Friday, August 31, 2018

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

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The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 8/30/18

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FFB Review: Bad Little Falls: A Novel by Paul Doiron

After reminding you of The Poacher’s Son and Trespasser in recent weeks, I remind you today of the third book in the series, Bad Little Falls. Like any good series, or at least the ones I like, this series shows the passage of time and character development for Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. The series also does something else for me as a person who has never been to Maine and can’t get around very well. Because of the author’s ability to bring the outdoors angle to his books alive for the reader, when Mike is going places and doing things I feel like I am right there with him. That talent shines through in the books as well as the recently published novella, Rabid: A Story.

For the rest of the reading suggestions today make sure you head over to Patti Abbott’s blog.

When you annoy the bosses once too many times and you work as a game warden for the State of Maine, you get sent to their version of Siberia. In this case, Warden Mike Bowditch has been sent to Washington County. The eastern most county in Maine is well known for poaching, drug abuse, high unemployment, and a host of other social ills. Not to mention the brutal winter working conditions. Bowditch is being punished and he knows it. Just about everything Bowditch has to deal with in his new assignment is made worse because his considerable reputation precedes him.

The biggest place in the county population wise is the county seat of Machias. The town barely has two thousand people. The small town, as well as the surrounding county, is a place where everyone knows everyone else, looks the other way, and pretends to know nothing. That includes ignoring the actions of a local drug dealer. A drug dealer that soon winds up dead with his friend severely injured by frost bite.

While others believe the friend killed the drug dealer during a snowstorm, Bowditch doesn’t think so. Any shred of credibility he had coming in was shot by his involvement in the case (never get romantically involved with a suspect is rule one no matter what agency you work for), so he is forced to go it alone to get to the truth.  It isn’t the first time and won’t be the last.

The series that began with The Poacher’s Son and continued with Trespasser just keeps getting better and better. This is a very complicated novel that continues to build on an excellent foundation while bringing further nuance and depth to the Bowditch character. Those efforts do not get in the way of the multiple storylines at work in this complex and multi-layered novel.  Bad Little Falls by Maine author Paul Doiron is very good and well worth your time.

Bad Little Falls: A Novel
Paul Doiron
Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press)
August 2012
ISBN# 978-0-312-55848-2
Hardback (also available in e-book)
310 Pages

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano, Texas Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2012, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

In Reference To Murder Blog: Mystery Melange for 8/30/18

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The Rap Sheet: Bullet Points: Insights and Invasion Edition

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Dorothy Allison, Louisa May Alcott, Do...

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Crime Review Update

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Rod Reynolds in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

BROKEN GROUND by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson

The case of a body found in a peat bog is investigated by DCI Karen Pirie of Edinburgh’s Historic Cases Unit.

A TREACHERY OF SPIES by Manda Scott, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A series of murders in modern-day Orleans appears to be linked to events over 70 years old - the struggles of French resistance fighters battling the Nazis.

SMOKE AND ASHES by Abir Mukherjee, reviewed by John Cleal

Drug addict war veteran Captain Sam Wyndham, now a senior officer in the British-India police, is surprised in an opium den by a vice squad raid. During his escape he finds a mutilated body and then stumbles into a plot to disrupt a royal visit.

ALL THE PIECES MATTER by Jonathan Abrams, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

Actors, writers, directors and others involved with The Wire contribute to an oral history of the influential TV drama.

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Five women trek into the bush on a company awayday. Only four of them make it out.

THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

Jack Reacher finds a small ring in a pawn shop that must have belonged to a marine. As an ex-military man himself, he sets off to track the owner down.

GOLDSTEIN by Volker Kutscher, reviewed by Chris Roberts

In Weimar Berlin, police detective Gereon Rath is assigned to shadow Abraham Goldstein, a New York hit man who has recently arrived in town.

MAIGRET TRAVELS by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

Maigret investigates the death of a very wealthy Englishman.

MONEY IN THE MORGUE by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy, reviewed by John Cleal

A government paymaster is trapped overnight at an isolated hospital. With the telephones out and the nearby river about to burst its banks in a storm, the payroll disappears from a locked safe. When bodies follow, Scotland Yard Inspector Alleyn must investigate.

TIME IS A KILLER by Michel Bussi, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Twenty-seven years after the accident that killed her parents and brother, Clotilde is back on the island of Corsica where they died. But her past is about to rise and threaten her and her family.

WRONG WAY HOME by Isabelle Grey, reviewed by John Cleal

DI Grace Fisher of the Essex Major Investigation Team re-opens a 25-year-old cold case in which a girl was raped and killed. The possible involvement of a local hero and a young true-crime podcaster hampers her investigation.

