MysteryRomanceAgnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer Agnes and the Hitman
Jennifer Crusie; St. Martins 2008

Her food column is called Cranky Agnes. Agnes has anger management issues – she hit her last two fiances with frying pans when she caught them cheating on her. Her parents dropped her off at a boarding school when she was 10 and didn’t return for her. Her best friend Lisa Livia is almost a mob princess – the don is LL’s uncle and she stays away from him. But Agnes is in a good place now. She has a white-bread fiance who is a caterer. She bought her dream house (albeit a fixer upper) from Lisa Livia’s mother. She and her fiance are hosting Lisa Livia’s daughter’s wedding at their new home this Saturday. Everything is good. Except it isn’t. Read the remainder of this entry »

Memory Man by David Baldacci

Posted September 19, 2015 By Jandy

Memory Man by David BaldacciSuspenseA year and a half ago Amos Decker’s wife, daughter, and brother-in-law were murdered in his home while he was working. He was a police detective then. Now he is jobless, living in a hotel, overweight, depressed, and relives that night over and over. Decker had a football head injury when he was in his 20s and now remembers every detail of everything he has experienced including the gruesome scene he found when he arrived home that night.

His ex-partner comes up to him one morning. A man walked into the police department that morning and confessed to the murders. There had been no trail and after 18 months, the case remains unsolved. So why would this man suddenly decide to confess? Decker goes down to the police station to meet the man. The man’s confession gets lost, though, when there is a shooting at the local high school. A gunman walked in, kills students and teachers, and disappears. Read the remainder of this entry »

Taming a Sea-Horse by Robert B. Parker

Posted August 5, 2015 By Jandy

MysteryTaming a Sea-Horse by Robert B. ParkerTaming a Sea-Horse
Robert B. Parker; Dell Pub. 1987

There’s a reason Robert B. Parker’s Spenser detective novels have remained popular for over 40 years. Spenser is a man’s detective, yet appeals to women as well. He’s tough and the novels often deal with tough subjects, but Parker kept them low key, using Spenser’s witty, droll voice to keep them humorous as well as suspenseful. The reader knows Spenser will win (they’re usually told in his first person voice) and the blood and gore won’t be graphic. Parker has passed on, but the Spenser novels remain.

Taming a Sea-Horse deals with teen aged prostitution, pimps, abusive families, madams, and the wealthy buying what they want when they want. Despite the seriousness of the topic in this 30-year-old book, Parker kept the tone light. He was also rebuilding Spenser and Susan’s relationship, so their romance is very important to the overall story. Read the remainder of this entry »

Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis

Posted August 2, 2015 By Jandy

Romantic SuspenseRomanceAlways On My Mind by Jill ShalvisAfter being in a reality television show, Leah Sullivan returns to Lucky Harbor to help out her grandmother. She had grown up helping her grandmother in a small town bakery. Now Elsie has knee surgery and Leah takes over the bakery while Elsie is recovering.

Her best friend in Lucky Harbor is Jack Harper. Jack is now a hot fireman and a serial dater. He doesn’t stay with any woman for more than a few dates. Jack and Leah resume their friendship and teasing. Leah knows she’s leaving Lucky Harbor in a few weeks. She wants to be gone before the finale of Sweet Wars appears on TV. Read the remainder of this entry »

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Posted August 1, 2015 By Jandy

Paranormal RomanceParanormal MysteryParanormalShards of Hope by Nalini SinghAlthough judged a mid level Psy talent as a child, Aden had the leadership qualities and loyalty to become the leader of the Arrows. He watched as Vasic, his second in command and best friend, found love and happiness. Aden would like that for himself, but knows only one woman is for him.

Zaira has a streak of rage and madness within her. Her parents locked her up as a child and tortured her to make her a better, stronger Psy. Instead, when she was seven, she escaped their cage and killed them. She was almost put in Rehabilitation, but her power and strength instead became an asset for the Arrows. She has always supported Aden. She looks at the this new world, especially the children, and wants to help. The insane rage she keeps bottled inside herself prevents her from joining, but she refuses to let any child suffer like she did.

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MysteryThe Biggest Liar in Los Angeles by Ken KuhlkenTom Hickey reads a broadsheet story about a lynching in 1926. The victim was a friend of his, one who helped protect he and his sister Florence from their abusive mother. The main newspapers in the city didn’t report the incident at all and the police don’t recognize a crime was committed that morning. Tom can’t let it drop. He wants to know who killed Franklin Gaines and left him hanging within yards of Aimee Semple McPherson’s temple in Los Angeles. Read the remainder of this entry »

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear

Posted July 9, 2015 By Jandy

MysteryA Dangerous Place by Jacqueline WinspearIt’s 1937 and Masie Dobbs Compton is completing a trip around the world. She’s in Gibraltar, the last planned stop before returning to England and her family. James is always with her. The civil war in Spain is close – just across the border. Refugees have flooded into Gibraltar.

