Sunday, May 1, 2016

Murder & Mayhem for May

We all have our favorites among the mystery genre. Personally, I'm drawn to mysteries set in Britain, historical mysteries, edgy PIs, and a variety of cozies to cleanse the palate. But it's always a treat to try a mystery outside your comfort zone. Maybe you'll find a new favorite! Make May the month you tip your toe into unfamiliar waters. Here are some suggestions:

City of the Lost [Casey Duncan] by Kelley Armstrong

Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure [Aunt Dimity] by Nancy Atherton

Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn [Spenser continuation] by Ace Atkins

Nantucket Grand [Henry Kennis] by Steven Axelrod

Boar Island [Anna Pigeon] by Nevada Barr

Fatal Thunder [Jerry Mitchell] by Larry Bond

After the Fire [Maeve Kerrigan] by Jane Casey

The Defense [Eddie Flynn] by Steve Cavanagh

The Night Wanderer [Aelf Fen] by Alys Clare

Blood Defense [Samantha Brinkman] by Marcia Clark

Diana’s Altar [Joe Sandilands] by Barbara Cleverly

Better Dead [Nate Heller] by Max Allan Collins

The Singer from Memphis [Nicolaos] by Gary Corby

The Emperor’s Revenge [Oregon Files] by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison

A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall [Honeychurch Hall] by Hannah Dennison

Seven Days Dead [Emile Cinq-Mars] by John Farrow

A Hero of France by Alan Furst

Lost and Gone Forever [Murder Squad] by Alex Grecian

The Woman in Blue [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths

Dead at Breakfast [Maggie Detweiler & Hope Babbin] by Beth Gutcheon

Rock-a-Bye Bones [Sarah Booth Delaney] by Carolyn Haines

Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall

The Second Life of Nick Mason [Nick Mason] by Steve Hamilton

A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah

Redemption Road by John Hart

Goodbye Forever [Kit Doyle] by Bonnie Hearn Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Stealing the Countess [Mac McKenzie] by David Housewright

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica            

Assassin’s Silence [David Slaton] by Ward Larsen

Unknown Remains by Peter Leonard

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Blood Cries [John Jordan] by Michael Lister

Don't Believe a Word by Patricia MacDonald

Blood Flag [Paul Madriani] by Steve Martini

Prayers the Devil Answers [Appalachian Ballad] by Sharyn McCrumb

Quick and the Dead [Alex Quick] by Susan Moody

Tea with Jam and Dread [Pennsylvania Dutch] by Tamar Myers

Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer

Mercy by Michael Palmer & Daniel Palmer

15th Affair [Women’s Murder Club] by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Beyond the Ice Limit [Gideon Crew] by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Bloodroot [Victoria Trumbull] by Cynthia Riggs

The Ides of June [Libertus] by Rosemary Rowe

Walleye Junction [Macy Greeley] by Karin Salvalaggio

Evil Turns [Madeline Maclin] by Jane Tesh

Murder in Morningside Heights [Gaslight ] by Victoria Thompson

The Circle [Grand & Batchelor] by M.J. Trow

The Art of Murder
[Dead-End Job] by Elaine Viets

Monday, April 18, 2016

All About Bosch

I finally had the time this weekend to binge-watch the second season of the Amazon production of BOSCH on my Kindle. Well worth it, let me tell you! I really enjoyed Season One of Bosch and I absolutely LOVED the second season. They've done a terrific job of adapting elements of Michael Connelly's novels into a compelling crime drama.

Titus Welliver's portrayal of the iconic L.A. detective, Harry Bosch, as well as the rest of the cast of Bosch make this series a winner. As in the novels, the city and environs of Los Angeles also come across as a formidable character. The series is shot in various locations around L.A., so it gives the show a very immediate look.

Season Two focuses on the novel Trunk Music with bits of The Drop and The Last Coyote thrown in. If you have Amazon Prime, you can view each series for free. A word of warning, don't start watching Bosch unless you have the time to binge. Like a great book that you can't put down, the Bosch series is laid out like chapters -- you want to watch just one more before closing.

The good news is that Amazon has given the green light to Season Three which will interweave elements of The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night. The next Harry Bosch novel is The Wrong Side of Goodbye, due to be released October 18, 2016 in the UK and Ireland, and on November 1 in the US and Canada.

