Madness in Miniature: The Miniature Series by Margaret Grace

Madness In Miniature

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Gerry Porter returns in the seventh book of the mystery series set around the world of miniatures. Madness in Miniature opens with a scene being played out all across the country. A chain craft store is opening a large store downtown and is displacing some locally owned businesses. While many welcome having all of the crafting needs under one roof, many are sad to see the local people put out of business. Battle lines are drawn and things quickly become ugly-so ugly in fact that one of the big shots from the new store is found dead.

The BOOB GIrls V: The Secret of the Red Cane by Joy Johnson

The Boob Girls V

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Those of us who have grown-up in the past eighty years remember Nancy Drew as one of the first fictional and female heroines who was a role model with STDs: strength, tenderness, determination and smarts.

What does someone who has been solving mysteries for eighty years do when she physically can’t quite hang on the edge of a roof, but mentally still possesses the smarts along with years of experience and education? Being this is a fictional world, she becomes a BOOB Girl, one of The Burned-Out Old Broads who reside at Table 12 of the Meadow Lake Retirement Community in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Color of Light: A Maggie MacGowen Mystery by Wendy Hornsby

The Color of Light

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Back in Berkeley to clean out her childhood home after her father’s death, filmmaker Maggie MacGowen finds the famous Thomas Wolfe quote, “you can’t go home again” to be true. While the task itself is more time consuming than difficult, there are ghosts of her past everywhere she turns. Sorting through her father’s desk, Maggie finds a stash of film reels her father shot years ago. Those films brought back lot of painful memories and questions from the past.

Death by Misadventure by E. E. Smith

Death by Misadventure

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Alexis J. Smith has opened a detective agency in a time when it is very unusual for a woman to work at that occupation. Her office door reads “ALEXIS J. SMITH-Discreet Inquiries”. The last person Alexis expected to find in her office when she arrived at work was a former classmate, Kate Faraday.

Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Children of the Revolution

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As Children of the Revolution opens, Inspector Alan Banks, closing in on mandatory retirement age, has been offered a possible promotion which would allow him to stay on the job another five years. In order for it to go through, Banks has to work “inside the lines” until the promotion goes through. But early on in the investigation of a man found dumped over the side of a bridge, Banks finds that staying out of trouble with his superiors impossible when a link between the deceased and a well connected woman comes to light.

The Disposables: A Novel by David Putnam

The Disposables

Reviewed by Julie Moderson

David Putnam has served in law enforcement in cities all over the country. He worked in narcotics and violent crimes; he was also a member of the FBI team of robbery criminal intelligence and internal affairs. Putman was a county Sheriff and was a special agent for the Attorney General of Hawaii. He was an investigator of white collar crimes which has given him numerous situations to draw for his writings and in reading his book Putnam made you feel exactly the way he wanted you to feel. This being said, you were in the story, you could smell the gross ghetto homes, and you felt Bruno Johnson’s betrayal by his former partner Bobby Wicks. David Putnam is someone to watch and we should read everything he throws our way because you can take a big breath in and you are off and running and you won’t want to stop reading. He really can tell a story.

Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver

Trouble in Mind

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Wow, almost too much to comprehend. Jeffery Deaver has put together twelve short stories that all carry his style, rhythm, and quirky thinking. Normally a reader picks up one of his novels and follows one story line with various plot changes but the same characters and one fantastic ending. But here he has basically developed twelve story lines with a multitude of different characters. There are two Lincoln Rhyme stories (one of Deaver’s favorite characters) and also a Kathryn Dance story and a John Pelham story (a couple more of his favorites).

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

A Circle of Wives

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Dr. John Taylor, a well known plastic surgeon, is found dead in a hotel room near his home. Questions immediately surround the death. Why was he staying in a hotel near his house when his wife thought he was at an out of town on business? Why were there so many abrasions on his body if he died from a heart attack? And where was the room key? But even these inconsistencies don’t prepare Detective Samantha Adams for the discovery from an anonymous tip that the good doctor had multiple wives and that the first wife-the actual legal wife, was aware of the others. How could this possibly be? Dr and Mrs. Taylor were pillars of the community. He was highly respected for his charity work doing corrective surgery on seriously maimed children, his wife Deborah, for all of her community work through the various boards and committees she chaired or served on. How could this model couple have hidden such a shocking secret life?

Poisoned Ground by Sandra Parshall

Poisoned Ground

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

When a land developer comes to Mason County, Virginia with big plans for a mega vacation resort, many residents are quickly on board. The developers have offered extremely generous prices for the land needed and many jobs have been promised. But things soon turn ugly when a few people make it clear that they will not sell their land for any price and the developers say that the deal can’t go through without all of the property. Sheriff Tom Bridger has his hands full when couple who were holdouts is found shot to death, Tom specifically asks his new wife, veterinarian Rachel Goddard to stay out of the controversy, but readers know well that staying out of the fray is not Rachel’s style.

The Story of Sassy Sweetwater by Vera Jane Cook (Kindle Edition)

The Story of Sassy Sweetwater

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Sassy Sweetwater’s mother told her that she was named after the nearby Sweetwater Creek, not her father. As Sassy’s mother, Violet McLaughlin has decided that it is time to return home with her daughter. She left thirteen years ago as a pregnant seventeen-year-old. Sassy has never met her family.

Life in Carter’s Crossing, South Carolina during the year of 1962 has many secrets which Violet’s family would prefer to keep hidden. The entire family has been a leading family in the community for generations enough to have their own versions of justice, morality, and obeying the laws. 1962 was before the Civil Rights changed society and the real law frequently varied depending on the color of your skin, the money within your family, and the influence of your status within the community or family.