I didn't like this quite as well as the earlier books in this series. As nurse Bess Crawford and Sergeant-Major Simon Brandon search a fairly small po...moreI didn't like this quite as well as the earlier books in this series. As nurse Bess Crawford and Sergeant-Major Simon Brandon search a fairly small portion of the English countryside for a wounded soldier who disappeared while in Bess's care, the story tends to drag a bit. The ending was rather complex and didn't exactly play fair with the reader. And the relationship between Bess and Simon continues to perplex. As this book begins, the Great War is beginning to draw to a close. It will be interesting to see what Charles Todd do with Bess after the Armistice -- will the series continue? Despite my disappointment with this entry, I do hope so. Worth reading for fans of the series.(less)
This was the first Dick Francis book I've listened to, rather than reading in book format. The narrator was excellent in conveying the protagonist (Ge...moreThis was the first Dick Francis book I've listened to, rather than reading in book format. The narrator was excellent in conveying the protagonist (Gene Hawkins, whose regular job seems to be background checking for an international businessman), a man who seems to have serious depression that is only held at bay by action. Forced to take a vacation, he becomes nearly suicidal. Then Hawkins is invited on a boating outing with his boss's family and some friends. It transpires that the friend has lost an expensive stud horse and this is not the first such disappearance. Hawkins takes the case, which takes him (and his boss's daughter who's about 19) to America. All kinds of adventures, both horse-related and romantic, ensue. Classic Dick Francis and certainly recommended.(less)
Some minor but annoying eye trouble means I'm mostly confined to audiobooks right now. I've read one of Krueger's books in paper format and listened t...moreSome minor but annoying eye trouble means I'm mostly confined to audiobooks right now. I've read one of Krueger's books in paper format and listened to two. Either way, he's excellent and I don't know why I waited so long to read his books. In Purgatory Ridge, a convoluted tale with multiple villains (some more villainous than others) climaxes with protagonist Cork O'Connor and some of his loved ones pitted against both man and nature near and in Lake Superior. Not to be missed. The reader is excellent as well.(less)
Jacqueline Winspear's got her groove back with this one. I started it with some trepidation as I didn't care much for the previous book, Elegy for Edd...moreJacqueline Winspear's got her groove back with this one. I started it with some trepidation as I didn't care much for the previous book, Elegy for Eddie. Although Maisie is still engaging in a lot of inner dialogue about her wishes and motivations, she does seem to be moving forward, and the plot was as twisty and turny as anyone could wish. As in all the Maisie Dobbs books, the aftereffects of World War I are still being felt, and not only the coming war (still several years in the future) but the end of British colonialism are being foreshadowed. Recommended.(less)
A very enjoyable Christmas 'read' that I didn't finish till after the New Year. I recently saw where Rhys Bowen said that she felt she had found the p...moreA very enjoyable Christmas 'read' that I didn't finish till after the New Year. I recently saw where Rhys Bowen said that she felt she had found the perfect reader for her Lady Georgiana series in Katherine Kellgren, and I would definitely agree. Each character's voice and accent is different so there is never confusion about who's speaking. I've read the first two books in this series but skipped ahead to have a Christmas mystery to listen to during the season. That wasn't a problem. The setting of 1930s England (before the death of George V and the subsequent drama, though I expect and hope those will turn up in subsequent books) is well-drawn, there is plenty of humor, and yet murder is not taken lightly. I felt a little foolish when Georgie discovered the link among all the crimes, but that means it was a good mystery. Recommended for Anglophiles and lovers of humorous mysteries with a bit of romance.(less)
Everyone's looking for Shiloh, a country singer with some Anishinabe roots who's been taking some time for reflection in the Boundary Waters of northe...moreEveryone's looking for Shiloh, a country singer with some Anishinabe roots who's been taking some time for reflection in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. The only man who knows where she is has disappeared. Her estranged father wants to hire ex-sheriff Cork O'Connor to look for her. Two other powerful men claiming to be Shiloh's biological father have also come to Iron Lake; one is mob-connected, the other has men he says are FBI agents. Shiloh's mother, a childhood friend of O'Connor's, was murdered many years ago and some people hope -- or fear -- that therapy has helped Shiloh recall that event and that she can identify her mother's killer.
Cork ends up on a wilderness expedition with Shiloh's official father, Anishinabe Stormy and his ten-year-old son Louis, and two of the supposed FBI men. Meanwhile, Cork's wife Jo, (it's complicated) is back in Iron Lake trying to investigate the conflicting tales told by a mobster and the FBI man who have both come to town in search of Shiloh.
Just when you think you have it figured out, Krueger gets you lost in the woods again. The setting is described with love, and the characters are nuanced and anything but stereotypes. Cork O'Connor is a strong protagonist. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of this excellent series. Highly recommended.(less)
received an ARC of this book in late June from the author in a random drawing. It's taken me this long to write this review not because I didn't read...morereceived an ARC of this book in late June from the author in a random drawing. It's taken me this long to write this review not because I didn't read it right away -- I did. I think it was the subject matter -- adoption and foster care -- that blocked me. You see, one of my duaghters has been fostering a baby girl from the age of ten days. On September 6, the adoption became final and I'm now officially a grandmother. So I can heave a sigh of relief and talk a bit about The Wrong Girl.
