Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Mysteries for July


Fans of Linwood Barclay will be happy to know his latest thriller is out July 28th. If you are in the Los Angeles area, Barclay will be doing a talk and booksigning at the Burbank Public Library on July 29th. Check it out here.
  • One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler
  • Lord of the Wings [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews
  • The Redeemers [Quinn Colson] by Ace Atkins
  • Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
  • Badlands by C.J. Box
  • A Necessary End by Holly Brown
  • Green Hell [Jack Taylor] by Ken Bruen
  • After the Storm [Kate Burkholder] by Linda Castillo
  • Nemesis [Dillon [Savich & Lacey Sherlock] by Catherine Coulter
  • Deadly Election [Flavia Albia] by Lindsey Davis
  • Cold Frame by P.T. Deutermann
  • The Bad Actor by Glen Ebisch
  • Open Grave [Ann Lindell] by Kjell Eriksson
  • The Confessors’ Club [Dek Elstrom] by Jack Fredrickson
  • Believe No One [Nick Fennimore & Kate Simms] by A.D. Garrett
  • Wired [Buchanans] by Julie Garwood
  • Elimination [Dev Conrad] by Ed Gorman
  • Noontime Follies [Jake Hines] by Elizabeth Gunn
  • Vanishing Games [Ghostman] by Roger Hobbs
  • A Study in Death [Lady Darby] by Anna Lee Huber
  • The Naked Eye [Kendra Michaels] by Iris & Roy Johansen
  • The Swede [Ernst Grip] by Robert Karjel
  • Silent Creed [Ryder Creed] by Alex Kava
  • The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka
  • Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica                       
  • Sense of Deception [Psychic Eye] by Victoria Laurie
  • House Rivals[Joe DeMarco] by Mike Lawson
  • Signal [Sam Dryden] by Patrick Lee
  • Dexter Is Dead [Dexter] by Jeff Lindsay
  • Down Among the Dead Men [Peter Diamond] by Peter Lovesey
  • Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell
  • The Joy of Killing by Harry N. MacLean
  • The Devil’s Bag Man [Jess Galvan] by Adam Mansbach
  • Taking Pity [Aector McAvoy] by David Mark
  • The Blooding [Matthew Hawkwood] by James McGee 
  • Sleeping Dogs [Spike Sanguinetti] by Thomas Mogford
  • Brush Back [V.I. Warshawski] by Sara Paretsky
  • The Fraud [Carter Ross] by Brad Parks
  • Scents and Sensibility [Chet & Bernie] by Spencer Quinn
  • Speaking in Bones [Temperance Brennan] by Kathy Reichs
  • The Bone Labyrinth [Sigma Force] by James Rollins
  • Who Let the Dog Out? [Andy Carpenter] by David Rosenfelt
  • Hair of the Dog [Dan Mahoney] by Susan Slater
  • Flask of the Drunken Master [Shinobi] by Susan Spann
  • Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
  • The Devil’s Share [Crissa Stone] by Wallace Stroby
  • Code of Conduct [Scot Harvath] by Brad Thor
  • Empty Houses [Kate Waters] by Betsy Thornton
  • The Devil’s Seal [Sister Fidelma] by Peter Tremayne 
  • Naked Greed [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods
  • French Concession by Xiao Bai

Friday, June 26, 2015

And you thought it was safe to go into the library!

If you love libraries as I do, CHECKED OUT is the perfect summertime read. It's the 14th outing of Elaine Viets' "Dead-End Job" series featuring Helen Hawthorne. The first line of the book gives you a clue to the madcap adventure to come:

"I need your help," Elizabeth Cateman Kinglsey said. "My late father misplaced a million dollars in a library book. I want it back."

As Helen goes undercover as a library volunteer to find the missing masterpiece and solve the case, her husband Phil risks serious sun-damaged skin in order to track down a stolen necklace and golf cart for another wealthy client. This is a fast-paced read full of laughs and wacky characters, all taking place in the tropical south Florida setting.

Fans of Viets' series, will really enjoy this one. For some reason I hadn't read any of her books before, but picked this one up because of the library angle. After working in a library for most of my life, I have to say that Viets really is dead-on when it comes to library life. As she does for all her Dead-End Job novels, Elaine got some practical experience on the job. She volunteered at her local library as part of her research for CHECKED OUT.

