Friday, July 1, 2016

Hot Summer Reads

What's new for July? Check out these new titles.

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Cold Silence [Joe Rush] by James Abel

The Innocents [Quinn Colson] by Ace Atkins

Murder on Brittany Shores [Commissaire Dupin] by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Court Trouble [Platform Tennis] by Mike Befeler

Live and Let Growl [Melanie Travis] by Laurien Berenson

Go-Between [Michelle Mason] by Lisa Brackmann

A Most Curious Murder [Little Library] by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

Among the Wicked [Kate Burkholder] by Linda Castillo

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Graveyard of the Hesperides [Flavia Albia] by Lindsey Davis

The Great Revolt [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty

Vita Brevis [Gaius Petreius Ruso] by Ruth Downie

Kilt at the Highland Games [Liss MacCrimmon] by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Killer Look [Alexandra Cooper] by Linda Fairstein

Midnight Crossing
[Josie Gray] by Tricia Fields

Wired [Buchanans] by Julie Garwood

Think Wolf [Sebastiano Cangio] by Michael Gregorio

Deep Waters [Kate O’Donnell] by Patricia Hall

Drinking Gourd [Benjamin January] by Barbara Hambly

Once Upon a Time in Camelot by James Patrick Hunt

Night and Day [Eve Duncan] by Iris Johansen

Reckless Creed [Ryder Creed] by Alex Kava

The Asset by Shane Kuhn

Tag, You’re Dead by J.C. Lane

No Good to Cry [Rick Van Lam] by Andrew Lanh

House Revenge [Joe Demarco] by Mike Lawson

Let the Devil Out [Maureen Coughlin] by Bill Loehfelm

Another One Goes Tonight [Peter Diamond] by Peter Lovesey

The Secret of Spandau [reissue of 1986 book written as Peter Lear] by Peter Lovesey

Deep Six [Jake Longly] by D.P. Lyle

Hard Cover [Marc Portman] by Adrian Magson

Someone Always Knows
[Sharon McCone] by Marcia Muller

Classic at Bay [Car Detective] by Amy Myers

The Kingdom [Kizaki] by Fuminori Nakamura

White Bone [Risk Agent] by Ridley Pearson

The Castle of Kings
 by Oliver Pötzsch

Breaking Cover [Liz Carlyle] by Stella Rimington

The Baker Street Jurors [Baker Street Letters] by Michael Robertson

The Secret Language of Stones [Daughters of La Lune] by M.J. Rose

Outfoxed [Andy Carpenter] by David Rosenfelt

The Accidental Agent
[Jimmy Nessheim] by Andrew Rosenheim

Little Girl Gone [Afton Tangler] by Gerry Schmitt

The Black Widow [Gabriel Allon] by Daniel Silva

Dr. Knox by Peter Spiegelman

No Second Chances
[Daniel Whelan] by Lyndon Stacey

Revolver by Duane Swierczynski

The Second Death
[Sister Fidelma] by Peter Tremayne

Wolf Lake
[Dave Gurney] by John Verdon

The Woman in Cabin 10 
by Ruth Ware

Fall from Grace
[David Raker] by Tim Weaver

Underground Airlines 
by Ben H. Winters

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Cozies

Whether you're looking for light reading to take on vacation or something to while away a hot summer afternoon, you can't go wrong with one of these cozies:

Allyson K. Abbott -- Shots in the Dark [Mack's Bar Mysteries #4]

Isabella Alan -- Murder, Handcrafted [Amish Quilt Shop #5]

Ellie Ashe -- A Novel Death [A Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery #10]

Juliet Blackwell -- A Toxic Trousseau [A Witchcraft Mystery #8]

Susan M. Boyer -- Lowcountry Book Club [Liz Talbot Mystery #5]

Laura Bradford -- Éclair and Present Danger [Emergency Dessert Squad #1]

Julia Buckley -- A Dark and Stormy Murder [A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #1]

Bailey Cates -- Spells and Scones [A Magical Bakery Mystery #6]

