Kathy's (kmartin802's) 3rd 2019 Thread

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Here's the link to my first thread: January - March

Here's the link to my second thread: April - June

1. Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews by Marilyn Hagerty (256 p.) -- Nonfiction book is a collection of 128 restaurant reviews by Marilyn Hagerty who explored the variety of food options from mom and pop diners to large chain restaurants in Grand Forks, ND, from 1987 until 2012. It was an interesting exploration of the people who ran the restaurants and the kinds of food they served their patrons. Notes at the ends of many of the reviews told of the current (2013) status of each restaurant which illustrated how difficult the restaurant business is since many of the restaurants were no longer in business.

2. Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by John H. Watson, M.D. by Larry Millett (317 p.) -- Historical Fiction with footnotes. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson come to Minnesota at the request of J. J. Hill to find the man who is threatening his railroads and timber operation. They are just in time to witness the Hinckley fire of 1894. I loved the historical detail of my home state. The mystery was interesting and engaging.

Jul 1, 2019, 4:25pm

Happy new thread!

Jul 1, 2019, 11:33pm

Happy new thread, Kathy

Jul 2, 2019, 3:44pm

3. Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart (384 p.) -- 1910 Singapore: Widowed Harriet Gordon is living with her brother at the school where he is headmaster. After being widowed, she returned to England where she joined the suffrage movement. Imprisonment and force feeding disillusioned her. Now she looking for secretarial work. Unfortunately her first client soon becomes a murder victim along with his aged servant. When a young man she saw living her client's house is also found murdered, Harriet gets involved in the investigation along with Inspector Curran who has quite an interesting past too. Hidden pasts, rubies hidden in fake statues, and a ring of thieves makes this one a fast-paced suspense title.

Jul 4, 2019, 1:52pm

4. In the Line of Fire by R. J. Noonan (304 p.) -- Rather unrealistic police procedural has very young, recently promoted, Japanese-American Detective Laura Mori investigating a current bank robbery with ties to a series of bank robberies that ended with the death of a police officer three years earlier. The PD doesn't want her to look into the earlier crimes but Laura does anyway. This one has corrupt police officers and a budding romance with FBI Agent Nick Derringer. Laura seems young for her age and doesn't have much self-confidence. She also suffers from anxiety which isn't helped by her feeling that she isn't matching up to the achievements of her three siblings or the expectations of her parents.

Jul 5, 2019, 10:54pm

5. Pride, Prejudice & Poison by Elizabeth Blake (336 p.) -- Used book seller Erin Coleridge gets involved in the investigation when the much-disliked president of the Jane Austen Society is fed poison. Since she is very interested in true crime and forensics she is glad to offer DI Peter Hadley and his partner Sergeant Rachid Jarral the benefit of her insights. The book is filled with quirky characters and lots of Jane Austen quotes.

Jul 7, 2019, 1:40pm

6. Death Comes to Dartmoor by Vivian Conroy (320 p.) -- Merula and Raven have come to Dartmoor for a vacation to recover from events of the first book in the series. But instead of long walks and viewing a friend's scientific specimens, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation and an angry mob. Merula also meets someone who knew her mother but is very reluctant to tell her about her mother's past. This one was okay. I found that the characters' motives, especially Raven's were opaque. I didn't connect with either of them.

Jul 7, 2019, 2:08pm

7. Death in the Covenant by D. A. Bartley (320 p.) - Fascinating mystery steeped in the culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Abby Tyler is a former member of the church who is now back home working for the police department. When she is called to a car accident, she finds a family friend and a highly placed church member who was murdered. Her investigation leads to deep dark secrets within the church and a couple more murders. Pressure is put on her to declare the first death an accident both by her boss and by church leaders. I loved Abby and loved the look inside the church and culture. My only problem was the ending which left villains free to continue their program.

Jul 8, 2019, 1:48pm

8. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (371 p.) -- Excellent romantic suspense. New priest in town Clare Fergusson gets a rude welcome when a baby is left on the church doorstep. She teams up with Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne to try to find the mother. But when she is found murdered things get more complicated. Murders, attempted murders (including Clare), and family secrets fill this wonderful story. It also has a forbidden romance or two including that of Clare and the married Russ.