PERFECT DEATH by Helen Fields, reviewed by John Barnbrook

A naked girl is found dead on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh in midwinter in mysterious circumstances. DI Callanach and newly promoted DCI Ava Turner investigate.

THE FIRE PIT by Chris Ould, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

On the Faroe Islands local detective Hjalti Hentze investigates the suicide of an old drunk. In Denmark the British DI Jan Reyna searches for answers to his past. Both men realise that both stories might be connected.

BOX OF BONES by Peter Morfoot, reviewed by John Cleal

A man suffers a fatal fall at the Nice carnival, the first in a series of suspicious deaths. Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle investigates.

GIRL ON THE LINE by Alice Vinten, reviewed by Linda Wilson

An account of Alice Hearn’s life as a female officer in the Met from idealistic beginnings to a soul-wearing ending.

STRANGE FASCINATION by Syd Moore, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon

A stone with an old legend is about to cause major problems for the locals in the village of Adders Fork.

SONG OF THE DAMNED by Sarah Rayne, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

Music researcher Phineas Fox finds himself embroiled in a school’s sinister legends when he’s asked to investigate the possible plagiarism of an opera.

TRUTH STONE by Michael O’Byrne, reviewed by John Cleal

DCI Rachel Stone puts her job on the line when she allows a child killer to lead her to a second body.

BLACK VIOLET by Alex Hyland, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Michael Violet is a skilled pickpocket who uses his talent to lift top-end cars. When his journalist brother is murdered, Violet ends up in a team tracking the killers.

THE BOOK CASE: AN EMILY LIME MYSTERY by Dave Shelton, reviewed by Linda Wilson

After an unfortunate incident at her old school, Daphne is offered a scholarship to St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls where she’s soon plunged into the mystery of a missing schoolgirl and a robbery at the local bank.

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Mystery Fanfare: The Blood Road: Guest Post by Stuart MacBride

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Review: The Digest Enthusiast: Book Eight Editor Richard Krauss

The Digest Enthusiast: Book Eight distinctively features prolific short story author Michael Bracken on the cover. Edited by Richard Krauss and published by Largue Press, the issue opens with a roundup of current story and feature lineups in the mystery, science fiction/fantasy digests and other news.

Starting on page 16, Editor Richard Krauss interviews Michael Bracken in considerable depth regarding his writing career and background. Included in the far ranging interview is how Mr. Bracken goes about the writing process, how some of his published works link up in terms of location and/or characters, and how his writing has appeared and continues to do so across multiple genres. Naturally, such an in depth discussion of the writing process also features his editing work and future projects.

That far reaching interview is followed by “Manhunt 1953 part three.” Peter Enfantino summarizes the issues of Manhunt: Volume 1 No.9 September 1953 to No. 12 December 1953 and gives a brief recap of each short story starting on page 35.

A fantasy short story featuring the power of toy soldiers titled “Junior and the Little Guys” by Robert Snashall begins on page 46. Junior Tward has a tough time at home and at school. His only escape is his toy solider collection. A very special collection that has the power to help him as well in a very entertaining tale.

Vince Nowell, Sr. considers the first issue run of Gamma starting on page 56. In the piece, “Gamma New Frontiers in Fiction” he charts the publication’s short run from June 1963 to 1965. He does so by providing an overview detailing why it stood out as well as synopsis of each issue and the print format changes made to the publication as each issue came out.

After some comics by Bob Vojtko, Tom Brinkmann goes into considerable depth in the life and death of Playboy Playmate Connie Kreski. Tied into the article are synopses’ of various magazines and other publications that featured her in some way. “The Connie Kreski Conundrum” feature begins on page 68.

Many people seem to believe that it is only ezines that release one issue and then vanish from sight. That is not the case at all as you can learn starting on page 83 with Steve Carper and his “One-and-Dones part two.”

Editor Richard Kraus takes over on page 97 with his tribute piece titled “The Creative Worlds of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” The tribute and appreciation piece extends far beyond the work he did for The Digest Enthusiast.

It is back to fiction next with the reprinting of a short story by Josh  Pachter. The story, “The Defenestration of Prague” originally appeared in the June 1986 issue of Espionage. At that time there was a printing error which has been noted and corrected for the printing here that starts on page 114. The second part of the story will appear in the next edition of The Digest Enthusiast where readers will learn the fate of Mckenna and much more.

Starting on page 125, Peter Enfantino makes a second appearance in the issue as he recounts the history of “Western Magazine.” Filled with short stories and novels of 15k to nearly 30k, there was clearly plenty of reading in each issue starting in July 1956.

