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Drew Farthering, debonair detective

deeringFans of Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers) and Thomas Campion (Margery Allingham) will love these mysteries set England in the 1930s.  Drew Farthering has been cut from the same cloth: he is upperclass, debonair and clever at solving murder mysteries.  He is helped by his American fiancée, Madeline Parker, and friend and estate manager, Nick Dennison.  Together they the solve mystery using  methods from their favorite novels.  Murder on the Moor (Bethany, 2/2017), is the fifth book in the series.  Drew’s Eton classmate “Beaky” Bloodworth seeks help when his bride, Sabrina, becomes a suspect in a series of murders in the village of Bunting’s nest.  In spite of the fact that author Julianna Deering is a fifth-generation Texan who  lives in Dallas, she has captured the genre with style.

–posted 2/3/2017

Posted January/31/2017

Amateur detective Sam Clair

A Cast of Vultures (Minotaur, 2017) is the third book in a series of funny, light-hearted mysteries starring Samantha (Sam) Clair, a book editor at Timmins & Ross in London. Sam describes herself as a middle-aged, middlingly successful  editor who has learned to cope with the daily problems that arise in a busy publishing house—difficult authors, lost manuscripts, no-show assistants, etc.  Sam meets handsome CID Inspector Jacob Field when he comes to question her about a mysterious package in book one, A Murder of Magpies (Minotour, 2015), and he plays a part in subsequent novels.  In addition to clever plots and twist endings, readers will enjoy this send-up of the publishing world.

–posted 1/30/2017

Posted January/30/2017

Pop Goes the Murder by Kristi Abbott

pop goes theThe Popcorn Shop mystery series features Rebecca Anderson and her popcorn-loving poodle Sprocket who return to her hometown of Grand Lake, Ohio, after a failed marriage to celebrity chef, Antoine. Rebecca starts a gourmet popcorn shop called POPS and  this being a mystery cozy series, bodies start popping up.   Grand Lake’s Sheriff Dan Cooper has been Becka’s best friend since second grade and they make a nice team of investigators.  So far there are only two books in the series, but with a plucky heroine, a great dog and recipes for popcorn breakfast bars included, how can you go wrong?  Kernel of Truth (Berkley, 2016) begins when “Coco” Bittles, a friend who owns the chocolate shop next door to Rebecca’s, is murdered.  In Pop Goes the Murder (Berkley, 2017), we meet ex-husband Antoine who comes to town to film a segment for his TV show.  Kirsti Abbott has written a variety of non-fiction titles.  This is her first venture into fiction.

–posted 1/18/2017

Posted January/19/2017

Blood and Bone by Valentina Giambanco

BloodandboneWhen we first meet her, Alice Madison has just been promoted from Seattle’s uniformed police to its Homicide Detective unit.  She is assigned to work with experienced but uncommunicative Detective Sergeant Kevin Brown.  Spencer and Dunne are the other members of the squad—one a Japanese-American and the other a husky, red-haired Irishman—both easy-going and friendly.  Madison lives in a house inherited from her grandparents, who looked after her from an early age.  At age 8 Madison lost her mother, leaving her haunted by an unhappy childhood, details of which are gradually revealed as the series unfolds.  Blood and Bone (Quercus, 1/2017) is the third installment of this police procedural series.   It concerns a serial murderer who may still be at large.  Author V.M. Giambanco, a native of Italy, lives in London.

–posted 1/9/2017

Posted January/18/2017

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