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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/29 Permalink
    Tags: a gathering of secrets, a measure of darkness, a noise downstairs, , , , david rosenfelt, , , , , , , paradox, rescued, the quiet side of passion: an isabel dalhousie novel, the sinners   

    July’s Best New Mysteries 

    July is the time for gumshoes to put on their wide-brimmed detective hats, slather on the SPF, and dive into an exciting new mystery. We’ve got something for everyone in this crop of whodunnits, psychological thrillers, and charming cozies, which includes everything from adorable dogs to a haunted typewriter.

    Paradox (FBI Series #22), by Catherine Coulter
    What could the attempted kidnapping of FBI Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock’s five year old son have to do with a collection of bones dredged up from the bottom of a lake after a sherrif witnesses a murder on its surface? As it turns out, there may be a strong link—and it’s in the form of a escaped mental patient who is out for revenge. The twenty-second installment in Coulter’s bestselling FBI series has the pulse-pounding plot and relentless pacing that her fans know and love, and it’s going to be tough to put this one down before you’ve reached the end.

    A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison Series #2), by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
    Deputy coroner Clay Edison has enough on his plate these days. His brother is out of prison, and family things are complicated; he’s got a good thing going with his steady girlfriend and he’s worried about screwing it up, and his last case, although successful, netted him a suspension. So he’s not exactly thrilled when he’s called to the scene of a wild party in an up and coming neighborhood that’s gone wrong—wrong enough to need a coroner. One victim in particular stands out as different from the other—Jane Doe was horribly assaulted and left for dead and no one has been able to identify her. Obsessed with her case, Clay’s investigation into her story leads him down dark path into a harrowing world filled with danger and terrible secrets.

    A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder Series #10), by Linda Castillo
    Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to investigate a fire in an insular Amish community—a barn burned to the ground in the middle of the night—but when the body of a well-known and well-liked young Amish man is found among the wreckage, burned alive, the mystery deepens and turns sinister. As Kate turns to the community she was once a part of for answers, she finds herself rebuffed at every turn. Is it because she’s an outsider—or is this seemingly peaceful community hiding something dark and disturbing? The closer Kate comes to the truth, the more she is forced to acknowledge about her own past—and a chilling possibility.

    The Sinners, by Ace Atkins
    Things are going poorly for Sheriff Quinn Colson these days. Ages ago his late uncle put the Patriarch of the no-account Pritchard clan behind bars, but he’s out now, and ready to cause trouble. Quinn’s got a wedding to get ready for, which is a positive development, but it’s been overshadowed by a sketchy trucking firm that has come to Tibbehah with its own violent agenda. When an innocent man pays the price of a business partnership gone wrong, can Quinn get his groove back in time to make sure justice prevails?

    Rescued, by David Rosenfelt
    Fans of the Andy Carpenter series know that mysteries + puppies = a winning combination, and the 17th novel in the series is further proof. Andy is hard at work manning the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, which he enjoys a bit more than his chosen profession as a defense lawyer. But when the driver of a truck carrying 70 dogs up for adoption is murdered, the case has his name on it. The only small snag? The person accused of the murder is none other than Andy’s wife’s (handsome, strapping, ex-Marine) ex-fiance. Even worse? Andy believes his claim of innocence. This case is shaping up to be an extra tricky one, but his wife is insisting he take it.

    A Noise Downstairs, by Linwood Barclay
    Paul Davis is a college professor enjoying a normal life when he witnesses a murderer getting rid of several bodies on a deserted road late at night. This experience derails his enjoyably mundane existence and leaves him deeply traumatized, and when his wife Charlotte buys him a typewriter in an effort to cheer him up, he begins hearing the sound of typing in the middle of the night—but he’s the only one who can hear it. Before long, Paul has convinced himself that the typewriter has something to do with the murderer he witnessed—who apparently forced his victims to type apologies to him right before he killed them. This twisty psychological thriller by a master of the genre is not to be missed.

