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.

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