Maya Corrigan -- Final Fondue [Five-Ingredient #3]

Krista Davis -- The Diva Serves High Tea [Domestic Diva #10]

Kaitlyn Dunnett -- Kilt at the Highland Games [A Liss MacCrimmon Mystery #9]

Wendy Sand Eckel -- Death at the Day Lily Café [A Rosalie Hart Mystery #2] 

Kay Finch -- The Black Cat Knocks on Wood [Bad Luck Cat #2] 

A. Gardner -- Strawberry Tartlets & a Deadly Starlet [Poppy Peters Mysteries #4]

Betty Hechtman -- Gone with the Wool [A Yarn Retreat Mystery #4]

Anna Lee Huber-- As Death Draws Near [A Lady Darby Mystery #5]

Julie Hyzy -- Grace Sees Red [Manor House #7]

Katherine Bolger Hyde -- Arsenic with Austen [Crime with the Classics #1]

Mary Kennedy -- A Premonition of Murder [Dream Club #3]

Leslie Langtry -- Ukulele Murder [Aloha Lagoon Mysteries #1]

Victoria Laurie -- A Grave Prediction [A Psychic Eye Mystery #14]

Alice Loweecey -- Nun But the Brave [Giulia Driscoll Mystery #3]

Terrie Farley Moran -- Read to Death [Read 'Em and Eat Mystery #3]

Laura Morrigan -- Take the Monkey and Run [A Call of the Wilde Mystery #4]

Hannah Reed -- Dressed to Kilt [A Scottish Highlands Mystery #3]

Linda Wiken -- Toasting Up Trouble [A Dinner Club Mystery]

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Nominees for the 2016 Macavity Award

Looking for some great reads? These are works nominated by Mystery Readers International for the Macavity Award. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon in  New Orleans this September. Congratulations to all.

Best Mystery
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (Morrow)
The Hot Countries by Tim Hallinan (Soho)
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Mulholland)
The Cartel by Don Winslow (Knopf)

Best First Mystery
Concrete Angel by Patricia Abbott (Polis)
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (Morrow)
The Killing Kind by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy (Putnam)
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur)
On the Road with Del and Louise by Art Taylor (Henery)

Best Critical/Biographical
The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury Sigma)
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, edited by Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan (Arcade)
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid (Grove)
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury)

Best Short Story
"The Little Men" by Megan Abbott ( Road)
"On Borrowed Time" by Mat Coward (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2015)
"Sob Sister" by Loren D. Estleman (Detroit Is Our Beat: Tales of the Four Horsemen, Tyrus)
"A Year Without Santa Claus" by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February 2015)
"Quack and Dwight" by Travis Richardson (Jewish Noir, ed. Kenneth Wishnia, PM Press)
"A Joy Forever" by B.K. Stevens (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2015)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont (Berkley Prime Crime)
Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) by C. Joseph Greaves (Bloomsbury)
The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street)
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Bantam)

Friday, June 3, 2016

What Aunt Agatha is Reading

The bad news is that Aunt Agatha has been experiencing a a run of technological mishaps. The good news is that I've had the time to make a sizable dent in my "to-be-read" pile. All of the books I've included here are the most recent releases in some of my favorite series. Have you read any of these?

The Woman in Blue (a Ruth Galloway Mystery) by Ellie Griffith
When Ruth's Druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and blue cloak late at night in the local cemetery, he thinks he's seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary. But the next day, a young woman wrapped in blue cloth is found murdered. Then a friend of Ruth's, an Anglican priest, has been receiving threatening letters. Is there a connection?

While the mystery is somewhat slight, readers of Griffith's series will certainly enjoy the backstory of the various characters: DCI Harry Nelson and his wife, Michelle; Ruth's precocious daughter; and Cathbad and his family.
I really enjoyed it.

When Falcon's Fall (a Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) by C.S. Harris
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is visiting a seemingly tranquil Shropshire village, ostensibly to honor a slain friend, but also to search for his own ancestry. But when the body of a lovely young widow is found on the banks of the River Teme, a bottle of laudanum at her side, the village’s inexperienced new magistrate turns to St. Cyr for help. Was it suicide or murder. This intriguing, historical mystery series is set during the colorful Regency period.

