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