We met reporter Jane Ryland, who had recently moved from TV journalism to print, in the thrilling The Other Woman. She's very interested in Boston police detective Jake Brogan, and he in her, but both realize the potential ethical conflicts and are playing it cool for now. As Jane tries to help her erstwhile deskmate Tuck find her birthmother, Jake is investigating the murder of a young woman found in an apartment with two small children-- and evidence of a possible third. Then, people at the adoption agency that handled Tuck's adoption start turning up dead. With many twists and turns, some truly firghtening scenes, and just enough romance, Ryan keeps the reader guessing till the end. Hank Philippi Ryan's day job as an investigative reporter lends the ring of truth to Jane's efforts to solve the mystery. Highly recommended.(less)
I'm almost certain I read this book in its first publication under the author's other name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. So if you, like me, have a little tr...moreI'm almost certain I read this book in its first publication under the author's other name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. So if you, like me, have a little trouble remembering titles after 10 or more years have gone by, check before buying. However, if you haven't read the Callahan Garrity series by Trocheck, which are now being republished in paperback as by Mary Kay Andrews, you are in for a treat and I highly recommend it. All the great humor and characters you love in Andrews' books, with a little more detective work, and some urban grit since they're set in Atlanta.(less)
I originally chose this book to read because, according to www.stopyourekillingme.com, it was set in New Hampshire, so it was going to be my New Hamps...moreI originally chose this book to read because, according to www.stopyourekillingme.com, it was set in New Hampshire, so it was going to be my New Hampshire selection for the A Mystery for Every State project I've been doing. However, there was, I think, only one brief mention of the location, and no real local color, so I'll be looking elsewhere for the New Hampshire entry.
For what appears to be a first novel, a mystery that almost borders on fantasy (not the supernatural kind) and uses an urban legend as one of the plot points, this book was pretty good. The four women who make up the Black Widow Agency all have their reasons for using their talents to help wronged women. The villains are maybe a little too over-the-top villainous, there's a little too much cliché chocolate frenzy for my taste, but these minor flaws didn't spoil the book for me. I quite enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, light, non-violent read.(less)
It takes a fine writer to make a plug for a charity into a good story -- and Craig Johnson is a fine writer. Walt Longmire, Vic Moretti, and Henry Sta...moreIt takes a fine writer to make a plug for a charity into a good story -- and Craig Johnson is a fine writer. Walt Longmire, Vic Moretti, and Henry Standing Bear are returning from a fishing trip when they get a distress call from a park ranger and a tourist who have been treed by a bear. Well, not treed, exactly -- they are cowering on the roof of one of those infamous outdoor biffies found in our state and national parks. Hijinks ensue, along with some Cheyenne lore and environmental information. Well worth the money ($2.99) and highly recommended.(less)
I realized recently that I was a little behind on Chris Grabenstein's wonderful Ceepak series. After finishing two books rife with family dysfunction,...moreI realized recently that I was a little behind on Chris Grabenstein's wonderful Ceepak series. After finishing two books rife with family dysfunction, spending some time with Danny Boyle and John Ceepak seemed like the perfect prescription. They are two of my most-loved characters, and if anything I loved them even more in the reading by Jeff Woodman of this, the first one of the Ceepak series I've "read" via audiobook.
All the Ceepak books are titled with carnival attractions and set on the Jersey shore, but the title of FUN HOUSE has a double meaning -- it's not only a walk-through place with distorting mirrors, but a reality TV show that has come to Sea Haven -- much to the disgust of Danny and Ceepak. When Ceepak's family outing to the skeeball palace is spoiled by drunken Fun House contestants, the police officers get more involved, and when murder ensues, the tale quickly moves to a thrilling though disturbing conclusion. I don't know how Grabenstein manages to combine his charming, humorous detectives with horrifying crimes and breathless suspense -- I just hope he keeps on doing it for a long time. Very highly recommended.(less)
I was drawn to this book because it is set in the very early 1920s, when Britain was dealing with the aftermath of the Great War. It's the first book...moreI was drawn to this book because it is set in the very early 1920s, when Britain was dealing with the aftermath of the Great War. It's the first book in a series featuring Laurence Bartram, an officer in the War and a widower, who's having a bit of trouble settling to civilian life. When the sister of a school friend writes to him asking for help, Laurence agrees out of a sense of obligation for past kindnesses. John Emmett, who was being treated for what we'd now call PTSD, had unexpectedly committed suicide some months before. His sister Mary needs to know why. Laurence's investigation on her behalf leads him to many surprising revelations.
THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN JOHN EMMETT centers on on of the more unfortunate chapters in the history of World War I, and one which has come up in more than one mystery set in and just after that time. It is a very thoughtful book and also has a lot to say about families. The characters are well-drawn and very believable as they participate in the post-war social transitions. Laurence has a wonderful sidekick in his friend Charles, who, through his wide network of friends and cousins, is invaluable at getting needed information. Highly recommended -- I look forward to reading more by this author.(less)