Saturday, January 25, 2020

Long Range by C. J. Box

Joe is heading out with others to check out a grizzly bear attack on a human.  That's unusual unless you get between a sow and her cubs but they need to check it out.  He's suddenly called back in because a woman has been shot.  He flies back to get there sooner, leaving his vehicle parked at the head of the trail.  The judge's wife has been shot...

G P Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 3rd.

It seems the judge knocked his silverware on the foot and bent to pick it up.  His wife came out with a dish of food and got in the bullet's way.  She's in critical condition.  Who wanted to kill the judge and where did they shoot from?

As Joe tries to figure out where the shot came from, the sheriff tells him to leave, they don't need him in the way.  He does figure out where the shooter was but the sheriff is acting on a tip he got and he arrests Joe's friend, Nate.  Nate had been a troublemaker in the past but he's married and has a new child.  He's given up being bad.  The sheriff handcuffs him and takes him in.  They find the gun and bullets on his property.  Joe is sure he's being framed.

Joe keeps following clues.  With the grizzly attack, the judge's wife dying, and someone kidnapping Nate's wife and child, there's plenty going on and no easy answers.  The killers are shocking, more people die and it's not all happily ever after at the end but it's the only outcome you could expect.  Joe gets his man, even if he gets shot up...

Friday, January 24, 2020

A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber

They are invited to a big celebration at the Duke's and they accept the invitation.  They'll soon wish they hadn't.  While playing assigned parts in an evening game. one of the Duke's boys takes them down in the cold, dark basement area that used to be the dungeons and now holds the bones of their ancestors.  Only one body is too fresh for that and it appears to be murder...

Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.

The Duchess asks them to investigate.  It appears that someone at the party might be the killer.  The problem is the majority of them are family members so it may be hard to weed out the killer.

They think it might be one lady's husband.  As they try to track him down, they find other family secrets.  Then someone pushes Lady Darby down the stairs.  She doesn't fall but she dislocates her shoulder and she worries about her unborn child.  Her child is fine and her shoulder will heal but who pushed her?

Her husband and brother escort her about to keep her safe.  But it's not very safe as they get closer to the killer. 

This is a tangled web of a story where love has nothing to do with some marriages and where love can destroy others...

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Secrets of the Loon Charles Dayton (Photographs by), Laura Purdie Salas

Have you ever seen a loon?  They are a beautiful bird.  This book has pictures and facts for young ones so they can see how they grow.

The Minnesota Historical Society Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 31st.

You see the baby loons being born.  The first thing they are taught is how to swim.  They ride on their parents backs when they are tired or there's danger near.  They teach them to fish.  As they grow they learn to fly.

They also teach them to be careful around snapping turtles and to dive when they see an eagle.  It's hard work being small when you're young.

Eventually their parents leave them and they go on to develop their own families.

The rear of the book has more facts about these fascinating birds.   They have done a very nice presentation that will appeal to young ones.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

Sunshine has returned home to become the new sheriff.  She was surprised to find she'd won the election because she had never entered the race.  It seems her parents entered her...

St Martin's Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.

It's her first day on the job and she walks into a huge mess.  A woman claims a man has stolen her rooster, Puff Daddy.  A young girl is missing from school and believes she'll die on her fifteenth birthday, which isn't far away.  Her parents are frantic.  A young disabled boy is missing and the weather is very bad.

If that wasn't bad enough she sees her old boyfriend in town and he looks better than ever.  Then the US Marshalls come to help look for the girl and one of them is a hunk, too.  She's got too much to do to worry about romance.

Her daughter is having trouble at school and the bullies find out her mother's secret and play it on the school's television.  The sheriff's secret is out but almost everyone knew the truth anyway.

This is a hell of a beginning for the new sheriff but she has a way with dealing it all.  She's a refreshing character and I look forward to reading more about her adventures.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Hid from Our Eyes : A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming

A woman in a party dress is found in the middle of the road.  She's dead.  She's not wearing any shoes and has no purse.  There's no sign of what killed her.  The case was never closed.

Minotaur Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.

In 1972, twenty years later, there's another young woman left in the same way.  One of the suspects was a young man back from Vietnam but this case was also left open.

Russ is the current police chief .  He's called out on another case the same as the last two.  He wants to solve the case and do it before they pass legislation to go with the sheriff's department and shut down their own police department. It gets worse when they realize that he was the suspect in 1972...

They have brought in another war veteran as a suspect but he doesn't believe he did it.

They search for any clues and find none.  The state police are no help.  But the medical examiner says he can't see why she died but he's sent for a full toxicology report and it will be slow to come.

When they get the report, they begin a new search and find an old storage building.  They get a warrant and head out there.  That's where they find their shoes and purses.  More than one family member was involved.

The murderer is unexpected and the deaths were needless.  It causes so much turmoil, Russ resigns from his job as chief.

The next book will let us know how it all worked out for Russ and his family.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Diver's Paradise by Davin Goodwin

Roscoe has retired from being a cop and now lives in the sun in the Caribbean.  He remembers his old partner fondly and they had been talking about visiting.  Then he gets a call from his old precinct telling him that his partner and his wife have been gunned down in their home.  He asks for details but he's not part of them anymore.  It was just a courtesy call.

Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.

Roscoe assumes it has to be tied to an old case they filed.  As he tries to figure it out, more people die.  The killer doesn't care how many he kills.  Anyone associated with the case is being picked off.  When his Wrangler is borrowed by his girlfriend and she ends up in the hospital, he knows the killer is after him.  Will he be able determine who the killer is before he's dead, too?

The final confrontation is very explosive and you aren't sure who is going to win...

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Cat Man of Aleppo by Karim Shamsi-Basha, Irene Latham, Yuko Shimizu (Illustrated by)

Alaa loves Aleppo but war destroys the city.  Most residents flee but he stays behind.  It's not long until he earns the nickname "Cat Man".  He gathers up the pets left behind and takes them home.

G. P. Putman's Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  This book will be published April 14th.

Soon, he has to move to a bigger space.  As people find out about him, they help him set up an account to receive donations to buy animal food.  He moves one more time to get further away from the bombing and he takes in all kinds of animals.  He loves them and cares for them.  In a way, he's like the St. Francis of Aleppo.

This is a true story about the war in Syria.  I admire the bravery of this man.