On a stroll on the first night at the rock, Maisie stumbles across the body of a man who was just murdered. Read the remainder of this entry »

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Posted July 9, 2015 By Jandy

Paranormal RomanceParanormal MysteryParanormalPirate's Alley by Suzanne JohnsonThere are political upheavals in the supernatural world. D.J. Jaco, the wizard sentinel in New Orleans, is right in the middle of it. She is “married” to a powerful elf, Quince Randolph. The head of the Council of Elders’ son was turned into a vampire who still has his wizarding powers as well as the strength and abilities of a vampire. D.J. was forced to “kill” her ghost friend Jean Lafitte and send him back to the Never.

D.J.’s personal life isn’t much better. Her relationship ship with Alex Warin, an enforcer for the wizards, is on rocky ground, especially since Rand took a blood bond with her to prevent her from becoming a loup-garou. Her closest friend Eugenie has a big personal problem that could also affect the supernatural world. She’s caught between all her friends and bosses.

Now a new council formed by the heads of the different supernatural groups – the wizards, the vampires, the elves, and the fae. Their first meeting will be here in New Orleans. Alex has to attend as an enforcer. Rand is one of the elven leaders. Lafitte represents the Undead. Her merman friend Rene’s father is the shifter representative. D.J. has to attend the meeting because she is the local sentinel. This promises to be an explosive meeting – more so than D.J. would have guessed before it began.

If you haven’t read the earlier books in Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series, I don’t suggest you start with Pirate’s Alley. This is a bridge book. The story in Pirate’s Alley rests on the events in Elysian Fields.

Pirate’s Alley is fast moving and edge of the seat. It doesn’t have the charm of the earlier novels in the series, yet fits in well with the current events in supernatural New Orleans. It leaves the reader hanging for the next book in Johnson’s series. For supernatural fun, check out Pirate’s Alley.

Notice: Graphic fantasy violence, Suggestive dialogue or situations

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The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Posted July 5, 2015 By Jandy

MysteryRomanceFantasyThe Glass Magician by Charlie N. HolmbergAlthough she is a new apprentice magician, Ceony Twill has already done impressive magic. She is a Folder, a paper magician. She was able to create a paper heart that kept a man alive until his heart function could be restored. She defeated an Excisioner, a magician who illegally worked with blood. Excisioners usually kill the people they meet. She was also able to save Magician Emery Thane, the man who is her teacher and mentor. She came to know him extremely well.

Now she has returned to her apprenticeship with Mg. Thane has resumed. Unfortunately, two of the Excisioner Lira’s accomplices are still out in the world. Now one of them, Grath,  is hunting Ceony to discover her secret of defeating Lira despite the Excisioner’s exceptional skills. Read the remainder of this entry »

Reamde by Neal Stephenson

Posted June 28, 2015 By Jandy

SuspenseReamde by Neal StephensonMulti billionaire owner of online interactive game
Double amputee Viet Nam vet
Geothermal specialist
Online identity thief
Russian crime lord
Russian mercenary
Online hacker and information kidnapper
Hungarian IT specialist for crime syndicate
Chinese Big Foot citizen
International terrorist leader and followers
British M16 agent
U.S. Military anti-terrorism agent
Grizzly bears
American survivalist

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Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Posted June 7, 2015 By Jandy

Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseGarden of Lies by Amanda QuickWhen Anne Clifton dies, her employer Ursula Kern knows she has to investigate. Ursula is certain Anne didn’t commit suicide, which is Scotland Yard’s final ruling. When Ursula went through Anne’s home, she found an empty perfume bottle on Anne’s writing table and three things cunningly hidden – some seeds, a notebook, and a jewelry pouch. Ursula is sure they mean something. She decides to take Anne’s place as stenographer to Lady Valerie Fulbrook. She thinks the answers to Anne’s sudden death may lie in the Fulbrook household.

To take the Fulbrook position, Ursula has to put her rare stenography job on hold until she solves the mystery. She tells archeologist Slater Roxton she is quitting. He demands to know why she can’t do both jobs (never mind she also runs the stenography agency). She tells him her plans of finding the reason behind Anne’s death. Slater is also an adventurer who loves to solve puzzles. Suddenly Ursula has a partner in her detective work. Read the remainder of this entry »

Bump Up the Oxygen by Mary Jordan Nixon

Posted May 28, 2015 By Jandy

RomanceCozy MysteryBump Up the Oxygen by Mary Jordan NixonWith her daughter grown and out of the house, her husband living in a different home, and her increasing abdomen pains, Miranda Blight isn’t having a great life right now. She and Buddy choose to live apart and get together on the weekends – something her neighbor Ole doesn’t understand. Miranda makes nurse dolls like Clara Barton. She dreams of almost being a nurse. The instructor who kicked her out of the program is in the news. Mrs. Vic’s daughter died and the older woman accuses her son-in-law of murder. Read the remainder of this entry »