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.
This is Fay Weldon’s second book in this trilogy. It’s a fun series about the clueless rich families in 1900 England. Queen Victoria has died and her son Bertie is next in line. Invitations have been sent to the Coronation. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel have overcome their money problems when their son marries Minnie the daughter of an American millionaire. Isobel fears her husband Robert is having an affair but she is going through the change so she maybe overreacting. Bertie is have health issues with his overdoing everything, mostly rich food. Long Live the King!
This book was really hard to finish. I was hoping things would get better for Candido and Americo the young Mexican couple who come to America for a better life. The other couple in this story are Delaney and Kyra, Americans who live in an upscale gated community in Topanga Canyon California. They have everything they could need and more but aren’t happy. All the Mexican couple want is an apartment and steady work to raise the baby Americo is having. Kyra is a realtor who hates the illegals hanging around looking for work. It brings property values down. Delaney is torn between wanting to live in an ungated neighborhood but also is angry with the illegals for trespassing. It’s a problem that gets everyone angry and violent. Sad story.
Archaeologist Verity Grey is working at a site in Scotland when she hears what sounds like horses galloping outside her window. Since there aren’t any horses in the area she isn’t surprised when she feels that someone is watching her at the dig site. It’s an ancient Roman campsite that has it’s own Sentinel ghost protecting it. There are other strange things happening that involve paranormal activity and romance. I enjoyed the Scottish slang used by the locals and Verity has to buy a Scottish book to help her translate.
This is the newest of the Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series. Lori Shepherd takes her twin sons and a friend, Bree Prym, to Skeaping Manor. It’s a museum full of curiosities. Lori meets a young girl named Daisy who tells some interesting stories. When Daisy and her mother disappear suddenly Lori is determined to find out why. As usual Aunt Dimity, who is a ghost, helps Lori solve the mystery. I never get tired of reading these books, they are a nice break from the usual murder mysteries.
I’ve been reading a lot of books set in France with vineyards and wine as the theme. Maybe I should visit one day. This is the third in the Verlaque and Bonnet series. Three women have been murdered and there is a wine thief on the loose. As usual there is a lot of wine and food sampled and an interesting part about the Citroen automobile. A nice summer read.
Most of Jack Reacher’s travels bring him to a small town with some bad guys. This town has some exceptionally evil men. The Duncan’s are four men who control a small farming town in Wisconsin. Jack hasn’t figured out what they are dealing in but it involves some tough guys from Las Vegas. Also the Duncan’s hire ex football players as body guards. A lot of noses are broken including Jacks. He tells everyone he is on his way to Virgina but there is also a mystery involving a lost child. Another quality thriller by Lee Child. Haven’t read a bad one yet.
Gabriel is an art restorer by trade and an under cover spy on the side. Both jobs require a lot of detail work.This is the first book in Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. Gabriel has given up on the spy business since it ruined his family. But when he gets the change for revenge he can’t help but return and team up with a former partner a beautiful model. He doesn’t know that she is in love with him and that love eventually helps save his life. I hope the rest of the series is as good and easy to follow.
I was never interested in history in school. But if I had read this book it would have made more sense to me. It’s a fiction book but the reality of World War II is very real. The characters are American, British, German and Russian. They all lived through the tragedies and horrors of war. It is part two of a trilogy. Ken Follett kept my interest during the whole book. Can’t wait for the next part.
This book was a lot of fun for me. In the sixties I spent a lot of time in record stores and unlike other girls my age I spent my allowance on records. It’s full of pictures and the history of the almost extinct record store. I still listen to records and enjoy the artwork. Imagine going to a record store and seeing a band promoting their new album. It still happens in big cities. These stores were also a place you could chat about music while listening. The walls were covered with posters and albums. The digital age has taken over.
Whether your a good spy or a bad spy you really can’t live a normal life. Milo Weaver use to be a “tourist”, undercover for the CIA, but after marrying and working a desk job he finds his past catching up with him. You can’t blame him for wanting a real life but you also feel that he is a spy you want on your side. The bad guys know him and even our bad guys try to break him. Like most spy thrillers you really don’t know who’s side anybody is on.
I don’t remember if I ever read this award winning children’s book but it does explain a few things about the disappearance of items in your home. How many times have you misplaced something and found it in a completely different spot? Have you walked down your hallway and felt a warm spot? Does your elderly aunt talk to herself? You may have a family of Borrowers in your house. They are harmless and are in danger of being seen by “a human bean”. Arrietty is the young daughter of the Clock family, they live under the clock, and she is seen by a young boy. He is a nice bean but the adults in the house are not. Arrietty wants to live outdoors where she can run and enjoy the flowers. She may get her wish.
Every time I read a Jack Reacher book I can’t wait to start another one. This one is no exception. In this book the town of Bolton South Dakota has the advantage of a new prison which brings jobs and money to the area. On visiting day the hotels and cafes are busy. Unfortunately it is used in a plan to steal a lot of meth stored in an abandoned underground storage unit built by the Air Force during the Cold War. Jack hitched a ride on a tour bus that breaks down near Bolton. So he is right in the thick of it with winter weather below zero. It’s another page turner.
I’ve never eaten any truffles, probably couldn’t afford to, so this book was interesting since the main subject is truffles. The main character, Bruno chief of Police, finds a friend murdered who is a truffle cultivator and seller. Bruno asks: “Do you see truffles as a motive for murder?” Apparently they are worth a lot of money to French restaurants. Bruno is again looking out for his fellow villagers when the local mill closes and leaves workers jobless just before Christmas. Could this be another motive?
My favorite show on tv is Law and Order. When I saw this book by Dick Wolf I knew it would be good and it is a top notch thriller. Jeremy Fisk works for a special branch of the NYPD. It was formed after 9-11 and not many people know about it which is how they want it. An attempted plane highjacking seems to be straight forward but Jeremy is finding that the terrorists aren’t who you think they are. Couldn’t put it down and looking forward to the next episode.
I really like the main character Bruno the policeman in Saint-Denis France. He cares about his town and the people. When a rich American winemaker decides to buy a lot of land and build a big winery and hotel Bruno is against it even though it would bring jobs. Also when there are two deaths he is even more suspicious. Looks like I found another author I like.
Sharon McCrumb has roots in the Smokey Mountains. This book is partly about a young woman who was taken by the Indians from her family in the hills. She escapes and her ghost walks the hills. A professor of local history decides to hike her route of escape. He doesn’t know anything about hiking and the timing is bad. The local police are also looking for an escaped prisoner who is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder many years ago. He is trying to get home and be with his wife and baby who is grown now. Sharon has written other books like this and they are all interesting and enjoyable.
If you are enjoy cooking and eating you will love this book. Lillian owns a restaurant and also teaches cooking classes. The students learn more about the senses than about essential ingredients. You can follow a recipe but it’s not just about measurements. We all eat for different reasons and after reading this your reasons might change.