Turn Coat

I’m still reading through the Dresden Files series. Although these are not traditional mysteries, they are a lot cover of bookof fun. I'm reading the 11th in the series, Turn Coat. In this one, Chicago wizard detective Harry Dresden finds Morgan, a fellow wizard, asking for his help. There has been a great deal of conflict between these two even after Harry was asked to join the magic-governing White Council.

One of the White Council leaders was murdered and Morgan has been framed for it. If Morgan didn’t do it, then another respected wizard is responsible and Harry has to search for the traitor. With the help of his vampire and werewolf allies and with his sarcastic wit, Harry is up for the job.

White House Chef mysteries

picture of white hosueI went in search of some new mysteries to tell you about. On the shelf I found, Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy. This looks like a fun cozy mystery featuring Ollie Paras, the chef at the White House. In this one, the second in the series, Ollie has to investigate two deaths in the White House, while planning a holiday meal.

The Trial

It seems that so many legal thriller writers use the setting of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.  It’s rare to find legal thrillers based in the great state of Texas. The Trial by Larry D. Thompson is one book that has Texas as its setting and is the reason for why I decided to give this legal thriller a try.

Best of 2012

Every year, Library Journal magazine chooses the best genre fiction of the year. Here are their choices for Best Mystery of 2012.
Box, CJ   Force of Nature: A Joe Picket t Novel.  This series has been running for a long time, but LJ ccover of A Fatal Winteralled this a “stunningly fresh entry.”

Looking Forward to 2013

So the New Year is upon us and there are many things to look forward to in the coming year. I am looking forward to keeping my new year's resolution of reading more books than I did in 2012. I am also looking forward to all the new books that will be releasing in 2013! I have actually started requesting 2013 books through the HCPL catalog. Here are three titles that will release next year that you can request as well! 

Blood Money by James Grippando

In the Outback

outbackAustralian Emily Tempest is half white, half aborigine and she has grown up in both worlds. After traveling widely, she returns to her outback home, Moonlight Downs, and tries to fit in with her old friends. Right after she arrives, a dear friend is found strangled. A local eccentric is blamed and Emily tires to find him. This debut novel won the Ned Kelly award for best first Australian mystery.  Besides the mystery, I found this look into Australian culture very interesting.

The Trial of Fallen Angels

I have never read a paranormal legal thriller, until I stumbled upon The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel Jr.

A lawyer arrives in the afterlife without knowing what happened to her. She gets assigned to present cases for the final judgment. While she starts to know her "clients" she slowly realizes she is defending the lives of others who were connected to her life.

Holidays in the Texas Hill Country - Not so merry

Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert set in the Texas Hill Country is an easy read featuring China Bayles.

Black Cherry Blues

I grew up in Louisiana and remember when James Lee Burke was just getting his start. For various reasons, I had not read any of the Dave Robicheaux novels. So recently I got around to reading picture of gray heron, Black Cherry Blues,  one of his early mysteries.  In this title, Robicheaux is dealing with his wife’s murder, while he runs his fishing business and cares for his adopted daughter. An old friend comes by and shares some troubling secrets with him. Dave winds up framed for murder and trying to solve the murder of Indian activists in Montana. Burke is an excellent writer. His descriptions of natural beauty in both Louisiana and Montana are wonderful. And his characters are engaging, realistic and interesting. I will be reading more of Mr. Burke’s work

Above the Law

Tim Green brings his readers a twisting legal thriller titled Above The Law.  If you are looking for suspense, thrills, and action then you should give this book a try.

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