Monday, December 7, 2015

Have Yourself a Merry Little Murder!

Season’s greetings from 

Aunt Agatha! 

Snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and enjoy some holiday homicide.   

  • Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton
  • Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
  • Ben Franklin and a Case of Christmas Murder by Robert Lee Hall
  • A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  • The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page
  • Busy Body by M.C. Beaton
  • Candy Cane Murder, novellas by Joanna Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier
  • Cat Crimes for the Holidays, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Ed Gorman, and Larry Segriff
  • Cat Deck the Halls: a Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock by Lydia Adamson
  • A Catered Christmas: a Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford
  • Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop: 'tis the Season to be Deadly:  Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem from 17 Masters of Suspense
  • A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
  • Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier
  • The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor by Simon Brett
  • The Christmas Garden Affair by Ann Ripley
  • Christmas Mourning by Margart Maron
  • Christmas Stalkings: More Tales of Yuletide Murder
  • The Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett
  • Classic Christmas Crime edited by Tim Heald
  • A Cold Christmas by Charlene Weir
  • Cold Snap by Allison Brennan
  • The Con Artist of Catalina Island by Jennifer Colt
  • Corpus Christmas by Margaret Maron
  • A Crossworder's Gift by Nero Blanc
  • Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Dons and Mr. Dickens: the Strange Case of the Oxford Christmas Plot by William J. Palmer
  • Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer
  • The Fat Man: a Tale of North Pole Noir by Ken Harmon
  • Frost at Christmas by R.D, Wingfield
  • The Gingerbread Bump-off: a Fresh-baked Mystery by L. J. Washburn
  • Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Hard Christmas: a Cat Marsala Mystery by Barbara D"Amato
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • Herald of Death by Kate Kingsbury
  • A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
  • Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
  • Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
  • I Am Half-sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
  • Inspector Proby's Christmas by John Gano
  • Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
  • A Killer’s Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • Kissing Christmas Goodbye: an Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
  • A Kudzu Christmas: Twelve Mysterious Tales edited by Jim Gilbert & Gail Waller
  • The Last Noel by Heather Graham
  • Mad as the Dickens by Toni L.P. Kelner
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart
  • The Midnight Before Christmas by William Bernhardt
  • A Midnight Clear by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Carola Dunn
  • More Holmes for the Holidays edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Carol-Lynn Waugh
  • Murder for Christmas edited by Thomas Godfrey
  • Murder for Christmas and Three Other Great Mysteries by Agatha Christie
  • A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
  • The Nightingale Before Christmas: a Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
  • Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • The Queene's Christmas by Karen Harper
  • A Rumpole Chrismas by John Mortimer
  • Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown
  • Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  • Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews
  • The Snow White Christmas Cookie by David Handler
  • Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
  • The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Marian Babson
  • Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
  • A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December's Mystery Offerings

It's that time of year! Unwrap some good reading, curl up by a blazing fire, and enjoy!

  • Desperate Measures [Gabriel Ash] by Jo Bannister
  • Fatal Complications by John Benedict
  • House of the Rising Sun [Hackberry Holland] by James Lee Burke
  • Harbour Street [Vera Stanhope #6] by Ann Cleeves
  • Ornaments of Death [Antiques] by Jane K. Cleland
  • Dead to the Last Drop [Coffeehouse] by Cleo Coyle
  • Guilty as Sin [Lina Townend] by Judith Cutler
  • Red Icon [Inspector Pekkala] by Sam Eastland
  • Murder in the Merchant’s Hall [Elizabethan] by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  • Dark Tides by Chris Ewan 
  • Bryant & May and the Burning Man [Bryant & May] by Christopher Fowler
  • Riot Most Uncouth [Lord Byron] by Daniel Friedman
  • Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief [Jack Ryan, Jr.] by Mark Greaney
  • His Right Hand [Linda Wallheim] by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • The Night Charter [Camaro Esponoza] by Sam Hawken
  • The Absolution [Carnivia] by Jonathan Holt
  • Web of Deceit [Ella Marconi] by Katherine Howell
  • Tracking the Beast [Steve Martinez] by Henry Kisor
  • Splinter the Silence [Tony Hill & Carol Jordan] by Val McDermid
  • Blood, Salt, Water [Alex Morrow] by Denise Mina
  • The St. Simons Island Club  [John Le Brun] by Brent Monahan
  • Show Me the Ashes [Phoenix Smith] by Carolyn Mulford
  • Cinnamon Toasted [Spice Shop] by Gail Oust
  • Tipping Point [Dan Lenson] by David Poyer
  • The Vulture [Ike Schwartz] by Frederick Ramsay
  • Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
  • The Bone Labyrinth [Sigma Force] by James Rollins
  • Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield
  • Brooklyn Secrets [Erica Donato] by Triss Stein
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone
  • Death by Dumpster by Karen Hanson Stuyck
  • The Forgotten Soldier [Pike Logan] by Brad Taylor
  • The Treacherous Net [Irene Huss] by Helene Tursten