    The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, by Alexander McCall Smith
    Isabel has her hands full with her family (two young boys) and her career (a ton of editing work has falling into her lap), so at her husband’s suggestion she hires an au pair, and an assistant editor—but both women are involved in dubious romantic entanglements that Isabel worries may affect their work. As their boss, should she get involved in their personal lives? In the meantime, Isabel is befriended by Patricia, the single mother of a friend of her son’s. Knowing that Patricia has a hard time of it raising a child by herself, Isabel tries to reserve judgment when she notices Patricia making dubious decisions—but she grows concerned when she notices her associating with one particularly unsavory character.



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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/28 Permalink
    Tags: an astronaut's guide to life on earth, chris hadfield, earthrise: my adventures as an apollo 14 astronaut, edgar mitchell, endurance: a year in space a lifetime of discovery, floating 'round my tin can, flying to the moon: an astronaut's story, , , , sally ride, scott kelly, to space and back   

    Books in Space: 5 Great Astronaut Memoirs 

    There’s just no cooler resume line item in the world than “astronaut.” You can take your actors, your rock stars, your Nobel Prize winners. Yeah, sure they made art and connected with millions, but the one thing none of those people ever did was leave the Earth in a marvel of science and engineering and visit outer space.

    Blasting off to the infinity and beyond (or at the least the moon, or Earth’s orbit) is something only a few hundred people in history have ever done. And until consumer space flights and Mars colonization become a thing, being an astronaut is such a unique and fascinating experience that we’ll have to look to the thoughts and recollections of others to get even a taste of what it’s actually like to gaze at Earth from above. Here are six astronauts who went to space, returned, and then wrote about it.

    Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, by Scott Kelly
    For some, going to space is a once- or twice-in-a-career occurrence. For Scott Kelly, going to space is his career. This dude has spent about as much time in space as you’ve spent in an office. He’s been on four different space flights and no American has ever spent more time in space. He’s the perfect guinea pig—and now literary expert—on the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body, brain, and spirit. He writes unflinchingly about being in space, and the difficulty of returning to civilian life. Especially interesting is Kelly’s report of a fascinating experiment in which he took part. To study exactly what space does to the body, NASA studied his earthbound twin brother and compared his aging process to that of Kelly…who spent an entire year in the outer limits.

    An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield
    Not only is Chris Hadfield an astronaut with more than 4,000 space hours to his credit, he’s an unabashedly joyful and welcoming ambassador (and fan) of space programs. He revived widespread interest in space travel with his dispatches from space, satellite hookups to classrooms, and viral video of himself singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station. In his book, the perpetually-wonder-filled Hadfield details his journey from an Ontario corn farm to the world’s most famous modern-day spaceman. He’s also remarkably frank—and fantastically detailed—about the process of going into space, and the day-to-day, moment-to-moment realities of living in space.

    Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story, by Michael Collins
    Of the three men to successfully reach the moon for the first time in July 1969—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins—only Collins didn’t get to actually set foot on that sweet, sweet green cheese surface. As the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Collins dropped off Armstrong and Aldrin in their Lunar Module and then he orbited the moon. That means Collins was the only one of the historic trio to spend time in space alone, placing him in the embedded observer role on the NASA moon mission. He was uniquely qualified, then, to give this fascinating, first-hand, well-measured journalistic account on what it was like to go to the moon and back.

    To Space and Back, by Sally Ride
    It’s a memoir in the form of a coffee table book…for kids! The extra-large full-color format allows for tons of remarkable photos taken in space, adding an extra dimension (and something to contemplate) while one reads the words and memories of Ride, the first American woman in space. The copy is geared towards children, and the questions they’d have about space, such as how it feels to be weightless, the unique strangeness of blasting off, and what (and how) astronauts on the Space Shuttle eat.

    Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut, by Edgar Mitchell
    Mitchell was part of the Apollo 14 crew in 1971, one of NASA’s final moonshots and one that was relatively (but not completely) uneventful when compared to Apollo 11 (the first one that landed on the moon) and Apollo 13 (which was so notably disastrous they made a movie about it). Mitchell covers the nerve-wracking experience that is flying to the moon, but that’s just part of this The Right Stuff-esque account of a man who was a career astronaut and who had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. For example, he spent a great deal of time in Roswell, New Mexico—when the government was conducting nuclear testing, and when a UFO supposedly crashed there—and served as a Navy fighter pilot. Mitchell isn’t afraid to get profound either, waxing poetic as he does about looking down on one’s own home planet.

