Posts tagged with "Mystery"

Posted by jfreier on 12/17/13
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Blue Heaven is a fast-paced thriller by C.J. Box and is a stand-alone from his Joe Pickett series. Annie and William, a 12 and 10 year-old sister and brother, leave their house to go fishing after a fight with their Mom over her low-life boyfriend. Sadly for them, they witness four men murder someone and are spotted by one of the killers.  Their nightmare begins.
 
The two, led by a determined and strong Annie, evade the killers and find refuge at a loner ranchers' home.  The rancher, Jess Rawlins, is having his own problems and he provides a safe haven for them and also wants to find out who the killers are. It turns out that the men are retired cops from L.A. who are bound together by a large robbery they pulled off in L.A. and not even two children are safe from them.
 
This is a suspenseful and fast paced-mystery and it reminds me of the classic movie Night of the Hunter.  It has a great setting and Annie and Jess are well developed characters and the bad guys are really bad.

Posted by jfreier on 02/17/12
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A  Red Cross nurse gets a call from a friend to pick up something in a public locker at the Copenhagen train station, Nina is stunned to find a suitcase with a naked and drugged 3 year old boy. Nina a nurse and one who needs to help sets out to find who and where the boy is from.
Karin the friend who asked for help is then found murdered and Nina realizes that she and her family may be in danger. Nina then takes over on a trek across Denmark to find the answer, yet another well written Scandanavian mystery.

Posted by jfreier on 04/11/13
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The newest novel in the Joe Pickett series is one of the best if not the best in the series and I've read them all.
 
Joe's acquaintance, Butch, has been building a dream home high in the Wyoming wilderness when two EPA agents suddenly arrive to give him a cease and desist order. Both agents are shot and killed, but by who?
 
The federal agents come in and impose overwhelming manpower to catch Butch, when it should have been a local matter, an exciting manhunt begins and the book also tackle issues of the environment and federal power, a great mystery and adventure.

Posted by Pam I am on 03/31/12
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I have never read any of the "Prey" series by John Sandford and thought the latest one might be as good a place to start as any.  Buried Prey is #21 in the Lucas Davenport series, but it didn't matter that I hadn't read the previous books in the series.  In Buried Prey, Lucas Davenport is haunted by an old unsolved case of two missing girls from the mid 1980s.  In present day, a house demolition results in the uncovering of the two girls bodies buried in the foundation.  This finding launches Lucas into re-opening the case and hunting down suspects and witnesses from long ago.  The writing and pacing kept me interested and this was a great introduction into the Lucas Davenport series.

Posted by jfreier on 03/16/13
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In Bye Bye Baby, Chicago P.I. Nate Heller is hired by Marilyn Monroe to bug her phones as she is being harassed by Fox studios and possibly by government agencies. This mystery is filled with real people including Bobby Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sinatra,and Chicago gangsters. This is a fast-paced mystery dealing with the death of Marilyn Monroe, in which Nate knows it was murder.

Posted by Auntie Anne. on 01/30/11
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Set in rural Mississippi, this is a murder mystery with a twist. The protagonist is a black man. Silas "32" Jones is a constable with the local sheriff's department, who was the town's football hero. Hence his nickname - "32".  The chief suspect is a white man, Larry Ott, who 20 years ago, was Silas' friend for a short time, and was the last person to see a girl whom he taken to a drive-in movie, but never returned home. She was never found and Larry Never confessed. More than 20 years later, another girl has disappeared and Larry, who was never able to rise above the town's suspicions, is once again blamed. Silas and Larry, who once called each other friend, must now confront their past in order to find the killer.
 
Set against the steamy backdrop of the South, and full of creepy characters, any of whom could be the killer, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Edgar award-winning author Tom Franklin, is a must read for mystery lovers.

Posted by jfreier on 01/03/12
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A  first for me, a mystery where the P.I. is a surfer and the Dawn Patrol are his surfing pack, Dave the Love God, Hang Twelve, Johnny Banzai,and Big Tide are quite the crew. Boone Daniels is the ex cop who is hired by a pretty British lawyer to find a missing person who is expected to testify against an arsonist murderer. A body is found shoved off a balcony and is thought to be the witness, when it turns out to be a friend the case turns to drug and human trafficking. I really enjoyed this surfer twist and the the old school Raymond Chandleresque California P.I.

Posted by cclapper on 03/25/11
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Springtime in Paris -- but it's 1791The French Revolution has been churning for two years.  Hot passions still run through the streets, and when a young deaf boy is accused of murdering a radical activist for the poor, mobs want blood.  Anne Cartier is the boy's teacher- and the only one who stands between him and swift street justice.  Then his accuser disappears... 
 
Charles O'Brien, PhD, taught history for thirty years.  He's turned some dark historical corners to dangerous byways... Revolutionary Paris is quite a trip.

Posted by Pam I am on 04/26/11
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Foxy Roxy is the first in the Roxy Abruzzo mystery series by Nancy Martin.  Roxy is a sexy, tough, Pittsburgh sleuth.  Some reviews say this series is a cross between Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Lisa Scottoline's Bennie Rosato.

Posted by cclapper on 04/22/11
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Castle Rannoch, Pertshire, Scotland, and Rannoch House, Belgrave Square, London -- 1932: Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch, is finding the global Great Depression more than trying.  As thirty-fourth in line to the Throne of the United Kingdom, a young lady must live up to certain expectations.  But that far from the Crown there is absolutely no income to live upon.  So if you're going to work as a counter clerk at Harrods or as a domestic, opening people's houses in town, you have to do it quietly.  One distant hope: HM (that's Her Majesty, otherwise known as Her Royal Majesty and Empress of India, Queen Mary) wants a bit if information about her son and that American person he's spending time with, Wallace Simpson.  Divorced.  Brash.  Impossible.
 
Add murder, misunderstandings and the Metropolitan Police and some days require a bit of will to get through.
 
Rhys Bowen has created three popular mystery series including these Lady Georgiana tales, which begin with this title.  Bowen works in some stale stereotypes at the end of this novel, and that takes something away from this light confection.  Still, Georgiana is a young woman with her own will, determined to make her own way, and she can be a cheering companion.  If you're looking for a light cream tea, this might do.