Fifty Shades of Grey

From Brenda  Cuthbert  
Title:  Fifty Shades of Grey
Author:  E.L. James 
Fifty Shade of Gray by E.L James is a mature erotic novel.   It is the story of a young woman’s first romantic love with an older man.  The young woman is Anastasia Steele, a book smart, literature major. The man is Christian Grey, a wealthy, “disarmingly” handsome business man.  In spite of his “mercurial” mood swings and appetite for inflicting physical pain, Anastasia falls hard and fast for Christian, as he awakens the dark side of her sexuality.  For their relationship to work there must be compromise and accommodation.   Can their fun last amidst dysfunction, especially if it hurts?

Midnight in Peking : How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

From  Eileen Effrat
Author:  Paul French
Midnight in Peking : How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China 
This is historical non-fiction at its very best. I couldn’t put this book down. It is 1937 and Peking is in turmoil as the Japanese army surrounds the city. The body of a 19 year old   Englishwoman is found bludgeoned and repeatedly stabbed, her heart and other organs removed. The suspect list is long and the clues very sparse. Two detectives, one Chinese and one British, unsuccessfully attempt to uncover the killer. Obstructed by   powerful British authorities, the crime remained unsolved. The father, Edward Werner, persisted in the investigation hiring private investigators. He uncovered substantial evidence that could have brought justice, but the World War II intervened. French‘s research is extensive and his style of writing very compelling.  If you enjoyed Devil in the White City,  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, or Death in the City of Light,  this book  is for you.

Sketch a Falling Star

From Sandi Rosenthal
Title:  Sketch a Falling Star
Author:  Sharon Pape
This is the third book in this series, see my other reviews to get the background. I loved all three, and this one is the best yet. 

In this book, a member of Rory’s Aunt Helene’s acting troupe was killed in a flash flood and Rory is investigating whether it was an accident or not.

What follows are amusing antics as Rory, Zeke and Hobo learn to live and work together. Also, the outstanding question since book one about who killed Zeke was answered, so I suggest you read these books in order.