The Ghosts of Galway Ken Bruen “A failed suicide is a sad, sad *****” So begins “The Ghosts of Galway,” dropping the reader right into the action, as Jack Taylor, former Garda member and failed suicide, ends up, not kinder or wiser, but as a security guard, which he calls “Suicide by boredom.” Only things […]Read more "“The Ghosts of Galway” by Ken Bruen"
Dead Cert Dick Francis “Dead Cert” wasn’t the first Dick Francis book I read–that honor belongs to “The Danger”–but it’s his first novel in what would turn out to be a long and storied career, so it seems fitting to start my “classics of Dick Francis” retrospective with it. Reading “Dead Cert” after becoming familiar […]Read more "“Dead Cert” by Dick Francis"
Hiro Hattori has a problem: he needs to find the murderer of an important guest ASAP. But the suspects are all people he doesn’t want to give up. Like his mother. Or his ex-lover. As time runs out, what is he going to do? “Betrayal at Iga” is set in 16th-century Japan, and is full […]Read more "“Betrayal at Iga” by Susan Spann"
I’ve been a fan of Graham Norton as a television personality ever since I first saw his delightfully frenetic performances on “Father Ted” back in the ’90s, so naturally I had to read this book when I found out about it. “Holding” is equally as delightful as Norton’s tv appearances, but different. Instead of urbanity, […]Read more "“Holding” by Graham Norton"
A group of comedians, all either on their way up or on their way down, is invited to a fellow superstar comedian’s private island for a mysterious project. But the project, it turns out, is killing them. Like all good comedy, “Ten Dead Comedians” is light fare, but with a definite bite. It’s less haha-hilarious […]Read more "“Ten Dead Comedians” by Fred van Lente"
It’s 1989, and Matt Garrison is getting ready to graduate high school and leave for college like any other 18-year-old. Except that he isn’t your typical 18-year-old: he’s still haunted six years later by the drowning death of his cousin. And then one night he finds himself in the bed of his best friend’s mother […]Read more "“Redemption Lake” by Susan Clayton-Goldner"
His father disgraced and impoverished, Felix the Fox uses his cunning and magical training to ferret out secrets for paying customers. When he’s called upon to investigate the mysterious death of a young man from a patrician family, Felix finds himself in the midst of a black magic cabal with sinister intentions. “Murder in Absentia” […]Read more "“Murder in Absentia” by Assaph Mehr"
A compelling mystery full of twists and turns, with a troubled heroine who finds she’s much more tightly entwined in the case she’s investigating than she ever suspected. A former police detective who’s lost her badge, her home, and her self-respect over her gambling problem, Nicole finds herself pulled out of the women’s shelter and […]Read more "“The Sound of Rain” by Gregg Olsen"