Jul 9, 2019, 6:11pm

9. A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming (371 p.) -- 2nd Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery. Gay bashing and a building project which environmentalists claim is spreading cancer-causing chemicals in the groundwater are the two themes. When the gay developer is murdered Russ and Clare are on the trail trying to find out if it is another gay bashing gone wrong or something to do with the development. Meanwhile, Russ and Clare are trying to fight their attraction to each other.

Jul 10, 2019, 2:54pm

10. Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming (388 p.) -- 3rd Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery. Besides the fact that their friendship is opening them up to gossip, Clare and Russ are dealing with a missing doctor from a free clinic, a leaky roof at Clare's Church, and a woman determined to protest vaccinations since she blames them for her son's autism. This one also flashes back to the 1920s and 30s for backstory for the current events including children dying of diphtheria, a missing husband and father, rumrunning, and a reservoir displacing farms. Great story.

Jul 10, 2019, 11:10pm

11. To Darkness and To Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming (364 p.) -- 4th Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery. Chaos ensure when van der Hoeven heirs decide to sell their land to a conservatory that will preserve it. Of course that means those who use the land for lumbering will lose their business and the local paper mill will also suffer. So when Millie van der Hoeven goes missing, there are multiple suspects. This was a sort of Keystone Cops episode with the criminals doing so many stupid things because of their desperation. Clare and Russ's relationship gets even more complicated when they confess their love for each other and Clare might be in trouble with her Bishop.

Jul 11, 2019, 3:52pm

12. All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming (361 p.) -- Russ and his wife Linda are separated. He's living with his mother. Then a police call comes in and officers find a murdered and mutilated woman in the kitchen of their house that is believed to be Linda. Russ has no alibi for the time of the murder. His officers want to keep the investigation in house but one of them calls in the State because he thinks Clare might be the killer. However, the Statie turns her focus on Russ. Meanwhile, Clare has a new deacon assigned by the Bishop to keep her in line. When the body is identified as a pet sitter whose boyfriend is an ex-con and who is likely part of an identity theft ring, the hunt is on for the missing Linda and the killer. All of this is happening while the Adirondacks are poised for a killer snowstorm.

Jul 12, 2019, 2:31pm

13. I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming (389 p.) -- Undocumented aliens, drug running, execution-style murders, and both Clare and Russ dealing with grief and guilt regarding the death of Russ's wife Linda are the cornerstones of this one. New police officer Hadley Knox is added to the force now that Mark has moved on. She is an intriguing character who has come home from LA with her two kids to live with her grandfather who is Clare's sexton. Action-packed and filled with tension. This was a compelling read.

Jul 14, 2019, 1:11pm

14. One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming (355 p.) -- The costs of war and a mystery too. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne #7. Clare is back from serving in Iraq. She's brought back nightmares and a drug addiction and is trying to hide just how messed up she is. When one of her parishioners (Will Ellis) comes back home a double amputee and is struggling, she agrees to attend a veteran's support group if she will. Others in the group are Dr. Trip Stillman who is hiding a traumatic brain injury, Eric McCrea who is hiding anger management issues, and Tally McNab who is hiding an actual crime. When Tally dies of an apparent suicide, Clare can't believe it and begins an investigation of her own which puts her at odds with Russ. They are also nearing their wedding date which adds even more stress. This was an excellent and compelling mystery and story about the costs of war.

15. Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (355 p.) -- Russ and Clare are on their honeymoon - in January, at a rural cabin without electricity or running water - with unresolved issues between them Clare is five and a half months pregnant with a baby Russ did not want. Clare is facing possible loss of her parish because of "unpriestly" behavior and Russ is concerned that the town council is going to dissolve the police force and get law from the State Highway Patrol. Then the storm arrives and bad guys who have kidnapped a young girl who just had a kidney transplant and will die without her drugs. While they are away, the rest of the police are looking for the girl and learn she might be part of a much larger conspiracy and investigation into a drug ring. Knox and Flynn are investigating with Flynn fighting his feelings for her and Hadley dealing with an ex-husband who is threatening to expose her past and take her kids if she doesn't give him money she doesn't have. Fast-paced, filled with tension and emotional drama.

