In her first book, Telling Lies, Cathi Stoler has written a complex plot filled with lots of lies and intrigue. The action begins immediately when LauIn her first book, Telling Lies, Cathi Stoler has written a complex plot filled with lots of lies and intrigue. The action begins immediately when Laurel Imperiole runs into a man in a museum in Florence, Italy. Not exactly stunning until Laurel recognizes the man as someone who shouldn't even be alive. The action starts here and carries readers through the world of glamorous high-end art from Italy to the United States mingling in the dark world of art stolen by the Nazis in World War II.
Cathi's carefully crafted story keeps you turning pages as Laurel, a Manhattan magazine editor, and her friend, private investigator Helen McCorendale, unravel a hideous plan that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Helen works undercover while Laurel strives to discover why she ran into someone who's supposed to be dead. The lies and subterfuge get bolder and more desperate as Laurel finds herself in the middle of an international mess as a well-known Massod agent enters the picture with his own agenda.
While Laurel and Helen work under the surface, Laurel's boyfriend Aaron, an NYPD cop, pursues the criminal elements from the law's perspective with an FBI pal who specializes in art fraud and left. Things really heat up as Laurel's efforts to learn more about what's going on back the bad guys into a bleak corner. They come out with murderous intent that leaves a lot of collateral damage along the way.
The story moves smoothly thanks to the author giving the location of events at every chapter's opening. She has skillfully crafted an intricate story that is provoking and satisfying to the end.
If you’re looking for a good mystery for a post-holiday read, I’d recommend David Bishop’s WHO MURDERED GARSON TALMADGE. I recently read the novel andIf you’re looking for a good mystery for a post-holiday read, I’d recommend David Bishop’s WHO MURDERED GARSON TALMADGE. I recently read the novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. This well-written tale of murder in California introduces us to Matt Kile, a former detective turned P.I. and mystery novelist. Kile’s a wise-cracking, quick-witted hero women can’t help but fall for, especially his neighbor and one-time lover, Clarice Talmadge, who’s been accused of murdering her husband. As Kile investigates, the story moves from California to Paris at a non-stop pace and mixes in the dead man’s grown children, an ex-wife’s bitter sister, International arms dealers and the FBI, all in a suspenseful plot filled with some twists you’ll never see coming. Be sure not to miss it....more
Can anyone escape their past, or will it haunt them forever? That is the central theme of this taut, well-crafted thriller. Roddy Dolan and Danny BurnCan anyone escape their past, or will it haunt them forever? That is the central theme of this taut, well-crafted thriller. Roddy Dolan and Danny Burns, old friends from their rough and tumble school days in Brooklyn have gone on to become successful-- Roddy a surgeon and Danny an account. When another old pal, Kenny Egan, shows up with a deal to open a restaurant that's almost too good to be true, the men jump at the chance. But, as we know if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Things go south pretty fast, and Mark Rubinstein does a good job of getting us to the gritty conclusion where we learn to what lengths Roddy and Danny will go to protect themselves and their families and the consequences that entails....more
In this mystery set in a small Catskill Mountain town, we meet Hannah Fox. Teacher and activist, Hannah is helping a friend fight and eminent domain sIn this mystery set in a small Catskill Mountain town, we meet Hannah Fox. Teacher and activist, Hannah is helping a friend fight and eminent domain scheme and finds herself in the middle of the murder investigation of a local land developer. Hannah is determined to find the killer and is drawn deeper into the case and its dangers, all while dealing mixed feelings about her long distance marriage and the police investigator she finds herself drawn to. This is a very well written mystery with a plot that will keep you guessing to the end. Hope there'll be more Hannah stories coming....more
Small towns are never what they seem, especially in Dot Hayes’ Murder at the P&Z. Lots of twists & turns keep the story moving. A terrific readSmall towns are never what they seem, especially in Dot Hayes’ Murder at the P&Z. Lots of twists & turns keep the story moving. A terrific read! ...more
In Well Read, Then Dead, two New York transplants find themselves smack in the middle of murder and mystery in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. Sassy and BIn Well Read, Then Dead, two New York transplants find themselves smack in the middle of murder and mystery in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. Sassy and Bridgy, owners of the Read ‘Em and Eat café offer patrons books along with their sweet tea and buttermilk pie. When one of their elderly patrons, Miss Delia Baston, is murdered, Sassy promises to help find out who did it and almost becomes toast herself. Terrie Farley Moran mixes in a good dollop of local lore with smart as a whip characters to create a story that keeps you guessing until the end....more
In Michael Murphy’s new novel, THE YANKEE CLUB, a noir thriller set in 1933, Prohibition is almost over and the country is struggling through the deprIn Michael Murphy’s new novel, THE YANKEE CLUB, a noir thriller set in 1933, Prohibition is almost over and the country is struggling through the depression when Jake Donovan returns to New York. A former Pinkerton detective, and now a famous author, he’s come home to win back the woman he left behind, Laura Wilson, after she refused his proposal of marriage.
But not so fast and not so easy. Laura, a Broadway star, is now engaged to, a millionaire banker involved in a nefarious plot to overthrow the government. Plus, Jake’s old partner, Mickey has been murdered and it seems part of the conspiracy. Getting together with his buddies at their old hangout, The Yankee Club, a speakeasy in Queens, Jake decides to find Mickey’s killer and is shot and kidnapped for his trouble.
Besides great storytelling, what I enjoyed most about this mystery is how Murphy mixes his characters with real people from that era. As Jack investigates, he not only pals around with Dashiell Hammet and Lillian Hellman, but also helps them overcome writers block and work out the plot of a new play, in that order. He runs into Babe Ruth who’s out on the town, and doesn’t just hang around with Cole Porter, he’s in on the creation of his new musical. In this story, virtually anything goes. And, as the plot thickens, we meet Joe Kennedy newly appointed head of the SEC, as Jake tries to save the country from a terrible fate. To me, it was a treat to rub up against these famous people I didn’t expect to encounter and see them in situations I wouldn’t have imagined.
Does it all work out in the end? Do Jake and Laura get back together? You’ll just have to read THE YANKEE CLUB, a story with wit and style, to find out....more