"The year is 1945 in Europe the Third Reich reigns triumphant. The Soviet Unin is a fragment of its former self and Stalin has accepted a dictated armistice int he Pacific, after a brief sharp war with Japan. America is the only significant military presence. Now the worlds two superpowers eye each other warily across the Atlantic Ocean that grows smaller daily. The Big Show is about to start.
Gringich has written alternate history and done it well."
"The Women's Murder Club returns in a shocking suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Dectective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies ... and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends, Clair Washburn of the ME's office, Assistant DA Jill Bernhardt and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?"
"The Women's Murder Club faces an unspeakable horror in the most gripping medical and legal thriller in years. A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she suddenly gasps for breath and dies. Doctors are completely mystified as other recovering patients inexplicably become dealy ill. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the deaths and hunts a merciless killer. The book reporter.com said "Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves." That says it all."
"As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home. As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.
As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can."
"Dectective Lindsay Boxer chases a cat burglar, a killer with a vendetta against women and children and suspects a beloved movie star of killing his wife and trying to act his way out of being caught. And to top it all off Lindsay is getting in her way of being happy with her fiance and is putting her working partnership and friendship with the Murder Club in danger.
"The back of the book says it all, "You'd think that being clairvoyant would give Abigail Cooper the ability to avoid danger. But being psychic doesn't necessarily allow you to sidestep murder and mayhem - it just lets you know that they're coming..."
This is a great cozy with a bit of an edge - just perfect for a night's read."
"Surburban supersleuth Jane Jeffry and Detective Mel VanDyne have finally decided to get married, but they're going to have to fight off Jane's new mother-in-law and find a killer along the way down the aisle. The Jan Jeffry books are always worth the read, nice and cozy, laced with subtle humor and a good plot."
"This was one heck of a read. I almost pulled a one-nighter because I found it hard to put the book down. Plot twists, characters who aren't what they seem, some who are exactly what they seem, but which is which? The plot centers around Lake Tahoe and Nina Reilly, single mother, one-woman law firm. Her new client is a man accused of murdering his own brother, a crime too horrible to believe. Suddenly Nina is at the center of the storm as her client's family turns against him and Nina finds that his life isn't the only one hanging in the balance, cuaght by an act of malice."
"This was a new author for me and a welcome surprise. Her characters are real, we've all met people like them. Well maybe not just like them unless you happen to know a murderer! Definitely a good read."
"Willi Gallagher is a regular kind of gal who loves to eavesdrop - through she prefers to call it curiosity. While sandwiched between books in the school library where she teaches she really gets an earful ... two students are whispering about witchcraft and murder! Of course, Willi can't help but ju,p to conclusions. And it's not until one of her students is found dead that the town starts listening. Now, along with her psychic neighbors and Sheriff Tucker, Willi must sift through celestial and earthly clues to put the rumors and the killer to rest."
"This is the Sterns at their best, talking about the food that has kept them on the road hunting down classic eats for 30 years. Jeffrey Steingarten wrote: "Everything jane and Michael Stern write about food makes me want to et and laugh at the same time. They convey their discoveries with immediacy and a sense of adventure."
This book is fun - it's loaded with recipes from the 1950s and 60's and the commentary that goes with it is hysterical."
"An outside observer exposes our culture's underbelly with a caustic and often hilarious eye. On America's back porch the most diverse and exotic cultures flourish in wild abandon; but it often takes the scrutiny of an outside observer, with an eye for the bizarre, to bring into relief the hilarious, often unsettling, bounty of strange experiences hiding within the mundane. In America's Back Porch, Daniel Jeffreys takes us on a startling voyage of discovery that brings us face-to-face with an America as it might have been recorded by the camera of Robert Frank. There are teenage vampires in Kentucky, Jesus-worshiping rattlesnake handlers in the Appalachians, a vigilante society in Texas, Alabama chain-gang guards who wrestle bears, cosmetic surgeons giving face-lifts to Hollywood dogs, and bounty killers in Florida. In the tradition of Bill Bryson and P. J. O'Rourke, Jeffreys takes us on a rarely seen tour of the underbelly of our culture, recorded with a sure sense for the telling detail, the colorful, and the grotesque."
"The Chicago Sun Times said "Delightfully screwy characters, an engaginghusband and wife sleuth team and enough twists to keep turning the pages ... MacLeod is a top entertainer." The story: The Annual Owl Count at Balaclav Agricultural College is serious business. So why does a team that includes the redoubtable Profesors Shandy, Stott and Binks also include a boorish avian ignoramus like Emory Emmerick? And how could he have had the temerity to get himself netted and stabbed to death while in pursuit of an extremely rare Snowy Owl?"
"Kinky Friedman is living proof that you can be a Texan, a New Yorker, a Jewish country and western singer and an amateur detective at the same time. But when New York City gets a little too full of murder and mayhem to suit him, Kinky heads for the fresh air of the Lone Star State - filtered of course, through his ever-present cigar. But something is rotten in the state of Texas too, and Kerrville's justice of the peace asks the Kinkster for his help. Four old ladies have died in the past few months, and though there's no apparent link, Judge Pat Knox is sure there's a connection. Before the case ends, Kinky will meet up with a rose growing survivalist, a swarm of angry bees, a swarm of eight year old buckaroos at his father's ranch and summer camp and, if he's not careful he may just meet up with his own untimely end."
"From the cover: A call from an ex-husband is never welcome. For Berkeley cop Jill Smith it wins a Nobel prize fro chutzpah. Her ex wants a favor. His friend and co-worker Anne Spaulding is missing. Anne's ransacked apartment - complete with blood-sprayed walls - gives Jill the chilling feeling that her ex may be up to his arrogant neck in murder." Susan Dunlap is known for her police procedurals and for her heroines who walk in he-man territory. It's a great book."
"If you liked the movie Casablanca and want to know what happened to the characters after the famous airport scene this is the book for you. Includes dialogue from the movie and keeps the period atmosphere."