Jul 17, 2019, 12:59pm

16. The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker (352 p.) -- Thriller that begins like a 1940s, black and white detective story has Roland Ford looking for a runaway teen and finding racists with a terror plot and a charismatic preacher who hides a deep well of evil. This was entertaining. It is the 3rd in a series.

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17. Cold Woods by Karen Katchur (332 p.) -- When bones are found in the Pennsylvania woods, Detective Parker Reed has to uncover secrets buried thirty years earlier. The victim was a drunk who sexually abused his stepdaughter. Now the stepdaughter is back from her life in Las Vegas to attend the funeral of the murder of one of her best friends. Flashbacks make the reader feel like they know about the murder but twists make the reader unsure and still surprised at the ending. Complex, damaged characters make this one interesting.

18. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (448 p.) -- 1890 - Lady Alexandra Lane (who was raped as a school girl by her headmaster, killed him, and buried him with the help of her two best friends) comes to the aid of her friend Francesca who is slated to marry the Duke of Redmayne but really wants proof that his family murdered hers. Alexandra decides to marry him instead because, with her family almost bankrupt, she needs the money. She's also fascinated by him despite his reputation and scars and wants children if her fear of intimacy can be overcome without having to tell him why she fears. Entertaining story with lots of courting scenes.

Jul 19, 2019, 5:46pm

19. Stolen Things by R. H. Herron (368 p.) -- Intense thriller. Police dispatcher Laurie Ahmadi answers a 911 call and hears her daughter's voice. JoJo has been raped and drugged and finds herself in pro football player Kevin Leed's spare bedroom. Also there is the body of Kevin's good friend and JoJo's best friend Harper is missing.. Laurie is sure that Kevin is to blame but JoJo denies it. They became friends while volunteering for CapB - Citizens Against Police Brutality. Kevin is black and JoJo is half-Iranian. As Laurie begins to investigate Harper's disappearance she uncovers a mass of corruption on the police department she works for and her husband Omar leads.

Jul 20, 2019, 2:12pm

20. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (320 p.) -- 1880 - Poor but brilliant Annabelle Archer has received a scholarship to Oxford on condition that she works for the suffragist movement. Sebastian Devereux, a duke, is her target to persuade him to support the Married Women's Property Act. They fall in love but the conflict comes from their very different social classes. He feels he can't marry her and she won't be his mistress.

Jul 22, 2019, 10:10pm

21. The Long Call by Ann Cleaves (384 p.) -- Start of a new British mystery series with a gay main character. Matthew Venn is hovering outside his father's funeral when he gets a call about a body on the beach. He was thrown out of the family and the weird religion when he lost his faith. The body has connections to the Woodyard which is a community center managed by his husband Jonathan. Lots of twists and turns before the mystery is solved. Told in multiple viewpoints by interesting and complex characters.

22. Vendetta in Death by J. D. Robb (368 p.) -- 49th In Death. Eve has to catch a woman who calls herself Lady Justice and kidnaps, tortures, mutilates and murders men she believes guilty of crimes against women. Eve figured out who the killer was by the middle of the book but finding enough evidence to catch her took the rest. i love the relationships in this story. Eve and Roarke have a love to die for. Eve's friendships with Mavis and Peabody add richness. It is great to see how Eve has grown since she met Roarke and how her demons don't trouble her as much as they did despite this case which trips a lot of old triggers regarding rape and other abuse.

Jul 24, 2019, 5:53pm

23. The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier (464 p.) -- Epic Fantasy. Three young people from an academy that trains them in weaponry and spying go on a mission to restore a missing harp in time for the coronation of a new king. They encounter the Fair Folk, crow beasts, and a man who isn't at all suited to be a king. Each chapter is told from one of their points of view. Interesting characters, great worldbuilding, fast-paced plot.

Jul 25, 2019, 4:01pm

24. Well Met by Jen DeLuca (336 p.) -- Cute contemporary romance set around a local Renaissance Faire. Emily is helping her sister and niece after they had a bad car accident. The niece wants to take part in the local Renaissance Faire and needs Emily to volunteer too. So Emily becomes a wench. Her love interest is Simon who is one of the faire's organizers which he does as a tribute to his older brother who started the faire but died of cancer three years earlier. Inside the faire he is a sexy pirate who loves to flirt with the wench; outside the faire he is rigid and humorless. This was a fun story.