    What astronaut memoirs would you recommend?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/27 Permalink
    Tags: a taste of pleasure, at sunrise, bluestone and vine, broken promise, chloe blake, cowboy on my mind, donna kauffman, , , r.c. ryan, , , , truth or dare   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Police Officers, Folk Musicians, and Chefs. Lots of Chefs. 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a professional chef who gets a new start in Italy, a professional dessert chef who gets a new gig in Philadelphia, and a musician who finds healing with a former soldier-turned-vineyard owner.

    A Taste of Pleasure, by Chloe Blake
    Chef Danica Nillson has the opportunity of a lifetime: a fresh start and new career in Italy! (Danica, please get prepared for visitors. LOTS of visitors.) She doesn’t want romance, but then she meets single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti. He’s a very successful restauranteur, and he has zero time to dilly dally and give in to the major feelings Danica brings out in him. (Antonio, buddy, stop trying to resist this perfect, gorgeous woman!) Then he gets to know her—and her cooking—and wonders how he ever lived without either. Here’s hoping they both come to their senses soon and realize they just might be perfect for each other. And that they have several interactions that involve chocolate gelato and aprons. (As in, wearing nothing BUT aprons.) This is the second book in Blake’s Deliciously Dechamps series, which is perfect if you want to read about sexy people who know their way around a kitchen. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Truth or Dare, by Fern Michaels
    Seeking a yarn about a bunch of sexy, chivalrous men who protect helpless children and treat their dogs well and have a strong bond with each other? Then this one is for you! Joe Espinosa is driving on a country road with his trusty dog, Cyrus, by his side. Then Cyrus starts going nuts and paws hysterically at the window. Joe follows Cyrus’ lead, and together they discover three frightened children. Joe and Cyrus first put the children in safe hands (we’ll give Cyrus most of the credit in all of this because he’s so cute and fluffy!), and then Joe calls a meeting with his fellow Men of the Sisterhood. Together, these hot dudes realize there are more children in danger, and they band together to help them. Guys, you are all awesome, and you deserve all the beer and nachos and wings when this scary stuff is over. (Please make sure Cyrus gets a deliciously stinky dog treat, too!) This is the fourth book in Michaels’ Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Broken Promise, by Tara Thomas
    Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams is pretty much every woman’s hero. Her calling in life is to track down lost women and rescue them, or at least bring closure to their worried families. (Alyssa, if these rescued ladies ever need our services, you can call on us!) Alyssa also desperately wants to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared ten years ago. She’s about to get some much-needed help from Kipling Benedict, a member of the city’s very powerful Benedict family. A female relative of his has just been kidnapped by his family’s nemesis (Kipling, buddy, what on earth happened that your family has a nemesis?), and he knows that our gal is his best bet on finding her. Can they each find their respective relatives? And can they manage to cope with the Charleston heat by tearing each other’s clothes off at least twice while they’re at it? This is the third book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    At Sunrise, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “Summer Desserts,” dessert chef Summer Lydon is about to settle down for a little while. Her latest gig is to fix up the menu at a swanky Philadelphia hotel. This involves getting involved with hotel owner Blake Cocharan, who would be the proverbial chocolate on every woman’s pillow. Will Blake give Summer a solid list of reasons to stick around? Like, permanently? In “Temptation,” socialite Eden Carlbough is busy running a girls’ camp. Thanks to some camp shenanigans, she ends up climbing an apple tree, and then falling out of said apple tree directly into the arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. (Chase, you can pick our apples any day of the week!) They don’t exactly have the feels for each other right away, but then their heads clear and they each realize the other is not so bad at all. Oh, Chase, make sure you plan a romantic orchard evening with Eden that involves a huge blanket underneath the stars—and being nekkid! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    Cowboy on My Mind, by R.C. Ryan
    Ben Monroe used to be his town’s Bad Boy, but then he went on the straight and narrow and is now a sheriff’s deputy. (Ben, just don’t get TOO goody two-shoes on us, if you know what we mean! And in case you don’t, what we mean is don’t lose your sexy!) Then he’s reunited with his high school crush, Becca Henderson. She’s never forgotten him (what woman would?) and she now finds him more exciting than ever. (Oh, he is, Becca. He is.) When Becca’s life is endangered, Ben realizes that he’s willing to quite a bit to protect his woman. Do it, Ben! Don’t you dare hesitate! This is the first book in Ryan’s Montana Strong series, which means that many sexy Montana men are on the way. It also features a bonus story, “Rocky Mountain Cowboy,” which is about a reporter who gets to interview a very hot Olympic snowboarder. Yum! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Bluestone and Vine, by Donna Kauffman
    Musician Pippa MacMillan needs a vocal break, so she leaves Ireland for some R&R in small-town Virginia. She meets Seth Brogan, a former soldier who still has all of his muscles and wants to turn his property into a vineyard. (Seth, when can we start putting orders in for bottles?!) He’s on a healing journey of his own, so he and Pippa develop quite the deep connection. Pippa also realizes that she is loving the small-town life, and it’s not just because of Seth’s muscular arms. Then Pippa’s voice start to get better, and she’s faced with the choice of going back to her old life or building a new one with the very dishy Seth. Oh, Pippa, surely you can find some kind of middle ground that involves making the music you love AND making babies with the man you love! This is the second book in Kauffman’s Blue Hollow Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/21 Permalink
    Tags: a duke to remember, by right of arms, , , it started with a scandal, , , , kelly bowen, , my lady notorious, robin carr, , , , , the tender texan   