“Opening Lines” comes next starting on page 151. It features a compilation of the opening sentence of numerous short stories appearing in the various digests featured in this issue.

“Links” for the publisher/magazine and some of the people in the issue follows the “Opening Lines” page. The list also includes in alphabetical order the names of the current digests operating and their location on the World Wide Web. For all intents and purposes this is the end of the issue as that is followed by three pages of ads for various books and the publication itself.

According to Amazon, I picked this up on May 22, 2018. As to the why, I did it solely because Michael Bracken was on the cover. I wanted to read what he had to say because whenever he has an opportunity to talk about writing the resulting piece is always informative. As I try to find my way back to my own fiction after the death of both my mom and my wife last year, the very difficult struggle is helped by reading of the successes of those I admire and the respect.

Beyond the Michael Bracken interview itself, which was most definitely worth the price of the read, there was/is plenty of other very worthwhile informative and entertaining pieces in The Digest Enthusiast: Book Eight. The short stories were very good. I also I enjoyed learning about magazines and people that were before my time or later when I was a small child bouncing of the walls of this old house from time to time. As I bounce of the walls of this old house now as a disabled adult, I am more aware than ever of the passing of time and the loss I have personally experienced, but the loss we all suffered whether we knew it or not as these digests and people involved vanished from our world.

The Digest Enthusiast: Book Eight
Editor Richard Krauss
Largue Press
May 2018
ASIN: B07D6V8795
eBook (available in print format)
156 Pages

Material was picked up to read and review using funds in my Amazon Associate Account.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Relevant History Blog: Medieval Beasties

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Unlawful Acts: Shoulder Wounds No. 1

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Toe Six Press: Lucky Online Issue 13

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Mystery Fanfare: Poisoned Pen Conference/RebusFest: September 2-3

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

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The Digital Reader: Amazon is Merging Createspace Into KDP Print

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Crime Watch: Review: EYE OF THE SONGBIRD by Michael Munro

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Review: See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy

“’Yes. Hank fought a long, battle.”
“He’s in a better place now.”
I forced a blank look to stay on my face and stopped the words that were about to erupt from my mouth. I couldn’t bring myself to accept the idea that the better place Hank was in wasn’t with me. Most people took comfort in the idea that my husband was waiting for me in the afterlife, but my broken faith wouldn’t allow that kind of hope to take seed. My heart had suffered a severe break that had left lingering damage.’” (See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery, Page 79).

It is January, 1965, in North Dakota as See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery begins. Marjorie’s husband, Hank, passed away last October and Marjorie is deep into grief. She still is unable to sleep in the bed she shared with him nor do anything with his clothes. Having been his caregiver for so long she desperately misses the rituals of the chores she had to do to meet his needs. His dog, Shep, a border collie, is now her dog though she realizes he will always really be Hank’s dog. At least it is January and there is not much outdoors on her farm as this is the time of year when humans and animals hunker down and just try to survive the winter. An in home visit with several of the ladies of the “Ladies Aid” reveals she is not alone in a personal family nightmare.

Tina Rinkerman, a fourteen year old teenager with Down syndrome has wandered away from the family farm. Not only was she not dressed for the January weather, her disabilities make her even more vulnerable. Family and neighbors are out searching for her, but that search has been fruitless and was suspended due to nightfall.

The next day, Marjorie assists in the search and is paired with Sheriff Guy Reinhardt. Their hunt for the young teen takes them to a nearby area where members of the family found foot prints in the snow by a fence line very late the night before. After some walking across barren and snow covered fields, Sheriff Reinhardt and Marjoire spot something in a shelterbelt.  The stand of cottonwood trees was planted as a wind break by some pioneer decades earlier. Now that shelterbreak holds a car with the body of Niles Jacobsen. He has been murdered as the bullet holes through the windshield clearly indicate. It seems obvious that he was lured out there and executed by someone firing from a deer stand inside the shelterbreak.

In addition to the hunt for the missing teenager, Sheriff Reinhardt and the very small police force of Dickerson, North Dakota now have a murder on their hands. They are going to need Marjorie’s help as they all know she reads a lot and is the smartest person around. Her latest freelance index project needs to wait as Marjorie is going to have to help out. Driven by her natural curiosity and her grief, Marjorie pushes to find out whether the two events are linked and how.

Like all good series, this one that should be read in order starting with See Also Proof, followed by See Also Deception. Readers of this series have known from the start of the inevitability of Hank’s death which ultimately occurred in the second book. His death and Marjorie’s grief is one of the two major storylines in this book.  That situation made this read a difficult one for me.