Jul 26, 2019, 10:17pm

25. Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan (300 p.) -- 10th Penny Brannigan mystery. Setting: North Wales. Penny is an artist, spa owner, and amateur sleuth with an extensive track record. She is asked to organize a dinner which will spotlight the Black Chair - given posthumously in 1917 to one of Wales' most famous poets. The chair disappears as does a young learning disabled friend of Penny's and the body of a young waiter is found. Penny is busy trying to find the chair and her friend and solve the waiter's murder. Also showing up in town are an old boyfriend who is moving on with another woman, a bounder who tried to romance her without mentioning his wife, and a party of travelers which includes a 15-year-old with a talent for art. There wasn't a lot of suspense. The answers just seemed to fall into Penny's hands.

Jul 27, 2019, 12:32pm

26. Ice Cold Heart by PJ Tracy (384 p.) -- Latest Monkeewrench mystery winds together two murders in Minneapolis, one in California, a missing protester, cryptocurrency, war criminals from Yugoslavia, and an artist whose art shows tortured women. Magozzi and Rolseth are called in when a women is found bound, tortured, and whose head is wrapped in duct tape. When retracing her past, they discover the artist whose work shows tortured women and a group protesting the gallery. They also find the seedy club where the woman found her partner for her BDSM fantasy that led to her death. Meanwhile, Monkeewrench has been hired to tighten up the security for a cryptocurrency company that has been hacked having millions stolen. This was fast-paced and the various threads well-woven into a fascinating whole.

Edited: Jul 29, 2019, 7:00pm

27. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (304 p.) -- 5th Cajun Country mystery. Maggie is newly engaged to Bo but they are having trouble setting a date. She is very involved in the local cajun music festival that is her grandmother's brainchild. Tammy Barker, local girl who hit stardom on one of those TV singing shows, is the headliner. Tammy is a mean girl who tormented Maggie's friend Gaynell ever since they were in high school. When her manager is electrocuted on stage with Tammy's microphone, Tammy is quick to point the blame toward Gaynell. Maggie goes undercover with the band to find out who really killed Pony. This was a fun mystery and the recipe for pralines sounds good too.

28. Written in Red by Anne Bishop (433 p.) -- reread

Jul 29, 2019, 7:00pm

29. Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh (319 p.) -- 5th Morgan Dane hits close to home when Lincoln Sharp's new girlfriend Olivia Cruz is kidnapped. The former investigative reporter turned true-crime author was working on two cases for her next book which gives Lincoln, Morgan and Lance a starting point and which leads them to dangerous situations including a pipe bomb at their office door. At home, Morgan's nanny Gianne gets very sick which is a concern because she's on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. Also, with their marriage coming soon, one of Morgan's daughters is concerned that her daddy in heaven doesn't want her to love Lance as her new daddy. This was suspenseful and engaging.

Jul 30, 2019, 1:15pm

30. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop -- reread

Jul 31, 2019, 8:31pm

31. The Dry by Jane Harper (352 p.) -- Great thriller set in rural Australia. Federal Agent Aaron Falk comes back to his hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood best friend Luke. It looks like Luke died in a murder-suicide after killing his wife and 6-year-old son. Aaron and his father were run out of town 20 years earlier after the death of Ellie Deacon who was one of their friends. Suspicion that Aaron or his father murdered Ellie was rampant and encouraged by Ellie's father Mal. Aaron finds that the suspicion is easily rekindled when he comes back to town. He teams up with the new local police officer to investigate Luke's death and uncovers all sorts of secrets, some reaching back to the time of Ellie's death. The story was fast-paced and had intriguing characters.

Aug 4, 2019, 2:07pm

32. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop - reread

33. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop -- reread

34. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop -- reread

35. Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch (352 p.) -- 17-year-old Kylene Danners has two problems. Who framed her FBI Agent father for the murder of another agent? Who took and posted nude photos of her when she was a freshman in high school. After her father's imprisonment and mother's abandonment, Kylene is back in the town where the nude photo incident happened and living with her grandfather. Since she blamed six star football players for the crime in a town where football is god, there is a lot of resentment and lots of enemies both in school and out who want her to stop investigating and get out of town. Assisted by her best friend Garrett and new friend Tabby, Kylene investigates and uncovers a number of dangerous town secrets. Very tense. Great sarcastic heroine.

