Eva’s Eye

From Eileen Effrat

Author: Karin Fossum

Title: Eva’s Eye

This is Norwegian Fossum’s first Inspector Konrad Sejer mystery published in 1995,but only now translated into English. When a dead man’s body is found floating in a river, Sejer is immediately drawn to an unsolved murder of a local prostitute at the same time the dead man went missing. Are the two cases related? Sejer does not believe in coincidences. As he begins to unravel the fragmented clues surrounding both murders, Eva Magnus,a struggling artist,soon becomes a person of special interest. This is Nordic noir at its best, a psychological study of how lies can quickly unravel.

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Gypped

 

From Elaine Pasquali

 

Title: Gypped

Author: Carol Higgins Clark

Jack and Regan Reilly go to Los Angeles. where Jack is attending a law enforcement conference. The conference presents a change for a much wanted rest and . Or does it? Regan meets her old friend, Zelda, who recently inherited $8 million. Instead of fun and relaxation, Regan gets discovers a scheme to swindle Zelda of her millions and Regan is almost murdered for her troubles. A vacation this trip was not, but it was a fun, relaxing read.

 

With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill

From Elaine Pasquali

Title:  With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill

Author:  Parnell Hall

This is one of the Puzzle Lady series. Sherry ghost writes Aunt Cora’s crossword puzzles.  Cora, a serial monogamist, is about to marry Raymond. Cryptograms arrive warning against the marriage.  Enter Brenda, Sherry’s best friend, who is engaged to Sherry’s abusive ex-husband, Dennis.  Dennis connives a double wedding, with Sherry as matron of honor for both brides.  On the eve of the wedding rehearsals, Raymond is found murdered.  Dennis is arrested for Raymond’s murder. While  Cora is trying to prove Dennis’ innocence, a material witness is murdered.  Sound like a soap opera?  Surprisingly, it’s engaging and fun..

 

The Black Country

From  Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Alex Grecian
Title:  The Black Country 
The Black Country: a novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad by Alex Grecian is the second installment of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad and, to me, contained traces reminiscent of a crime which truly occurred. For more information on the true crime case, please see The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: a shocking murder and the undoing of a great Victorian detective by Kate Summerscale. The Murder Squad is sent to the black country or coal country to find some missing family members. Sutton Price, his wife, and his youngest son have disappeared. The three older children are fine and are being cared for by the housekeeper and watched over by the townspeople. Meanwhile, the detectives are trying to find the missing family members and being hindered by the superstitious nature of the townsfolk and by the fact that the ground is slowly giving away due to the tunnels being carved beneath for coal mining. Sutton Price’s second wife is his children’s former nanny and the children view her as an interloper. The first wife ran away. The detectives do finally succeed in unraveling the whole miserable tale in the place that is causing such trouble for the townspeople, the mineshafts. The youngest son was murdered by a most unusual suspect and gave me pause because it forces one to consider the nature versus nurture argument. Is evil learned or is it an innate force? The Black Country is an excellent read for those who appreciate a good mystery.

Dying to know : a Gumshoe Ghost mystery

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: T.J. O’Connor
Title: Dying to know : a Gumshoe Ghost mystery
Do you ever wonder if you will come back if something is left unresolved in your life on Earth? Well, in Dying to Know : a Gumshoe Ghost Mystery by TJ O’Connor, the protagonist, a detective, is murdered. His motto is a play on “Physician, heal thyself” and is actually “Detective, solve thyself.” Detective Oliver Tucker, who hates his name but loves his wife and dog, is on the trail of the person who snuffed him but must first learn to master the rules of being a ghost. He cannot travel the same way anymore but must mentally focus on where he wants to be and transport himself mentally. His energy is collected from electrical sources such as light bulbs and cell phones. Too much energy use and he is incapacitated. His longtime detective partner does not believe in ghosts and so ignores, for the most part, Tuck’s communications and warnings. Tuck’s wife is more accepting of Tuck as a ghost, and so, she aides her ghostly husband in the search for the truth. I enjoyed this title immensely and cannot wait for the sequel(s).