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bond is Back!

You've got to love this prolific Brit! Anthony Horowitz has written across so many mediums -- novels, TV, theatre, films, and journalism. He created two of my favorite British television crime dramas, Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders, and wrote several episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot. Horowitz is the author of novels for adults and young people, including the Alex Rider teen spy series. The Conan Doyle estate commissioned him to write two new Sherlock Holmes stories, The House of Silk (2011) and Moriarty (2015).

Horowitz was commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate to produce a new James Bond novel based on previously unseen material written by OO7's creator. Prior to the 1962 film, Dr. No,  Ian Fleming was working on television series that was never released. Based on Fleming's unpublished manuscript, Horowitz has crafted a brilliant adventure to satisfy Bond fans, old and new.

Revisit the golden age of James Bond in his late 1950s world of danger, fast cars, smashing women, and sadistic villains in Rigger Mortis. Following his defeat of Goldfinger, Bond returns to London with Pussy Galore, but he's soon swept up in a Russians plot to sabotage a Grand Prix race in Germany. Expect to see familiar faces such as M and Moneypenny, as well as a new "Bond Girl," American agent Jeopardy Lane.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kenneth Branagh Climbs Aboard the Orient Express

It was just announced that Kenneth Branagh will direct a reboot of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. Branagh will also step in front of the camera as well, taking on the role of Hercule Poirot.

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh are producing the film. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay.

Agatha Christie's 1934 novel takes place onboard the famous train and features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The book has been adapted for film a number of times including the 1974 version starring Albert Finney, who was nominated for an Academy Award. David Suchet has portrayed Poirot on British TV for over 20 years.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Michael Connelly Releases Another Winner

When it comes to one of Connelly's books, I find I'm a binge-reader -- I have a great deal of trouble putting the book down and find myself reading long into the night. The latest installment in the Bosch series was released earlier this month and I was quick to get my hands on it.

In The Crossing, detective Harry Bosch teams up with his half-brother, Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller. Bosch is reluctantly retired from the LAPD. When defense attorney Haller asks Harry to take on an investigative role in one of his cases, Bosch feels that by agreeing, he'd be going over to the "dark side."

Against his better instincts, Bosch takes the case and turns his investigative prowess to reviewing the evidence of Haller's case. As he gets closer to uncovering the truth and without the backup of his LAPD badge, Bosch finds himself the target of a vicious killer.

I don't know if there's anyone out there who has not picked up a Michael Connelly thriller, but if so, do yourself a favor and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


That Amazon -- always on the cutting edge! Imagine, a brick-and-mortar building filled with books that you can actually hold in your hand before buying.