Aug 5, 2019, 11:55am

36. Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch (384 p.) -- 2nd in series. Kylene has survived two attempted murders within hours of each other but her best friend Garrett was nearly beaten to death. She has learned who posted nude pictures of her on the internet when she was a freshman. The villain has been jailed and kicked off the football team which makes her even less popular in town than she was before. Now she has to stop a prostitution ring that targets marginalized teens from her school and also find out what happened to a number of teen girls who disappeared. FBI Agent Cedric Dawson has gone undercover at her HS to try to solve the crime which would be okay except that he is Ky's pretend boyfriend which complicates things with her ex AJ who has been cleared of involvement in "boobgate" and wants to rekindle his relationship with Ky. Lots of emotional tension and tense situations too as they try to track down the leaders of the prostitution ring which implicates most in her town including her teachers.

Aug 9, 2019, 6:54pm

37. O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (464 p.) -- 1919; Palestine. Needing to get out of England for a while, Sherlock and Mary take a commission from Mycroft to look into a problem in Palestine. Mary is very eager to see the country of her people and the country and history she has studied. They find themselves searching for a criminal mastermind who wants to undermine any sort of peace in the region. The descriptions of the geography and history was intriguing. The mystery was well-plotted and put both Mary and Sherlock in various kinds of danger.

Aug 9, 2019, 11:42pm

38. Justice Hall by Laurie R. King (464 p.) -- Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes Book 6. Mary and Sherlock are called by old friends Ali and Mahmoud to Justice Hall where Mahmoud finds himself the seventh Duke of Beauville with all the responsibilities and history that the position holds weighing him down and locking him into a life he didn't want. There is a mystery regarding the death of his brother's heir Gabriel during World War I and another mystery about a potential heir who is the son of Mahmoud's younger brother Lionel. There is also a scheme to get rid of heirs to clear the way for someone way down the line of succession and a brother-in-law who just wants Mahmoud to go away to let him continue to run the estate. There are quite a number of surprises in this mystery.

Aug 11, 2019, 10:17pm

39. The Game by Laurie R. King (368 p.) -- January 1924: Holme's and Russell's next case takes them to India to find out what happened to British agent Kimball O'Hara, made famous in Kipling's KIM. They encounter a maharajah with a political agenda that will rewrite the face of India if it succeeds. Great descriptions of India in 1924. Intriguing mystery with lots of danger for our heroes.

Aug 13, 2019, 5:05pm

40. Tamiko and the Two Janitors by Forthright (367 p.) -- Third in the Amaranthine Saga and taking place in small town America, this tells about Amaranthine in hiding and a young woman who wants to foster peace. Tamiko Reaverson is an elementary school principal who is fascinated by the Amaranthine. She is unaware that her ancestors were Reavers and the she and her twin Joe have inherited Reaver powers. The story was filled with twists and turns, great romances, and visits by characters from earlier books in the saga. I loved the worldbuilding.

41. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold (128 p.) -- Penric and his demon Desdemona are captured by pirates and taken to a pirate island to be sold. He encounters two young girls and their lives get tangled up with his at the direction of his trickster god. The writing was great. The story well plotted and entertaining. The characters were vivid. Some of Penric's actions to escape the island and get back home to his wife were laugh-out-loud funny.

Aug 14, 2019, 6:08pm

42. Lady Helena Investigates by Jane Steen (402 p.) -- Charming Victorian mystery. Lady Helena is recently widowed. Her beloved husband Justin appears to have died of drowning while trying to rescue one of his sheep. As the youngest daughter of seven children, Helena is used to the interference of her many sisters and her brother the Earl. She has to learn to stand on her own two feet and fight for what she wants while she investigates her husband's death and on the way learns some dreadful family secrets. There is also the beginning of a new romance with the remarkably unsuitable French doctor Armand Fortier.

Aug 15, 2019, 1:15pm

43. Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong (190 p.) -- Short novel tells the story of Liv's first hunt with the Cwn Annwn which goes in an unexpected way and leads to an investigation with surprising results. Meanwhile, Gabriel is dealing with his mother and keeping it secret from Liv.

