the story of a gregarious physician, H.H. Holmes, who takes over a pharmacy in the suburb of Englewood. He designs and builds a gloomy structure across the street that he plans to open as a hotel for fair-goers, but Holmes has something much more sinister in mind. Several women have already gone missing under his care, but his charm allows him to evade suspicion. Even more, he has fleeced all those around him from his employees to his creditors. It seems that the devil is at work here, and that he is unstoppable.

Who knew that construction and architecture could be so fascinating? Larson is adept at relaying the history of the Colombian Exposition in a captivating story that has special resonance to me, living not too far from the "white city." If you haven't read this book yet, add it to your list. It is one of those books everyone should read.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Fiction 4/17/12

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.

An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey
The Innocent by David Baldacci
Kaltenburg by Marcel Beyer
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr
Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
What Doesn't Kill You by Iris Johansen
Wish You were Here by Graham Swift
The Witness by Nora Roberts

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

A literary mystery that takes place in a small Mississippi town, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter centers on two protagonists Larry and Silas and weaves the past with the present as Silas, a police officer, investigates the recent disappearance of a young college student.

Larry Ott has been an outcast most of his life when all he ever wanted was acceptance by his father and peers. Two decades ago, Cindy Walker went on a date with Larry who was the last one to see her alive. A shadow of suspicion has followed him for years but no evidence other than circumstantial can pin him down as a killer.

Despite racial boundaries, Larry and Silas formed a friendship when they were younger, but after a fight where one unforgivable word was uttered, they never spoke again. Now that Larry has been shot in what looks like a suicide, Silas, who harbors a dark secret about the past, is hoping to get to the truth of what happened all those years ago, and how they connect to the recent disappearance of Tina Rutherford.

Evoking themes such as racial tension, bullying, and friendship, Franklin offers a complex story with a few good twists along the way. Veteran mystery readers may ferret out the truth early on, but sympathetic, flawed characters and a mystery with a literary slant will keep you glued to the pages.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Vampire Next Door by Ashlyn Chase

Morgaine is the witch on the third floor. Sly is the vampire in the basement. Who would have thought they would be attracted to each? Merry did. When anyone moves into her old apartment they seem to find love. And Sly has moved from the basement into Merry's apartment.

Sly has heard of a vampire cure. With the help of Morgaine and her cousin Gwyneth , they are on a mission to find the cure. But before that can happen, Sly's sire is back and wants Sly for himself. Sly has only met him once and that was the night he was turned. He attacked Sly and his wife who was pregnant. He turned Sly but his wife died after giving birth. Sly had to give is baby up because he was a vampire now. Sly has another reason to hate him. He has kidnapped Morgaine.

With the obstacles ahead of them will Sly and Morgaine find there happy ever after? Is there really a vampire cure? And will Gwyneth stop being so annoying?

This was the third book in the Strange Neighbors series. It was my least favorite. I think Gwyneth was just too annoying and in the book too much. But I enjoyed the other two books very much. Be on the lookout for Ashlyn's next series Flirting with Fangs!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields

A recent favorite of mine has been Kieran Shield’s The Truth of All Things. At first I wasn’t so sure about this one. The story starts off a bit darker and more violent than what I typically gravitate toward. As the novel progresses, however, Shields brings in fascinating elements of history and conspiracy theory set against the backdrop of Gothic New England.

In the summer of 1892, Deputy Marshal Archie Lean is called to investigate a woman's murder in Portland, Maine. When he arrives, he finds the body laid out like a pentagram and pinned to the earth with a pitchfork. After some digging, he learns that this death by "sticking" is a traditional method of killing a witch.

Realizing he is in over his head, Lean enlists the help of local historian Helen Prescott and criminalist Perceval Grey. Although skeptical of each other's methods, together the detectives try to stop the killer before he can get to his next victim. In the process they discover a secret pattern to the murders, steeped in the dark history of the Salem witch trials.

This novel will appeal to fiction readers who enjoy fast-paced murder and conspiracy novels (such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code or Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s The Rule of Four). It will also appeal to Non-Fiction readers with its well-researched historical elements. I recommend this book to any reader looking for something dark, mysterious and exciting.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Fiction 4/10/12

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.