Amazon opened their first bookstore in Seattle earlier this month and I hope this is a new trend. There's nothing I enjoy more than browsing in a bookstore!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Mysteries for November

So much to be thankful for this month! There's a whole cornucopia of riches being released in November -- a new Michael Connelly and a Robert Crais; favorite authors; and soon-to-be favorites.
I see many to add to my reading about you?
  • The Special Dead [Rhona MacLeod] by Lin Anderson
  • The Guilty [Will Robie] by David Baldacci
  • The Lies that Bind [Maeve Conlan] by Maggie Barbieri
  • Away in a Manger [Molly Murphy] by Rhys Bowen
  • The Chocolate Falcon Fraud [Chocaholic] by JoAnna Carl
  • All Men Fear Me [Alafair Tucker] by Donis Casey
  • All Dressed in White [Under Suspicion] by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
  • The Promise [Elvis Cole & Joe Pike] by Robert Crais
  • A Specter of Justice [Sam Blackman] by Mark de Castrique
  • The Crossing [Harry Bosch / Mickey Haller] by Michael Connelly
  • One Man’s Flag [Jack McColl] by David Downing
  • Heirs and Assigns [Herbert Reardon] by Marjorie Eccles
  • Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
  • The Sundown Speech [Amos Walker] by Loren D. Estleman
  • Tricky Twenty-Two [Stephanie Plum] by Janet Evanovich
  • Home by Nightfall [Charles Lenox] by Charles Finch
  • Trimmed With Murder [Seaside Knitting] by Sally Goldenbaum
  • Murder By Kindness: The Gift Quilt [Quilted] by Barbara Graham
  • A Different Lie [Silver Bear] by Derek Haas
  • The Girl in the Ice [Konrad Simonsen] by Lotte & Søren Hammer
  • If Anything Should Happen [Kit Doyle] by Bonnie Hearn Hill
  • Death on Demand [Peter Shaw & George Valentine] by Jim Kelly
  • False Nine [Scott Manson] by Philip Kerr
  • South of Nowhere [Julia Kalas] by Minerva Koenig
  • Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Crucifixion Creek [Harry Belltree] by Barry Maitland 
  • Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything [Miss Ruffles] by Nancy Martin
  • The Mulberry Bush  by Charles McCarry
  • A Likely Story [Library Lover] by Jenn McKinlay
  • Bloodline by Warren Murphy
  • Unforgiving [Henry Christie] by Nick Oldham
  • Hidden [Nicole Jones] by Karen E. Olson
  • Yappy Hour [Roundup Crew] by Diana Orgain
  • A Christmas Escape [Christmas] by Anne Perry
  • American Blood [Marshall Grade] by Ben Sanders
  • Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue [Gaslight] by Victoria Thompson
  • Blind Reef [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin
  • The Code Busters Club, Case #5: The Hunt for the Missing Spy [Code Busters Club] by Penny Warner
  • The Puffin of Death [Gunn Zoo] by Betty Webb
  • Second Skin [Daniel Turner] by Michael Wiley

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spooky Reading for Halloween!

BOOO! It's that time of year to curl up with your favorite treat and enjoy a tricky mystery!
  • Witches Bane by Susan Wittig Albert (Cozy)
  • Antiques Maul by Barbara Allan (Cozy)
  • Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton (Supernatural Cozy)
  • A Cast-off Coven by Juliet Blackwell (Cozy)
  • Trick or Treachery: A Murder She Wrote Mystery by Donald Bain and Jessica Fletcher
  • The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian J. Braun (Cozy)
  • The Hunt Ball by Rita Mae Brown (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Charms and Chocolate Chips: a Magical Bakery) by Bailey Cates (Cozy)
  • Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs (Cozy)
  • Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie (Detective Mystery)
  • A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford (Culinary Cozy)
  • Crimes by Moonlight (Anthology edited by Charlaine Harris)
  • Ghostly Murders by P.C. Doherty (Historical Mystery)
  • Vampires, bones and Treacle Scones by
    Kaitlyn Dunnett (Cozy)
  • Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (Humorous Mystery
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Culinary Cozy)
  • Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber (Culinary Cozy)
  • Skeleton Key by Jane Haddam (Amateur Sleuth)
  • Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines (Amateur sleuth)
  • Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (Supernatural Thriller)
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Final Sookie Stackhouse mystery)
  • Southern Ghost by Carolyn Hart (Cozy/Amateur Sleuth)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (Suspense)
  • Murder in Vein: a Fang-In-Cheek Mystery by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine (Humorous Mystery)
  • Poisoned Tarts by G.A. McKevett (Cozy)
  • Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier (Cozy)
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense
  • The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan (Horror/Mystery)
  • The Quick by Lauren Owen (Suspense / Victorian London)
  • The Body in the Moonlight by Katherine Hall Page (Cozy)
  • Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry (Cozy)
  • Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty (Vampire / Horror)
  • The Dracula Dossier by James Reese (Suspense)
  • Night Hunter by Michael Reeves (Horror/Mystery)
  • A Hole in Juan by Gillian Roberts (Cozy)
  • Dracula: the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker (Horror)
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub (Horror)
  • The Last Grave by Debbie Viguie (Suspense / Witches)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mysteries on DVD

