Thursday, May 29, 2014

Defensive Wounds by Lisa Black

A murdered attorney found in the presidential suite at an upscale Cleveland hotel brings forensic scientist Theresa MacLean to the scene. Marie Corrigan, a despised defense attorney, is found by hotel staff with her hands tied up with pantyhose, suggesting a possible sex crime.Without fingerprints, a clean crime scene, and a slew of potential enemies Marie generated in her line of work, finding the killer will be difficult.

Marie Corrigan was at the hotel for a convention, so it is not surprising when the next victim happens to be another attorney. Could the killer be a former client offing the attorneys? What about the head of hotel security who was a former cop, as he was the only one with access to the presidential suite?

But what concerns Theresa the most, though, is that her daughter Rachel is working at this hotel over the summer and has started dating a fellow employee by the name of Will. She has her cousin Frank, a homicide detective, look into Will's background where she learns that he was charged but never convicted for the rape and murder of a classmate when he was a juvenile. Could he also be a suspect in the recent killings?

Book 4 in the Theresa MacLean series brings lots of scientific detail about processing crime scenes that will appeal to CSI fans. I don't read a lot of medical thrillers but stories about how fibers and other trace evidence can be tied to a specific person and can help solve a crime is always fascinating to me. I can't wait to read more in this series.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Fiction 5/27/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Skin Game by Jim Butcher
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
Suspicion by Joseph Finder
Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler
Family of Lies by Mary Monroe
The Directive by Matthew Quirk
Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes by Gina Lamm

Leah Ramsey is ready for true love. After her friend Jamie found love going back in time through a magical mirror (The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl), Leah decides she is going to find her true love the same way. With the help of Mrs. Knightsbridge, Leah lands in the house that her true love lives in. The first person she  falls on is the valet, Avery Russell. Leah knows she is destined for the duke who lives there but is drawn to Avery.

Avery is able to get a job in the house for Leah as a housemaid. Leah never realized how much work goes into being a housemaid. And the chamber pots are gross. But as she tries to get the duke's attention her friendship with Avery grows. Soon Leah finds another ally, Lady Chesterfield. She takes Leah in and makes her suitable for a duke. But soon Leah realizes that her true love is Avery.

Avery is very attracted to Leah but doesn't think he is good enough for her because of his past. And soon his past catches up to him and puts Leah in danger. Will Avery overcome is past to find true love with Leah? Or will Leah go back to the future without her true love?

I love the Geek Girls series. They are funny and romantic. I wish I had a magical mirror that would transport me to my true love! The next book is Ella's story and is called The Geek Girl and the Reluctant Rake.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Long Gone by Alafair Burke

Alice Humphrey has just been offered her dream job. She meets Drew Campbell at an art gallery show and he asks her to be the manager of a new gallery in the Meatpacking District. Alice has been unemployed for a while now and refuses to let her famous father support, so she jumps at the opportunity.

Alice is informed that the owner doesn't want to be known and that Drew will be the go between. The other catch is they have to exhibit the owner's lover's work. The photography isn't what Alice would call good but a job is a job and she will make the opening work.

The day after the opening, Alice is supposed to meet Drew at the gallery. When she arrives the windows have been papered up and the electricity is off. Using her phone light, Alice stumbles across Drew's bloody, dead body. As the investigation gets underway all the evidence is pointing to Alice as the killer. She knows she isn't and sets out to prove her innocence and found out who is framing her.

Oh my goodness! I love finding new authors! This was such a great story and the conclusion had me gasping. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and how Alice was going to clear her name. I will  definitely be reading the rest of Alafair Burke's books!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Fiction 5/20/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Devil's Workshop by Alex Grecian
Wynne's War by Aaron Gwyn
The One & Only by Emily Giffin
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Resistant by Michael Palmer
Sixth Grave On the Edge by Darynda Jones
The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Private London by James Patterson

Dan Carter is the head of Private London. He has been tasked by Jack Morgan to escort Hannah Shapiro to college in London. When she was 12, Hannah and her mother were kidnapped and held for ransom. Hannah made it but not her mother. Private London is in charge of her security while she is in college. Two years later, Hannah is kidnapped again.

