Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Now You See Me

While I am a fan of Amazon and online buying for ease and accessibility, there is still nothing quite like the joy of browsing the brick and mortar book store. Not knowing what I wanted to read next, I set off for the bookstore last weekend. Checking out the mystery aisle in my local Barnes & Noble, I happened upon Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton, a British crime writer. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Ms. Bolton before, but the cover of the book was quite intriguing (yes, I do sometimes judge a book by its cover!).

Lacey Flint, a young police officer, is returning from a call on a witness in a London apartment complex. When she reaches her car, she stumbles upon a woman brutally stabbed only moments before. The victim dies in Lacey's arms. Within twenty-four hours, a young reporter receives an anonymous letter pointing out similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper's first kill. Most alarming of all, the letter calls out Lacey by name.

Ah-ha, you think. A modern retelling of the Ripper cases. That seems to be the direction the author is heading towards, but then the plot twists away unexpectedly. This multi-layered psychological thriller will keep you glued to the page.

Now You See Me is author Sharon Bolton's fourth book. Also known as S.J. Bolton, she writes gothic mysteries such as the stand-alones Sacrifice and Awakening. Now You See Me is the first in the Lacey Flint series, followed by Dead Scared and Lost. A Dark and Twisted Tide, the latest in the series was just released last month.

In A Dark and Twisted Tide, Lacey Flint, Sharon Bolton’s enigmatic protagonist, has been living in a houseboat on the River Thames, and she’s becoming a part of London’s weird and wonderful riverboat community. Against her friends’ better judgment, she’s taken up swimming in the Thames, and she feels closer than ever to Detective Mark Joesbury, despite his involvement in a complicated undercover case. For the first time in her life, as she recovers from the trauma of the last few months, Lacey begins to feel almost happy.

Then, at dawn one hot summer morning while swimming down the river, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the water. She assumes it was chance—after all, she's recently joined the marine policing unit, and she knows how many dead bodies are pulled out of the river every year, most the result of tragic accidents. But further investigation leads her policing team to suspect the woman’s body was deliberately left for Lacey to find. Lacey’s no longer a homicide detective, but as she begins to notice someone keeping a strangely close eye on her, she’s inexorably drawn into the investigation.

If you enjoy the books of Tana French, Ellie Griffiths and Mo Hayder, be sure to check out award-winning author Sharon Bolton. Her tightly plotted and completely unpredictable thrillers revolve around one of the most interesting and compelling characters in crime fiction. I highly recommend the Lacey Flint series.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sherlock Returns for a 4th Season

BBC One reported last week that the dynamic duo will be returning in 2015 for a special, followed later inSherlock special will begin in January. Considering the big screen duties of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it has be tricky coordinating schedules.
the year with three new episodes. Shooting on the

While it may seem like a long wait for your next Sherlock fix, fans can be a patient lot. When January's Season 3 kicked off on BBC One and PBS after a two year hiatus, it was the series’ most-watched episode on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read more on Deadline Hollywood.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Releases for Summer Reading

There's a little something for everyone on this list of new mysteries. I don't know about you, but I seem to read in spurts. Sometimes I go on a cozy binge, then when that gets to be too much, I look for a real thriller to get the pulse pounding again. So what's your fancy?

