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National Park Murders!

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Anna Pigeon, National Park Service ranger, leaves her new husband for her new dream job in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. During her first days there, two missing girls are found by a bitter paraplegic, Heath Jarrod. At first there’s conflict between Anna and Heath, two determined strong women. But, there’s a third girl missing, and Anna and Heath join forces to investigate. Of course, there’s a religious cult and sexual abuse. Hard Truth holds your interest and is quite suspenseful as long as you don’t mind the author’s opinions about organized religion and the sometimes gruesome, graphic scenes in some parts of the book.

A Fatal Grace

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Quebec Surete Inspector Armand Gamache, is back in the small village of Three Pines to solve the murder of a cruel, vindictive woman. She was electrocuted during a local curling event and at first it looks like an accident. Then, the difficulty is figuring out who among her many enemies would have the expertise and opportunity to set up the murder. If you like Agatha Christie, you’ll love A Fatal Grace. Each time I read one of Louise Penny’s mysteries, I enjoy her characters more and more so I’m looking forward to reading the next one in this series.


1st To Die

San FranciscoI wanted to try one of James Patterson’s titles, as he is so popular. 1st to Die is the beginning of his Women’s Murder Club series. The heroine is Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department. It starts with a dramatic beginning in which she is holding her gun to her head and seriously considering ending it all.

Still Life


After reading The Brutal Telling, I decided to go back and read the first book, Still Life, in Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series. Jane Neal, a retired school teacher, is found dead, shot by an arrow

A New Orleans Visit

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Since I was raised in the New Orleans area, I always like to read mysteries set in N.O., 

What are you reading?

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For the past few months, I've been telling you about the mysteries I've read. But now

The Brutal Telling, Revisted

Louise Penny

When I blogged last week about The Brutal Telling, I really did not have time to do it justice. Yes, there’s local color, but there is also a complex, dark mystery

The Brutal Telling


I'm reading The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny, set in Three Pines, a remote Canadian village.

The Grand Old Lady

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Recently I read a USA Today article featuring British mystery author P.D. James. She is 90 years old, but still writing! She just got back from a voyage on the Queen Mary 2, where she gave lectures about her life and career. She also signed 600 books! She has written eighteen novels, fourteen of them featuring Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard. She is “a legend in her own right as a crime writer and a national treasure,” says Daniel Mallory, an expert on crime fiction at Oxford. After reading this, I’ve decided to re-read some of her books. The first Adam Dalgliesh book is Cover Her Face, which would be a good place to start if you want to get acquainted with her works.

Viva Las Vegas!


Author Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series is very popular, but here in Void Moon, he writes a stand alone novel. The heroine Cassie Black, is an ex-con, haunted by memories of a lover who died in their last Las Vegas heist. After time in prison, Cassie has gone straight but circumstances lead her back into Las Vegas to pull one more big job. I love caper stories like this, probably because breaking into a casino and cracking a safe is something I would never do in real life! But in makes a fun suspenseful read.

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