The original American Flag has been stolen. Anna, Jose and Henry were all at the gala where the flag was displayed and where it was later stolen. They are also all stuck in the airport waiting on a flight to Vermont. They weather has everyone snowed in. Turns out the kids have something else in common…they are all descendants of famous artists and their parents are part of a secret society that protects works of art around the world. The kids become convinced the flag is stuck in the airport with them and they are determined to find it. Their search leads them into the bowels of the airport, to new friends and to the real thieves. This is a fast-paced, fun mystery. The kids are believable and entertaining. I did think there was a bit of stereotyping with Jose being obsessed with Harry Potter and Henry sticking his face in a video game all the time, but they did put their obsessions away to work on the mystery (eventually). I enjoyed this book and think kids will as well.
“A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.
“What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the only one who knows what happened that night. Desperate to find out who killed her best friends husband and why, Kate begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents of Painters Mill. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.
Olivier Bonnard, the owner of Domaine Beauclaire winery, is devastated when he discovers the theft of a priceless cache of rare vintages. Soon after, Monsieur Gilles d’Arras reports that his wife, Pauline, has vanished from their lavish apartment. As Judge Antoine Verlaque and Commissioner Paulik tackle the case (with a little help from Marine Bonnet), they receive an urgent call: Bonnard has just found Madame d’Arras—dead in his vineyard.
1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate’s gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison.
1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case–a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood–Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.
Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
At first he thought the horns were a hallucination. He had spent the last year in a private hell following the death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams. She was raped and murdered and everyone in town thinks Ig was responsible. A breakdown is to be expected but horns? And now the horns give him a mysterious new power.
Ig had been born into wealth and security. His father a renowned musician and his younger brother a rising late-night TV star. Then one summer he made a new best friend and met the girl of his dreams. He had it all. But Merrin’s death changed everything.
This is a dark, dark story with twists and turns. A compelling story and true to life characters and the reader sees what our main character is able to see… the worst side of people. But the reader also gets to see Ig’s family and friends as he’s growing up. You can feel his love for Merrin and his family and friends which makes it all the more crushing that they’ve turned against him. If you’re looking for a tale of evil and revenge with a touch of the supernatural this fits the bill.
A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in an attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught? Of course not he’s…Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl–not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.
From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine with adventure and mystery.
Alexia is different from the rest of her family. She’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Her mother has remarried and her step-sisters and step-father all tolerate her but think she’s odd. But they have no idea that she has no soul and can render supernatural beings powerless with a touch.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently. At one of the biggest social events of the year, she is attacked by a vampire which breaks all standards of social etiquette but Alexia accidentally kills the vampire defending herself. Then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, Scottish, and leader of a werewolf clan) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl‘s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
What is your secret?
Minty’s neighborhood is full of mysteries. There’s the Witch House, a spooky old farmhouse on the other side of woods from where Minty and her best friend, Paz, live. There’s the Man Bat, a seven-foot-tall half man, half bat who is rumored to fly through the woods. And there are the Mean Boys, David and Troy, who torment Minty for no reason, and her boy-crazy older sister, Thea, who acts weirder and weirder.
One day Minty spots a flash in the woods, and when she chases after it, she discovers a new mystery–a Secret Tree, with a hollow trunk that holds the secrets of everyone in the neighborhood. Secrets like:
I put a curse on my enemy. And it’s working.
I’m betraying my best friend in a terrible way.
No one loves me except my goldfish.
Raymond Donne wasn’t always a schoolteacher. Not only did he patrol the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as one of New York’s Finest, but being the nephew of the chief of detectives, he was expected to go on to bigger things. At least he was until the accident that all but destroyed his knees. Unable to do the job the way he wanted, he became a teacher in the same neighborhood, and did everything he could to put the force behind him and come to terms with the change. Then Frankie Rivas, a student in Ray’s class and a baseball phenom, stops showing up to school. With Frankie in danger of failing and missing out on a scholarship, Ray goes looking for him only to find Frankie’s father bludgeoned to death in their apartment. Frankie and his younger sister are gone, possibly on the run. But did Frankie really kill his father? Ray can’t believe it. But then who did, and where are Frankie and his sister?
Mia comes to Porthaven because her grandpa has gone missing. Her grandma and mom are devastated. In Porthaven, there isn’t a lot to do but worry and work in the pub her grandparents own. While she is out exploring one day, Mia discovers a boat and on the boat is a diary of a young girl, also frustrated with how she is spending her days. Mia starts writing to Dee in the diary and even though they have never met, Dee responds. Then Mia meets Peter, another teen vacationing in Porthaven. They become friends and Mia shares her frustration with never seeing Dee. Peter decides to take the boat and pick her up on the island she lives on. Then Peter disappears, or did he? Mia and Peter’s sister Sal set out to discover what happened to Peter and why things seem to appear different when they are on the boat.