  • The Inside Man [Sam Capra] by Jeff Abbott 
  • Last To Know by Elizabeth Adler 
  • The Case of the Black Pearl [Patrick de Courvoisier] by Lin Anderson 
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Emus [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews 
  • The Forsaken [Quinn Colson] by Ace Atkins 
  • Book Clubbed [Booktown] by Lorna Barrett 
  • Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country [SS] by C.J. Box 
  • Wayfaring Stranger [Holland Family — Weldon] by James Lee Burke 
  • The Wolf by Lorenzo Carcaterra 
  • The Dead Will Tell [Kate Burkholder] by Linda Castillo 
  • The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives [Dixie Hemingway] by John Clement 
  • Power Play [FBI thriller] by Catherine Coulter 
  • Clam Wake [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim 
  • Enemies at Home [Flavia Albia] by Lindsey Davis 
  • Candle Flame [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty 
  • The Bone Orchard [Mike Bowditch] by Paul Doiron 
  • Fast Track by Julie Garwood 
  • After the Exhibition [Jack Haldean] by Dolores Gordon-Smith 
  • Rest Assured [John Lambert & Bert Hook] by J.M. Gregson 
  • Herbie’s Game [Junior Bender] by Timothy Hallinan 
  • Verdict of the Court [Burren] by Cora Harrison 
  • Snatched by Bill James 
  • Remains of Innocence [Joanna Brady] by J.A. Jance 
  • A Matter of Breeding [Karl Werthen] by J. Sydney Jones 
  • The City by Dean Koontz 
  • Fatal Fortune [Psychic Eye] by Victoria Laurie 
  • Ghost Month by Ed Lin 
  • Sorrow Bound [Aector McAvoy] by David Mark 
  • A Ticket to Oblivion [Robert Colbeck] by Edward Marston 
  • The Bone Seeker [Edie Kiglatuk] by M.J. McGrath 
  • The Deadliest Sin by The Medieval Murderers 
  • A Possibility of Violence [Avraham Avraham] by D.A. Mishani
  • The Night Searchers [Sharon McCone] by Marcia Muller 
  • The Death of Pie [Pennsylvania Dutch] by Tamar Myers 
  • Strangers [Nameless] by Bill Pronzini 
  • Hounded [Andy Carpenter] by David Rosenfelt 
  • Uncaged [YA] [Singular Menace] by John Sandford & Michele Cook 
  • The Heist [Gabriel Allon] by Daniel Silva 
  • Rollover [Dan Mahoney] by Susan Slater 
  • The Catch [Vanessa Michael Munroe] by Taylor Stevens 
  • The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup 
  • Helsinki Dead [Inspector Vaara] by James Thompson 
  • Atonement of Blood [Sister Fidelma] by Peter Tremayne 
  • Never Coming Back [David Raker] by Tim Weaver  
  • Don’t Talk to Strangers [Keye Street] by Amanda Kyle Williams 
  • Cut and Thrust [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods 
  • Vengeance Is Mine [Red River] by Reavis Z. Wortham

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Looking for Some Heart-pounding Suspense?

If you've been wondering whatever happened to Aunt Agatha...well, I've been catching up on my reading.
When my co-worker told me that thriller writer Linwood Barclay was her new "favorite" author, I had to give him a try -- and I've been devouring his books ever since!

What if you woke up one morning and your entire family had vanished -- no bodies, no suspects, and no clues? That’s the chilling premise of Linwood Barclay’s 2007 stand-alone thriller No Time for Goodbye.

When Cynthia Archer was fourteen, her parents and brother disappeared, leaving her alone in her house. Now twenty-five years later, married with a child of her own, Cynthia’s personal mystery begins to unravel with frightening results.

No Safe House, Barclay’s long-awaited follow-up to No Time for Goodbye, will be released on August 5th. The Canadian-based author delivers an electrifying novel of suspense in which a family’s troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.…

Linwood Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, has produced a number of critically acclaimed thrillers and is a #1 international bestselling author. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and published in 30 countries. Several of his books have been optioned for television and film.

Words like “gripping” and “compelling” have been used to describe his novels. Idyllic small town life is the setting for his books and his characters are ordinary people who are suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Barclay’s signature style of humor and mounting suspense will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

If you are a fan of Linwood Barclay, watch for the release of No Safe House. But if you are like Aunt Agatha and this thrilling author somehow flew under your radar, start reading his books today! Mr. Barclay will be on a book tour in August and one place where you can meet him is at the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, August 9th. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coming to Masterpiece Mystery on PBS

Tune into some lovely mysteries on PBS in the next few months. Check your local listings for times.

Sundays, June 15 & 22
This gripping legal thriller stars David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) as a brilliant defense lawyer who has uncanny ability to  spring the obviously guilty.

