Good introduction to an author I had not read before. A quick free short story involving a murder and two suspects, each with their own version of finGood introduction to an author I had not read before. A quick free short story involving a murder and two suspects, each with their own version of finding the body. I read the 8 page pdf online, but it's also available on Kindle. I enjoyed the writing of mystery writer Vicki Tyley....more
Sandra Mahoney, a computer crime consultant, was contacted by the mother of a young man found dead at the base of the Telstra Tower in Canberra. The wSandra Mahoney, a computer crime consultant, was contacted by the mother of a young man found dead at the base of the Telstra Tower in Canberra. The white tower with its viewing platforms looks like a giant hypodermic needle on top of the Black Mountain. The police assumed that the victim was suicidal. Niall was addicted to a role-playing Internet game, and his death resembled the death of his character in the Castle of the Heroes game. But as Sandra investigates Niall's life, she discovers he was also having troubles at work where he was a radiotherapist. Controlling parents, and a breakup with his girlfriend were additional problems. Was Niall's death a suicide or a murder?
Sandra works to solve the mystery with her detective efforts on two fronts--interviewing his coworkers at the hospital, and trying to unravel the relationships in the cyberworld. The role-playing gamers can hide their identities online, and often use their acting skills when Sandra is interviewing them in person.
Sandra, the mother of two young children, lives with her partner Ivan, a skillful hacker. She seems very real, and is very different from the alcoholic loners that populate much crime fiction.
"The White Tower" is the second in a quartet of mysteries set in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Each of the four mysteries is set in a different season, with this book showing a southern hemisphere spring (October). Dorothy Johnston also writes literary novels, short stories, poems, and essays....more
It was a hot, humid evening when fifteen-year-old Lindy came riding her bike home from track practice in Baton Rouge. After an attack by a male hidingIt was a hot, humid evening when fifteen-year-old Lindy came riding her bike home from track practice in Baton Rouge. After an attack by a male hiding in the bushes Lindy was no longer a carefree child, and dark elements surfaced in the neighborhood. Looking back to the summer of 1989 when he was a fourteen-year-old boy, the unnamed narrator begins, "There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson....I should tell you now that I was one of the suspects."
The story is a coming-of-age tale about a boy infatuated with Lindy. He wanted to find her attacker, and suspected others in their affluent neighborhood. He also had to cope with raging hormones and some traumatic family events. Both he and Lindy had interactions with other neighbors who seemed real and complex. Voyeurs in the neighborhood sat up on tree branches with binoculars, spied from windows, and snapped clandestine photographs. Events from his teen years shaped the narrator into the man he has become twenty years later.
My Sunshine Away is an absorbing, suspenseful mystery and more. I also appreciated M.O. Walsh's beautiful language, his atmospheric Louisiana setting, and compelling characters. ...more
"The Ninth Daughter" is the first book in a historical mystery series featuring Abigail Adams. She is the wife of John Adams, one of the leaders of th"The Ninth Daughter" is the first book in a historical mystery series featuring Abigail Adams. She is the wife of John Adams, one of the leaders of the Sons of Liberty who want to break ties with the English Crown. She finds a murdered woman when she visits the home of her friend Rebecca who has also been working for the patriot cause. Rebecca has gone missing, and John Adams has been charged with the murder of the other woman. Abigail searches for her missing friend, and works to find the real killer.
The book transports us back to 1773 around the time of the Boston Tea Party. The characters of Abigail, John, and the other famous patriots seem very well drawn. It's obvious that a lot of historical research had gone into setting the scenes in the homes of both poor and affluent, patriots and loyalists. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book more than the cozy mystery which did not get very suspenseful until the last hundred pages....more
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story is a classic Gothic horror story set in the early 1900s. As a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps was sent to Crythin GiffThe Woman in Black: A Ghost Story is a classic Gothic horror story set in the early 1900s. As a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps was sent to Crythin Gifford, a small fictional town on England's marshy, northeast coast. He has to settle the estate of a woman who lived in the isolated Eel Marsh House. The secluded old home is accessible only during low tide, and visible only when the fog breaks. The story builds psychologically into terror using atmospheric descriptions, isolation, a bog with areas of quicksand, and an angry paranormal presence set on revenge.
A few words of advice: Don't read this book right before you're planning to sleep, or the Woman in Black might haunt your dreams....more