We all love reading mysteries, no doubt about it. But I also admit to an occasional binge-watching of TV mysteries. Often, I've discovered a new author to read simply because I've enjoyed the broadcast adaptation. 

Here's a list of some of my favorites. Check with your local library to see if they carry these titles on DVD.
  • Bletchley Circle (four former Bletchley code breakers put their wartime experience to work in solving a series of postwar murders)
  • Cadfael – adapted from Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries
  • Case Histories – based on Kate Atkinson’s Scottish PI series
  • Christie’s Marple
  • Christie’s Poirot
  • DCI Banks – adapted from Peter Robinson’s crime novels
  • Death Comes to Pemberley--adapted from P.D. James' novel with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy solving a murder
  • Death in Paradise (British cop Richard Poole is a fish out of water when he’s sent to the tiny Caribbean island of Sainte Marie to solve a mysterious murder)
  • Dexter – adapted from Jeffry Lindsay’s novels
  • Dick Francis Mysteries – based on the novels of Dick Francis
  • Endeavour – based on Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse characters
  • Father Brown – adapted from G.K. Chesterton mysteries
  • Foyle’s War (Christopher Foyle solves murders during World War II (created by Anthony Horowitz)
  • Grantchester -- (a young clergymand and down-to-earth cop fight crime in 1953 England) adapted from James Runcie's Sidney Chambers books
  • Hamish MacBeth – based on M.C. Beaton’s Scottish policeman novels
  • Inspector Lewis – based on Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse characters
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – based on Elizabeth George’s crime novels
  • Inspector Morse – adapted from Colin Dexter’s mysteries
  • Jack Irish – adapted from Australian author Peter Temple’s books
  • Jack Taylor – adapted from Ken Bruen’s books (set in Galway, Ireland)
  • The Last Detective (underdog London police detective)
  • Longmire – adapted from Craig Johnson’s novels
  • Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries -- adapted from the Dorothy L. Sayers’ novels
  • Lovejoy – adapted from Jonathan Gash’s novels
  • Maigret Collection – adapted from Georges Simenon ‘s novels
  • Midsomer Murders – adapted from Caroline Graham’s Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby novels
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – adapted from Kerry Greenwood’s 1920s Australia novels
  • Murdoch Mysteries ( brilliant detective in 1890s Toronto solves crimes)
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – adapted from Alexander McCall Smith’sdetective series set in Botswana, Africa  
  • Partners in Crime – adapted from Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence novels
  • Prime Suspect – adapted from Lydia La Plante’s  crime novels
  • Rebus – adapted from Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh detective novels
  • Rizzolli and Isles – based on Tess Gerritsen’s novels
  • Rosemary and Thyme (glorious gardens and classic whodunnits)
  • Scott and Bailey
  • Sergeant Cribb – based on Peter Lovesey’s Victorian London police novels
  • Seven Dials Mystery – adapted from Agatha Christies’ novel
  • Single-handed (a lone cop fights crime in rural Ireland
  • Still Life – adapted from Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels
  • Vera – adapted from Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series
  • Wallender – based on Henning Mankell’s crime novels
  • Sherlock – BBC's 21st century take on the Great Detective
  • Zen – based on the Michael Dibdin novels

Thursday, October 8, 2015

RIP Henning Mankell

Crime author Henning Mankell, the creator of the Kurt Wallander series, died from cancer on October 5.