Now that I've discovered the entertaining books of Elaine Viets, I feel a binge read coming on this weekend. But rather than going back and starting at the beginning, I'm hopscotching around. I'm currently reading MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS which takes place in a bookstore. Another winner!

Find out more at Elaine Viets website.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bosch Update, Season 2


If you're a Bosch fan like me, you're probably eagerly anticipating Season two. Word on Michael Connelly's website is that filming in Los Angeles will begin in August.

The upcoming season of Bosch will be drawn mainly from Trunk Music with some elements of The Drop and The Last Coyote. Expect it to begin streaming in early 2016.

You can catch all 10 episodes of the series streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the USA, the UK, and Germany.





Monday, June 1, 2015

June Releases

I can see that my "TO READ" pile will definitely be growing this month. One of my favorite thriller authors, Gayle Lynds, has come out with a new book, The Asssissins. If you enjoy Robert Ludlum-like espionage novels, Lynds is the author for you!

Then take a stroll down the mean streets of the Windy City with Michael Kelly, Chicago's favorite Ovid-reading, gun-toting private investigator. The Governor's Wife takes on Illinois's first family in a blistering thriller that explores the borderline where ambition stops and evil begins.What Michael Connolly does for Los Angeles, Michael Harvey does for Chicago, so you're in for a real treat!

  • The Woman Who Did by Lou Allin
  • The Breaking Point [Body Farm] by Jefferson Bass
  • Hard Latitudes [Mike Travis] by Baron R. Birtcher
  • Iron Wolf by Dale Brown
  • The Kill [Maeve Kerrigan] by Jane Casey
  • The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation by Douglas Corleone
  • Here Comes the Bribe [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim
  • Run You Down [Rebekah Robert] by Julia Dahl
  • The Precipice [Mike Bowditch] by Paul Doiron
  • No Place To Die [Mike Lockyer] by Clare Donoghue
  • Superfluous Women [Daisy Dalrymple] by Carola Dunn
  • The Dead Assassin [Doyle’s Paranormal Casebooks]
    by Vaughn Entwistle
  • Wicked Charms [Lizzy and Diesel] by Janet Evanovich &
    Phoef Sutton
  • The Fixe by Joseph Finder
  • The Ways of the World [James Maxted] by Robert Goddard
  • Cash Landing [Jack Swyteck] by James Grippando
  • The Governor’s Wife [Michael Kelly] by Michael Harvey
  • Her Majesty’s Mischief [Simon & Elizabeth] by Peg Herri
  • Unidentified Woman #15 [Mac McKenzie]
    by David Housewright
  • Exit Stage Left [Harry Brock] by Graham Ison
  • Never Die Alone [Rick Bentz & Reuben Montoya]
    by Lisa Jackson
  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King
  • Innocence, or Murder on Steep Street by Heda Margolius Kovály
  • Death in Salem [Will Rees] by Eleanor Kuhns 
  • This Side of Midnight [John Bekker] by Al Lamanda 
  • Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Charlie Martz and Other Stories: The Unpublished Stories [SS] by Elmore Leonard
  • The Assassins by Gayle Lynds
  • The Missing and the Dead [Logan McRae] by Stuart MacBride
  • Palace of Treason [Dominika Egorova & Nate Nash]
    by Jason Matthews
  • The President’s Shadow [Culper Ring] by Brad Meltzer
  • As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman
  • What Doesn’t Kill Her [Reeve LeClaire] by Carla Norton
  • The Map of Chaos [Map] by Félix J. Palma
  • Vixen [Nameless] by Bill Pronzini
  • Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich
  • Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
  • Purl Up and Die [Kelly Flynn] by Maggie Sefton
  • The English Spy [Gabriel Allon] by Daniel Silva
  • The Mask [Vanessa Michael Munroe] by Taylor Stevens
  • High Country Nocturne [David Mapstone] by Jon Talton
  • The Insider Threat [Pike Logan] by Brad Taylor
  • Brutality [Fina Ludlow] by Ingrid Thoft
  • Code of Conduct [Scot Harvath] by Brad Thor
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  • Signwave [Aftershock] by Andrew Vachss
  • Second Life by S.J. Watson
  • The Cartel [Art Keller] by Don Winslow
  • The Ultimatum [Jeremy Fisk] by Dick Wolf




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cozy Cooking

Are you a culinary cozy aficionado? Fans of Laura Childs,  Avery Aames, Cleo Coyle (to name just a few) will rejoice to find The Cozy Cookbook with more than 100 recipes from your favorite bestselling mystery authors.

