I enjoyed doing a ride-along as The Son breaks out of prison and seeks revenge on those whose crimes he has confessed to, in exchange for heroin. He relinquished his soul, you see, when his policeman father committed suicide, rather than be exposed as a mole. This is an engaging thrill-ride of a mystery in which you may find yourself rooting for the “bad guy”.
The Other Typist
by Suzanne Rindell
This carefully crafted and clever novel will leave you NEEDING to talk with other readers about exactly what happened! It’s the roaring 20’s in New York and Rose is a typist for the police department. She’s awed yet fascinated by the changes in women’s lives emerging around her–bobbed hair for heaven’s sake! Then enter the charismatic Odalie who embodies these changes and utterly captivates Rose. Get ready to enter a speakeasy and sample the forbidden, but be sure to know who you are. (that was foreshadowing!)
The Black-Eyed Blonde
by Benjamin Black
Departing from his sterling series featuring Dublin-based pathologist Quirke, the author recreates Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and sends him unraveling a mystery set in mid-20th Century Southern California. Chandler fans will rejoice but the plot is so clever, the characters so rich, the pervasive atmosphere so compelling and the hardboiled dialogue so entertaining that a reader need not be a Chandler fan to enjoy thoroughly. An engrossing read from first page to last.
by Megan Miranda
Cop shows have failed me.
I was certain I knew who the “bad guy” was from the second the book asks you to guess. I was completely wrong, but the choice makes sense. Miranda keeps you guessing and wondering about not only present circumstances, but also events in the past that Mallory can’t remember clearly. It is a very intense look at how tragedy can change people’s lives, no matter what the tragedy may be.
Oh. My. Goodness. You don’t need to know much about this book in order to know that you must read it. From the very first page, you know you are in the hands of a master. The story doesn’t even matter (though it’s great) – the writing is that good. This is one that I won’t expound on much so as not to spoil anything, but trust me when I say that you will turn the last page, let go of the breath you didn’t know you were holding, and immediately open it again. Then you will want to tell everyone you know to go read it so you can talk about it! Such a fantastic book!
The concept alone was enough to make me pick up this book: Elizabeth doesn’t feel emotions–she sees them in human form. Fear is cocky, Courage is his brother and opposite in every way. Emotions aren’t the only things that are personified though–Nightmare, Rain, etc. are also around. This book is written beautifully and is unlike many of the novels I have read: it has an original concept rather than a basic rehash of cliches.
Who killed Lucinda Trimble? That’s the central question driving this second novel featuring West Virginia prosecutor Bell Elkins. But this well-written, fast-moving novel has other topics to explore, including Bell’s sometimes tense relationship with Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, a possible terrorist threat, a visitor from Bell’s past and the characters that make up a poor but proud mountain community.