Henning Mankell is dead. He died in his sleep early this morning in Göteborg. He was 67 years old.

Henning Mankell was one of the great Swedish authors of our time, loved by readers in Sweden and all over the world. His work includes around forty novels and numerous plays. His books have sold more than forty million copies and are translated into more than forty languages. Solidarity with those in need run through his entire work and manifested itself in action until the very end.

In 2001, together with Dan Israel, he founded Leopard Förlag where his books are published. Henning Mankell divided his time between Sweden and Moçambique where he was the artistic leader of Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

He is mourned by his wife Eva Bergman and his son Jon Mankell.

New Trailer for Upcoming Victorian "Sherlock" Episode

Check out the new trailer just released for Sherlock's hush-hush foray into Victorian times. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master sleuth along with pal Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman complete with handlebar mustache).

No definite date as yet, but the episode will air "soon-ish" on PBS Masterpiece Mystery. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 2, 2015

See What Mysteries are Brewing This October!

  • Forgotten Voices [Rina Martin] by Jane Adams
  • The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison
  • The Adventuress [Lady Emily] by Tasha Alexander
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher [Jessica Fletcher] by Donald Bain
  • Murder on the Switzerland Trail by Mike Befeler
  • A Shadowed Evil [Hawkenlye] by Alys Clare
  • Parchment and Old Lace [Scrapbooking] by Laura Childs & Terrie Farley Moran
  • Host by Robin Cook
  • Switchback [Darcy Lott] by Susan Dunlap
  • The Survivor [Mitch Rapp] by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
  • Dark Reservations [Joe Evers] by John Fortunato
  • Career of Evil [Cormoran Strike] by Robert Galbraith
  • A Banquet of Consequences [Thomas Lynley] by Elizabeth George
  • Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
  • Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  • Darkness on His Bones [James Asher Vampire Novel] by Barbara Hambly
  • Ghost to the Rescue [Bailey Ruth] by Carolyn Hart
  • The Grave Soul [Jane Lawless] by Ellen Hart
  • Murder by Suspicion [Ellie Quicke] by Veronica Heley
  • Fear the Dark [Bishop, Special Crimes Unit] by Kay Hooper
  • The Dead Student by John Katzenbach
  • The Theory of Death [Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus] by Faye Kellerman
  • The Right Wrong Thing [Dot Meyerhoff] by Ellen Kirschman
  • Strong Light of Day [Caitlin Strong] by Jon Land             
  • The Ville Rat [George Sueño & Ernie Bascom] by Martin Limón
  • Slay Bells [St. Rose Quilting Bee] by Annette Mahon
  • The Haunted Season [Max Tudor] by G.M. Malliet
  • Recalled to Death [Martha Gunn] by Priscilla Masters
  • Icarus [Benny Griessel] by Deon Meyer
  • The Circle [Martin Servaz ] by Bernard Minier 
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton
  • Murder in Megara [John the Eunuch] by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer
  • What You See [Jane Ryland] by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Wrath of the Furies [Ancient World] by Steven Saylor
  • Devil of Delphi [Andreas Kaldis] by Jeffrey Siger
  • A Death in the Family [Detective Kubu] by Michael Stanley
  • The Searcher [Solomon Creed] by Simon Toyne
  • Death Wears a Mask [Amory Ames] by Ashley Weaver
  • Foreign Affairs [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Daryl Wood Gerber Appearing in Burbank

Fans of Avery Aames / Daryl Wood Gerber may want to drop by the Burbank Public Library on Saturday, September 26th. Daryl will appear at the Buena Vista Branch at 3:30 pm to discuss her latest Cookbook Nook mystery, Fudging the Books.

Ms Gerber's appearance is part of the Friends of the Burbank Public Library 35th Birthday Celebration. Stop by for chocolate desserts and a fascinating visit with Daryl Wood Gerber!

