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Prism by Roland Allnach

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My Best Friend and Loyal Companion

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion
by Nancy Eaton

About six months ago, I had to have my Shih Tzu euthanized. She was very ill and did not want to eat. No one wants their beloved pet to suffer. I was devastated. Today, I am still not over the hurt I feel over her loss. When I tried to More »

The Circuit

The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno

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Herbie’s Game by Timothy Hallinan

Herbie's Game

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Herbie’s Game is the fourth installment in The Junior Bender Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone. The book is told through the perspective of Junior Bender, who is not only a burglar but also a private investigator for fellow criminals. Junior abides by an idiosyncratic code of honor, fashioning himself after a modern day Robin Hood.

An incriminating paper with a list of names is stolen from the safe of a crook named Wattles, a contractor in San Fernando Valley, who hires individuals to carry out nefarious acts. The paper lists the name of a person who has commissioned a murder and also the chain of intermediaries between Wattles and the hit man. Junior is one of the few burglars skilled enough to pull off the heist, so Wattles coerces Junior into retrieving the list.

The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner

The Gone Dead Train

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Sergeant Detective Billy Able is back in Memphis after taking a nine-month leave of absence from his job due to an appalling case that led to his partner committing suicide. Relationship troubles with his girlfriend in Atlanta and lack of job opportunities are the reason he wants to get reinstated to his previous detective position in the Memphis police department.

In The Gone Dead Train, when two renowned blues musicians die under suspicious circumstances, Patrol Officer Frankie Malone suspects that their deaths might be the result of a Santeria curse and persuades Billy to conduct his own unofficial investigation. Billy is also pulled into looking into the death of the mother of his close friend, Augie. Augie’s mother died in the same time frame of Martin Luther King’s assassination, and Augie is suspicious of a cover-up by the FBI and is working with a journalist who is writing a book about questionable actions in Memphis during the civil rights movement.

The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson

The Death of Lucy Kyte

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

The Death of Lucy Kyte is the fifth installment in The Josephine Tey Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone. The main character is a fictionalized version of Josephine Tey, and Tey is a pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh, a Scottish playwright and novelist, for mystery novels that she wrote during her lifetime.

Josephine Tey is flabbergasted to find out she is the sole beneficiary of Red Barn cottage, which is located in a remote village in Suffolk, England. The isolated cottage has a supernatural connection to the tragic murder of Maria Marten and has been bequeathed to Josephine by her godmother, Hester Larkspur. Hester was a beautiful and popular actress in the 1920s, and she was famous for portraying the role of Maria in the story of the Red Barn murder.

The Lewis Man: The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

The Lewis Man

Reviewed by Teri Davis

“When you are young a year is a big part of your life and seems to last for ever. When you are old, there have been too many of them gone before and they pass all too fast. We move so slowly away from birth, and rush so quickly to death.”

The Isle of Lewis is the largest and northermost island of the Outer Hebrides off the northwestern coast of Scotland. During the harvest season when the peat fom the bogs is actually cut to be used for heating uring the long harsh winters, a body is discovered.

Being mummified, the first reaction is to bring in archaeologists to date the body. Peat is an unusual substance in that it stops the body fromdecaying while preserving it. The facial features of the dead man are clear enough for others to notice a resemblance to local families. The medical examiner notices multiple stab wounds concluding that death was
caused by the victim’s throat being cut. Could this have been a human sacrifice from ages ago?

Dead Ball (The Lainie Lovett Still Kicking Mysteries) by Judith Arnold

Dead Ball

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Curiosity is what causes Lainie’s problems. Widowed elementary-school teachers who have a college graduated daughter living back at home and who play soccer with the local women’s under-fifty soccer league are not the most likely murder suspects.

When rain cancels soccer practice, Lainie and a few friends relax at a local pub, the Olde Towne. What they didn’t plan on was seeing a teammate’s husband with a young well-endowed blond. What do you do now? Do you tell Patty, his wife? The husband was so engaged with the blond that he did not notice the other women. What do you do now?

In the past, Patty has stated that if her husband messed around, she would kill him. Is this premeditated murder?

When a Spider Came to Stay by Rebecca Crosdale and Charles Berton, Illustrator

When a Spider Came to Stay

Reviewed by Teri Davis

“Along came a spider, who sat down beside her and frightened…”

Those words from the old nursery rhyme have created generations suffering from arachnophobia. Are spiders really that frightening? Are they a threat to humans?

Those words have terrified many a child and yes, even adults throughout the year. Spiders with their wiggly legs, often hairy, and fanged mouths appear frightening. In reality, most spiders really do not choose to be near humans. Yes, spiders can appear scary, but most are harmless to humans. However to insects, they are lethal.

The Son: A Novel by Jo Nesbo

The Son

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Can a confession without evidence convict someone of murder?

Sonny Lofthus is in prison in Norway for committing two murders. Naturally many felons continually profess their own innocence but how often do other convicts believe in another inmate’s innocence?

For Sonny, this unique situation of respect also appears to have given him healing hands capable of mending the broken souls of these imprisoned souls. The cost of this service is to keep him supplied with enough heroin so that he stays high. Yes within prison walls, all the inmates and the staff manage to keep Sonny content.

However, Sonny really is innocent of these two murders. Was his confession years ago worth the way he lives now?

Echoes of the Night by B.J. Betts

Echoes of the Night

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Twin brothers, Mathew and Marcus Manning grew up as each other’s shadow in their home town of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Being the neighborhood football heroes, they were naturally popular with dreams of college until they received their draft notices. In 1967 the draft was active. Even with the prospect of college, if your birthday was on one of the first chosen days of the federal lottery, then you were to be in service to your country in the army.

The brothers realized that their senior prom was their last teenaged celebration without parental supervision.. They were to report to active duty training immediately after graduation. For most eighteen-year-olds, the destination was Viet Nam.

Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark

Under the Cajun Moon

Reviewed by Teri Davis

“You know all the etiquette in the world, cher, but if you use it to make a person feel small, then I hate to tell you, that’s not good manners. Not at all. That’s just ugly.

Chloe is an expert in the field of international business etiquette can make a person appear a little “stuffy”. Emily Post was well-respected years ago, but was she a popular person that people would want to be around? More than likely, probably not.

While being interviewed for a local television program, a phone call from home is answered by Chloe’s assistant. As soon as she is off camera, she is informed that her father is hospitalized and in has been shot. Who would shoot her father? Is he alive?

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse

Reviewed by Elizabeth Sheehan

A horrible murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis, which is off the north western shore of Scotland.

Fin Macleod is a detective in the city of Edinburgh and has been on leave since the death of his son. He is asked to go to the Isle of Lewis as the victim has been killed in the same way as a past murder in Edinburgh. Fin is from The Isle of Lewis and knows many of the residents although he’s only been back once in many years. We then begin to learn about Fin’s rather tragic childhood and his relationship with his old friends.