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Mysteries for April

Be sure to check out these new entries in the mystery field.

Blood Orange
[China Bayles] by Susan Wittig Albert

The Last Mile [Amos Decker] by David Baldacci

Title Wave [Booktown Mysteries] by Lorna Barrett

The 14th Colony [Cotton Malone] by Steve Berry

Die of Shame by Mark Billingham

Murder of the Quai [Aimee Leduc] by Cara Black

Poisonous [Max Revere] by Allison Brennan

A Death Along the River Fleet [Lucy Campion] by Susanna Calkins

Melody of Murder: an Alex Duggins Cotswolds Mystery by Stella Cameron

Here Comes the Bribe [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim

The High Flyer [Ben Norton] by Elizabeth Darrell

Cold Florida [Foggy Moskowitz] by Phillip DePoy

Murder on the Hour [Penny Brannigan] by Elizabeth J. Duncan

The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman

King Maybe [Junior Bender] by Timothy Hallinan

Come Dark [Posadas County] by Steven F. Havill

False Wall [Abbot Agency] by Veronica Heley

The Primrose Pursuit [Francis Oughterard] by Suzette A. Hill

First Fix Your Alibi [Harpur & Iles] by Bill James

Curse of the Tenth Grave [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones

Hide Away [Eve Duncan] by Iris Johansen

Skeleton Blues [Quint Dalrymple] by Paul Johnston

Red Flags [Kate Reilly] by Tammy Kaehler

The Murder of Mary Russell
[Mary Russell] by Laurie R. King

Sent to the Devil [Lorenzo Da Ponte] by Laura Lebow

Murder at the 42nd Street Library
[Ray Ambler] by Con Lehane               

The Stardom Affair [Neil Gulliver & Stevie Marriner] by Robert S. Levinson

Dust Up [Doyle Carrick & Nola Watkins] by Jon McGoran

Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson

The Girl from Home by Adam Mitzner

Charcoal Joe [Easy Rawlins] by Walter Mosley

Tea with Jam and Dread [Pennysylvania Dutch Mysteries] by Tamar Myers

The Body in the Wardrobe
[Faith Fairchild] by Katherine Hall Page

Gold of Our Fathers
[Darko Dawson] by Kwei Quartey

Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

Close Your Eyes [Joseph O’Loughlin] by Michael Robotham

Miss Julia Inherits a Mess [Miss Julia] by Ann B. Ross

Extreme Prey [Lucas Davenport] by John Sandford

Most Wanted
 by Lisa Scottoline

Knit to be Tied [Knitting Mysteries] by Maggie Sefton

Night Work
[Michael Cassidy] by David C. Taylor

Reckoning and Ruin
[Tai Randall] by Tina Whittle

Family Jewels
[Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Mystery with a Touch of Whimsy

One big benefit of attending mystery conventions such as Left Coast Crime is that you can discover new authors to follow. When Gigi Pandian's Accidental Alchemist won the Left Coast Crime Best Regional Mystery last month, that was all the push I needed to  finally pick up this charming book. And I'm so glad I did!

When Zoe Faust settles in Portland, Oregon, she hopes for a normal life in her new hometown. The herbalist and reluctant alchemist has been wandering the world, living out of a trailer, and trying to escape her past. But as Zoe unpacks her boxes, she finds she has a stowaway -- a living, breathing, three-and-a-half foot gargoyle!

Dorian Robert-Houdin traveled from Paris in  one of  Zoe's crates so he could ask her to decipher a centuries-old text that explains how he was transformed from stone. Zoe isn't so sure she can help, but becomes involved after a murder victim is discovered on her front porch.

I really enjoyed this whimsical, supernatural cozy. If you're looking for something totally different, this should fill the bill. Recipes are also included and food plays a pivotal role in the book. Dorian, the gargoyle, was trained as a French chef and easily whips up gourmet goodies. His greatest challenge is creating dishes that conform to Zoe's vegan lifestyle. Even if you're not a vegan or vegetarian, the mouthwatering recipes could convert you.

Best of all, the second book in Zoe and Dorian's adventures is already available. The Masquerading Magician continues the magic of this unlikely sleuthing duo.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Come Back to Three Pines

The cover of Louise Penny's 12th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series was recently revealed. The Great Reckoning will be released on August 30th, so diehard fans may want to get their preorders in now!