Sundays, June 29-July 20
Shaun Evans returns for a second season as the young Constable Endeavour Morse. Before he was
Inspector Morse and acquired his signature red Jaguar, Endeavour's deductive powers were already running in high gear.

Sundays, July 27 to August 3
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries based on  Agatha Christie's novels, The Big Four and Dead Man's Folly.

Sundays, September 21 and 28
Julia McKenzie (Cranford) returns as spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series – A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw’s Folly and Endless Night.

Sundays, October 5-19
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for an all-new season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Sundays, October 26-November 2
P.D. James' witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice stars Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin.  The discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the preparations  for a ball at Elizabeth and Darcy's Pemberley home  — and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What's New for June?

Lazy afternoons in the shady garden or sitting under an umbrella at the beach... summertime is here and what better time to catch up on your mystery reading! There are mysteries to suit every whim or interest, so give these a try:

Murder at Mullings by Dorothy Cannell
Downton Abbey meets Rebecca in this Agatha Christie-like whodunnit. The housekeeper of the
revered Mullings, ancestral home to the Stodmarsh family, suspects foul play in the deaths of Lord
and Lady Stodmarsh.

The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
You never know what treasures can be found in attics or at garage sales. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some are worth killing for. Brooklyn’s appearance in the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show This Old Attic turns out to be fraught with danger!

Terminal City (an Alex Cooper novel) by Linda Fairstein  
Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace hunt for an elusive killer who carves a symbol resembling train tracks on the victims’ bodies. Their search takes them to Grand Central Terminal with its labyrinth of underground tunnels and centuries-old secrets.

Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst
Paris 1938: the shadow of war deepens over Europe, but the war has already begun in Spain. Furst, who is the most stylish espionage writer of our time, delivers another taut, romantic spy thriller. As secret operatives descend on Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, ordinary men and women answer the call to fight the darkness of fascism.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowlings)
This compulsively readable crime novel is the second in the acclaimed series featuring London PI Cormoran Strike and his determined assistant Robin Ellacott. Strike investigates a missing novelist whose poison-pen manuscript could ruin a good many lives and careers. It’s no surprise when he turns up dead!

Any Other Name: a Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
Walt’s former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to look into the apparent suicide of his old friend, Detective Gerald Holman, in the next county.