    The Great RITA Read Takes on Historicals: Oh, Those Dukes, Spies, and Rakes! 

    In the latest installment of my Great RITA Read series, in which I attempt to read as many winners of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award as possible, it’s time to discuss a subgenre that happens to be my personal favorite: historical romances.

    The most recent winner of the Historical Romance Rita Award was Kelly Bowen’s delightful A Duke To Remember, which features a lost Duke who does not want to be found and a heroine who is, at various times, an actress, a spy, and a private investigator.

    You would think that A Duke To Remember would have little in common with Day Beyond Destiny, winner of the first Historical RWA award (then the Golden Medallion) in 1982. While there are differences, especially since Day Beyond Destiny is a generational saga, there are similarities which point to the reasons behind the staying power of historical romances.

    First, the heroines are trapped in a world that doesn’t value female sexuality, but they still crave, well, great sex. Bowen’s heroine is instantly attracted to the lost Duke, especially since he pulls her out of a river after she rescued a young boy. In Tessa Dare’s delightful Romancing the Duke, the 2015 Historical Romance: Short winner, the passion-starved heroine is only too glad to become the equivalent of a ruined woman.

    Even back in 1982, the main heroine of Day Beyond Destiny is trapped in an abusive marriage but leaves her husband for a passionate lover who values her.

    These women aren’t ashamed of their sexuality or their needs; instead, they crave the passion and intimacy of a satisfying sexual relationship. It is a pattern that plays out in many romances but, in historicals, particularly the early ones, the heroines must push harder against the social mores of the time.

    Second, many historical romances also explore class and cultural differences between the heroes and heroines. In A Duke To Remember, the gulf between the private investigator and her lost Duke is vast. He’s nobility, she’s a commoner and no virgin. In Meredith Duran’s Fool Me Twice, the Historical Romance: Long winner in 2015, the hero is a Duke mourning not only the death of his wife but her betrayal, while the heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a politician on the run from her father’s assassin. Already, there’s a status difference but the chasm widens when she is hired as his housekeeper. Watching each of them push against this societal gulf is one of the many joys of the book.

    And, of course, in Day Beyond Destiny, the heroine is an American housewife, while the hero is a Greek revolutionary. The cultural differences between them are vast.

    Even Westerns can have these class differences. Jodi Thomas’s The Tender Texan, the Short Historical winner in 1992, features a young cowboy who agrees to an arranged marriage with a widowed German immigrant. The language and cultural differences between this hero and heroine are solved by kindness and love, but there’s a learning curve.