When an old map is discovered stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it seems at first to be a chance curiosity. But the more the villagers look at it, the stranger it becomes. The map is given as a gift to Armand Gamache on the first day of his new job. Where will this map lead him? And what about the young cadets at the Sûreté academy and the dead professor? Stranger yet, a copy of the ancient map was found on the body.

I can hardly wait!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Grantchester and Wallendar Return to Masterpiece Mystery!

Spring is blooming and with it, a new crop of Masterpiece Mysteries. Fans of Grantchester can enjoy Season 2 of the popular series beginning Sunday, March 27 on PBS.

James Norton (Reverend Sidney Chambers) and Robson Green (Inspector Geordie Keating) return as the improbable crime-fighting duo in the series based on James Runcie's popular mystery novels. Between the two, they serve up justice and feed the spiritual needs of their early 1950s English community.

Airing on Sundays from March 27 through May 1, Season 2 of Grantchester will deal with issues such as sexual assault that turns into murder, an apparent suicide with Cold War overtones, a haunted stable with links to the Holocaust, and more.

And watch for the Final Season of Wallender which will air on Sundays, May 8 - 22 on PBS. Kenneth Branagh returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander in the Swedish series based on Henning Mankell's novels. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Mysteries Madness

What's new for Spring? Check these out...

Lie in Plain Sight [Maeve Conlan] by Maggie Barbieri

Far from True [Promise Falls] by Linwood Barclay

Time of Fog and Fire [Molly Murphy] by Rhys Bowen
Off the Grid [Joe Pickett] by C.J. Box

The Killing in the Cafe [Fethering] by Simon Brett

The Infidel Stain [William Avery & Jeremiah Blake] by M.J. Carter

The Defense [Eddie Flynn] by Steve Cavanagh

St. Ernan’s Blues [Inspector Starrett] by Paul Charles

Devonshire Scream [Tea Shop] by Laura Childs

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

The Gangster [Isaac Bell] by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott

The Steel Kiss [Lincoln Rhyme] by Jeffery Deaver

Deadly Jewels by Jeannette de Beauvoir

Set the Night on Fire [Josie Corsino] by Connie Dial

Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

No One Knows
 by J.T. Ellison

Bad Signs
 by R.J. Ellory

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

A Bed of Scorpions [Samantha Clair] by Judith Flanders

Backhand Smash [Percy Peach] by J.M. Gregson

Gone Again [Jack Swyteck] by James Grippando

Hard Cold Winter [Van Shaw] by Glen Erik Hamilton

When Falcons Fall [Sebastian St. Cyr] by C.S. Harris

A Fatal Inheritance [Burren] by Cora Harrison

Buckular Dystrophy [Woods Cop] by Joseph Heywood

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
[Tom Hawkins] by Antonia Hodgson

Cold Morning [Edna Ferber] by Ed Ifkovic

Claw Back [Ali Reynolds] by J.A. Jance

The Considerate Killer
[Nina Borg] by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis

Death Descends on Saturn Villa [Gower Street Detectives] by M.R.C. Kasasian

The Other Side of Silence [Bernie Gunther] by Philip Kerr 

  The Ice Child [Patrik Hedström & Erica Falck] by Camilla Läckberg

The Watcher in the Wall [Kirk Stevens & Carla Windermere] by Owen Laukkanen

The Unfortunate Englishman [Joe Wilderness] by John Lawton

Waters of Eternal Youth [Guido Brunetti] by Donna Leon

The Passenger  by Lisa Lutz

The Searcher  by Christopher Morgan Jones

The Taxidermist’s Daughter
  by Kate Mosse 

Private Paris [Private] by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

Blood of the Oak [Duncan McCallum] by Eliot Pattison

The Travelers  by Chris Pavone

Treachery at Lancaster Gate [Thomas & Charlotte Pitt] by Anne Perry

Cold Barrel Zero  by Matthew Quirk

The Ninth Life [Blackie & Care] by Clea Simon

When Bunnies Go Bad [Pru Marlowe] by Clea Simon

Predator [Hector Cross] by Wilbur Smith & Tom Cain

The Midwife and the Assassin [Midwife] by Sam Thomas

In Vino Veritas [Harry Vicary] by Peter Turnbull

Deep Blue [Doc Ford] by Randy Wayne White

Journey to Munich [Maisie Dobbs] by Jacqueline Winspear