"Millionaire tycoon Byron Rockcliffe storms back into Cara's life, even though their marriage is long finished. Knowing that Cara's design business is on the verge of collapse, Byron offers to save her from financial ruin by giving her the contract of a lifetime. Although he says his proposal comes w/ no strings, there's a catch: he's not just looking for an interior designer to complete his luxury home -- he wants Cara to furnish him w/ a baby."
When an ex con & a successful Real Estate entrepreneur are both the victims of the ax killer, there are few connections between the 2 and minimal evidence or clues. Inspector Van Veeteren is called in to assist. Great "debut" -- not sure if this is the 1st in the series, but it's the 1st English translation -- hopefully there will be more to come.
Molly O'Connor's life was not an easy one. W/ 6 children & a husband who earned what he could as casual farmhand, fisherman, or drover, it was a constant struggle to keep her family fed & raised to be respectable. Of all her children, Breda -- the Bright One -- was closest to her heart. As, one by one, her other children left Kilbally, Kathleen & Kieran to the Church, Moira to marriage, the twins to war, so Breda, the youngest, was the one who stayed close to her parents. Breda never wanted to leave the W of Ireland. She thought Kilbally was the most beautiful place in the world. Then tragedy struck the O'Connors & the structure of their family was irrevocably changed. Reeling from unhappiness & humiliation, Breda decided to make a new life for herself -- in Yorkshire w/ her Aunt Josie's family. There she was to discover a totally different world fromt he one she had left behind, w/ new people & new challenges for the future.
TITLE/AUTHOR: THE INDIAN BRIDE AKA CALLING OUT FOR YOU by Karin Fossum
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/ 2001 Norway & 2007 English translation/297 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #5 in Inspector Konrad Sejer series
CHARACTERS: Inspector Konrad Sejer
FIRST LINES: The silence is shattered by the barking of a dog.
COMMENTS: Loved it! The set-up is about the 1st 1/3 of the book that really is emotionally engaging. We meet Gunder Jorman a 50 yr old bachelor living in a small Norwegian village -- Elvestad. He has been enchanted w/ a photo of an Indian woman in the book People of All Nations and decides to take a trip to India and find a wife. He travels to Mumbai and eats at a nearby restaurant where he becomes smitten w/ the waitress, Poona a 38-yr-old. They marry and he returns to Norway. Poona, his bride will soon follow. A very sweet and tender romance that unfortunately will not have a happy ever after. Gunder's sister is in a critical auto accident at the time he is to pick-up Poona at the airport. Poona finds other transport to Elvestad but Gunder & Poona never reunite -- she is brutally murderdered. This small town is stunned and unwilling to admit that one of their own neighbors is capable of such violence. Detective Sejer is also portrayed in a very human light, especially the snippets referring to his ailing canine companion. The ending is a bit open to speculation. Wonderful book, will be reading more of Fossum.
Dexter is a blood spatter expert for the Miami police dept. and often works w/ his foster sister, Deborah, who is on the force. Dexter appears an upstanding solid citizen and for the most part he is... except he's a serial killer, only killing the bad guys, of course. A unique and yes, likeable character. Good start to a series.
"It was the 1st day of the rest of her life... Susannah Chapman is finally free -- after spending 8 yrs in prison for a murder she didn't commit. But circumstances have the most unlikely person attempting to right the past wrong -- Jared Walker, the asst DA who helped put Susannah away." From back cover
TITLE/AUTHOR: THE FRENCHMAN'S BRIDE by Rebecca Winters
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Romance/2004/185 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone
TIME/PLACE: Present/Paris, France
CHARACTERS: Hallie Linn/lay nun; Vincent Rolland/vintner
FIRST LINES: Reaching for a towel, Vincent Rolland stepped from the shower of his London hotel suite having made the decision to fly to Paris after his business lunch later in the day.
COMMENTS: Hallie Linn is only 25 but has seen much tragedy -- she is one of only a handful of survivors of a plane crash that ended the lives of her husband, his family & her family. After this she decides to devote her life to service and becomes a lay nun in preparation to taking her final vows. While working in Paris she meets two young students (twins, Paul & Monique). They are in their late teens and want to learn to speak English better -- the 3 quickly become fast friends. Paul's friendship develops into a major crush. Vincent, their father who resides at the vineyards in the countryside of France is apalled at Paul's romance and wants to stop this before it goes any further. Hallie of course is innocent and only sees Paul as a brother but Vincent jumps to conclusions and thinks she is after the family fortune. Vincent & Hallie are off to a very shaky start w/ many an obstacle. Sweet romance.