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As Good as the Original?

Death in Paradise coverI read recently that Robert B. Parker’s books will be continued after his death by new authors chosen by his widow. This led to mixed feelings. Much as I love the idea of the characters living on in new books, I am not sure that the new authors will be up to duplicating the original. When you look at some of the TV series and movies remakes, you see what I mean. However, Robert B.

The Black Ice

Black Ice coverThe Black Ice is Connelly’s second book in his Harry Bosch series, after

A Rule Against Murder

cover of A Rule Against MurderEvery year Chief Inspector Armand Gamache takes his wife on a summer holiday at their favorite place, Quebec’s Manoir Bellechasse. They amuse themselves by observing their fellow guests, a large dysfunctional family named the Finneys. Then, a huge statue falls and crushes one of the daughters.  The manoir's owner has A  Rule Against Murder, but someone did it anyway! Armand’s vacation ends and his work begins.

Faceless Killers

cover of Faceless KillersBestselling Swedish author Henning Mankell is well known for his series featuring detective Kurt Wallender. The first book in the series is Faceless Killers.  An elderly couple is murdered on an isolated farm after being tortured brutally. Foreign refugees are suspected and attacks against refugees increase. Meanwhile, Wallender deals with his estranged wife and daughter and his senile father.

The Black Echo

soldiers loading weaponThe Black Echo is the first novel in the Harry Bosch series, and I picked it up because I enjoyed

The Girl in the Green Raincoat

girl in the green raincoat book coverOne of my favorite private eyes, Tess Monaghan, is pregnant and confined during her third trimester.  Bored and restless, she spends a lot of time looking out her window. She observes The Girl in the Green Raincoat walking her dog every day.

The Last Lie

Devil's ThubmAfter The Siege, White gets back to writing about Alan Gregory, his Boulder area psychologist/sleuth. Alan and his family, including his adopted son Jonas, are dealing with the arrival of new neighbors, living in Jonas’ old house across the street. Will they tear down the beloved barn/studio that Jonas’ father worked in?

The Informationist

In Steven’s debut novel, Vanessa Munroewoman karate kicking is an informationist, with an uncanny knack for languages, the ability to fit into any environment and a tortured past. Her current high paying client is the father of Emily Burbank, who disappeared in Africa 4 years ago. The last man to see her is now insane. This is a fast moving, suspenseful book, and Vanessa is a great action heroine. Think Laura Croft with the ability to speak 22 languages.  I will definitely read the sequel that’s sure to follow.


No Good Deeds

I love the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman. By now Tess has been a PI for so long, that shNo Good Deeds cvoere no longer misses her old job as a newspaper reporter. However, she does work closely with reporters.

Murder in the Gardens

Eleven year old Flavia de Luce is at her best in A Red Herring Without Mustard. As usual, syoung girlhe roams her family’s estate and the nearby village, set in post WWII England. Her sisters torment her, her father is lost in his own world, and of course, she discovers a mystery. The local poacher, Brookie Harewood, is found hanging from a statue in the family gardens.

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