Dead Scared

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  S.J. Bolton
Dead Scared
What is happening in Cambridge? An alarming rate of student suicides are occurring. DI Lacey Flint goes undercover to discover if the deaths are a suicide cult or murders. She confronts danger at every turn but what scares her most is her reaction to her partner, Mark Joesbury, and his turquoise eyes. It is an intense mystery with a hint of romance.

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The Yard

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Alex Grecian
The Yard
Detective Inspector Walter Day is new to the Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. When a body is found in a steamer trunk at the Eaton Square Station, it becomes his investigation. Pressure to solve the case quickly increases when word gets out that it is one of their own, Inspector Christian Little, who has been murdered. Day is assisted by coroner, Dr. Bernard Kingsley, who is a forensic pioneer at University College Hospital. Their unconventional methods are ridiculed by his superiors and colleagues and he begins to doubt his ability to solve the crime. To add to his distress, Constable Nevil Hammersmith, discovers the body of a 5 year old boy stuffed halfway up a chimney. Are these two cases somehow connected? Set in Victorian London, the period details and the use of real historical figures makes this a must read for fans of Sherlockian mysteries and the advent of criminology such as in Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.

Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Jim Butcher
Cold Days:  A Novel of the Dresden Files
This is the 14th title in the series.  Harry is back and he is now the Winter Knight to Mab the Queen of Air and Darkness.  As the Winter Knight, he must do her bidding, so when she orders him to kill an immortal, her daughter Maeve, he sets out on his mission.  But in true Dresden fashion, following orders does not come easy so he gets involved in other pursuits.  He discovers a plot to destroy humanity which he must stop.  So he must save the world, kill an immortal and come to terms with his destiny all before Halloween night ends, no problem.  It wouldn’t be Harry if he didn’t multi-task. You’ve got to love the messes that he gets himself into, glad he’s back!

Waking Up in Eden: in pursuit of an impassioned life on an imperiled island

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Waking Up in Eden:  in pursuit of an impassioned life on an imperiled island

Author: Lucinda Fleeson.

The bare bones of the story are the same as those of Margaret Roach’s recent biography [And I shall have some peace there: trading in the fast lane for my own dirt road] middle-aged woman flees big-city life for a more solitary existence in a remote area and learns to garden. However, the similarities end there – Fleeson’s straightforward approach was much more enjoyable than Margaret’s metaphysical ramblings. (Granted, Hawaii is a little more exotic than upstate New York.) Enjoyed this one quite a bit.

My Life in France

From Margaret Mezzacapo

My Life in France

Author: Julia Child

Of the many books on Julia Child’s life that have come out in the past year or so, this is one of my favorites, possibly due to the many photographs sprinkled throughout. While not possessing all the minute details presented in Dearie, another Child biography, this gave you the gist of her life plus some viewpoints from Julia’s side of the story.

Ashes to Dust

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Yrsa  Sigurdardottir
Ashes to Dust
The third in Sigurdardottir’s series featuring detective Thora Gudmundsdottir, this does not disappoint.  Set in Iceland’s Westermann Islands,   Thora investigates the murder of four men whose bodies have come to light while archaeologists are excavating the “Pompeii of the North”.  In 1973  a major volcanic eruption occurred, and all the  islanders were safely evacuated.  Who are these men buried in a cellar under volcanic ash?  As the investigation proceeds, the dirty little secrets of this small community are stripped away. I enjoy this Icelandic crime writer immensely.  The plots are always intricate , the characters believable, and the Icelandic setting never fails to impress me.

The Skybound Sea

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Sam  Sykes
The Skybound Sea
This is the third book in the Aeon’s Gate series that includes Tome of the Undergates(bk 1)and Black Halo(bk 2). Lenk and his band of adventurers are still on the quest to find the elusive tome that could destroy the world. Their journey, thus far, has left them battered, disillusioned and distrustful of each other, outsiders and themselves. When they must face their most difficult battle with the Kraken Queen and her minions, secrets are revealed that are best kept hidden. The over the top battle scenes, nonstop action, and witty banter make this an entertaining treat.