Monday, September 16, 2019
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Summer of ‘69 By Elin Hilderbrand: This week we are pleased to welcome Laura as a reviewer! Laura has just joined the Reference Department and is an avid reader. She especi...
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Before Victoria Houston wrote about fly-fishing in fictional Loon Lake, Wisconsin, and Keith McCafferty gave us Sean Stranahan, a fly fisherman and private investigator in Montana, Philip Craig created J.W. Jackson, a retired policeman eking out a living via fishing and odd jobs on Martha’s Vineyard, and William Tapply invented Brady Coyne, a lawyer in Boston who practiced just enough law to pay for his fishing trips. Tapply was also a committed fisherman in his real life, publishing some 15 books about the sport and serving as a contributing editor for Field and Stream and a special correspondent for American Angler.
Tapply let his love of fishing spill over into his mystery writing even further when he began a new series featuring Stoney Calhoun, a fisherman and part-owner of a fishing supply store in upstate Maine. Stoney’s past is foggy; his memories do not go back further than waking up in a VA hospital and being told he had been struck by lightning. He moved north to start all over again in the fishing country of Maine. Every so often an unidentified man shows up, clearly from Stoney’s forgotten past, to see if Stoney has remembered anything. He doesn’t say why he wants to know, and Stoney doesn’t like it at all. However, the man has the power to make Stoney’s life uncomfortable and he demonstrates that power now and again, such as in Dark Tiger (Minotaur, 2009), when the mystery man arranges to sell the bait-and-tackle shop out from under Stoney and his partner if Stoney does not agree to investigate the very odd death of an intelligence agent.
The agent had been staying at an exclusive fishing resort on the northern edge of Maine, close to the Canadian border, so Stoney becomes a temporary fishing guide there. Within 24 hours one of the guides is shot to death and another one is arrested for the killing. Stoney feels certain the second death is connected to the dead agent and looks for ways to investigate both without blowing his cover while he fishes and admires the scenic lakes in the area.
Tapply’s books are a pleasure to read. His prose is crisp and clear, his plots are convincing, the pacing never drags. The Stoney Calhoun series will be of interest to C.J. Box and Nevada Barr fans as well as those readers who follow Victoria Houston and Keith McCafferty or anyone who wants mysteries mixed with nature.
· Hardcover: 288 pages
· Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition (September 29, 2009)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0312379781
· ISBN-13: 978-0312379780
Aubrey Hamilton ©2019
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Been awhile since I mentioned this, but I am still an Amazon Associate. So, every time you click through one of my links and buy something, I get a few cents added to my account. I used to use those small funds to buy some medical stuff I need and the occasional book.
By buying through one of my links, it does not cost you one cent extra. I just get a few cents my way as a referral fee. So, if you are inclined, please keep doing what you have been doing and buy through my links. It was and still is very much appreciated.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Up on KRL this morning a review and giveaway of "Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis" by Tonya Kappes
And a review and giveaway of "The Garden Club Murder" by Amy Patricia Meade
Also reviews of the first 2 Chiara Corelli Mysteries by Catherine Maiorisi and a chance to win a copy of one of them-winner's choice
And a review of the new season of Veronica Mars up on Hulu
And a never before published mystery short story by Gary R. Hoffman
For those who prefer to listen to Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast directly on KRL the player is up here for the new episode which features the first chapter of "Spirit Wind" by Marilyn Meredith read by local actor Julia Reimer
Up on KRL News and Reviews this week a review and ebook giveaway of "Bark If It's Murder" by VM Burns
And a review and giveaway of "No More Time" by Suzanne Trauth
And a review and giveaway of "The Body in Griffith Park" by Jennifer Kincheloe
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Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1 by author Ta-Nehisi Coates with art by Leinil Francis Yu is very typical of the work by Mr. Coates as it is a very political story. In this story, the real Captain America has returned after being replaced by an evil doppelganger that used his face and the people’s trust to overthrow the American Government and betray the superhero community. While the real Captain America was successful in his quest to overthrow and remove his evil doppelganger from Hydra and regain the trust of the superhero community, the people and the American Government no longer trust him. The country has fundamentally changed thanks to the Hydra takeover and the real Captain America no longer recognizes his country thanks to the changes that have come to pass. As is Bucky, Black Panther, and Sharon Carter, Captain America is also trying to find his place in the new America.