Aug 16, 2019, 4:45pm

44. Silver Linings by Jayne Ann Krentz (362 p.) -- 1991 printing of classic Krentz. Mattie Sharpe encounters a dead body and the man she least wants to see - Hugh Abbot. He broke her heart a year earlier. Now he wants her back. But Mattie isn't willing to risk her heart again. Hugh steamrolls her but she doesn't give in. Together they face danger and Mattie falls in love with him again. Typical Krentz quirky characters and crisp dialog. Also Mattie is an independent woman who knows what she wants and Hugh is a knight in rather tarnished armor who needs her to make a home with him.

Aug 17, 2019, 9:44pm

45. Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King (402 p.) -- Mary and Sherlock's stopover in San Francisco to settle some of Mary's business affairs uncovers many things that Mary has forgotten about her childhood and sets a killer on their path. I loved learning more about Mary's past along with Mary. I also loved the setting and characters including Dashiell Hammett and residents of Chinatown.

Aug 19, 2019, 2:25pm

46. In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston (461 p.) -- This was another madcap romp from an author who puts lots of humor into her paranormal romances. Stevie is a honey badger hybrid, a musical and scientific prodigy, and a woman with lots of mental quirks. She is terrified of bears - except for cute Giant Panda shifter Shen Li. She is also well-protected - maybe even over-protected - by her older sisters Charley and Max. The main events here are a funeral that gathers her honey badger family and a scientist who is experimenting on hybrids which results in a number of deaths.

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47. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King (448 p.) -- Mary and Sherlock are back home in Sussex after 7 months away. There is a mystery about Sherlock's beloved bees abandoning one of the hives but that mystery is trumped when Sherlock's son Damian Adler comes to Sherlock to ask him to search for his missing wife and daughter. Sherlock hadn't seen his son for five years since he had exonerated him of murder and had never met him before that incident. Sherlock is on the case and so is Mary but they spend much of the book pursuing leads separately. Both end up investigating strange religions and the Bohemian lifestyle and surreal art as they try to find out what has happened to Damian's wife and daughter.

48. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King (368 p.) -- This is the 10th Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell mystery. This one has them separated and on the run. Mary is heading to London with granddaughter Estelle while Holmes is on a boat to Holland with his son Damian. Both have survived the religious fanatic that wanted to kill them but they are still being pursued by some enemy unknown to them but know to us since he is one of several viewpoint characters in this story. Mycroft is also in trouble in London. He has been kidnapped. Somehow, all of the cases comes together. This was a very good story.

Aug 23, 2019, 12:50pm

49. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (374 p.) -- An American teenager at a boarding school in London finds herself involved in a series of murders that are recreating the murders of Jack the Ripper when she is the only eyewitness to the killer. A near death experience at school has made it possible to Rory to see ghosts and the killer is one. She gets involved with a team of young people who are working for the police as ghost police. The story was entertaining and fast-paced.

Aug 24, 2019, 5:12pm

50. The Seven Per Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer (224 p.) -- A previously undiscovered manuscript by Dr. John Watson tells the story of the time Sherlock Holmes is treated by Dr. Sigmund Freud for his addiction to cocaine and together they stop a plot that could bring on a world war. Entertaining!

Aug 30, 2019, 12:46am

51. A Quiet Life in the Country by T. E. Kinsey (258 p.) -- 1908; Lady Hardcastle and her maid Flo have moved to the country for a quiet life after years of adventure in China and India. Unfortunately their first walk has them encountering a murder which was staged to look like suicide and a police force that seemed to arrest a suspect too quickly. They investigate which leads to still another murder, a missing emerald, and various smugglers. This was entertaining and told from Flo's point of view.

52. The Books of the Dead by Emilia Bernhard (300 p.) -- Poet and amateur detective Rachel Levis finds herself in the middle of a second murder investigation when she finds a man strangled in the mens' room of a seedy cafe. She is sent undercover at the French national library to see who wanted the victim dead and learns that anyone who knew him did. The case expands when it is learned that illustrations are being stolen from rare books and our victim was likely blackmailing the thief. Nice cozy.

53 & 54. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (336 p.) -- Excellent Liaden Universe adventure which ties up a lot of plot threads (the DOI, Bechimo and the Complex Logic Laws) and throws in some new ones too with the Bedel finally being found by the ship that dropped them off and the consequences of that and an attempt by a Boss Surebleak who wants to bring the planet back to the bad old days and incidentally murder Korval and representatives of TerraTrade doing a survey to decide if Surebleak can be a legitimate planetary port. **This was so good I read it twice.

