While browsing through a book stall in London, in 2002, I found Ian Rankin's "Black & Blue", the winner of the 1997 CWA MacAllan Gold Dagger Award. The book was also short-listed for the Mystery Writers of America 'Edgar" award for best novel. I decided to try it. It looked interesting enough and hefty enough (490 pages) to get me back home, so I think I can say that I "met" John Rebus in a waiting room at Heathrow Airport and got to know him as I crossed the Atlantic. Wow. I could not put it down.
When I decided that it was time to list my Ian Rankin books here, I decided to read this one again. Wow. STILL good.
Should I ever make it to Edinburgh, I'm going to look for the pubs and bars mentioned and, who knows, I might run into John Rebus!
I discovered Dana Stabenow several, several years ago while on a small boat cruise through the Inland Passage and have read every Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell novel I could find. I wasn't sure about this one when I bought it, but was delightfully surprised!! So, of course, I stayed up all night reading it...which, wonderfully, I can do now that I have retired (all of seven days ago).
I discovered the author Ann C. Fallon by accident and am so glad that I did. This series, set in Ireland with Solicitor James Fleming, is absolutely wonderful. The characters live, the plot twists and turns and finishes with satisfying surprise.
I heartily recommend this book to all who enjoy "British" mysteries.
Author Travis L. Ayers has gathered a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 bombers that flew countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the air-- and survived. They are stories of heroism, sacrifice, miraculous survival, and merciless warfare. They should all be remembered. One of the men, Peter (Scott) Seniawsky, Waist Gunner, 384th Bomb Group says: I have waited sixty-plus years to have my WW II exploits accurately recorded. Mr. Ayres's splendid work...has told it well and gotten it right! I applaud his tenacity.
Apparently this was written in l967 and because it didn't have one of my favorite Higgins characters, Dillon, in it, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it. But I did!! Nick Miller is a great character. Wonder if he is in any other Higgins novels???
I had forgotten how GREAT J.A. Jance is until I received and immediately began to read "Damage Control" with Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady. Thank goodness today is Saturday and is wet and messy, to boot. Gave me the perfectly acceptable excuse to curl up on my couch and read.
This is #13 in the Joanna Brady series. Hope there are many more to come.
Although this book is not as easy to read as a Dana Stabenow, I found it to be quite good. I was particularly interested in the information about the Inupiat Eskimo culture. And I WILL look for more books by this author.
Grew up on the Southern Mythology of the 1860's and was intrigued to understand William Harris included in this novel many true events as told to him by his father. Made the novel even more fascinating.
Although I was too proper to become a part of the 60's generation, I saw "Easy Rider" and had always wanted to understand the message of the film. Reading this book gave me a belated understanding, but, more importantly, I could rejoice that Peter Fonda finally found love and peace.
This Nevada Barr was first published in hardback in 1996 and is apparently just now available in paperback. That may explain how I missed it when I was much into Anna Pigeon. Once again Nevada Barr takes "the classic 'marooned on a desert island with a madman concept' ", added facts about the dangers of fighting fires, and twisted everything into an incredible story.....all the way to the very last page.