Walking by Night

Walking by Night by Kate Ellis has Joe Plantegenet, former seminary student, meets with a drunk student who swears they saw a dead body. He’s a pretty thoughtful, sensitive detective that believes the student even when no dead body was found. Until one is found. The town of Eborby is covered in fog and filled with ghosts, and the new murder just added one more.

Nice twists and turns, and I liked that the main character was more thoughtful and considerate than the other characters. And the side plot with his old flame added an interesting depth to his character.

Read June 2019

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Lethal White

Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)’s Lethal White is the forth of a series, but the first I’ve read. Coromoran Strike, a private detective, has an interesting visit from Billy, a man who seems to be having a psychotic break, who tells him of a child murder from his childhood. Strike’s intrigued but is detoured by a paid investigation into a blackmail attempt on a member of Parliament, who coincidentally grew up in the same area as Billy. Not being able to drop the investigation, Strike and his now partner Robin Ellacott, stake out and go undercover.

Strike must deal with his physical limitations and life choices that have left him alone in his upstairs apartment, while Robin must deal with her marriage that shouldn’t have happened.

Interesting read and shows behind the curtains of wealthier families in Britain. The things that get hidden away and the lies that get told, all in the belief that they are somehow superior to pretty much everyone.

Read June 2019

Razor Girl

Carl Hiassen’s crazy characters come out in full force in Razor Girl. Former Detective and current Health Inspector, inserts himself into dangerous situations that seem like they couldn’t happen outside the state of Florida. The lawlessness of all the characters shows through in all the different crimes that are being committed. Theres a whole side plot about stealing sand and putting in on upscale resort beaches.

Great characters. Great story. Great read.

Read May 2019

Elementary, She Read

In Vicki Delaney’s author bio, she says that she loves writing “cozy mysteries”. I’ve never heard that term before, but I get the genre and have read many. Thanks to Delaney, I will now be incorporating that term!

In Elementary, She Read, Gemma Doyle runs the local Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and finds a hidden but valuable magazine copy. Realizing that someone may have been hiding it from someone else, she and her tea room side-kick Jayne, track down the owner. Unfortunately, they find a dead body instead. Old money, inheritances, and old grievances are all part of their investigation.

This was a fun book with a great setting.

Read April 2019

Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind has Gamache under investigation again for the ending of Glass Houses. There are still deadly drugs in Montreal, but its the potential of the new drug that has everyone worried.

Gamache, Myrna, and an unknown man become executors of a will for a woman they’re never met. The dead woman left a title, millions of dollars, and buildings in Austria to her children, even thought she was a poor cleaning woman who died without much to her name.

Lots of intrigue over 130 years of legal battling over an estate that may not exist, has Gamache perplexed over his own involvement in this case, all while the time is running out to stop a powerful drug from hitting the market.

I’m a little worried this might be the last Chief Inspector Gamache mystery that Louise Penny will write. It will be sad to see him go. I really enjoyed how she wrote Gamache and all who became a family to him.

Read April 2019

Reykjavik Nights

In Reykjavik Nights, Arnaldur Indridason introduces us to Inspector Erlendur before he becomes Inspector. He’s just a beat cop noticing patterns and following up on crimes that are written off as an accident. Working nights, he meets plenty of drunks and wife-beaters, but its the missing that captivate his interest.

Having met and helping a drunk several times on his watch, he’s bothered by the accidental drowning death a short time after a fire. The pieces aren’t connecting and he investigates on his own until clues start fitting together.

This is a slow paced book, where Indridson reveals so many details that can be put together for a murder that no one else even realized had happened. Its interesting to see how an Inspector starts out before they become experienced.

Read March 2019

The Girl in the Woods

Patricia MacDonald’s The Girl in the Woods shows that no matter how far you travel from home, you can’t escape. Blair Butler’s childhood best friend was murdered when they were kids. On her sister’s deathbed, she reveals that the person convicted on the death could not have done it since she was with him. Due to their racist uncle, she never felt like she could tell the truth. Since the police won’t reopen a closed case based on hearsay information, Blair must find the truth herself.

Now, Blair must struggle with the death of her sister while caring for her young nephew and staying with her erratic, angry uncle. The story winds through Blair’s own trauma of her childhood and mixes with the truth of what happened 15 years ago.

Good read.

Read March 2019