Not because the book is not good. It very much is. Marjorie’s grief and her responses to it hit very close to home. For some reason, I have always felt a deep kinship with the very fictional mid 30s Marjorie Trumaine. I have no idea why as not only am I a mid 50s male and a city boy, I have never lived in North Dakota, and would have been a little over three years old at the time of this book. We have nearly nothing at all in common. Yet, her grief over the loss of her beloved husband so mirrors my own over the loss of my beloved Sandi, the book brought me to tears several times. Not just because, like the fictional Hank, it was Sandi that had faith and optimism and always believed she would survive. Marjorie is also trying to find her way to go on, despite everything, and is having a very difficult struggle with doing so. More than once she expresses how much she misses the routine chores of caregiving as she met Hank’s needs. Those who know me are also very much aware how much I am struggling with my loss as well as how much I miss the routine chores of caregiving with the loss of my wife. Marjorie is trying to go on by focusing on her work as an indexer and I am trying to do as the same by doing reviews and other writing related projects. As it was for Marjorie, my work began as an attempt to bring some sort of income into the household. Her grief, at times, overwhelms her as does mine. There is still more to this shared bond that I can’t even begin to describe. She is as broken in her own way as am I though by the end of the book one gets the sense she is going to be okay.

See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy continues a very good series. The secondary storyline of the missing girl and the murder are complex and full of surprises. A solidly good book in an excellent series, See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine mystery is well worth your time. 

For another take on the book, make sure you go read this review by Lesa Holstine from late last April.

See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery
Larry D. Sweazy
Seventh Street Books (Imprint of Prometheus Books)
May 2018
ISBN# 978-1-63388-279-9
Paperback (eBook format available)
251 Pages

My review copy came by way of the Dallas Public Library.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bif Bam Pop! Review: The Happytime Murders Is A Very Unhappy Viewing Experience

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Death Dines at 8:30 AND Death Dines In Anthologies

I loved the novelty of culinary mysteries when they first arrived on the scene and I think I read every one published for years. Food and books! Together! I was delighted when these two collections of short food mysteries were issued.

Death Dines at 8:30 (Berkley, 2001) sifted to the top of one of my stacks recently. It’s a collection of 16 short culinary mysteries edited by Claudia Bishop, who wrote the Hemlock Falls Inn series of cooking mysteries, and Nick DiChario, a prolific author of short fantasy and science fiction. The premise of each is that a death occurs during an evening meal at 8:30 P.M. Despite the common framework, the stories are as different as can be in the hands of these diverse authors: Barbara D’Amato, Edward D. Hoch, Nick Danger, Tamar Myers, Elizabeth Daniels Squire, Valerie Wolzien, Claudia Bishop, Bill and Judy Crider, Camilla T. Crespi, Mike Resnick, Jean Hager, Patricia Guiver, Nancy Kress, David A. Kaufelt, Sharan Newman, and Diane Mott Davidson. A recipe accompanies each story. A nice part of this anthology is that the royalties were donated to America’s Second Harvest, a nonprofit that feeds the hungry.

The companion volume, Death Dines In (Berkley, 2004), was edited by Claudia Bishop and Dean James, industrious author of five mystery series and four volumes of mystery-focused nonfiction. The common thread in these stories with recipes is a meal at home, as imagined by Donna Andrews, Claudia Bishop, Rhys Bowen, Don Bruns, Meg Chittenden, Nick DiChairo, Marcos Donnelly, Carole Nelson Douglas, Elizabeth Foxwell, Parnell Hall, Lyn Hamilton, Jeremiah Healy, Dean James, Mary Jane Maffini, William Moody, and Anne Perry.

I always like having a volume of short stories at hand so that I can read a little here and there without having to stop mid-action. These two books are excellent choices for grazing, as well as offering some interesting recipes. While they were originally released in hardcover, they are also available in mass market paperback, making them easily portable. One drawback is that neither contains an index to the recipes.

