8/23/15

Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams



This new series start with Jane Steward, the manager of Storyton Hall, trying to devise a way to increase bookings at their book resort so that she can make some much needed repairs.  Her idea is to sponsor a Murder and Mayhem week and the response is great.

As their guests start to arrive (in costume as literary detectives), everyone is prepared for a scavenger hunt which every one anxious to win because the prize is a first edition about a well-known mystery author and her history.

After the hunt and the presentation of the prize, Jane is distracted when her aunt falls ill, very upset because the wrong book was awarded.  When Jane attempts to exchange the book, she finds the winner dead.  Notifying the police of the death and the mix-up, the book remains missing and when Aunt Octavia passes the mantle of Guardian of Storyton Hall, revelations of a hidden world aid in he apprehension of the murderer and accomplices.

Great new series, my only wish is that Storyton Hall was a real place!

★★★½

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
CHARACTERS: Jane Steward, Mr. Sterling, Sinclair, Desmond Price, Lizzie Ingle
Series/ Progress: Book Retreat mystery 1/2
DATE READ: August 19 - August 23
NO. OF PAGES: 277
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , AlphaKit
SOURCE: giveaway prize

8/22/15

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal



America has joined the war and Maggie Hope as secretarial staff accompanies Winston Churchill to Washington.  At the same time, one of Mrs. Roosevelt's secretary is missing in action so Maggie is recruited to aid Mrs. R and goes with her when they discover the missing secretary dead.  Maggie knows how important the Americans are to the war effort and works in the background to protect Mrs. R as well as uncover the apparent conspiracy which could destroy the American war cooperation.

The conspiracy and historical events are, as usual, cleverly woven together leaving the anticipation of continued adventures for Maggie and her friends.

Love this series!  Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for an advanced e-copy to read.

★★★½

GENRE: Mystery
CHARACTERS: Maggie Hope, Winston Churchill, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Byrd Prentiss
Series/ Progress: Maggie Hope series 5/5
DATE READ: August 19 - August 21
NO. OF PAGES: 352
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , AlphaKit
SOURCE: NetGalley

8/19/15

Blind Justice by Anne Perry


This "William Monk" novel really centered more around Sir Oliver Rathbone picking up with the aftermath of the trial of his father-in-law and how that man's death effected his life.  No longer prosecuting or defending Rathbone is now a judge and during a trial he realizes that one of the witnesses was a client of his father-in-law.  When he supplies evidence to the prosecution which causes the case to take an about-face, he learns to rue the day when afterward he is arrested for being unjust.

An interesting change for this series but really would prefer to see more of Monk and Hester.

★★★★

GENRE: Mystery
CHARACTERS: William Monk, Hester Monk, Sir Oliver Rathbone, Rufus Brancaster
Series/ Progress: William Monk  19/21
DATE READ: August 9 - August 18
NO. OF PAGES: 571
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , AlphaKit
SOURCE: Audio  Stockpile

Murder on the Mind by L.L. Bartlett



Jeff Resnick, an out-of-work insurance investigator is brutally mugged and when he awakens he has only his half-brother to depend on and a strange feeling that keeps getting stranger - he sees a man murdered in his mind.

Jeff's brother Richard takes him home to Buffalo where  Jeff confronts his memories and works to uncover the murderer of the man who as a child help him at a low point in his life.  His psychic abilities are reaching deeper and deeper into the murder and showing not only who did it but who was the witness.

Turning to the police with his "feelings" does get him the help he needs until he can give evidence to convince the detective in charge.  Will it be in time?

I was blown away by this story.  First, the author writes great cozies so I was prepared for something totally different.  Second, I don't usually go in for those "psychic" things but the way the story unravels, the reader is right there with the character trying to understand what's happening to him.  It seemed so real.

★★★★

GENRE: Mystery
CHARACTERS: Jeff Resnick, Richard Alpert, Brenda Stanley, Matthew Sumner, Sharon Walker
Series/ Progress: Jeff Resnick mysteries 1/5
DATE READ: August 9 - August 18
NO. OF PAGES: 567
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

8/17/15


This book wasn't what I expected from the title.  I expected to read about where the great quake was expected to occur and possibly what we could do to prevent catastrophic death count, however, what I got was a book about the causes of earthquakes, identification of areas that are prone to large magnitude earthquakes, and the explanation of the measurements and what they mean.  Disappointing.

TITLE: "[The Million Death Quake: The Science of Predicting Earth's Deadliest Natural Disaster]★★½"
AUTHOR: Roger Musson
GENRE: NON-FICTION
DATE READ: August 8 - August 16
NO. OF PAGES: 244
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI , AlphaKit
SOURCE: Public library