Dead man’s grip

From  Eileen Effrat

Author:  Peter James

Title:   Dead man’s grip

The seventh and latest in the series of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace  mystery series by James is a stand alone that can be  read without a  prior reading of the previous books.  This is a police procedural that  you can’t put down. I could not.  Grace investigates a traffic accident in Brighton, Sussex where an American student dies from his injuries.  This is no ordinary kid.  He happens to be the grandson of  one of New York’s most prominent “godfathers”.  Not satisfied  with letting the law  take its course, the family of the deceased lets loose a brutal, innovative, and imaginative hit man  to unleash revenge on the motorists involved.  For a fast paced read with a smart plot this will keep you engaged from the beginning.

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.

The Count of Monte Cristo

From Rebecca Segers
author: Dumas, Alexandre
The Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dantes has it all: youth, love, and career mobility.  But a jealous rival for his job and another for his fiance falsely accuse him of Bonapartism and a judge looking out for his own interests seals the deal, sending Dantes to the prison Chateau d’If.  There he struggles in solitary for years, until he meets the Abbe Faria, who teaches him and opens his heart to the power of human friendship.  They plan their joint escape, but Faria dies before it is able to be effected, thus leaving Dantes alone again – but this time with the knowledge of the whereabouts of a great hidden treasure.  Dantes escapes, claims the fortune and remakes himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, with the sole purpose of avenging his false imprisonment by ruining the men who put him there.  He does manage his aim, but along the way, also discovers that revenge is not a suitable reason for living. He is redeemed by the love he had for his former fiance, the love he still has for the family who remained true, and the love he begins to have for a woman in his current life.  This novel, published in 1844, is still just as entertaining as it was the day it came out, a page-turner for anyone looking for an adventure that takes them into the devastation of prison life, the glamorous world of 19th century Paris or the unmapped territory of the human heart.

Death of a chimney sweep : [a Hamish Macbeth mystery]

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Beaton, M.C.
Death of a chimney sweep : [a Hamish Macbeth mystery]
 The latest in the Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M.C. Beaton just appeared on the library shelves and what an entertaining read it was. Hamish is back with his seemingly lazy persona and smart, incisive brain. He is not ambitious and makes no secret of that fact. He is part of the landscape of Lochdubh and has faith in the people he polices. Outsiders are to be distrusted and every time a stranger appears in the small village, murder and mayhem follow. His pets, Sonsie and Lugs, are the only ones with whom Hamish seems able to commit and they repay his loyalty by defending his life. The murder victim is an embezzler and one of his victims was unable to contain his rage and ire at being duped and so stuffed the embezzler up a chimmey. The chimney sweep is an initial suspect until he is found on the moors, murdered. Hamish is the first to connect the dots with inituitive leaps and his theories prove true.

And one last thing

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Harper, Molly
And one last thing
 “And one last thing” by Molly Harper was an entertaining read, though some would class it as chick lit, I class it as affordable entertainment. A woman receives flowers which were incorrectly delivered and thereby discovers her husband’s true cheating nature. She wallows for a short time and then, in a moment of drunken insanity, sends an email newsletter which details her husband’s perfidy. Wrath rains down upon her head from her society pals and her mother-in-law. They argue that everyone does it and if you want to keep your lifestyle, turn a blind eye. She ignores their advice, and with the assistance of her irrepressible brother, finds a path of renewal. She is a stronger woman at the end and finds a new love interest who will stand with her and lend her wings when she needs them. A very enjoyable read, “And one last thing” details something which is quite common in today’s society, cheating and divorce. The revenge solution also has its roots in today’s technology, since it is with an email newsletter she tries to extract her revenge. Find a cat, a comfortable chair, a daiquiri and curl up with this book. You won’t regret it.

A Secret Rage

From Robin McCracken
author: Harris, Charlaine
A Secret Rage
In ‘A Secret Rage’, this story brought together a tight friendship between old friends after a vicious attack on each one was shared.
Growing up in a small town in Tennessee, and then venturing to NYC to become a model, Nikki Callahan returns to college and bonds with her best friend, but when she becomes a victim to rape along with others in her home town, she takes revenge.  If you like Charlaine Harris’s writing, you’ll enjoy ‘A Secret Rage’.