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

More info.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New for September

Wow! September already. Where did the summer go? Here's the new crop of mysteries to explore.
  • hicago Noir: The Classics [SS] edited by Joe Meno
  • The Hanging Girl [Department Q] by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady [Darling Dahlias] by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Disposable Asset by John Altman
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  • The Blue Guitar by John Banville
  • Dishing the Dirt [Agatha Raisin] by M.C. Beaton
  • Murder on the Switzerland Trail by Mike Befeler
  • Patriot [Alex Hawke] by Ted Bell
  • The White Ghost [Billy Boyle] by James R. Benn
  • The Bark Before Christmas [Melanie Travis] by Laurien Berenson
  • The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell
  • The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
  • Come Hell or Highball [Discreet Retrieval Agency] by Maia Chance
  • Make Me [Jack Reacher] by Lee Child
  • The Man Who Fell from the Sky [Wind River] by Margaret Coel
  • Peril by Ponytail [Bad Hair Day] by Nancy J. Cohen
  • Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins [Jesse Stone continuation] by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • A Song of Shadows [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly
  • The End Game [Brit in the FBI] by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
  • The Solomon Curse [Sam and Remi Fargo] by Clive Cussler & Russell Blake
  • The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly
  • Is Fat Bob Dead Yet? by Stephen Dobyns
  • Never Look Down [Cal Claxton] by Warren C. Easley
  • The Dungeon House [Lake District] by Martin Edwards
  • Dark Waters [Raisa Jordan] by Chris Goff
  • The Scam [Fox & O’Hare] by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  • Skeleton Plot [John Lambert & Bert Hook ] by J.M. Gregson
  • The Zig Zag Girl [Magic Men Mystery] by Ellie Griffiths
     The Scribe by Matthew Guinn
  • A Shameful Murder [Reverend Mother] by Cora Harrison
  • The Drafter [Peri Reed] by Kim Harrison
  • The Killing Kind by Chris Holm
  • A Killing in Zion [Art Oveson] by Andrew Hunt
  • Move Your Blooming Corpse [Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins] by D.E. Ireland
  • Payback by Jonnie Jacobs
  • Dance of the Bones [J.P. Beaumont & Brandon Walker] by
    J.A. Jance
  • Shadow Play [Eve Duncan] by Iris Johansen
  • Cop Job [Sam Acquillo] by Chris Knopf 
  • The Drowning [Erica Falk] by Camilla Läckberg
  • Entry Island by Peter May 
  • The Company She Kept [Joe Gunther] by Archer Mayor
  • The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
  • Minute Zero [Judd Ryker] by Todd Moss
  • Classic in the Dock [Car Detective] by Amy Myers
  • Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
  • Murder House by James Patterson & David Ellis
  • Corridors of the Night [William Monk] by Anne Perry
  • Marbeck & the Gunpowder Plot [Martin Marbeck] by John Pilkington
  • Shanghai Redemption [Inspector Chen] by Qiu Xiaolong
  • The Tears of Angels [Colin Anderson & Freddie Costello] by
    Caro Ramsay
  • When Somebody Kills You [Rat Pack] by Robert J. Randisi
  • A Curious Beginning [Veronica Speedwell] by Deanna Raybourn
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  • Dinner Most Deadly [John Pickett] by Sheri Cobb South
  • Daughter of Ashes [Hannah Ives] by Marcia Talley
  • Helsinki Dead [Inspector Vaara] by James Thompson
  • Secret World [Kit Marlowe] by M.J. Trow
  • A Body in Barcelona [Max Cámara] by Jason Webster
  • Dark Places [Red River] by Reavis Z. Wortham

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Welcome back, Armand Gamache

The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny's 11th book in the amazing Chief Inspector Gamache series, has just been released and I was first in line at my local library.

If you are already a fan of Penny's books, I need say no more (other than I have been up past midnight the last two nights devouring this latest installment!).

If you have not yet discovered the sublime pleasure of Ms. Penny's multi-layered tales, now is a good time to introduce yourself. While the books can be read out of sequence, it's much more satisfying to start at the beginning and watch the characters and relationships in the tiny Quebec village of Three Pines unfold.

