Murder Once Removed

Genealogist Lucy Lancaster has been researching an old Texan families’ history in Murder Once Removed when murder seems to follow. S.C. Perkins wrote this novel with so much pride for Texas and it carries over to Lucy. After finding out that a billionaire’s ancestor was actually murdered, strange things start happening that seem to be related to this discover. Break-ins, murder, threats. But how are they related?

This is a quirky fun read.

Read December 2019

The Shadow District

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason, is a novel set in Iceland during World War II and the present day. A young woman is murdered during World War II. A man in present day is murdered and one of the few possessions he had was a newspaper cutting about the murder over 60 years ago. Are the two events related? How?

This is an interesting murder case, when the detectives are solving 2 seemingly unrelated murders. But its also interesting to learn how World War II modernized Iceland and had many farmers, who’d been living their lives not too different than their ancestors, moving to urban areas due to the war effort. Found women found themselves having more freedom than prior generations could imagine and how that changed Iceland.

Interesting read.

Read November 2019

The Special Dead

The Special Dead by Lin Anderson, tells the story of a young college student who is brutally murdered and left in a ritualistic way. Forensic Investigator Rhoda MacLeod must figure out if the victim’s Wiccan past is the reason for her murder and if there will be other witches killed.

I really liked the twists and turns of this story. Who’s a Wiccan? Who last slept with the victim? What spells had she been casting and did she perform any dark spells? Fun and fast read.

Read November 2019

The Child Finder

I bought this book at a silent auction and really didn’t want it. I assumed someone would outbid me and the author would have been a friend of someone at the auction. But I was wrong.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld was a great read! Its told by the private investigator Naomi who’s trying to find the missing child, and the missing child herself who tells whats happening to her through fairy tale language. The differences of the narrators makes this a speed read to see what happens next. I really enjoyed the story and the way it was told.

Great read!

Read November 2019

The Water Cure

The Water Cure, by Sophie Mackintosh, tells the end of days of what seemed like a cult. King, the father or father figure, disappears at the start of the novel. Will he be gone days, weeks, or forever. Remaining behind are King’s wife and 3 daughters. Each alone on this island that had once healed many woman looking for the water cure. The narrators are not the most reliable since they have suffered under King’s delusional view of the world and how unsafe it is. When 3 strangers arrive and King remains gone, the girls begin to change and how they are navigating their world.

Interesting, creepy novel. Great read.

Read November 2019.

Until Thy Wrath Be Past

Asa Larsson’s Until Thy Wrath Be Past tells another story of Prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson’s use of instinct and gut reactions to solve crimes. There seems to be more of a supernatural element than The Second Deadly Sin, but the story telling and use of environment around her still stands out.

Great novel, quick read.

Read November 2019