Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Veronica Speedwell is free. She has buried her aunt and is now all alone. She goes to the cottage they are renting to pack up her things and start her adventure. But she comes across an intruder in the cottage and gives chase. She is assisted by a German baron. The intruder gets away and the baron tells Veronica that he has information about her mother. It isn't safe for her there and insists that she accompany him to London. She agrees only to save herself some money since she was gong to London anyway.

Once they arrive, the baron takes her to his friend Stoker's home and implores him to keep Veronica safe. Veronica still isn't sure what is going on and decides to humor him a little bit long if it is going to give her information about her mother. But when the baron is murdered, Veronica and Stoker soon realize that the baron was right. Now they must work together to solve the mystery of his murder and why Veronica is a target.

This is a great start to a new series by Deanna Raybourn. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. I was already a big fan of her Lady Julia series and am now a fan of Veronica Speedwell!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Twenty-eight year old Maggie Sparkes knows that her best childhood friend Céline would never kill herself.

Tasked with packing up Céline’s New York apartment, she hires a private investigator to look into the overdose death of the late antiques hunter, when the police deem it a suicide.

As Maggie digs through her friend’s belongings, she discovers deeply held secrets, and learns things she never imagined possible.  How well did she really know Céline?  How well can we know anyone?

Tense and well-plotted, the suspenseful storyline and great characters will keep you engaged. Readers of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Dark Places will enjoy this book.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Fiction 02/23/2016

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.

Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber
Death of a Nurse by M.C. Beaton
Cat Shout for Joy by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
She's Not There by Joy Fielding
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
A Midsummer's Equation by Keigo Higashino
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Accidentally picking up the phone of the cute, dimpled guy in the airport, bibliophile Clementine Daly now has Justin Mueller’s phone while she is in California, and he has hers while he is Florida. Good news is that they both live in Chicago and can switch phones when they return from their respective trips.

In the meantime, they agree to keep each other updated on missed messages. But those conversations develop into something deeper and they begin dating back in the city. There is one important secret Clementine has not told Justin: that she is the granddaughter of a very wealthy and affluent Chicago family. In fact, he doesn’t even know her real last name.

When her two worlds ultimately collide, Justin is not sure he can trust the women who has been lying to him their entire relationship, especially when he learns about a message she has intentionally withheld.

Cahill (YA author Liz Czukas) accurately captures the trademarks of new adult in Clementine, who is still figuring out her place in the world while navigating a real, adult relationship. However, her inexperience borders on immature and the love scenes blister more than scorch. In a genre that is quickly becoming saturated, there are better choices to satisfy readers than what is presented here.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | February 19, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume

After a tragedy takes the lives of his wife and young son, Solo Camara leaves his police job in France to start his own P.I. office in the African country of Mali. With an “uncle” as a high ranking police officer in Bamako, Solo has protection and freedom in a country rife with corruption, making him very effective at closing cases.

Then his world is upended when a beautiful attorney asks for Solo’s help in getting her sister’s drug charges dropped. Solo succeeds only to have the drug mule turn up dead with her throat slit. Now the attorney wants revenge, and Solo is just the man to deliver.

In the noir tradition of The Maltese Falcon, this gritty tale is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.  It is fast-paced, brutally violent, and an altogether thrilling ride.

If you enjoyed Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, then this one’s for you.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Fiction 02/16/2016

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.

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd
Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Back Blast by Mark Greaney
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Madeline and Daphne were like sisters. The best of friends as kids until one night a horrible incident happened. It forever bonded them in secrecy. They went their separate ways and grew up. Now twenty years later, Madeline's grandma has died and left Madeline in charge of her hotels. But before she can take over, she has to go back to Washington and face the past. Not wanting to go alone, Madeline enlists Jack Rayner.

Jack is just starting his new  security business and only has one other employee, his brother Abe. Jack agrees to help Madeline but first she must tell him the secret. They soon realize that Madeline's grandma's death wasn't an accident and that Daphne could be in danger too. Madeline, Jack, Daphne and Abe reunite in Washington to solve the mystery. With danger lurking everywhere, they must work together or they won't all make it through this alive.

Another great book by Jayne Ann Krentz. I loved everything about this story. She never lets me down. Whether she is writing as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle, I will read all of them!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Following the death of her father in 1914, penniless Beatrice Nash is forced to take the job of Latin Master at an elementary school, in the village of Rye, England. Hired by Agatha Grange as a way to thumb her nose at her local rivals, Bea has to navigate small town politics, as well as gender expectations in order to succeed.

Enter Hugh Grange, Agatha’s dashing young nephew who is studying to be a surgeon in London. To gain experience in the field, and impress his mentor’s lovely daughter, Hugh enlists in the armed forces as the drums start to beat for war. It doesn’t take long for him to notice the headstrong and capable Latin Master, forcing him to question his current path.

The characters in this historical tale are wonderfully drawn, each brilliant and flawed in his or her own way, which propels the plot to its heartbreaking yet inevitable conclusion.

While not delving too deeply into the graphic details of the battlefield, this story highlights the aftermath of war, and the damage inflicted upon those who love during wartime.

**This book is due to be released on March 22, 2016**

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Fiction 02/09/2016

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.

Runaway by Peter May
Find Her by Lisa Gardner
Arcadia by Iain Pears
The Wolves by Alex Berenson
Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets
The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick
Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason
Shoot by Loren Estleman
Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

Former Chula Vista Locos gang member and graffiti artist Eric Hernandez has been released after a three year stint in prison for the killing of a rival thug and is now living with his sister-in-law and her new husband, the brother of his former lover.

After getting her heart broken by Eric, Meghan, a student at San Diego State University, lives with her boyfriend Chip, although it is clear that her feelings for Eric have not waned during his time away. But Eric knows that in order to keep it on the straight and narrow and for chance as a tattoo artist at Fine Ink, he has to steer clear of Meghan.

When a “slut walk” to support women’s rights hosted by Megan and her friend incites threats, Eric can’t stop worrying about her safety. To make matters worse, tangling with a gang member’s girl brings him at the front and center of the life he is trying to leave behind.

First person narration that alternates between Eric and Meghan hikes up the emotion and intimacy of Sorenson’s (Caught in the Act) new adult debut. Tackling serious elements such as domestic abuse and gang violence, the author never lets the compelling plot take a backseat to the sexy love story between her two imperfect, yet likable characters.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | January 29, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Lady Agnes Mystery - Volume I by Andrea Japp

There are dark forces at work in this gripping tale set in 1304 in France.  The Pope is in danger, and the cruelty of the Inquisition has been unleashed on the powerless, setting the stage for battles between the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitallers.

Against this violent backdrop, the recently widowed and fiercely independent Lady Agnes de Souarcy fights to maintain control over her small farm.  She uses her wits to cleverly navigate around her sinister half-brother, and to protect her young daughter and adopted son from all who would seek to harm them.  But is it enough?  Who is friend and who is foe?

This fast-paced historical mystery will keep you guessing until the last page, and then leave you eagerly anticipating Volume 2.  If you enjoy court intrigue, and intricate plots in historical settings, you might also enjoy Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Fiction 02/02/2016

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.

Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman
Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
The Cellar by Minette Walters
Robert B. Parker's Blackjack by Robert Knott
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron
The Art of War by Stephen Coonts