DI Kirsty Webb has been assigned to the case. She also happens to be Dan's ex-wife. She is working on another case where people are being abducted off the streets. The two cases seemed to be related. But Kirsty soon realizes not everything is as it appears.

When Private is contacted with a ransom demand, they have hope. But when the ransom delivery gets botched, Dan realizes there is a leak in one of the departments. And when Dan and Kirsty finally figure out what is happening, it shocks everyone.

Another great one from the Private series. It was very exciting and kept me guessing. I actually listened to the audio book and loved the narrator's voices!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr

Tamar Rosenfeld has loved childhood pal Abraham Krasner ever since she was twelve-years old. At nineteen, she confessed her love but was crushed to discover her yearning was unrequited.

Fast forward four years later: Abe is now the star center linebacker for the New York Leopards professional football team, and Tamar has just moved to the Big Apple to pursue a position as a reporter for Sports Today. It was only a matter of time before Tamar and Abe’s lives would eventually intersect, especially since Tamar has been hanging around the team to get her story.

It had taken some time for Abe to realize his feelings, but now that she is here he can’t risk losing her again. Tamar, on the other hand, refuses to go through having her heart torn out for a second time, but irresistible Abe is making it difficult for her to stand her ground.  When an opportunity arises for Tamar to write a piece on the faulty equipment that jeopardizes the safety of the team, she takes it, even when the fallout could cost her and Abe everything.

Abe and Tamar’s endearing resolve to stay together during a pivotal hour of darkness make even the harshest cynic wanting love to prevail. Parr’s (Rush Me) writing has only gotten stronger in this delightful third foray into new adult territory. This reviewer hopes that there is much more to come from this author in the future.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, June 20, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Fiction 5/13/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Wild Storm by Richard Castle
The Son by Jo Nesbo
Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
The Prodigal Son by Kimberla Lawson Roby
The Hollow Ground by Natalie S. Harnett
The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle
Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Next Life Might Be Kinder by Howard Norman
The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Kill Switch by James Rollins
Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Ace by Rhonda Shaw

There is no question that real estate agent Karen Bentley is Jerry Smutton’s number one fan, but her love of Detroit Rocket’s ace stops at baseball. So she is unsure about the attention he gives her outside the tunnel while waiting for her friend Maddie’s fiancé and even more so when he asks her to help him find a house.

Jerry, who finds Karen’s smart mouth intriguing, seems to want more than a professional relationship, but Karen, after having her heart torn out by her ex, doesn’t do relationships. The best she can offer is friend with benefits. Jerry, not quite ready to settle down either, is more than happy to oblige, especially when their chemistry in the bedroom hits grand slam proportions.

But despite their original agreement, Jerry wants the intimacy Karen can’t give and to make matters worse, his game isn’t what it once was, which doesn’t escape the notice of his coach and fans. It may take a threat to Jerry’s health and career for these two to finally follow their hearts.

You don’t have to care about sports or baseball to appreciate Shaw’s (The Changeup) contemporary, and just like cheering for the home team on a sunny day at the ball park, readers will be just as enthusiastic about rooting for Karen and Jerry to finally work it out.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, May 16, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Inspired by the real dancer that posed for Degas’ famous Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, the novel The Painted Girls follows the story of Marie and Antoinette van Goethem in Belle Époque era Paris.  Thrust into uncertain financial waters after the death of their father and unable to trust the work ethic of their absinthe addicted mother, the two girls find work on the stage: 14 year old Marie as a ballet trainee at the Paris Opéra, and 17 year old Antoinette as an extra in the play L’Assommoir.