From the cover of The Nature of the Beast:

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.
A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Assault and Pepper

The one great thing about cozies (as I'm sure I've said before!) is that no matter where your interests
lie, there's a cozy series to meet that interest. I seem to lean toward culinary cozies, not because I'm a big foodie, but more because I get a vicarious pleasure reading about amateur sleuths who also cook real food. I'm even inspired to experiment with new recipes.

Anyway, I just finished reading Assault and Pepper, the new Spice Shop series by Leslie Budewitz (author of the Food Lovers' Village series) and really enjoyed the experience.

Here's the lowdown:
After a recent divorce and sudden unemployment, Pepper Reece is  making a new life for herself as the owner of a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Life is good until one morning when one of the local street people, a man known as "Doc," is found dead on her doorstep and one of Pepper's employees is arrested for murder.

This well-plotted mystery is set against the fascinating backdrop of Seattle and blends together all the savory and sweet sensory flavors of the Pike Place Market (if you've ever visited there, you'll know what I mean!). In addition to the delicious recipes Ms. Budewitz includes in the book, each chapter starts out with interesting bit of spice trivia or quote.

Assault and Pepper satisfied my three main criteria for an enjoyable cozy: 1. a witty page-turner; 2. it made me want to go back to Seattle and the Pike Place Market; and 3. learn something new. So if you'd like to get out of your processed food rut and add some much needed spice to your life, give this mystery a whirl.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Thanks for the Book Suggestion

Nan from Torrance, CA offers this recommendation:

I'm reading Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck. I recommend it for three reasons: I can certainly relate to the characters-- they feel real. Also, it's unique and it's a page-turner. It is sort of -- not subtle enough-- to be wonderful. But it's fun. Maybe it's cozy?

Invisible Ellen:  Overweight, socially challenged, and bearing a facial scar, Ellen Homes is content to live under the radar, keeping herself to herself. A night custodian at the local Costco, she spends her days sleeping in her tiny apartment. A lonely existence, but she's content. When Ellen witnesses an attempted mugging, she taps into her well of resolve and chases away the bad guy. As a result she becomes friends with the victim, a young blind woman. After their brush with crime, the two are determined to help those in need. They become involved in a number of situations, including uncovering an international crime ring at Costco.

What have you read lately?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chet and Bernie on the Case

Fans of Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie series will be sitting up and begging for this new treat! The dynamic duo's eighth outing is an exciting and captivating read. When Bernie's elderly neighbor, Mr. Parsons, gets in trouble for having an illegally transplanted saguaro cactus in his possession, the detective and his canine partner leap into action. What started out as a favor for a friend, quickly escalates to murder, cop corruption, and a cold kidnapping case.

The tale is narrated by Chet and his doggy stream of consciousness is a real kick. Quinn is certainly in tune with the canine thought processes. I thoroughly enjoyed Chet's perspective on perps and capturing bad guys. His point-on observations add a quirky sense of humor to the proceedings.

It doesn't matter if you're new to Chet and Bernie's adventures. Quinn drops enough clues to past books so that you can catch up on the friends and family members who inhabit Bernie Little's life. The series is fun to read and now I'll have to go back and catch up. If you'd like more on author Spencer Quinn, check out his website at

I'd also like to give a big thumbs up to Quinn for his gentle conservation reminder. Living in drought-ridden California, I don't know how often I've wanted to make a comment  to a neighbor habitually watering his "golf course-like," luxurious green lawn. Thank you, Bernie!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Love cozies?

Here's a nice selection of cozy mysteries due to be released in August. Check them out!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Special Christmas Special of BBC Sherlock Announced

Steven Moffat, executive producer of BBC's Sherlock, announced A Victorian Sherlock Christmas special to the fans at Comic-Con yesterday. A sneak peek  shown before the panel started showed Sherlock in his original 19th century garb and setting.

The BBC released a first look of Benedicct Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman dressed in the traditional tweeds and Watson sporting a handlebar moustache.