    The last commonality is easy to guess: the heroes of historical romances tend to be nobility of some kind or another. Day Beyond Destiny features a Greek prince of a sort, and that’s part of a pattern too. Even when the heroes aren’t nobility, per se, they are powerful and important, and include: Dukes, various lords, businessmen, and the occasional shipping magnate/pirate.

    If there were as many Dukes in England as in Regency Romance novels, you could stack them up from London to Cornwall and still not have enough room. But this rank for the hero is an important element of the class/power dynamic found in many historical romances. These are stories in which the heroine, by the force of her personality and her competence in her chosen endeavors, wins the heart of the hero. And by winning his heart, I also mean winning his approval of her worldview. One of the few medieval romances to win a RITA, in 1992, in what was then just the Historical Romance category, was Robin Carr’s By Right of Arms. Carr’s story featured a marriage of convenience between a conquering knight and the widow of the lord of the castle. You’d guess he would have all the power in this situation but, no; because she is beloved by her late husband’s knights and local villagers, he must work with her, listen to her, and, eventually, he comes to see that the way she rules the keep is the best way to win the loyalty of those on his new land. (Note, oh, yes, we could do a full article on marriages of convenience….)

    Those three elements: the need for sexual satisfaction, class differences, and intrepid heroines, can be seen in nearly all the historical RITA winners from 1982 to 2017.

    The main manner in which the award-winning novels in these categories have evolved over the years has to do with the sexual history of the heroine. Earlier historical heroines often move from being ignorant of sex but aware of its passionate possibilities, to finding out what it’s all about, such as the on-the-run noble heroine of the late great Jo Beverly’s My Lady Notorious, the Historical Romance winner in 1992. Many later heroines have already experienced sex, like the fallen women with the illegitimate son in It Started With A Scandal by Julie Anne Long, the 2016 Historical Romance Short winner. In years past, this heroine might have been taken advantage of, or forced, or unjustly accused of being a fallen women.

    It seems now that the heroines can actually be “fallen” women.

    Is this a case of our own changing ideas about sex, being reflected back through time? Likely, but then historical romances, like science fiction stories, also tend to have something to say about our present world. The idea that you can be worldly and experienced and still worthy of having your story told is a positive one.

    Next up, it’s time to explore contemporary romance Rita winners and how those have changed through the years. Those too, have a great deal to say about the changes in sexual morals but also about the changing needs of women from the 1980s to the present. One hint: alas, sexual harassment of women in the working world remains as much of a constant as it ever was.

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/05/31 Permalink
    Tags: a study in treason, anthony horowitz, ashley dyer, buried in books, death notice, island of the mad, john connolly, kate carlisle, laurie r. king, leonard goldberg, murder at the mansion: a victorian village mystery, , , sheila connolly, splinter in the blood, the woman in the woods, the word is murder, zhou haohui   

    June’s Best New Mysteries 

    June is sleuthin’ out all over, with brand new novels by some of our favorite authors (like Magpie Murders‘ Anthony Horowitz), and hot new cases for some of our favorite gumshoes—from John Connolly’s Charlie Parker, to Sherlock Holmes’ esteemed daughter and his wife. Don’t miss these page-turners, and use those extra hours of daylight for backseat crime solving.

    The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz
    Fans of Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, which offered a delicious twist on a classic whodunit, will love his newest puzzle of a novel, which features a possibly even more ingenious and mind-bending premise: a fictionalized version of the author himself, who accompanies a brilliant detective as he investigates a strange and chilling crime. A woman visits a funeral home and meticulously plans her own funeral—and six hours later, she’s found strangled in her home. Was that part of her plan? Don’t miss this multilayered meta-mystery by a master of the genre.

    Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #11), by Laurie R. King
    Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes (yes, that one) have enough on their plates at the moment, but when the troubled aunt of an old friend—a woman who has spent her life shuttling between different mental institutions since the loss of her father and brother in the Great War—disappears suddenly from Bethlehem Royal Hospital (or “Bedlam”), Russell is compelled to help track her down. She and Holmes find themselves traveling from the haunted halls of Bedlam to the winding streets of Venice—which is slowly falling under the shadow of Benito Mussolini. This is the dazzling eleventh book in a series that revitalizes the legendary character of Sherlock Holmes, providing him with a woman powerful enough to be his equal.