While Marie trains furiously as a dancer, she catches the eye of Edgar Degas and soon begins modelling for him to help pay the rent.  As she ascends the ranks of the ballet, she catches the eye of a wealthy benefactor who seeks to “help” Marie, but at a cost.  In the meantime, Antoinette begins a torrid relationship with the charismatic Émile Abadie, an extra in L’Assommoir.  As the relationship grows more and more intense, Antoinette finds herself setting family duty aside in favor of Émile and refusing to listen to the advice of a concerned Marie, who see him as nothing but a criminal.  When Émile is accused of murder, Marie tries desperately to convince her sister that he is not the romantic ideal she adores, but a cold blooded killer.

I’ll say right off the bat that I really enjoyed this novel.  It’s the best kind of historical fiction, with so much attention to detail but also weaving a tale that is both poignant and compelling.  It reminded me a bit of The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.  While only some of the details in this story are based in fact, Buchanan’s fiction keeps in line with the realities of the time period, so the struggles and difficulties faced by Marie and Antoinette are both realistic and believable. All in all, Buchanan creates a story that is, at its core, a tale about sisters and the lengths we will go for family.  You don’t have to be a fan of historical fiction to really enjoy this book – I highly recommend!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New Fiction 5/06/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Glorious by Jeff Guinn
Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins
Prayer by Philip Kerr
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson
Field of Prey by John Sandford
Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart
Catnapped!  by Elaine Viets
Backlands by Michael McGarrity
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
The Bees by Laline Paull
The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
Ragtime Cowboys by Loren Estleman
People of the Morning Star by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Starfire by Dale Brown
The Painter by Peter Heller
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
The Keeper by John Lescroart
The Sea Without a Shore by David Drake
Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

Ian Dare is still upset at his father. His father has been living a secret life, which includes a secret family. He begrudgingly goes to his father's birthday party after his sisters beg him. He is glad he did because he sees the woman who is going to change his life. Just as he is about to approach her, Ian realizes she is there with his half-brother, Alex. But even that won't stop him.

Riley Taylor can't stop looking at the hot stranger. She is soon informed that he is Ian Dare and she knows she should stay away. Alex  is her best friend and protector and she would never do anything to hurt him. But she doesn't know if she can resist Ian.

Riley had planned not to ever see or speak to Ian again but she needs a favor. When he never calls her back, it results in Riley losing her job. When Ian finds out, he offers her a job with his company. Riley reluctantly accepts and soon finds out how much she likes her new job. And her new boss.

Soon Riley and Ian start to see each other. Riley is still torn up about it because of Alex. But when a figure from her past shows up to ruin her life, Ian steps up to help her. Will Alex and Ian be able to put their differences aside so Ian and Riley can have their happy ending?

This was a good romance for the start of the new series Dare to Love. It was originally just an E-book but can now be found in paperback. The next book is Dare to Desire and is Alex's story.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson

In Book 2 of Jackson's New Orleans series, a string of gruesome murders starting in the French Quarter have Detectives Bentz and Montoya questioning if there is a copycat of the priest murders from Jackson's last book, especially since the killer leaves a saint's medallion as a calling card.

Clairvoyant Olivia Bechet has been able to predict the last few murders with the visions she sees. She reports these visions to the police, but both Bentz and Montoya believe she is just another nut job or could even somehow connected to the murders. This "gift" which she inherited from her Granny Gin is more of a curse than anything, and she wants to help Bentz locate the killer and put an end to these horrible visions.

Bentz, a widower with a teenage daughter at All Saints college, finds Olivia attractive but regrets giving into his weakness for this beautiful woman when it might jeopardize the case. Hurt by his rejection and concerned about the killer on the loose, she seeks advice from the sexy Father James. James, though, has a history of betrayal and adultery, one that Olivia has yet to learn about, that connects to Detective Bentz. And Olivia soon learns of a dark secret from her own family's history that might explain her connection to the murders.

Jackson crafts another suspense tale with an intricately woven plot that lines up several potential suspects...reader won't be sure who they can trust. This is the third book in the series I have read besides Devious and Hot Blooded, and you would think the whole religious angel would get worn after a while, but Jackson keeps it exciting. If you like tales of romantic suspense that take place in New Orleans, you may also want to give Erica Spindler a try.