  • The Fever by Megan Abbott
  • Gregory’s Game [Naomi Blake] by Jane Adams
  • The Last Taxi Ride [Ranjit Singh] by A.X. Ahmad
  • Dead Heading [C.D. Sloan] by Catherine Aird
  • Strange Gods by Annamaria Alfieri
  • The Art of the Devil: A Plot To Assassinate President Eisenhower by John Altman
  • Lights Out! by Donald Bain
  • Bliss House by Laura Benedict
  • Murder in Pigalle [Aimée Leduc] by Cara Black
  • Chimes at Midnight by Michael A. Black
  • A Dark and Twisted Tide [Lacey Flint] by Sharon Bolton
  • Coldsleep Lullaby [Eberard Februarie] by Andrew Brown 
  • Nine Lives To Die [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • All Day and a Night [Ellie Hatcher] by Alafair Burke
  • Murder on the Mediterranean [Capucine Culinary] by Alexander Campion
  • Hell with the Lid Blown Off [Alafair Tucker] by Donis Casey
  • Graduation Day [Testing] [YA] by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Independence Day [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coe
  • Razing the Dead [Museum series] by Sheila Connolly
  • Mr. Monk Is Open for Business [Monk] by Hy Conrad
  • Tempest in a Teapot [Teapot Collector] by Amanda Cooper
  • Enemies at Home [Flavia Albia] by Lindsey Davis
  • Hell To Pay by Garry Disher
  • Saints of New York by R.J. Ellory
  • Top Secret Twenty-One [Stephanie Plum] by Janet Evanovich
  • The Quiet Woman by Terence Faherty
  • Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
  • The Baklava Club [Investigator Yashim] by Jason Goodwin
  • The Last Heir [Jack MacTaggart] by Chuck Greaves
  • Vertigo 42 [Richard Jury] by Martha Grimes
  • Red Man Down [Sarah Burke] by Elizabeth Gunn
  • Blood Brothers [Kate O’Donnell] by Patricia Hall
  • Land of Shadows [Lou Norton] by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Shadow Maker [Nick Baron] by James R. Hannibal
  • The Good Suicides [Héctor Salgado] by Antonio Hill 
  • The Abduction [Kat Tapo] by Jonathan Holt
  • The Devil May Care [Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie] by David Housewright
  • Death in an Ivory Tower [Dotsy Lamb] by Maria Hudgins
  • All the Things You Are by Declan Hughes
  • Final Curtain [Edna Ferber] by Ed Ifkovic
  • The Director by David Ignatius
  • Face Value [Rachel Gold] by Michael A. Kahn
  • Black Current [Jaymie Zarlin] by Karen Keskinen
  • Mr. Mercedes  by Stephen King
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead  by Michael Koryta
  • Cradle to Grave [Will Rees] by Eleanor Kuhns
  • The Big Hello [Jimmy Riley] by Michael Lister
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy by Eric Van Lustbader
  • A Song for the Dying [Ash Henderson] by Stuart MacBride
  • No Job for a Lady [Nellie Bly] by Carol McCleary
  • The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent [Maggie Hope] by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Circles in the Snow [Bo Tully] by Patrick F. McManus
  • Parker Field [Willie Black] by Howard Owen
  • Invisible by James Patterson & David Ellis
  • Marbeck and the Privateers [Marbeck] by John Pilkington
  • The Red Room [Risk Agent] by Ridley Pearson
  • Two Soldiers [Ewert Grens] by Roslund and Hellström 
  • Beneath the Soil [Suzie Fewings] by Fay Sampson
  • Yarn Over Murder [Knitting] by Maggie Sefton
  • Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  • The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
  • That Night by Chevy Stevens
  • Identity [Fina Ludlow] by Ingrid Thoft
  • The Splintered Paddle [Ave Rome] by Mark Troy
  • Denial of Murder [Harry Vicary] by Peter Turnbull
  • Shockwave [Aftershock] by Andrew Vachss
  • The Late Scholar [Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane] by Jill Paton Walsh
  • A Deadly Business [Mia Quinn] by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
  • Eyes on You  by Kate White
  • FaceOff [SS] edited by David Baldacci

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anthony Nominees Announced

The Anthony Awards are given each year at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees. The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. The 2014 Bouchercon will be held in Long Beach, California.

Best Mystery Novel
  • Suspect by Robert Crais
  • A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 
  • The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan 
  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Best First Mystery
  • Yesterday’s Echo by Matt Coyle 
  • Ghostman by Roger Hobbs 
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 
  • The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson
Best Paperback Original
  • The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm
  • Purgatory Key by Darrell James
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  •  The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood 
  • As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
Best Short Story
  •  “Dead Ends” by Craig Faustus Buck, Untreed Reads
  • “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository” by John Connolly, Bibliomysteries, The Mysterious Bookshop
  • “Annie and the Grateful Dead” by Denise Dietz, The Sound and the Furry
  • “Incident on the 405” by Travis Richardson, Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble
  •  “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March-April 2013
Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work
  • Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry
  • All the Wild Children by Josh Stallings
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
  •  Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weinman
Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau 
  • Escape Theory by Margaux Froley 
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
  • The Code Busters Club: The Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure by Penny Warner
Best Television Episode Teleplay First Aired in 2013
  • The Blacklist, Pilot, by Jon Bokenkamp
  • Breaking Bad, “Felina,” by Vince Gilligan
  • The Fall, “Dark Descent,” by Allan Cubitt
  • The Following, Pilot, by Kevin Williamson
  • Justified, “Hole in the Wall,” by Graham Yost
Best Audio Book
  • Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford, read by Christina Cox
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
  • Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet, read by Davina Porte
  • Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann, read by Tracy Sallows
  • Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell, read by Mauro Hantman