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Book Review: GLASS HOUSES

DETAILS Title: GLASS HOUSES Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books ISBN: 9781250066190 Genre: Crime | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own …

Book Review: TH1RT3EN

DETAILS Title: THIRTEEN [Eddie Flynn #4] Author: Steve Cavanagh Publisher: Orion Books ISBN: 9781409170662 Genre: Legal Thriller BACK COVER BLURB They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind. What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom? What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury? WHAT I THOUGHT “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” — Christopher McQuarrie, The Unusual Suspects It doesn’t get any better than this! Steve Cavanagh has done it again, pulling out all the stops to bring another …

Book Review: The Whisperer

DETAILS Title: THE WHISPERER Author: Donato Carrisi Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN: 9780316207225 Genre: Mystery BACK COVER BLURB Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found. Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They’re confident they’ve got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers. WHAT I THOUGHT THE WHISPERER is classified as a mystery, but the only mystery here is why I bothered to read it to the end. Un-necessarily graphic and for all the wrong reasons, Carrisi, the author—who, by the way, …

Book Review: The Reckoning

DETAILS Title: THE RECKONING Author: James McGee Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 9780007320103 Genre: Historical Mystery BACK COVER BLURB London, 1813: Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is summoned to a burial ground and finds the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first the death is deemed to be of little consequence. But when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Office to abandon the case, Hawkwood’s interest is piqued. His hunt for the killer will lead him from London’s backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at all costs. Only Hawkwood’s contacts within the criminal underworld can now help. As the truth behind the girl’s murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty—and that the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined… WHAT I THOUGHT THE RECKONING is not a book for the faint of heart, nor anyone who doesn’t like animal cruelty, violence, or graphic action in a …

Book Review: The Moscow Deception

DETAILS Title: THE MOSCOW DECEPTION Author: Karen Robards Publisher: Mira Books ISBN: 9780778369011 Genre: Thriller BACK COVER BLURB Bianca St. Ives makes her living as a high-end thief and a genius of disguise, conning criminals out of the money they stole – and all for the greater good. A femme fatale Robin Hood, she’s learnt everything she knows from her father. Now that she’s taken over running the family business, it’s not just Richard St. Ives on most-wanted lists, but Bianca, too. After faking his own death, the word is out that Bianca’s father is, in fact, alive, and having just pulled off a major heist in Austria, he has a dangerous task for Bianca that will see her travelling to Russia to steal ancient jewels and artifacts. But now all eyes are on Bianca, and escaping international pursuit will be harder than ever… WHAT I THOUGHT I had high hopes for THE MOSCOW DECEPTION, which is neither a thrilling read, or set in Moscow, that is, till the last couple of very rushed chapters. …