Forfeit Dick Francis I hadn’t read “Forfeit” in, oh, twenty years or something, until I recently picked it up and reread it. As always, rereading is as enlightening as reading. “Forfeit” is one of Francis’s slighter works in many ways, but it gets added depth by the interactions between Ty (the hero) and his wife […]Read more "“Forfeit” by Dick Francis"
Innocent in Las Vegas A.R. Winters Tiffany Black, Las Vegas croupier and aspiring PI, isn’t much good with guns or hand-to-hand combat. She’d much rather tuck into a nice chocolate muffin. But when an old-friend-turned-stripper-turned-trophy-wife asks her to solve the murder of the friend’s husband, she takes on the case when no one else will. […]Read more "“Innocent in Las Vegas” by A.R. Winters"
Eleven on Top Janet Evanovich Poor Stephanie Plum! Bounty hunting, never her dream career, just isn’t doing it for her anymore. After rolling in garbage one time too many, she quits her job at her cousin Vinnie’s office, and tries to find something better. Which turns out to be easier said than done. Although the […]Read more "“Eleven on Top” by Janet Evanovich"
Tricky Twenty-Two Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum, the world’s worst bounty hunter, rides again. This times she goes back to college, to untangle a plot involving a misbehaving frat, an obsessed dean, and a crazy professor. Plus some of Trenton’s finest businessmen are getting whacked (so what else is new), Ranger is being his usual inaccessible […]Read more "“Tricky Twenty-Two” by Janet Evanovich"
Brand New Friend Kate Vane Paolo (real name: Paul), a BBC journalist, discovers that an old college friend from his activist days is really an undercover police officer, who may or may not have “gone native.” Paolo ends up getting drawn back into their circle, and investigating old and new murders as he questions who […]Read more "“Brand New Friend” by Kate Vane"
Rowan’s Well CJ Harter Is Mark Strachan a guy who’s had a tough hand dealt in life? Or a sociopath? “Rowan’s Well” follows the story of Mark and Will from when they become roommates in college to when Mark commits a shocking, unforgivable crime, and everyone has to pick up the pieces afterwards. It’s a […]Read more "“Rowan’s Well” by CJ Harter"
Career of Evil Robert Galbraith In “Career of Evil,” the third Cormoran Strike book, Galbraith/Rowling takes a decidedly macabre turn. While “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm” were not without their gruesome aspects, they were as much satires of the entertainment industry in its various facets–modeling, tabloid reporting, fashion, publishing–as they were crime novels. “Career […]Read more "“Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith"
The Silkworm Robert Galbraith In “The Silkworm,” Robert Galbraith/J.K.Rowling’s second book in the Cormoran Strike series, Rowling deploys her considerable satirical powers against a target she must know intimately: the publishing industry. After solving the Lula Landry case in “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” Cormoran and his secretary-cum-partner Robin are now rolling in business, so Cormoran has […]Read more "“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith"
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, everyone. Stop the presses, y’all, because J.K. Rowling is back. Okay, under a different name, but the sharp pen is very definitely the same. I always wondered what she would do once the “Harry Potter” franchise was done. She–very wisely, in my opinion–stopped the series after […]Read more "“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith"
Rock with Wings Anne Hillerman In “Rock with Wings,” Anne Hillerman continues to rework her father’s mystery series set amongst the Navajo police force in the Four Corners region. As with “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” her previous book, she focuses on Bernie Manuelito, the female police officer whom her father introduced late in the series. The […]Read more "“Rock with Wings” by Anne Hillerman"