Aug 30, 2019, 6:19pm

55. The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif (304 p.) -- Spy thriller. Jessie is fired from her all-female vigilante group for killing a man who had kidnapped a bunch of young women but she still tagged along when they went on their next mission to Serbia to try to stop a human trafficker. Lots of action and adventure and lots of danger.

Aug 31, 2019, 9:31pm

56. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry (300 p.) -- Kate Hamilton is in England to visit her daughter Christine who has an internship at Finchley Hall and also to see a man she met during the first mystery - Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. When a body of another intern is found in a lake, Kate is right there. The girl - Tabitha King - was organizing an exhibition of the Finchley Hoard - priceless Anglo-Saxon artifacts. A successful exhibition will help almost blind Lady Barbara keep her home. But there is also a group who are stealing small, priceless things from nearby stately homes. Between murders, family drama with Christine, and relationship difficulties with Tom, this was a busy story. Great setting and I really like Kate.

Sep 1, 2019, 10:05pm

57. Read and Buried by Eva Gates (300 p.) -- When a box is discovered during foundation repairs at the Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson find herself trying to solve a cipher and find the murderer of a man who broke into the library. Lots of interesting characters and a great setting.

Sep 3, 2019, 3:19pm

58. The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas (336 p.) -- The fourth case for Charlotte Holmes and her companions is a heist story. They are to steal some blackmail letters concealed in a painting at a heavily guarded chateau in France before the painting can be sold at an upcoming auction. Charlotte, Mrs. Watson, Charlotte's sister Olivia, Lord Ingram and Mr. Marbleton need to gather all their resources to plan and execute the theft. Personal drama includes the shifting relationship of Charlotte and Lord Ingram now that he's nearly a divorced man, Mrs. Watson's previous relationship with the maharani who has hired them, and Olivia and Mr. Marbleton's relationship. Great characters and an exciting plot.

Sep 5, 2019, 10:30am

59. The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer (256p.) -- Sherlock and Watson travel on the Orient Express to Russia to try to find the origins of an explosive document that purports to be the secret notes of a meeting wherein a group of Jews are plotting to take over the world. They are fighting the Russian secret police who have their own reasons for not wanting the fabrication to be revealed. Along the way they meet various historical figures including the man who would be the first president of Israel and a woman who later helped found the NAACP.

Sep 6, 2019, 2:03pm

60. Pirate King by Laurie R. King (304 p.) --The 11th Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell case has Mary going undercover as an assistant to a movie producer. Strange illegal things have been following the company around. The movie is about a movie about the Pirates of Penzance and is done by a movie producer who demands realism. There are pirates hired to play pirates and thirteen blond daughters (4 sets of triplets) and one single birth. It is fun watching Mary ride herd on all the various actors and try to investigate at the same time. Sherlock Holmes doesn't appear until the second half of the book. This is primarily Mary's story.

Sep 7, 2019, 1:35pm

61. I, Robot: To Obey by Mickey Zucker Reichert (396 p.) -- Second in trilogy. Dr. Susan Calvin begins her second year of Psychiatry Residency still dealing with the loss of her true love. When her father is murdered, she is back in danger because a number of people want the secret they believe she and her father are keeping about robots with positronic brains. She is helped by her friend Dr. Kendall Stevens and police detective Jake Carson as she tries to unravel the mystery and deal with the death of her father. Hard science fiction with lots of medical bafflegab but also a fast-paced plot and intriguing characters.

Sep 8, 2019, 9:54pm

62. I Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert (358 p.) -- Conclusion of the I, Robot trilogy begins with Nate accused of murdering Dr. Ari Goldman. Susan rescues him from the police evidence department then has to prove that he couldn't have committed the murder, rescue Dr. Lawrence Robertson from being charged with murder, and find out who actually killed Goldman. She is also being chased by SFH and rescued by Pal Buffoni who says he'll protect her. Susan falls for him. She also decides to give up her residency and work for USR as its first robotherapist. Lots of action. Lots of loss and betrayal. Great conclusion to an excellent and thought-provoking story.

