Book Hunters in Brief #126: Murder on the Beach

There's something about stories of trouble in paradise that strike a particularly resonant chord with humans--Judaism and Christianity are far from the only religions that begin with a fall from an earthly Eden. Why? Beats me, but its something for us all to ponder this summer as we lay on a beach with a tall frosty one beside us and the sand between our toes. Book Hunters has a few suggestions to fill your beach bag with.

Palm Beach Nasty by Tom Turner

Time for a mystery?

C J Box has written a series of books about a forest park ranger and the people who come into his life.  You will be able to read all about the animals in the park both four legged and two legged.  It has humor and some dark areas.  It will keep you turning page after page and you will come to love Joe's family and friends.  This series has enough titles for your reading enjoyment of a long time.  It all started with "Open Season" and goes on with  15 more titles.  I like to read it in order because some things happen that may be spoiled with what you read in a future book.  His latest is "Off the Grid" featuring his best friend Nate Romanowski.  So come in and put a couple of his books on hold, or you may be lucky enough to find the one you need on the shelf.

One Step Behind

I love reading mysteries with hard-boiled, troubled detectives. I just finished reading one of the Kurt Wallander mysteries. Kurt is a Swedish police detective and he battles with the changes in Swedish society. Crime is increasing and he feels inadequate, as do many of his department. In the start of this book, a murderer kills three young people when they are celebrating Midsummer by having a picnic. Everyone thinks they've gone off on a trip, but one parent is sure that there is something wrong, even though she's been receiving postcards from her daughter. When the bodies are revealed, Wallander and his team go after the killer who always seems to be both one step ahead of them and One Step Behind. I enjoy the character of Wallander and the look at Swedish society. 

One Step Behind


Waiting for Harry ???

If you're waiting for the newest Harry Bosch mystery, The Crossing, you may want to read some other gritty, hard boiled detective stories. Harry is unique, but these good reads also. 

Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child

Wil Hardesty novels by Richard Barre

Derek Strange and Terry Quinn mysteries by George P Pelecanos

Department Q mysteries by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Charlie Resnick mysteries by John Harvey

cover of The Marco Effect


What I've Been Reading

Here's what I've been reading lately..Almost finished with the Harry Bosch series, and found a new author. 

cover of Gods of Guilt

Gods of Guilt 

cover of the Burning Room

The Burning Room

cover of The Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

A Firing Offense

A Firing Offense

What have you been reading???


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Minnow Bly has learned some hard lessons in the short seventeen years that make up her life. She’s learned that parts of you that you take for granted can be taken away, your family can betray you in the blink of an eye, and she’s learned that the power of belief can be the most dangerous thing of all.

The Black Box

In 1992, during the L.A. riots, Harry and his partner investigated the murder of a young Danish journalist, Anneke Jespersen. The investigation was too brief for Harry’s taste, as there were lots of murders during the riots. All they had time to do was gather a spent bullet. Now 20 years later, investigating cold cases, Harry is able to pinpoint the gun that killed her. Determined as always, and flaunting authority as usual, he looks for the “black box” of the case. Just like the black box on a plane, The Black Box in a murder case unlocks the story to Harry. Back then, it was thought Anneke was a victim of the random violence. But Harry uncovers what really happened. 

The Black Box

The Drop and other stories

Well I’m continuing on the Harry Bosch series. In The Drop, Harry is working on a 1989 rape and murder case, when he is called out to investigate the apparent suicide of a councilman’s son. The councilman, Irvin Irving, is a long time enemy of Harry’s and yet he asks for Harry specifically to investigate this death. Of course, Harry wonders why. The 1989 murder case has DNA evidence but the suspect would have been 8 years old at the time! As usual, Harry has his work cut out for him. He is also dealing with his role as a single dad, and dating a new lady. 

The Drop

I also read Manhattan Mayhem which is a collection of mystery short stories from the Mystery Writers of America. Mary Higgins Clark is the editor. Each story is set in a specific Manhattan neighborhood. I didn’t realize how big Manhattan was and I didn’t know it included places like Little Italy or Chinatown. So I learned a lot about Manhattan and I enjoyed the stories. Mary Higgins Clark is the editor. 


The Forgiveness of Sins

I’ve fallen in love with the Grantchester series by James Runcie. I like the fact that that each book is a series of short stories. That makes them easy to read in between longer books. In the stories, Sidney Chambers, a Church of England priest, is also a part time detective. He doesn’t mean to get involved in local crimes and murders, but he does have a talent for solving mysteries. In The Forgiveness of Sins, Sidney deals with a confessed murderer who has taken refuge in his church. Other stories include Sidney’s friend, Amanda, receiving hateful mail, and a piano accidently falling on the local music teacher! Just as in Agatha Christie’s books, things are not what they seem in these quiet English villages.

Cover of The Forgiveness of Sins



Scenic mountain ranges, rustic bed and breakfasts overlooking peaceful pastures; that’s what a great many little towns dotting the US are renowned for. At first glance, no one would assume the little village of Buckaroo, Oregon would be any different. Except what Buckaroo is known for, what it’s infamous for, are serial killers.

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