Journey to Munich (a Maisie Dobbs Novel) by Jacqueline Winspeare

This twelfth novel in the New York Times bestselling series finds psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs on an undercover mission for the British Secret Service. Maisie is sent
to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue.

The Maisie Dobbs series began in the years following World War I when she returns to England afterserving as a nurse on the front lines. The series is now up to 1938 and the world in on the brink of another dark abyss. Maisie has flowered over the years and it's always interesting to see how her cases have contributed to the growth of an amazing character named Maisie.

And finally for something a little lighter in tone...

The Art of Murder (A Dead-End Job Mystery) by Elaine Viets

If you're looking for some laughs and haven't read any of Viets humorous mysteries, you are really missing out! On the run from a despicable ex, Helen Hawthorne came to South Florida, working
dead-end jobs for cash under the table. Now she's a PI, working a different low-paying job undercover in each novel.

A promising artist is murdered. Is the killer her jealous ex-husband? Best friend or an art rival? Helen is hired to snoop around the mansion-turned-museum where the suspects all take part in a painting class.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kick Off Your Summer Reading

Whether you're packing for vacation or planning a day at the beach, you'll want to grab a great book to take along. Here's a list of new releases to start off your summer reading.

The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler

Margaret Truman’s Deadly Medicine [Capital Crimes continuation] by Donald Bain

Murder on Brittany Shores [Commissaire Dupin] by Jean-Luc Bannalec

City of Jackals [Makana] by Parker Bilal

Die of Shame by Mark Billingham

Murder on the Quai [Aimée Leduc prequel] by Cara Black

Dead Man’s Daughter
[Britt Montero] by Edna Buchanan

December Boys
[Jay Porter] by Joe Clifford

First Strike [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coes

Written Off [Mysterious Detective] by E.J. Copperman

Widow-Maker [Mike Bowditch] by Paul Doiron

Not Dead Enough [Cal Claxton] by Warren C. Easley

The Pursuit [Fox & O’Hare] by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

Guilty Minds [Nick Heller] by Joseph Finder

Dark Horse
[Eddy Harkness] by Rory Flynn

The Corners of the Globe [James Maxted] by Robert Goddard

Crimson Death [Anita Blake] by Laurell K. Hamilton

Brighton by Michael Harvey

Dead Loudmouth [Loon Lake] by Victoria Houston

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

End of Watch [Bill Hodges] by Stephen King

The Devil’s Cold Dish
[Will Rees] by Eleanor Kuhns 

Murder Has Nine Lives [Jaine Austen] by Laura Levine

Ping Pong Heart [George Sueño & Ernie Bascom] by Martin Limón

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Enigm
a [Jason Bourne continuation] by Eric Van Lustbader

Dangerous Minds [Claire Roget] by Priscilla Masters

Buffalo Jump Blues [Sean Stranahan] by Keith McCafferty

Burn What Will Burn ] by CB McKenzie

Charcoal Joe [Easy Rawlins] by Walter Mosley

Shadowed [Nicole Jones] by Karen E. Olson

Private Rio [Jack Morgan] by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

What We Become
 by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Danger Woman by Frederick Ramsay

Marriage, Monsters-in-Law, and Murder [Ellie Avery] by Sara Rosett

Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation [Grantchester] by James Runcie

Willnot  by James Sallis

Marked for Life
[Jana Berzelius] by Emelie Schepp

Too Hot To Handel
[John Pickett] by Sheri Cobb South

The Crow Girl [Victoria Bergman] by Erik Axl Sund

Ghosts of War [Pike Logan] by Brad Taylor

Foreign Agent [Scot Harvath] by Brad Thor

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

Ink and Bone [The Hollows] by Lisa Unger

Fatal Pursuit [Bruno Courrèges] by Martin Walker

Black Hammock [Daniel Turner] by Michael Wiley

Dishonorable Intentions [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

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.