Death Dines at 8:30
·         Hardcover: 304 pages
·         Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1st edition (May 1, 2001)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0425174700
·         ISBN-13: 978-0425174708

Death Dines In
·         Hardcover: 336 pages
·         Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1st edition (May 4, 2004)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0425192628
·         ISBN-13: 978-0425192627

Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2018 Killer Nashville Awards Winners

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RTE Update - August 25 Issue

The August 25 2018 issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:

David Handler in the 'Sixty Seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:


THE LAST HOURS Minette Walters Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

FOGLAND POINT Doug Burgess Reviewed by Cathy Downs

DON'T EAT ME Colin Cotterill Reviewed by PJ Coldren

THE MAN WHO COULDN'T MISS David Handler Reviewed by Caryn St Clair

THE BOUNCER David Gordon Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

BAD BLOOD Brian McGilloway Reviewed by Jim Napier

SWIFT VENGEANCE T. Jefferson Parker Reviewed by Anne Corey

DON’T SEND FLOWERS Martin Solares Reviewed by Susan Hoover

YOSEMITE FALL Scott Graham Reviewed by Sharon Mensing

UNDER A DARK SKY Lori Rader-Day Reviewed by Lourdes Venard

THE LAST THING I TOLD YOU Emily Arsenault Reviewed by Barbara Fister

THE PERFECT MOTHER Aimee Molloy Reviewed by Larissa Kyzer

CWA SHORT STORIES Martin Edwards, ed. Reviewed by Lourdes Venard

MURDER AT THE MANSION Sheila Connolly Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry

BEYOND THE GRAVE Judy Clemens Reviewed by PJ Coldren

We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.

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Sunday Morning

It is August here which means heat, humidity, and often very little wind. This morning, after I checked my email, I needed some outside time. It was only 80 as of 9 AM, according to the porch thermometer that has been out there since I was kid at this old house. Not only that, but there was a breze. So, I poured a cup of tea into my new mug that arrived last week courtesy of my brother and his step daughter who were here for a week long visit,  and headed outside with my latest read.

 I am working on STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron. No doubt you have seen the news of his new book with a different cover. I happen to have the large print format version by way of the Dallas Library. I am rapidly approaching the end of this very good book. Great series.

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: Editor

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

The inside story of Michelle Beadle’s exit from ESPN’s ‘Get Up!’

KRL This Week Update for 8?25/18

Up this morning in KRL a review and giveaway of "Toucan Keep a Secret" by Donna Andrews along with a fun guest post by Donna about what comes first the plot or the title

And reviews and giveaways of another great group of mysteries for your end of summer reading-"Four unerals and Maybe a Wedding": Her Royal Highness series by Rhys Bowen, "Grounds for Remorse": A Tallie Graver Mystery by Misty Simon, "Midnight Snacks are Murder": A Poppy McAllister Mystery by Libby Klein, "Murder at Ochre Court": Gilded Newport Mysteries by Alyssa Maxwell, "Scandal Above Stairs": Kat Halloway Mysteries by Jennifer Ashley

We also have a review and giveaway of "The Halloween House" by Kathi Daley

And the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier, along with a chance to win books by Liz Mugavero and Ginger Bolton

And a review and giveaway of "Picked Off" by Linda Lovely, published by Henery Press

Up on KRL News & Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of "Claws of Death" by Linda Reilly

We also have a Q and A with local actor Max Debbas, who also is the actor who voiced our latest podcast, and you can listen to the podcast at the bottom of the post

Happy reading,

Saturdays With Kaye: City of Strangers by Louise Millar

City of Strangers by Louise Millar

From the land of Agatha Christie comes, instead, a suspense writer worthy of Patricia Highsmith. Any city can seem like a city of strangers, especially when, like Grace Scott, one returns to it after her honeymoon and it no longer holds one who was dear to her, her beloved father. She misses him with an ache her new husband can’t assuage.

When they get home, Mac goes out to get groceries and she enters the new apartment alone—and finds a dead man. She’s a journalist and her camera helps her process her thoughts, so she quickly takes some pictures, then dials the police.

The reader learns, right away, of Mr. Singh’s newsagent shop below the apartment, and the presence of a mysterious man in the storeroom. We revisit him throughout the book as his mental state deteriorates. Grace feels a connection with the poor dead man, as she thinks of him, who has been killed in their place and tries to follow any progress on finding his killer. Mac is much too busy, supervising the conversion of a warehouse into flats, with a restaurant and gym, and a bar-slash-photography-studio-slash rehearsal space.

But the authorities make slow progress. They don’t know the man’s name. She finds a discarded envelope addressed to her. On it, he, or someone, has scribbled the words: I am not that man Lucian Grabole. Running alongside this story is one of two people found dead in other places. One is said to be an Australian tourist and one a drug dealer. Grace, convincing her boss to let her work on the story, embarks on a quest for missing pieces of the puzzle, makes astonishing discoveries, and begins to question everything she knows.

Meanwhile, back in England, the mysterious man still crouches in a small space one floor below her new apartment, hiding.

Lucian Grabole proves to be as illusive in life as in death. Can she trust the people who say they’re helping her track down who he was?

Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Requiem in Red, for Suspense Magazine