Friday, August 26, 2016

Pets on the Page

Well, today was National Dog Day, but let's give a shout-out to both our furry friends in the mystery
genre. I lost the second on my two feline companions this month and I'm still dealing with the loss (hence the limited posts). Here's a selection of authors with a bit of doggie and kitty puzzlers:


Ellery Adams (J.B. Stanley) -- Captain Haviland, a black standard poodle, and human, Olivia Limoges

Barbara Allan (Barbara and Max Allan Collins) -- Sushi, a blind Shih Tzu, and human, Brandy Borne (Trash ’n’ Treasures mysteries)

Donna Ball -- golden retriever Cisco and human, Raine Stockton

Cynthia Baxter -- Veterinarian Jessica Popper and the Reigning Cats & Dogs mysteries

Carol Lea Benjamin -- pit bull Dashiell and human Rachel Alexander

Laurien Berenson -- Melanie Travis and her standard poodles

Michael Bond -- bloodhound Pommes Frites and gourmet restaurant guide inspector Aristide Pamplemousse

Todd Borg -- Harlequin Great Dane, Spot, and his human, Owen McKenna

Rita Mae Brown -- dachshund Baxter and human, Mags Rogers

Susan Conant -- dog trainer Holly Winter in the Dog Lovers mysteries

Sue Henry -- miniature dachshund, Stretch, and human, Maxie McNabb

 Spencer Quinn Chet, the dog, and private investigator Bernie Little in the Chet and Bernie series

David Rosenfelt –  defense attorney Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, followed by a variety of canine assistants

Dana Stabenow -- half-wolf, half-husky Mutt and human Kate Shugak

Peggy Webb -- Elvis Presley, reincarnated as a basset hound, with humans Callie Valentine Jones and Lovie, in the Southern Cousins mysteries

Garrison Allen -- Mycroft (Big Mike) and his human companion, Penelope Warren

Marian Babson – variety of mysteries featuring cats

Lorna Barrett (L.L. Bartlett) -- Miss Marple and her human companion, Tricia Miles

Ali Brandon (Diane A.S. Stuckart) -- Hamlet and his human companion, Darla Pettistone

Lilian Jackson Braun -- Koko and Yum Yum and their human, Jim Qwilleran

Rita Mae Brown --  Mrs. Murphy and her human, Mary Minor Haristeen

Carole Nelson Douglas -- tomcat sleuth Midnight Louie and his human, Temple Barr

 Rebecca M. Hale -- Isabella and Rupert with their human, Rebecca

Miranda James (Dean James) -- Maine coon cat, Diesel, and human, Charlie Harris

Sofie Kelly -- Owen and Hercules, cats with special powers, and their human, Kathleen Paulson

Evan Marshall -- Winky and human, Jane Stuart

Alex Matthews -- Starshine and human, Cassidy McCabe

Shirley Rousseu Murphy -- Joe Grey, cat and private investigator

Fran Stewart -- Marmalade and human, Biscuit McKee

Leann Sweeney -- Cats in Trouble series

Enjoy and be sure to give your furry friend a big hug!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hot Titles for August

Can you believe that it's AUGUST already? You know what that means...the holidays aren't very far away! There's a nice mix in this month's offerings, but if I may admit to a slight bias, I am very excited to read the new Louise Penny book, A Great Reckoning.

Die Like an Eagle [Meg Langslow] by Donna Andrews

Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel
[Miss Dimple Kilpatrick] by Mignon F. Ballard

Damage Contro
l [Josie Kendall] by Michael Bowen

Crowned and Dangerous
[Royal Spyness] by Rhys Bowen

Sting by Sandra Brown

The Emerald Lie [Jack Taylor] by Ken Bruen

The Jealous Kind [Holland Family] by James Lee Burke

A Time of Torment [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly

I Shot the Buddha [Siri Paiboun] by Colin Cotterill

A Catered Tea Party [Murder with Recipes] by Isis Crawford

Survivors Will Be Shot Again [Dan Rhodes] by Bill Crider

The Commodore by P.T. Deutermann

Fatal Odds [Michael Knight] by John F. Dobbyn

Dust to Dust [Ingrid Langley & Patrick Gillard] by Margaret Duffy

Treason in the Secret City [Libby Clark] by Diane Fanning

Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth

Knit Your Own Murder [Needlecraft] by Monica Ferris

American Night
s [Moriah Dru & Richard Lake] by Gerrie Ferris Finger

Hell Fire [Konrad Sejer] by Karin Fossum

Hot Start
[Cordell Logan] by David Freed

Broken Trust [Badge of Honor] by W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV

The One Man by Andrew Gross

Frostline by Linda Howard & Linda Jones

Rebellion’s Message [Jack Blackjack] by Michael Jecks

Sorrow Road [Bell Elkin] by Julia Keller

Rise the Dark [Markus Novak] by Michael Koryta 

Death at the Boston Tea Party
[John Rawlings] by Deryn Lake

Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels [Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Out of Sight, Tishomingo Blues] by Elmore Leonard

Any Minute Now by Eric Van Lustbader

Murder at Rough Point [Gilded Newport] by Alyssa Maxwell

Arrowood by Laura McHugh

The St. Lucia Island Club [John Le Brun] by Brent Monahan

Wedding Bell Blues
[Dixie Dew] by Ruth Moose

Liar’s Key [Emma Sharpe & Colin Donovan] by Carla Neggers

When Krishna Calls [Anita Ray] by Susan Oleksiw

The Women of the Souk [Mamur Zapt] by Michael Pearce

A Great Reckoning [Inspector Gamache] by Louise Penny

Rat Run [Colin Anderson & Freddie Costello] by Caro Ramsay

The Damascus Threat [Dominic Verrazzano] by Matt Rees

When the Music’s Over
[Alan Banks] by Peter Robinson

Damaged [Rosato & Associates] by Lisa Scottoline

Death in Disguise [Monika Paniatowski] by Sally Spencer

Nothing Short of Dying [Clyde Barr] by Erik Storey

Thrill Kill [Matt Sinclair] by Brian Thiem

Rob Thy Neighbor [Charlie Henry] by David Thurlo

The Shattered Tree [Bess Crawford] by Charles Todd

The Sixth Idea [Monkeewrench] by P.J. Tracy

Death in the Tuscan Hills
[Commissario Bordelli] by Marco Vichi

A Maiden Weeping
[Crispin Guest] by Jeri Westerson

The Night Bell [Hazel Micallef] by Inger Ash Wolfe

Smooth Operator [Teddy Fay] by Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall

Mississippi Noir
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