Calico Joe by John Grisham
The Cove by Ron Rash
Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
The Book of Madness and Cures by Regins O'Melveny
Cloudland by Joseph Olshan
Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis
Glamour in Glass by Mary Kowal
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith
Sacrilege by S.J. Parris
The Stolen Bride by Tony Hays
A Teeny Bit of Trouble by Michael Lee West
Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
Viral by James Lilliefors

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Radleys by Matt Haig

On the outside the Radleys are trying to appear as though they are a normal English family, but in reality they are keeping secrets even the kids don’t know. Peter is a local doctor and wife Helen a stay at home mother. Oldest son Rowan spends his days getting bullied and hiding his love for his younger sister’s best friend. Daughter Clara enjoys gossiping with friends and rebelling against her parents.

It isn’t until Clara goes too far in protecting herself from an overly amorous classmate that their parents share the family secret: they are all abstaining vampires. For seventeen years Peter and Helen have been protecting their family by abstaining from human and vampire blood alike and only satisfying their cravings with the occasional raw steak. But now with a body to dispose of, a nosy garbage man, a deputy commissioner and the return of Peter’s brother, life isn’t so simple for the Radleys anymore.

The Radley’s was actually a 2011 winner of the ALA Alex Award, an award given to books written for adults but which appeal to young adults, which is how I came to discover it. While recent trends in young adult fiction have romanticized vampires, The Radleys shows a family trying to separate themselves from who they are because they know they would not be perceived in a positive light.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend in Vegas by Kyra Davis

Sophie Katz has just been told her live-in boyfriend, Anatoly is married. She is stunned and heartbroken. They have know each other six years and she never knew. Apparently it was a green card wedding and the bride is the daughter of a Russian mob boss. Sophie kicks Anatoly out and cries her eyes out.

Dena, Sophie's best friend, convinces her to come to Vegas for the sex toy convention. Joined by their other friend Marcus, Sophie is determined to forget about Anatoly. But that turns out to be harder than she thought because he turns up in Vegas with a blond on his arm. Sophie is furious. She finds his hotel room but when she arrives the door is open and Anatoly is no where to be found. But the blond is found in the closet with a bullet hole between her eyes.

Now Sophie has to put her feelings aside and find Anatoly. What she finds is Anatoly's wife, a mysterious man who can make it look like Sophie is the murderer, her crazy sister, and an octopus. With the help of her friends, Sophie will solve this mystery and maybe forgive her man.

This is the sixth book in the Sophie Katz series and it just as great as the first and all in between! Unfortunately, Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend in Vegas is only available in e-book format. But if you have an e-reader, I definitely recommend buying this e-book!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Fiction 4/3/12

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.

Beastly Things by Donna Leon
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown
Capitol Murder by Phillip Margolin
The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry
Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark
Harbor Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh
House of the Hunted by Mark Mills
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
More Than You Know by Penny Vincenzi
Miss Julia to the Rescue by Anne B. Ross
The Red Book by Deborah Kogan
The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Strange Flesh by Michael Olson
Sydney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark by Tilly Bagshawe
Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin
Triggers by Robert Sawyer

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cast Into Doubt by Patricia MacDonald

Cast Into Doubt is a quick read with an intriguing plot and a mystery that will keep you guessing. Shelby is watching her grandson while daughter Chloe and son-in-law Rob are on a St. Thomas cruise. The last thing she would expect is to receive a phone call from Rob stating Chloe is missing. The captain and crew have scoured the ship but Chloe is no where to be found and the only explanation is that she had fallen overboard.

Shelby immediately flies down there to look for her daughter, but after several days the police have decided that no more search efforts can be allotted and have declared Chloe dead at sea. Shelby refuses to accept that Chloe is really gone, but questions how well she really knew her daughter when the ship's security cameras reveal that Chloe's secretive drinking binges could have contributed to her death.

Back in Philadelphia, Shelby is plagued by Chloe's death and feels that something isn't quite right. When an unusual connection between her sister's assistant and one of the ship's customers comes to light, Shelby determines to do whatever it takes to bring the truth to light and vindicate Chloe's death.

Shelby's tenacity and investigative skills are reminiscent of Kate White's Bailey Weggins female sleuth. There are a ton of possible suspects here, so readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to find out the identity of the killer. Fans of Kate White and Mary Higgins Clark will find Patrica MacDonald to their liking.