Sep 10, 2019, 2:50pm

63. Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble (349 p.) -- 1907, New York City. Dowager Countess Philomena Dunbridge is visiting Bev, a school friend, to get away from her father's control after her husband's death. She is also fleeing scandal since she had the bad taste to solve a crime in London. Only she arrives to find the her friend's husband has been shot and died in the arms of his mistress. Now she has to find the murder to protect her friend and to give herself a chance to build a new life. There are lots of suspects including the mistress, the right-hand man at his racing stables, the cousin who is so eager to help Bev with her husband's business interests. There are corrupt police and one who is fighting the corruption. And there is a mysterious stranger with an unknown agenda but who seems to be looking for a group trying to fix races. This was an entertaining and engaging story with lots of possibilities for sequels.

Sep 11, 2019, 5:45pm

64. Wild Country by Anne Bishop (492 p.) -- reread

Sep 14, 2019, 3:18pm

65. Archangel's War by Nalina Singh (480 p.) -- 12th Guild Hunter book. This one brings the final battle with Lijuan and is mainly a war story. Some tender moments between Raphael and Elena and Elena learns more about Raphael's childhood as she tries to smooth the relationship between him and his mother. There are losses and gains, love and betrayal, and all sorts of action in this one.

Sep 14, 2019, 10:52pm

66. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King (280 p.) -- Mary and Sherlock are in Morocco and get mixed up in the political intrigue happening in 1924. Mary loses her memory after being attacked and wanders Fez looking for clues about who she is. Sherlock searches for her and finds old friends Ali and Mahmoud who have been sent by Mycroft to stir the pot. Together and apart both Sherlock and Mary go through all sorts of dangerous situations while trying to avoid starting a war. Great historical detail.

Sep 15, 2019, 11:12pm

67. Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (331 p.) -- 1924 -1925. This 13th Russell/Holmes adventure has them taking a a case for Crown Prince Hirohito. It concerns a blackmailer, a missing book, a family of ninjas, and assorted other crimes. It had a lovely view of Japan as Russell and Holmes pose as Buddhist pilgrims and walk and take trains on their way to a rendezvous with Haruki Sato who has been teaching them Japanese culture and language. The story also takes place in Oxford and the Bodleian Library.

Sep 16, 2019, 5:42pm

68. All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell (304 p.) -- YA. First person account of a girl who is still dealing with the trauma of being raped as a 9-year-old when she discovers the body of another girl who was assaulted in the woods. It also deals with friendships old and new and a new sexual relationship with another girl.

Sep 17, 2019, 1:05pm

69. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (290 p.) -- Middle book in trilogy. Rory returns from Bristol still dealing with her wounds from the Ripper to find that the team is in danger of being dismantled because they no longer have the terminus that let them eliminate ghosts. But Rory is a living terminus. New ghosts have appeared apparently because of the battle she waged with the Ripper. However, these are former mental patients from a hospital that was once on the site where the school is now. She also meets a new therapist who has a creepy, hidden agenda. Ends on a cliffhanger.

Sep 23, 2019, 5:58pm

70. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (400 p.) -- Finale of Shades of London trilogy has Rory finding a way to bring Stephen back from his half-death but also bringing back Sid and Sadie who were Jane's bosses in a cult that was 40 years old. The first ritual that put Sid and Sadie into half death required the death of 10 of the cult members. There is also a new member of the ghost squad. Freddie has the sight and has been "secretly" following the squad around. She has lots of info including info about the mythical Shadow Cabinet which protects London from a ghostly invasion and isn't as mythical as it tries to portray itself. Lots of action and emotion and the ending certainly leaves room for more stories in the world.

71. Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (352 p.) -- YA sequel to LITTLE WHITE LIES has Sawyer still trying to figure out who her biological father is but that is just one mystery. There are also 25-year-old bones found in the lake, a missing friend of her mom's who reappears having done something with her baby, and questions galore about the parentage of her friends. This was very like a soap opera and I'm not sure I have it all figured out yet.

Sep 27, 2019, 12:06am

72. Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble (368 p.) -- 2nd Lady Dunbridge historical mystery has her investigating the death of a young businessman during a very volatile time for businesses and the stock market. Lots of great historical detail and an engaging main character.

Edited: Oct 4, 2019, 5:11pm

Moving on the the last quarter of the year.