    Death Notice, by Zhou Haohui
    The murder of a well-regarded police officer sends shockwaves through Sichuan’s capital city of Chengdu—and things only go downhill from there. A canny, merciless killer calling themselves Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of revenge) has begun sending out “death notices,” naming criminals who have managed to evade the law. These notices include a list of the subject’s crimes along with their upcoming date of execution. When the first death notice target dies—while under comprehensive police protection—the stakes grow terrifyingly high. This high-octane thriller blends a vibrant setting with a page-turning premise from one of China’s most popular authors.

    Splinter in the Blood, by Ashley Dyer
    Detective Greg Carver has become obsessed with finding a brutal murderer the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer—until he’s shot in his own home, which puts him in the hospital and out of the investigation. But Greg wasn’t alone during the shooting. His partner, Ruth Lake, was there with him—but for some reason, instead of getting help for Greg, she rearranged the crime scene. Greg has no memory of the shooting, but when he awakens, Ruth is leading the Thorn Killer investigation. And it soon becomes clear that she’s got something to hide, and will cross any line to protect her secret.

    A Study in Treason, by Leonard Goldberg
    Fans of Sherlock Holmes (and if you’re reading this, you likely count yourself among them) will thoroughly enjoy the second novel in this clever series which follows the exploits of Joanna Blalock, daughter of the late great Sherlock Holmes. Joanna and her husband, who, coincidentally, is the son of Sherlock’s side kick, John Watson, are called to investigate the disappearance of a very important and highly confidential treaty between England and France. This brilliantly crafted locked room mystery features many deft touches that will thrill fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original series.

    Buried in Books, by Kate Carlisle
    Book restoration expert Brooklyn is thrilled to be getting ready to marry her fiancé, Derek Stone, and she’s hopeful that their wedding is going to go smoothly. When two of her former best friends and college roommates, Sara and Heather, show up at her surprise bridal shower, Brooklyn is stunned—the pair had a falling out over a decade ago when Sara stole Heather’s boyfriend, and they’ve been out of touch ever since. Brooklyn worries that their reunion will be filled with drama, and she’s pleasantly surprised that they appear willing to make amends, gifting her with rare copies of a couple of classic books. Then, unfortunately, one friend is murdered. And then Brooklyn discovers that one of the books she received is a forgery—and wonders whether the murder and the fakery are related. Will this growing scandal derail her nuptials? Find out in the 12th installment in the charming Bibliophile Mystery Series.

    Murder at the Mansion: A Victorian Village Mystery, by Sheila Connolly
    Kate Hamilton has realized her dream of escaping her suffocating small town of Asheford, MD; she’s gotten herself a fancy job at a high-end hotel in Baltimore, and things are looking up. Then the hotel is bought out, and Kate finds herself unemployed—which clears the decks for an invitation from the town council of Asheford, whose members have decided that Kate’s skills and smarts are the answer to their bankrupt prayers. The town has spent the last of its budget to purchase a huge Victorian mansion, in the hopes of attracting tourists and revitalizing its economy. Kate doesn’t have the best memories of the mansion, and worse still, her old childhood nemesis, Cordelia “Cordy” Walker is getting in on the action with her own plans for the mansion…until Cordy turns up dead in it, and Kate stumbles upon her body. Now she’s got to add “defending herself against charges of murder” to her long to-do list.

    The Woman in the Woods, by John Connolly
    In the 16th novel in the matchless Charlie Parker series, the body of a young woman is discovered in a shallow grave in the Maine woods, and it appears that she gave birth a day or two before her death—but there’s no baby at the scene. Charlie Parker has been hired as a private detective to track the police investigation and to do his own research into finding the infant, but he soon discovers that he’s not the only one interested in the missing baby. Filled with (terrifyingly) unforgettable characters and shocking twists, this haunting, gothic novel with hints of horror shows why John Connolly is a master of the genre.

    What mysteries are you excited to read this month?

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