Missing, Presumed

In Missing, Presumed, Susie Steiner introduces us to Edith Hind through her friends and family. In the middle of the night, Edith disappears. Blood on the kitchen floor. The foyer covered in coats. No reports of her anywhere.

DS Manon Bradshaw invesigates the crime, digging into Edith’s parents’ lives. With Edith’s father being a surgeon to the Royal Family, the press is ready to find anything wrong with the investigation, especially since the last big case missed some key evidence in calling it a homicide early enough. With the crime scene left the way it was and no body found within the first couple of days, most reporters and the police themselves begin to this of this a case of missing, presumed dead.

Several twists and turns and unintended consequences consume all Edith’s friends and family with a well written ending.

Read October 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

Decanting a Murder

Decanting a Murder is the first Sommelier Mystery by Nadine Nettmann. Like Pairing a Deception, Katie, who just failed her Master Sommelier test, is visiting a beautiful, wine region and drinking lots of exclusive, delicious wine when murder happens. The mystery seems like a side to the wonderful wine country imagery, but its all believable and the twists and turns exciting.

Best paired with a Chardonnay.

Read January 2019

Eggnog Murder

Eggnog Murder is actually a trio of stories: Eggnog Murder, by Leslie Meier; Death by Eggnog, by Lee Hollis; Nogged Off, by Barbara Ross. All the stories contained a murder by eggnog and a coastal Maine town. Several busy bodies solving crimes that the police either don’t believe exist or don’t need assistance of a local citizen.

All three stories were easy reads, but not particularly captivating. I was looking for a lighthearted read for over winter break, and this worked.

Read December 2018

harmony

Carolyn Parkhurst’s “harmony” is told from 3 perspectives: the mother, the “normal” sister, and as if visiting a strange historical monument of the family.

The Hammond family, in an attempt to help their undiagnosable, Autistic-like daughter Tilly, leaves their DC home and moves to New Hampshire’s Camp Harmony. The brain-child of a child-rearing expert, the childless man named Scott Bean, Camp Harmony will help serve kids who are struggling in their homelife by providing a community that can help support them in their own unique development. The camp is essentially cut off from the world and the residents put their faith in Scott Bean’s approach in the last of innumerable attempts to help their children.

The story’s many twists and turns help tell the struggle of the Hammond family in trying to help Tilly. And the Camp does seem to be helping several of the children that need help but at what cost.

Intersting perspective of living with a family member who does not conform.

Read July 2018