All posts tagged: Mystery

Book Review: Resurrection Bay

DETAILS Title: RESURRECTION BAY Author: Emma Viskic Publisher: Pushkin Press ISBN: 9781782273622 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Caleb Zelic can’t hear you. But he sees everything. CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND’S KILLER His childhood friend has been brutally murdered—fingers broken, throat slit—at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he’s profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble. HE NEVER FORGETS A FACE Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speaks volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail IT MIGHT JUST SAVE HIS LIFE Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone—including his murdered friend—is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets… WHAT I THOUGHT First of all, let me just begin by saying this debut …

Book Review: The Dark Lake

DETAILS Title: THE DARK LAKE Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 9781538759929 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not …

Book Haul Happiness

After reading the wonderful review of SALT TO THE SEA by Sophie, yesterday—who gave this one a whopping 6 STARS. I decided to go put this one on my to buy list, and, while at Chapters Indigo, saw that they were offering the hardback for just $6. I mean, come on. SIX BUCKS? So, of course, I ordered it … Along with two other books because, you know, one lone book doesn’t qualify for free shipping. So swooning over my wish list, came up with two other suitable titles. And now, I have three books on the way. SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic THE DARK LAKE by Sarah Bailey Oh boy, have I got some great books to read over the coming weeks. What with the four I still have on the coffee table, plus these, I think I’m set for a few weeks of decent reading. At least, that’s the plan. The Dark Lake and Resurrection Bay are both by Australian authors, who I’m on a roll …

Book Review: Forty Words For Sorrow

DETAILS Title: Forty Words For Sorrow [John Cardinal #1] Author: Giles Blunt Publisher: Vintage Canada ISBN: 9780735273542 Genre: Police Procedural | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, an all-too-human loner whose persistence only serves to get him removed from homicide. Haunted by a criminal secret in his own past and hounded by a special investigation into corruption on the force, Cardinal is on the brink of losing his career—and his family. Then the mutilated body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is pulled out of an abandoned mineshaft. And only Cardinal is willing to consider the horrible truth: that this quiet town is home to the most vicious of serial killers. With the media, the provincial police and his own department questioning his every move, Cardinal follows increasingly tenuous threads towards the unthinkable. Time isn’t only running out for him, but for another young victim, tied up in a …

Book Review: Shell Game

DETAILS Title: SHELL GAME [#19] Author: Sara Paretsky Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 9780062868237 Genre: Mystery | Detective BACK COVER BLURB When V. I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel’s nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel’s name and phone number on the unknown victim’s remains, but Felix insists he doesn’t know why. As Vic digs deeper, she discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archeology—the first clue in a bewildering case that leads to a stolen artifact and a shadowy network of international criminals. But the trouble multiplies when Vic’s long lost niece, Reno, goes missing. A beautiful young woman with a heartbreaking past and a promising future, Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her, her life. V. I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece’s safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her. Vic won’t leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are …