Tag: #mystery

“Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson

“Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson

It’s been a couple weeks since I visited Flaxborough and I just had to check and see what Inspector Purbright is up to. Well, he certainly has his hands full in this story with witches and Lucies and dead store managers. Once again, Colin Watson does not disappoint. When Edna Hillyard disappears and Mr. Persimmon is found dead, both after a night of dancing with the local witches’ coven, Purbright and Sgt. Love and hot on the trail of the culprit. Miss Teatime is also making herself useful with some inside knowledge into local going-on. And because it’s the 60’s there are Lucies going door-to-door asking questions. I’m not going to say any more about the Lucie’s because you really need to read the book and experience them for yourself. This is book 7 in the series and one of the best so far. Any of the books in this series will make a great summer read.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Lullaby Road” by James Anderson

“Lullaby Road” by James Anderson

Something really different for your reading pleasure! Ben Jones is a truck driver on Route 117, a remote highway in the desert of Utah. He travels back and forth from Price to Rockmuse making deliveries the “desert rats” that live along his route. As he heads off on his route one winter morning he comes across a mute Hispanic child. Not being able to leave the child alone at a truck stop, he takes him with in the cab planning to find his father, a truck stop employee, upon his return. This is just the start of what will turn out to be a very unusual day for Ben and everyone who lives on Route 117.

This story is simply incredible and there’s really not a good category to put it in. It’s fiction but with a lot of mystery and thrills thrown in. Ben is a bit of a troubled soul. His lost the love of his life and his only comfort is the presence of a young single mom who lives in the other half of his duplex. His route puts him in contact with a wild assortment of people, some friendly, others downright hostile, and all wanting to be left alone. Rockmuse is a community that is slowly being abandoned following the withdrawal of a source of employment. This story is so rich with characters and all of them make the narrative happen, none of them feeling superfluous. I also really enjoyed the rich descriptions of the desert, capturing everything about it from the rocks to the weather, and you really get the feeling that the desert and the people that live there and somehow intrinsically intertwined with each other. Finally, the story itself is full of attention-grabbing interactions and twists that all feel like they could really happen but perhaps only in that place. You really should check out this rich and fascinating story.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

“The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

The Walt Longmire Series Book 1

Narrated by George Guidall

Two years ago, four high school boys brutally raped a young Cheyenne girl. Now, one of them and shown up dead and it’s up to Sheriff Walt Longmire to find the perpetrator. Nobody seems to be sad that the young man is dead but pinpointing who pulled the trigger is going to take some very careful investigative work. Will Longmire be able to find the murderer before he strikes again? You’ll have to get a copy to find out.

There are so many things I loved about this book. Let’s start with Walt Longmire. He makes a perfect Wyoming sheriff, he’s tough but he also has a softer side. He’s been grieving for his wife for the last two years and has so far been unable to move past her death in his personal life. He’s an excellent investigator and really cares about the people that are under his jurisdiction. His best friend Henry, a Cheyenne, is a perfect foil for him. Craig Johnson has really done an inspired job of creating these two characters and developing the relationship between them. Henry is always there to have Walt’s back and to be a go-between when Walt needs to deal with the Cheyenne people. I also love the way the storyline developed. There are twists and false leads to keep you guessing yet the story always feels like it is moving forward. The author’s use of the landscape in the stories adds a dimension that really draws the listener in. Finally, my hat is off to George Guidall who has done a fabulous job of bringing this story to life. His voice has the perfect Western narrator sound to it, and he has mastered the art of conveying emotion through his voice. As you can see, I loved this book and everything about it. This is Western with a modern edge.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!!

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“The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

“The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

Surprise! Surprise! I have visited Flaxborough again and you just never know what will be happening here. I knew about 5 paragraphs in that this was going to be an original story with a very curious mystery. Young women in Flaxborough are being attacked by old men on the streets and in the parks. Initially, Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love assume that they are looking for one person who is a repeat offender but is that the whole story? Maybe, maybe not. And then, while Sergeant Love is investigating Samson’s Salad he finds Miss Teatime at the helm of the venture. What would Flaxborough be without Miss Teatime? Colin Watson has once again pulled out all the stops with this mystery.