I wasn’t sure where this book was going when I started reading it, but it ended up being a nice little time travel story. The mystery of it kept me turning the pages as I really wanted to know what happened to Peter and Mia’s grandpa. I loved the twist at the end. Didn’t see it coming and thought it made the story really interesting.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers on Netgalley. Thank you!
Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, 1945:
the scene of a trial without precedent in history, a trial that continues to haunt the modern world. Leading the reader into the Palace is Sebastian, a young German-American whose fate is to be intimately involved with the lives and deaths of others: the father who disappeared mysteriously, the ancestors whose stories become vitally relevant, and some of the towering figures of twentieth-century legal history, including Justice Robert Jackson, Albert Speer, Hermann Goering, and the dark, untried shadow of Adolf Hitler. In a gripping account of warmakers who must face the consequences of their actions, Nuremberg: The Reckoning flows through Warsaw, Berlin, Lodz, Munich, Hamburg, and finally Nuremberg, as Sebastian, an interpreter-interrogator, comes to terms with his family legacy and his national identity. With his customary authority and audacity, William F. Buckley Jr. has taken a pivotal moment in history and shaped it into absorbing and original fiction. The result is a riveting novel of insight and deep understanding exploring the characters and issues that made history.
This is the second novel with Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith of Scotland Yards Murder Squad. It’s 1889 and the pair are sent to a coal mining town to find some missing villagers. Although I don’t really like murder mysteries that involve children I guess there are good and bad children out there. I do like all the main characters in this series including the forensics doctor
Bernard Kingsley. If you like Martha Grimes books you might like these. Alex Grecian has a good way of presenting the characters good and bad.
This Reacher novel goes back to when Jack was still an MP in the army. He is sent to a small town in Mississippi where several women have been murdered. He teams up with the local female sheriff in more ways than one. It’s a small town where the train goes by once a day at midnight and the local bars and business get their money from a nearby Army base. A one train town and everyone knows when it goes by.
Mary Higgins Clark is a very popular author and I can see why after reading this thriller. Carolyn’s brother Mack disappeared ten years ago. He calls every Mother’s day to say he is fine. Carolyn is determined to find him and learn why he did this selfish thing. A real page turner and I didn’t figure out who-done-it.
This is my favorite kind of murder mystery. Scotland Yard in the early days just after Jack the Ripper disappears. The Yard has a new murder squad and a doctor who started his own morgue after seeing the horrible treatment that victims were given. Dr. Bernard Kingsley is the coroner and treats the dead with respect and also realizes they hold most of the clues of their murders. Detective Inspector Day is a new member of the Yard and he proves to his fellow Bobbies that he can do the job. There are several cases going on at the same time so this book keeps you thinking. I am happy to find a new author that I will follow.
Avery Delaney was abandoned at three days old, and raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt, Carolyn. At ten, she saw her grandmother murdered before she herself was shot and left for dead. With the killer caught and serving a life sentence, Avery was drawn into a career in law and order. Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made her an expert crime analyst for the FBI. Now she will have to use every one of those skil on a case that hits painfully close to home: her Aunt Carolyn has disappeared, lured by an assassin into an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.
Could finding her long lost sister be the biggest mistake Alex Woods has ever made?Having recently lost both her parents in a tragic car accident, Alex Woods is shocked to discover through the family lawyer that her beloved mother was keeping a secret – a baby she gave up for adoption when she had just left high school. But when Alex decides to search for her long lost sister – and finds her – she is in for a terrible surprise . . .
Life goes on. That’s what young widow Rose Larrabee tells herself each day as she has to be both mother and father to her two young children, a task that leaves little time for new romance. That’s why she’s surprised to find the simple, homemade valentine in her mailbox, a paper heart with no signature. It could be a sweet reminder, but for Rose, the red heart has special significance…a link to a secret she shares with two other women…a secret that has just gotten one of them brutally murdered.
Everyone in Savannah, Georgia knows the Remington estate. The rambling old house bears blatant testimony not just to the esteemed family’s vast wealth, but to unbearable tragedy and whispered secrets. Soon, the Remingtons will all come home to this secluded plantation nestled deep in the shadow of moss-covered trees. Then they will have to die…one by one… For Charlotte Remington Maitland, the past five years have been a haze of pain and loss. Now, with her new husband and teenaged daughter, she’s found a second chance at happiness-until the moment her grandfather’s will is read. As the sole beneficiary of the vast Remington estate, Charlotte will get everything that’s coming to her. A killer will make sure of that-no matter who has to die… Trapped in a house of lies, searching for answers to deadly questions, Charlotte has never been more afraid. Someone knows her family’s deepest secrets. Someone who will take Charlotte to the edge of sanity and the dark heart of her greatest fear in order to make her…