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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.

I'd Know You Anywhere

Eliza’s life as a happily married, suburban wife and mother is calm and peaceful, except for her relationship inmate behind barswith her teen daughter. Then she gets a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her as a teenager in 1985. He says, "I'd Know You Anywhere."She was his only victim to survive, and she had long ago put those memories to rest.

Sherlock Holmes and Modern Times

Sherlock HolmesThe Sherlockian by Graham Moore delves into the world of ardent Sherlock Holmes fans!

Lone Star Noir

The Alamo

Lone Star Noir is part of the Akashic Noir series. Each short story mystery is set

National Park Murders!

woman in wheelchair

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

boy curling

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
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