Monday, February 29, 2016

Left Coast Crime Lefty Awardees

Well, I'm back from a thrilling mystery weekend at Left Coast Crime convention in Phoenix. It's always a pleasure to rub elbows with so many of the authors we have grown to know and love! It's an opportunity to see favorite authors as well as discover new authors to experience. I also came home with a suitcase full of books to add to my "to-be-read" pile.

At Saturday's banquet, the following four awards were bestowed:

Best Humorous Mystery Novel -- Donna Andrews for Lord of the Wings

Best Historical Mystery Novel -- Rhys Bowen for Malice at the Palace

Best Left Coast Crime Regional Mystery Novel -- Gigi Pandian for The Accidental Alchemist

Best World Mystery Novel (set outside Left Coast Crime Georgaphic Region) --Louise Penny for The Nature of the Beast

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Career of Evil

I just spent the last weekend devouring Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. I've enjoyed each of the Cormoran Strike books tremendously, but have to say that this one is gripping and really impossible to put down.

Just as I was about to start on a review, a plum fell into my lap by way of my friend, Librarian Melissa. She did all the work and was kind enough to share. Thanks, Melissa!

Here's her awesome review of Career of Evil:

I was so excited to get hold of Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith's latest Cormoran Strike novel. I was a big fan of the first two books in the series and have been looking forward to the next chapter in the lives of private detective Cormoran Strike and his able assistant, Robin Ellacott.

A courier on a motorcycle delivers a box to the detective agency, addressed to Robin. She thinks nothing of it; she's in the throes of planning her wedding, and has ordered several things shipped to her at work, for convenience' sake. But when she opens the box expecting it to be cardboard instant cameras for the reception and instead discovers a severed woman's leg, things get serious rather quickly.

Cormoran believes that one of four men from his past as a military policeman has targeted Robin in an effort to get to him. When the police discover that one of these four is a mobster who has a history of cutting off body parts, they focus on him to the exclusion of the rest; it becomes increasingly clear, however (at least to Cormoran and Robin), that he is not the perpetrator, so they start an investigation into the past and present lives of the remaining three. But whoever is stalking them is also committing more horrifying acts, so if they're going to solve this mystery, they need to get a move on! Also, Robin's wedding to Matthew is looming...

This book was awesome. These Cormoran Strike books are not for the squeamish--the fact that some describe them as "crime novels" rather than "mysteries" is both telling and appropriate. But the characterizations are so strong, the interactions so fascinating, and the details so well crafted that I wasn't put off by the gory details. Another good one. The ending, however, killed me. What's next for Cormoran and Robin?

The other two books in this series are The Cuckoo's Calling, and The Silkworm. And in case you didn't know, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling. She also wrote a book called The Casual Vacancy, which I heartily disliked; but Cormoran Strike has more than made up for that, and all is forgiven!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Louise Penny Book

Bestselling author Louise Penny has announced the title of her 12th Armand Gamache novel. A Great Reckoning will be published on August 20th.

According to Penny, readers will find out what's next for Gamache. Get ready to return to Three Pines for another wonderful tale with all your favorite characters. You can pre-order now at your local bookstore or library.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Love New Mysteries? Try these in February!

Check out these new releases:
  • The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer [WISE Enquiries Agency] by Cathy Ace
  • Cometh the Hour [Clifton Chronicles] by Jeffrey Archer
  • Into Oblivion: an Iclandic Thriller [Inspector Erlendur prequel] by Arnaldur Indridason 
  • Jane and the Waterloo Map [Jane Austen] by Stephanie Barron
  • Death of a Nurse [Hamish Macbeth #32] by M.C. Beaton
  • The Wolves [John Wells] by Alex Berenson
  • I’m Travelling Alone [Holger Munch] by Samuel Bjørk 
  • The Killing Forest [Louise Rick & Camilla Lind] by Sara Blaedel
  • Murder on a Summer’s Day [Kate Shackleton] by Frances Brody 
  • The Art of War by Stephen Coonts
  • The Samaritan [Carter Blake] by Mason Cross 
  • Here Comes the Bribe [Bed-and-Breakfast] by Mary Daheim
  • Blood Will Tell [Dorothy Martin] by Jeanne M. Dams
  • Unreasonable Doubt [Molly Smith] by Vicki Delany
  • The God’s Eye View  by Barry Eisler
  • The House of Eyes [Wesley Peterson & Gerry Heffernan] by Kate Ellis
  • Shoot [Valentino] by Loren D. Estleman
  • She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
  • Wedding Cake Murder [Hannah Swensen] by Joanne Fluke
  • Find Her [D.D. Warren] by Lisa Gardner
  • What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin
  • Back Blast [Gray Man] by Mark Greaney
  • Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
  • The Fourth Horseman [Kirk McGarvey] by David Hagberg
  • The Lavender Lane Lothario [Mitch Berger & Des Mitry] by David Handler
  • One Under [Bill Slider] by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 
  • The Fall of Moscow Station [Red Cell] by Mark Henshaw
  • A Midsummer’s Equation [Detective Galileo] by Keigo Higashino
  • The Primrose Pursuit [Francis Oughterard] by Suzette A. Hill
  • The Lion’s Mouth [Hanne Wilhelmsen] by Anne Holt 
  • Hardcastle’s Collector [Ernest Hardcastle] by Graham Ison
  • No Cats Allowed [Cat in the Stacks] by Miranda James
  • Tundra Kill [Nathan Active] by Stan Jones
  • Breakdown [Alex Delaware] by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Hidden Bodies [Joe Goldberg] by Caroline Kepnes 
  • The Language of Secrets [Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty] by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • South of Nowhere [Julia Kalas] by Minerva Koenig 
  • Pacific Burn [Jim Brodie] by Barry Lancet
  • Honky Tonk Samurai [Hap Collins & Leonard Pine] by Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  • The Mayfly by Phillip Margolin
  • Violent Crimes [Amanda Jaffe] by Phillip Margolin
  • Runaway by Peter May
  • Shutter Man [Balzano & Byrne] by Richard Montanari
  • Cat Shout for Joy [Joe Grey] by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø
  • The Squandered [Bruno Johnson] by David Putnam
  • Ice Chest by J.D. Rhoades
  • Friends of the Dusk [Merrily Watkins] by Phil Rickman
  • Brotherhood in Death [Eve Dallas] by J.D. Robb
  • The Accidental Agent [Jimmy Nessheim] by Andrew Rosenheim
  • Land of Shadows [Medieval] by Priscilla Royal
  • Saving Jason [Jason Stafford] by Michael Sears
  • Floodgate by Johnny Shaw
  • Rough Justice [Carl Burns] by Brad Smith 
  • Thicker than Water [Monika Paniatowski] by Sally Spencer
  • The Capitalist [Louis Morgon] by Peter Steiner
  • The Passenger by F.R. Tallis
  • No Shred of Evidence [Ian Rutledge] by Charles Todd
  • Death in the Tuscan Hills [Commissario Bordelli] by Marco Vichi
  • The Cellar by Minette Walters 
  • The Silence of Stones [Crispin GuestMedieval Noir] by Jeri Westerson
  • Trade Secrets [Marcus Corvinus] by David Wishart
  • The Silence of the Sea [Thora Gudmundsdottir] by Yrsa Sigurdardotti