The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown. Bantam, 2012. Print Length: 241 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (8 reviews). Kindle edition: $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"Rita Mae Brown and her intrepid feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with a charming claw-biting tale starring Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen. Of course prowling faithfully at Harry’s side are the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy, ever wise, and Pewter, reliably cranky and always primed with a razor-sharp quip. Fiercely loyal and on the alert, corgi Tee Tucker is also never far behind. It’s mid-May, and Crozet, Virginia, is heating up fast, or so it seems to Harry. The town’s beloved ex–post mistress is never idle, dividing her time between raising this year’s bounty of crops; taking care of her veterinarian husband, Fair; indulging her passion for classic cars; and adding further to her reputation as a nosy neighbor. It starts when Harry’s dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones’s Chevy pick-up also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head’s been bashed in..." - from the hardcover edition.
Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl, with April Henry. Thomas Nelson, 2012. Print Length: 320 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (25 reviews). Kindle edition: $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book four of the authors' Triple Threat series which began with Face of Betrayal.
"Multiple murders and a bank robbery gone awry - part of a killer’s twisted quest for revenge - propel Wiehl and Henry’s shocking, fast-paced fourth Triple Threat novel... As special agent Nicole Hedges deals with a new by-the-book FBI boss and federal prosecutor Allison Pierce grapples with faith and family issues, Portland, Ore., TV crime reporter Cassidy Shaw is front and center in the investigation. Wiehl and Henry delve deeply into the psyches, pasts, and tragic collisions of their characters, including newcomer Ophelia Moyer, a technical whiz kid and PI brought into the fold by Nic’s paramour and sometime partner, Leif Larson. Readers will be reeling by the denouement, which ties up loose ends and leaves the future open-ended both personally and professionally for the three leads. " - Publishers Weekly.
Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry. Ballantine Books, 2012. Print Length: 353 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (10 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for readers everywhere. This new masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire. Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line - on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin. Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot?" - Publisher.
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander Mccall Smith. Pantheon, 2012. Print Length: 272 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (15 reviews). Kindle edition $12.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book thirteen of the author's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series which began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
"Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she’s far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana’s weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position? As wealthy and powerful influences at the orphan farm become allied against their friend, help arrives from an unexpected visitor: the tall stranger from Mma Ramotswe’s dreams, who turns out to be none other than the estimable Clovis Andersen, author of the No. 1 Ladies’ prized manual, The Principles of Private Detection..." - Publisher.
Hush Now, Don't You Cry by Rhys Bowen. Minotaur Books, 2012. Print Length: 319 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (17 reviews). Kindle edition: $11.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. This is book eleven in Bowen's Molly Murphy historical mystery series. If you want to read the series in order, the first book is Murphy's Law.
"Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she’s married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer. Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her husband Daniel, a captain in the New York Police department, have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Newport, RI, estate of Alderman Brian Hannan in the spring of 1904. Molly doesn’t entirely trust the offer. Hannan - an ambitious man - has his eye on a senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it. When Hannan is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly’s suspicions are quickly justified, and as much as she wants to keep her promise to Daniel that she won’t do any more sleuthing now, there isn’t much she can do once the chase is on." - Publisher.
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