Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How The Dead Speak by Val McDermid

Tony is in jail, Carol is no longer a cop.  But the dead still speak to them.  The police unit they left behind has some problems but they are working hard on their cases.  And they have several cases.

Atlantic Monthly and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on December 3rd.

He's trying to establish prison programs to enable the inmates to move on when they have served their time.  Trying to give them reading lessons, teaching them to meditate, and other world skills they've missed out on.  Carol is working with a group of lawyers who are trying to get innocent people out of prison.  They are finding new directions but they miss each other.  Tony has told her not to come for visits.  He thinks it will make him feel worse but it hurts Carol.  She'd like to see him and talk to him.

Carol talks to a prisoner and decides he's telling the truth:  he didn't kill the missing  man.  Now she has to see if she can find the missing man.

The squad has their hands full.  A contractor at an old school run by nuns years ago has found a skull in the front yard.  Suddenly it turns into 40 skulls in the front yard.  Some old, some newer.  Then a cadaver dog finds boys in the vegetable garden of the neighbor.  He was the school's maintenance man and he admits to burying the young girls that died at night in the front yard.  Both he and the head nun said it was because they had no one to care about them so they buried them.  The body in the garden was male, and there were eight of those.He tries to blame it on the priest but that doesn't go far.  Then he clams up.

The new boss of the squad is harassing the women.  He's giving everyone problems so they appeal to those higher in other areas to get help.

Then Tony gets hurt in jail and ends up in the hospital.

Despite all the various cases and troubles, the author brings it all together before the end of the book.  Her books are always a good read.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Guy Porfirio

He just knows it's going to be bad.  They've moved to California.  He has no friends.  Christmas is coming and they don't even have any snow...

Flyaway Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

When they go to look at trees for Christmas, his sister wants a pink one!  They go with the traditional green. Then his dog chases a squirrel and doesn't come back.  They post posters asking anyone who's seen him to call them.  They aren't having any luck finding him.  He thinks it'd take a miracle to make this a good Christmas.  His little sister says she believes in miracles.  He doesn't.

But when he and his family do the Christmas play as Joseph and Mary, he plays a shepherd.  And he also gets his very own miracle, making it the best Christmas ever...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths

Edgar is happily married and has been promoted to Superintendent.  He and Emma have three children.  But Emma is missing her detective time.  She was one of the best on the team but she can't be a mom and a cop, too.  Max has married and lives in America now.  He has children of his own now.  He's back in England  for a funeral.  That's where he and Edgar meet up again.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opporttunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.

There are missing girls in the city.  One of them belongs to an important man who thinks the police are ineffective, or maybe stupid.  Otherwise they could find his daughter.  This is in the middle of a big weekend with a lot of tourists and rowdy folk.  His daughter is not their only concern.  They also don't know if she was kidnapped.  Maybe she left on her own.  Then another girl goes missing.

It really comes to a head when they find one of the missing girls dead.  The search gets much more serious.  While Edgar is all tied up with that, Emma sets herself up as bait.  He has a brunette, a redhead, and a black haired girl.  Next he will be after a blonde.  She's a blonde.  But her trap doesn't work and Edgar is very angry about it.

Max's daughter has been taken.  Then Emma realizes that her daughter has become a victim of the same kidnapper.  She's stung with guilt and goes after her herself.  She's trying to find Edgar to tell him but he's out with others trying to keep the peace.

It gets complicated and exciting with all the various characters coming together from various areas to save the girls.  The kidnapper has a gun but Max doesn't...

I enjoy this Magic Men series.  You never know what is going to happen next.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Winter Grave by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by

She goes home home from school to get her outfit for the program they are putting on and doesn't return but can't be found.  She rode home with a teenage boy who is very good with cars but not with much else.  He says he dropped her off and went on his way.  Not many people believe him.

Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.

The entire town is searched with no results.  Then a young boy goes missing.  The locals torch the barn the boy and his father use for restoring vehicles and burn the father to death.  The teenage boy is beaten so badly he almost dies.  The cops know he's innocent but they aren't believed.  His attackers go to jail, with court coming up before them for the murder of his father.

The sad part is that both children end up dead.  When how and why comes out, it's even sadder. The one that made me feel saddest was the autistic teenager who lost his father over an unjust accusation.

Sometimes life is hard...

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

She's moving back to New Zealand to escape the life she used to lead.  She just became a widow and found out her husband wasn't true to her at the funeral.  She had no clue so she came back home enen if her Mom wasn't there anymore.  She meets her classmates from long ago and is happy to see them.  She also meets the police chief.  He's an outsider so the community doesn't really let him in.  They just tolerate him.

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.

All is going well until a pretty young girl disappears while doing her morning run.  Then she finds out three others went missing years before.  Does the community have a serial killer in its midst?

She works with the cop gathering information the locals will tell her but not him.  He sets up searches and the neighbors rally to fill the search parties.  They cover the ground twice but find no sign of the missing girl.

This is a good mystery.  It takes a while until they determine the killer and the poor widow almost becomes his next victim.  In the meantime, the cop doesn't think he killed the young woman so he's on the search for another killer.  This quiet little town is deadly...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hamelin Stoop: The Daughters of Carr Hamelin Stoop series: Book 3 by Robert B. Sloan

Hamelin thinks his friend Layla is the lost princess from the world he's visited in the past but he can't take her there unless they are summoned.  Will they be summoned?

Net Galley and Twelve Gates Publishing let me read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published in Spring,  2020.

It turns out that many of his friends are familiar with the other side.  As adults and children share tales of what they remember, the whole story starts to come together.  Some of the things they remember seem like dreams but then they find they are true.  They know there are trackers trying to find them.  They learn about watchers in their world who offer advice.

When they find they can return, they are almost late to be picked up.  In the confusion, Layla trades places with her brother and stays on earth.  As Lars and Hamelin head to tell the king his daughter is alive and well, the brother takes another road.  He's on the hunt for his older brother he never knew he had.

There is a lot of danger around them.  The more characters they add to their quest, the harder it is to hide.  This story will fit well with any young adult that likes fantasy.

The next story in this series will be even more exciting.  The two warriors will most likely meet up...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Puddin' on the Blitz by Tamar Myers

Magdalena agrees to run a restaurant that has been shut down for a bit since the owner is in jail.  She will transfer ownership to her and her daughter with Magdalena get 60% ownership and her daughter 40%.  The daughter needs the money to go to college so Magdalena agrees.

Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published December 3rd.

It starts as an Asian/Amish restaurant and it goes real well at the start.  There are lots of customers, reservations are taken in advance and the restaurant is always full.  Then the newness and charm wear off.  She'll have to some up with a new idea.

She and her mother-in-law don't get along.  Mom thinks she stole her son and she'd like to run Magdalena's life.  She's also like to be head chef at the restaurant but Magdalena already had one picked out.  That creates more static between them.

Then a couple from a famous magazine want to come and see her new restaurant.  She cancels reservations so they are the only guests.  Her husband gets food from the restaurant and then puts it in their glassware so the guests won't know.  They eat well and enjoy the desserts (which is now the restaurants specialty).  Unfortunately, in the morning, the woman is dead.  Magdalena finds herself in jail because she was poisoned.  How did that happen?

It turns into a real mess.  She was killed by mushrooms.  They are common mushrooms and they can be used in different ways to cause death.  Then Magdalena finds out they both were frauds.  The magazine is defunct.  So who are they?  And why did she have to die?

Magdalena finally tracks the truth down but in the final stand off, the killer is threatening her two year old.  Can she figure out what to do next?