Can you tell that I just can’t get enough of this series? I just love how clever the stories are and the quirky characters. But Inspector Purbright is always there to bring order back to the wacky world of Flaxborough. I found the imagery in this one to be so hilarious I just couldn’t stop reading. This series continues to be the perfect place to tickle your funny bone and your brain all in one sitting. This is book 6 and if you haven’t picked up one of the books in The Flaxborough Series yet, what are you waiting for?

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz

“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz

Book 2 in the Jane Hawk series

Jane is back and in for a whole new set of troubles as she continues to hunt the men responsible for her husband’s suicide. In California, she is trying to make contact with a reporter who she thinks may be sympathetic to her cause. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, a school teacher turns her vehicle into a bomb and drives through the front of a hotel during a banquet that government officials are attending. The investigation is almost immediately taken over by the FBI and the local police chief is pushed aside, but he still has plenty of questions and will keep looking for answers even if he has to do it on his own time. His quest takes him to a tiny resort town in Kentucky where Jane’s leads have also taken her. Together, they discover the “Whispering Room” and continue to make inroads into the organization behind it all.

I just loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one. The third book has also been released recently and I’ve got my copy in hand. This book completely drew me into Jane’s world. Her name and picture are now being broadcast all over the world so she has to become even more conscientious with disguising herself. She is welcome nowhere and can’t be sure of anybody’s loyalty. This installment takes her across the country and back again and she meets up with some very interesting characters. The old man was a particular favorite of mine, proving that being 80 doesn’t mean you’re dead. I liked how the story moved back and forth between Jane and the investigation in Minnesota and then brought the two story lines seamlessly together in the end. Jane is making progress in her investigation. The question is: will she live to see it to the end?

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Black Angel” by John Connolly

“The Black Angel” by John Connolly

Creepy, creepy, creepy! Charlie Parker finds himself in the midst of a very dark mystery. When a young prostitute goes missing in New York City, Charlie’s friend asks him to help find her. In spite of Rachel’s protests, he can’t turn down his friend. What begins as a simple shakedown ends up having a connection to an artifact from an Eastern European church built from bones, and the slaughter at a French monastery during WW II. The artifact, known as “The Black Angel” is prized by some very evil men who will stop at nothing to retrieve it.

This story seemed to me to have more an evil supernatural edge to it than the previous books. There were some moments that I wasn’t sure I would get through they were creeping me out so much. That being said, Charlie was at his best and his worst in this installment. His relationship with Rachel is deteriorating rapidly because of his work and the conflict shows up in his investigation. I love how John Connolly balances the work and personal aspects of Charlie’s life, and keeps both moving forward as the series continues. That being said, this story ends with his relationship in a cliffhanger moment, which means that I’m going to have to pick up book 7 very soon. This is the 6th book in the series and they just continue to deliver. Some series hit a slump as they go on but I’m not detecting that here. This book definitely lives up to John Connolly’s high standards.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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“Charity Ends at Home” by Colin Watson

“Charity Ends at Home” by Colin Watson

Book 5 in The Flaxborough Mysteries

One of my favorite things about this series is the originality of the storylines. This one starts when the competition for donations to local charities starts to get a little nasty. Then the head of one the charities is found dead. Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love are right on top of this one. In the meantime, Mortimer Hive, a private detective, is in Flaxborough on a job which just happens to involve the husband of the dead woman. He is also visiting his old friend Miss Teatime, who we first met in Lonelyheart 4122. Sergeant Love continues to have a more prominent role in the solving of crime which is delightful. All of Colin Watson’s book so far in this series are written with a great deal of wit and humor, but I found myself laughing a lot more with this one. This one seemed a bit shorter than the first 4 but the story was just as well constructed and the mystery well twisted. You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan

“Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan has just returned to duty after nearly being killed in pursuit of a case. Assistant Commissioner Jack Clancy has assigned her team to investigate a presumed suicide. The coroner has an “uneasy feeling” about this case, hence it being assigned to Frankie’s team, but Clancy is still not sure that Frankie is ready to be back on the job. With Detective Baz Harwood as her partner they quickly determine that this is in fact a murder but that’s when the hard part starts. As they delve into the lives of the victim and her husband they quickly uncover multiple affairs, Dark Web activity, and the underbelly of Dublin. But the circumstances of this case are also triggering flashbacks for Frankie and the danger may be all too real.

So let’s start with the plot. These people’s lives are more twisty than a snake but it really makes for a great story. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, you trip over another clue and end up going in a different direction. Characters: Frankie Sheehan is a great character. She’s tough and persistent, as you would expect a detective to be, but she’s much more than that. I think the author did an especially good job with the flashback scenes because they gave you a sense of Frankie as a vulnerable person. I really enjoyed Detective Harwood also. He knows how to push Frankie’s button but he also takes it very seriously when he says he’s got her back. This is the author’s first novel and I think it’s a great debut, definitely worth the read.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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“Lonelyheart 4122” by Colin Watson

“Lonelyheart 4122” by Colin Watson

The Flaxborough Mysteries series Book 4

Miss Teatime has arrived in Flaxborough and any eligible men of means had better be on guard. DI Purbright has the case of two missing middle-aged women on his hands and thinks that Miss Teatime may be the next victim. Sergeant Love is being walked off his feet tracking down clues. And who is breaking into the offices of the Handclasp House, a matrimonial agency? All this and more awaits the eager visitor to Flaxborough.

I just continue to be delighted with this series and with Detective Inspector Purbright, but I have to say that Miss Teatime really takes the show in this one. She appears to be just another tourist but the longer you know her the more complicated she becomes. Sergeant Love has a larger role in this book than in the previous ones which I really enjoyed. He and Purbright play off of each other perfectly. I also really enjoyed the story itself, it starts off seeming pretty straightforward but it’s definitely not. I was questioning motives and suspects right up until the end. Colin Watson really knows how to put together an engaging, make-you-think twice, kind of story.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George

“The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George

The Inspector Lynley Series Book 20

Lynley and Havers are still on the job and the residents of Ludlow had better get their stories straight. A deacon of the local church, who is highly regarded for his work in the community, has been arrested and found dead while in local police custody. The death was ruled a suicide but the deacon’s father says that’s not possible and begins to make a stink and threaten lawsuits. Barbara Havers and Isabelle Ardery are initially sent out to Ludlow to make sure that the investigation into the death was according to procedure. But Isabelle’s demons have joined them on this trip and her dislike of Havers causes her to disregard her concerns about the investigation. When they get back to London, Ardery tells Havers to falsify the report and when Lynley finds out it all blows up. Lynley and Havers are sent back to Ludlow to get uncover the truth behind the unanswered questions. Not an easy task but these two don’t give up until they have all the answers.

It has been way too long since I read anything from this series and when I saw it come up on First to Read I knew I had to get a copy. Reading this book was like visiting with friends you haven’t seen for years. Lynley is still the charming British gentleman and Havers continues to be her frumpy self, only this time she’s added tap dancing to her repertoire of skills. As usual with Elizabeth George, this is a complicated story but told it way that allows the pieces to gradually be put in their proper places till the whole picture is revealed. I love the way the author tells a story. There is a lot of descriptive detail which just draws me in as a reader and adds depth to the story itself but in such a way that it doesn’t feel weighted down. All of the characters are individuals, some quirkier then others. There are a whole host of motives floating around, but which motives led to which crimes, that is the mystery. I can honestly say that I completely lost track of the world around me every time I picked up this book. Excellent read!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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