Tallie Graver may have left behind her life as a Desperate Housewife to her ex-and-now-late-husband Walden Phillips III, but that doesn’t mean that she can avoid uncomfortable reminders and awkward interactions. Unpleasant even when Tallie was married to high society’s “Waldo,” Present Prescott’s obnoxiousness kicks into high gear now that her new cleaning company is in competition to win a contract for his aunt.
Being an unmarried, twenty-four year old woman in 1960 isn't easy, especially when Eleonora "Ellie" Stone is struggling to establish herself as a professional reporter at The New Holland Republic newspaper. Now that her professor father recently died, Ellie knows that she can now never gain his approval and so she is on the brink of giving up and going back home to New York City. Fortunately for Ellie, but tragically for a young socialite, Ellie has the opportunity to make her career when she is the first reporter on the scene when hunters stumble over the body of Jordan Shaw.
At any other time, Absaroka County, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire would have been on the first flight to Philadelphia to be at his daughter's side as she gives birth to his first grandchild. Instead, Walt's loyalty has him accompanying his old mentor and former boss Lucien Connally to Campbell County on of a plea to investigate the suicide of another detective. Gerald Holman's widow insists that he was not suicidal, and her years of experience as a court reporter allow her to recognize when the investigating detectives are telling lies.
Last month we went to the LA Times Festival of Books and had a great time catching up with some of our favorite mystery authors. We have already posted 3 of our video interviews we did while we were there and now here are the final 3-Cara Black, Denise Hamilton and Linda O. Johnston. Enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago we were at the LA Times Festival of Books and had the chance to interview several mystery authors, including Sue Ann Jaffarian. Below you will find that video interview.
In Black Arts, Faith Hunter’s latest book in the series, Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting vampire hunter with a mountain lion trapped inside her soul, and is metaphysically chained to Leo, the master vampire of New Orleans. This is a ticklish situation for her, and she doesn’t want him to know she is bound to him. Leo has a security job for Jane, running things for a high-stakes vampire event, but she has her own problems: Molly is missing. Molly, a witch, used to be Jane’s best friend…until Jane killed her sister.
Paige Marshall is still teaching kids how to sing, dance and perform in hopes of winning the big interstate contest. Teaching is not a calling, just something to pay the bills while waiting for her big break as an opera singer. It doesn’t hurt that Devlyn, a remarkably handsome man, shows interest in pursuing a relationship–if only he hadn’t spread the rumor that he’s gay to keep the teenage girls at bay. There was that cop she liked, Mike, but he declared his love for her and then disappeared–no return phone calls, nothing. Guess he’s out of the picture.
We are so excited to be reviewing Christopher Rice's new supernatural thriller The Heavens Rise. We were also able to interview Christopher. This seemed like such a perfect fit for the Halloween season! Details on how to enter to win a copy of Heavens Rise at the end of this post.
I didn't get into mysteries until my late teens through Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. In my early 20s, I was ready to check out some more current authors and went on a search. Carolyn Hart's Death On Demand series was one of the first to catch my eye--the setting of a mystery bookstore sounded wonderful--and it was. Now all these many years later her 23rd book in the series, and her 50th published book, Dead, White and Blue, is out!
Discovering a brand new author whose work you fall in love with is always a treat and that has been the case with Between, an urban fantasy novel by Kerry Schafer. The plot sounded interesting and different so I decided to say yes when asked to review it--it was that and much more.