Enjoy the mouthwatering recipes for  everything from breakfast to entrees to desserts. In addition to Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl wood Gerber, and Cleo Coyle, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, and Paige Shelton are represented. Nestled among the recipes are snippets from the authors' books. A list of the various tasty series and short bios of the authors are also included.

This collection is a treasure trove for culinary cozy fans. Add a little mystery to your cooking! Bon appetit.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Brewing a Cozy

Ok, brew up a cup of your favorite tea and settle in with the latest Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs. Ming Tea Murder, the 16th offering in this popular series, is as refreshing as a steaming pot of Jasmine tea.

Theodosia Browning, proprietor of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. One of the museum's wealthy benefactors is found murdered at a fancy black tie event celebrating the recent acquisition of an 18th century Chinese tea house. With so many suspects, including Theo's boyfriend, Max, will she be able to deduce the killer in time?

As with all Laura Child's Tea Shop Mysteries, the reader will enjoy the quirky characters and the delicious ambiance of this culinary cozy. Each of the books in the series includes recipes for the yummy treats mentioned in the story and tips for hosting your own themed tea.

This cozy series is one of my favorites. If you've never imbibed, give it a try!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May's Murderous Offerings

Where did April go?? It's May already and summer not far behind! Here are the latest mysteries with many new series entries. So rev up your engines and let the reading begin!
  • Robert B. Parker’s Kickback [Spenser continuation] by Ace Atkins
  • A God in Ruins [Life After Life sequel] by Kate Atkinson
  • Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
  • Dead Girl Walking [Jack Parlabane] by Christopher Brookmyre
  • Tail Gait [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Forgotten Room [Jeremy Logan] by Lincoln Child
  • Ming Tea Murder [Tea Shop] by Laura Childs
  • Thin Air [Shetland Island] by Ann Cleeves
  • Independence Day [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coes
  • Flame Out [June Lyons] by M.P. Cooley
  • Death Ex Machina [Athenian] by Gary Corby
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins [Siri Paiboun] by Colin Cotterill
  • Piranha [Oregon Files] by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison
  • Solitude Creek [Kathryn Dance] by Jeffery Deaver
  • Radiant Angel [John Corey] by Nelson DeMille
  • Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall [Honeychurch Hall] by
    Hannah Dennison
  • Thanksgiving Angels [Mercy Allcutt] by Alice Duncan
  • Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant
  • The Storm Murders [Emile Cinq-Mars] by John Farro
  • The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Harvest Man [Scotland Yard Murder Squad] by Alex Grecian
  • The Ghost Fields [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths
  • Bone To Be Wild [Sarah Booth Delaney] by Carolyn Haines
  • Skies of Ash [Elouise Norton] by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Don’t Go Home [Death on Demand] by Carolyn Hart
  • Disengaged by Mischa Hiller
  • Rock with Wings [Bernadette Manualito] by Anne Hillerman
  • I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  • Dry Bones [Walt Longmire] by Craig Johnson
  • Eighth Grave After Dark [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones
  • The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Fall [Dismas Hardy] by John Lescroart
  • GBH by Ted Lewis
  • Palace of Treason [Dominika Egorova & Nate Nash] by Jason Matthews
  • And Sometimes I Wonder About You [Leonid McGill ] by Walter Mosley
  • Murder in Ely [Third-Culture Kid] by D-L Nelson
  • Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Neighing with Fire [Colleen McCabe] by Kathryn O’Sullivan
  • The Body in the Birches [Faith Fairchild] by Katherine Hall Page
  • Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
  • Trauma by Michael Palmer & Daniel Palmer
  • 14th Deadly Sin [Women’s Murder Club ] by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  • Burnt River [Macy Greeley ] by Karin Salvalaggio
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Murder on Amsterdam Avenue [Gaslight] by Victoria Thompson
  • Killing Frost [Deets Shanahan] by Ronald Tierney
  • Mariner’s Ark [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin
  • The Troutbeck Testimony[Lake District] by Rebecca Tope
  • Bubba Done It [Dreamwalker] by Maggie Toussaint
  • The Searcher [Solomon Creed #1] by Simon Toyne