Fluke's Mystery Whets Appetite for More Than Words
I love mysteries of all types, and these are no exception. Enjoy fun with cozy mysteries and thrillers alike.
Cinnamon Roll Murder
By Joanne Fluke
Lovers of the cozy mystery genre always look forward to the newest book in the Hannah Swenson series. We always get a good story, plus great recipes from Hannah's bakery.
Hannah is baking up some cinnamon rolls for the Cinnamon Roll Six Jazz Band, which is set to perform at Lake Eden. When the tour bus crashes on the way into town, keyboard player Buddy Neiman is injured, but things don't seem that bad until he suddenly dies - from the surgical scissors in his chest. Obviously there is a mystery for Hannah and her friends and family to solve.
I always look forward to seeing if Hannah is ever going to decide between Norman and Mike before one of them decides to give up!
Little Shop of Homicide
By Denise Swanson
Another great cozy series is Denise Swanson's Scumble River series, but this but is the first of her Devereaux's Dime Story series.
Deveraux Sinclair has moved back to her hometown in Missouri, where she has opened a five-and-dime store. When her ex-boyfriend's fiancee is murdered with a champagne bottle, one of the local cops seems determined to see Dev go to jail. Because her fingerprints are all over the bottle (from a gift basket she made), she must be the killer, right?
Friends Poppy and Boone help Dev investigate, and luckily a deputy U.S. marshal named Jake Del Vecchio has developed an attraction to Dev, so he is on her side.
A good start for the new series.
Afraid of the Dark
By James Grippando
Moving to the suspense genre, you can't go wrong with James Grippando. In another of his Jack Swyteck books, we find Jack being assigned to defend a young man accused of murdering his girlfriend and blinding a cop. Trouble is that the young man insists that at the time he was being tortured by government agents in a foreign country.
Obviously there is a whole lot more to this case than meets the eye, and Jack will soon find himself facing "the Dark." I'm looking forward to the next book from Grippando.
Trader of Secrets
By Steve Martini
Another in the Paul Madriani series, this book is a thrill a minute. Though it stands alone, I think readers will have a better understanding of what's going on if they read at least the book prior to this one, which is titled "The Tule of Nine."
An assassin is after Madriani and doesn't mind hurting his daughter Sarah if he can't get to Paul. Madriani and his law partner, along with Madriani's companion Jocelyn, are looking for the killer and soon find themselves in the middle of an international crisis.
Before She Dies
By Mary Burton
I found this book difficult to put down. Charlotte Wellington, a defense attorney, has put her past behind her, or at least she thinks so - until the carnival comes to town. What no one knows is that she was once a member of that carnival, and she'd like to keep it that way. But when her former stepfather comes looking for her and brings her niece back into her life, it's obvious that something of her life is going to come out.
When women start turning up dead in the same way that Charlotte's sister was murdered many years ago, Charlotte finds herself teaming up with detective Daniel Rokov to help find a murderer.
Burton has become one of my favorites in the romantic suspense genre.
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