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Viva Las Vegas!

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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.

Rizzoli and Isles

Tess Gerritsen

With the advent of the new TV series based on Tess Gerritsen’s mysteries, I decided to investigate,

The Siege

Book and Snake building, Yale

I love Stephen White’s mysteries, and this one is no exception. Most of his novels feature Alan Gregory, a psychologist in Boulder, Colo. However, some of his novels feature other characters, with Alan making a mere cameo appearance. In The Seige, Sam Purdy, Alan’s policeman friend, is the star. He winds up in New Haven on the campus of Yale University. Family friends have a daughter on the campus that may have been kidnapped and he is there to investigate, without letting the New Haven police know he is there. He soon finds out that there is a hostage situation on campus, and that the resourceful terrorists are not afraid to kill college students. This is a very suspenseful read that makes you think. If you want to read some of his other books, the first Alan Gregory mystery is Privileged Information.

Cozy but deadly

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One of Charlaine Harris’ less known series features Aurora Teagarden, a librarian and real estate agent.

Dead Madonna

fishing man

Dead Madonna is one of the Loon Lake mysteries by Victoria Houston. The heroine, police chief Lew Ferris, tries to keep order in her small town, but has to deal with two suspicious deaths in one day. She enlists the help of Doc, her lover and part time coroner, and a local fishing guide, Ray.  This is a laid back series, with lots of eccentric characters. Fishing is a big part of everyone's life so you do learn something about fly fishing. You probably will figure out "who done it" well before the end, but you'll enjoy the ride.

Curse of the Spellmans

books and birthday cake for Izzy Spellman

Isabel Spellman’s family is still in the PI business and they still drive each other crazy! When Izzy has to move back home, she really likes the new, handsome neighbor next door, but then she notices some suspicious activities. Now she won’t rest even though she has been arrested 4 times over the course of her investigation! Curse of the Spellmans is the second book in the Spellman series, and it’s even funnier than the first book. It was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel as well as a Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel. 

Miss de Luce

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Flavia de Luce is a brilliant chemist and detective, and she happens to be 11 years old.

Tortured by her evil big sisters, ignored by her loving but eccentric father, she is left to her own devices in their English manor house in the village of Bishop’s Lacey. When a local puppet show is ruined by the death of the puppeteer, she investigates. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag may sound like a children’s book, but it is definitely an adult book, and well worth the read. The author received the Debut Dagger Award for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first Flavia de Luce mystery.

 

 

Playing with Fire!

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If you haven’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet, you’ll have to wait for a copy as everyone wants to read it. However, there are not nearly as many requests for The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second book in the series. If you’ve been wondering if it’s as good as the first, reviews are mixed. However, I found it to be quite entertaining, and enjoyed the insight into the Lisbeth Salander character. My only regret is that the author has passed away and there will be no more books from him. In this one, a journalist is about to expose Sweden's sex trafficking business when he and his girlfriend are suddenly murdered. Due to circumstantial evidence, Lisbeth is a prime suspect and she goes into hiding. Her friend, Blomkvist,strives to clear her. The characters, as before, are quite interesting as is the look at Swedish society.

Lasso yourself a good read!

cowboy with lasso

The Texas Library Association has released its first Lariat List of recommended reading for adults. One might expect this to be a list of novels set in Texas, but that is not so. The group wanted to create a list of books that were "a pleasure to read.” The Lariat List is diverse in genres and appeal factors. I thought you might like to know about the mysteries on the list. Here they are:
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