Second in the series of "Women's Murder Club" books. Homicide Lt. Lindsey Boxer and her friends take on another serial killer, this one with a personal grudge against African-American police officers. This is a quick-paced light, entertaining read.
Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford investigates the murder of a man killed the night before he was to be best man at his best friend's wedding. On the personal side, we see Wexford taking care of a dog his daughter Sheila has brought home "for a short while." Gruff Wexford is putty in his daughter's hands. A good read. Rendell's characters are well-drawn and her pacing of plot is good.
An excellent, fast-paced mystery and a fairly satisfying ending to Dana Stabenow's Liam Campbell series. This book could stand alone, but I'd advise reading the 3 previous books in the series (in order) before reading this. Stabenow always leaves me wanting more, and although this book could end the series, I hope she'll write more about Liam and Wyanet, his very independent lady pilot girlfriend.
From the book cover:
"Private eye V.I. Warshawski has reluctantly agreed to drive her young friend Consuelo Alvarado, sixteen and pregnant, and Consuelo's punk husband, Fabiano, to a job interview. Withough the escort, Fabiano probably wouldn't go.
Then Consuelo goes into premature labor and V.I. must rush her to a nearby hospital. Consuelo and her baby do not survive. V.I. observed how slowly the emergency room staff went to Consuelo's aid. Is it malpractice?
The question has no sooner occurred to her than she learns that Consuelo's doctor has been brutally murdered. So V.I. finds herself on an investigation that will leave her with her apartment ransacked, her face slashed, and her sympathies pulled in too many directions. At least her shrewd instincts are still intact."
Good, fast-paced read.
V.I. Warshawski, intrepid Chicago private detective is "guilted" into finding her old neighbor's father. What she finds is a big business covering up years of exposing its employees to a toxic substance, and now willing to kill to perpetuate the coverup. V.I., running a little scared after an attempt on her life, is still smart enough to outwit the bad guys. A great read.
From the book cover: "Violence suddenly takes the lead in the life of Neil Griffon. Following a grisly accident that lands his father in the hospital, Griffon finds himself in charge of his father's stables. Before he has a chance to get his bearings, he is brutally assaulted and abducted. The price for his freedom will mean the betrayal and deception of those who trust Griffon most.
Griffon has no choice - a no-compromise crime czar gives him an ultimatum he dare not refuse. The czar insists that his own eighteen-year-old son be hired by Griffon's stable so he can ride the superstar horse, Archangel, in the Derby. And his son must be trained to win. Or else ..."
An excellent fast-paced read with believable characters.
Burn takes Anna Pigeon out of her usual outdoor national park settings and places her in an urban national park in New Orleans. As Anna tries to recuperate from extremely stressful occurrences as a park ranger, she stays with a friend, Geneva, an interpretive ranger who sings Jazz. Anna can't help but get caught up in the life of a mysterious young man who has become Geneva's tenant. This is one of Nevada Barr's best novels. I highly recommend it.
From the book cover: "Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news arrives in the form of her wacky, unwelcome Aunt Elena. The fire that has just burned down a sleazy SRO hotel has brought Elena to V.I.'s doorstep. Uncovering an arsonist - and the secrets hidden behind Elena's boozy smile - will send V.I. into the seedy world of Chicago's homeless ... into the Windy City's backroom deals and bedroom politics, where new schemers and old cronies team up to get V.I. off the case - be hook, by crook, or by homicide." A good, fast-paced read. Is there a more stubborn fictional female detective out there? W.I.'s got guts!
From the book cover: "It was, of all things, a white Christmas Eve, when Cleveland Amory, self-confessed curmudgeon and confirmed dog-owner, found himself standing in a deserted alley trying to rescue a dirty, injured, starving, decidedly unfriendly cat...With glimpses of Amory's cat's memorable meetings with notables such as George C. Scott and Cary Grant, and fascinating tidbits about the history of cats, this is an irresistible book for cat-lovers and non-cat-lovers alike."
From the book cover: "Sweeping from the blood-soaked castles of medieval Wales to the landmark expedition of Lewis and Clark, from the hushed beauty of virgin wilderness to Mandan villages of domed earthen lodges, THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MAN is a triumph of the storyteller's art. With its beautifully written and deeply felt descriptions of the feelings the first white settlers and Native Americans had for each other, THE CHILDREN OF FIRST MAN tells the fascinating story of a European people gradually absorbed into the Amerindian culture until their literacy was lost and their Christian religion submerged in the legend of a Welsh Price named Madoc, the First Man."
An Amelia Peabody mystery:
Writing style is a bit stilted, but characters are well-developed, plot picks up speed and carries you along, and there are twists and turns along the way. A good light read.
From the bookcover: "A Great War has ended, but evil still casts a long shadow over a violence-scarred land. One woman - an adventurer and archaeologist with a brilliant mind - must now confront a dreadful adversary more fiendish and formidable than any she has ever encountered. But by doing so, she may be feeding the flames of a devastating firestorm that threatens the fragile lives of the tender and innocent."
Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle is a delightful character, form her tall stature and bright red hair to her attempt to make a difference in the life of her Big-Sister-Program "little sister." In this book, Carlotta re-examines a cold case, the 24-year-old disappearance of a brilliant young writer.