He is facing new enemies from his past that have ties to his old lesser known enemies suck as Taskmaster and others. Someone had managed to turn prisoners of war into Nukes (America Super Soldiers that use a template of failed attempt--the original Nuke-- to replicate Captain America) and is using them to attack the American people. Captain America may not recognize himself anymore or his country or the people, but he remains true to his driving core principal. If there are bad men hurting people, Captain America is going to take them on no matter what anyone else, including his own government says or wants him to do.
The art in Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1 is great and the story itself is very interesting. There are some twists toward the end of the issue that makes the reader very interested to see where this story is headed. The story plays heavily into Captain America’s past while still being new reader friendly. Captain America has to use his brains, his leadership skills, and get help from his friends help to win the day though it does seem possible that his action may be exactly what his enemies want to finally destroy him and everything he holds dear.
If you would like a good place to start reading Captain America stuff, Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1, is a good place as long as you do not mind very political stories. I highly recommend this volume highly. Readers are cautioned that this is tale has very strong political elements and tone and therefore may offend some readers.
Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artwork: Leinil Francis Yu
Paperback (also available in digital format)
My copy came from the Arcadia Park Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.
Scott A. Tipple ©2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker: Reviewed by Kristin Santa Lora is a quiet little college town tucked up in the mountains of Southern California. Most of the tow...
I have been ill all week as the mastoiditis which put me in the hospital a couple of months ago has been trying to do it again. So far, I have not had the extreme dizziness and have been able to treat it well enough with over the counter stuff to be able to stay home and in bed. The blog will continue to be a bit erratic as posting depeends on how I feel.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Beneath the Stains of Time: The Gold Watch (2019) by Paul Halter: La montre en or ( The Gold Watch , 2019) is the latest mystery novel by that fabricator of miracles, Paul Halter , which is a unique tit...
Bitter Tea and Mystery: Champagne for One: Rex Stout: In August, I reread one of my favorite books by Rex Stout, Champagne for One . It is part of the Nero Wolfe series, of course, An acquain...
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Only days left to win a copy of "Death in a Budapest Butterfly" by Julia Buckley and while there check out an interesting guest post by Julia
And to win a copy of "Clause and Effect" by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Also to win an ebook copy of "A Fool's Journey" by Judy Penz Sheluk
And to win an ebook copy of "Fatal Break" by Beth Prentice, and while there check out an interesting interview with Beth
And don't forget to check out our new podcast episode that went up yesterday. This one features the first chapter of "Spirit Wind" by Marilyn Meredith read by local actor Julia Reimer
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Beneath the Stains of Time: The Billiard-Room Mystery (1927) by Brian Flynn: Brian Flynn was a government accountant, lecturer and author of more than fifty detective novels, most of them starring his dilettante, ...
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: BPL Book Club Reviews Cold Sassy Tree by Olive An...: Reported by Lauren This month, the BPL Book Club discussed Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Told from the perspe...
Monday, September 09, 2019
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Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf (The Permanent Press, 2012) is the first book about Arthur Cathcart, a mathematics whiz who earns his living conducting mostly market research but nearly any kind of research his clients might want. His wife Florencia owns a successful insurance company. They are happily married and well off. All is right in Arthur’s world, until the day a man shows up in their living room, holding a gun on Florencia until she completes the answers to five questions written on a piece of paper. When she takes too long, he shoots Arthur in the leg and then threatens to shoot him again. After Florencia scribbles the answers down, the goon shoots her in the head and then shoots Arthur.
While Florencia died instantly, the bullet took a more indirect path through Arthur’s skull and he survives after months-long coma. He convinces his doctor sister to write a death certificate for him, since his ability to identify the murderer places him in continued jeopardy. Then he cashes out his retirement funds with his sister’s help and buys a collection of vintage guitars that he plans to sell one at a time as a source of nontraceable cash. Arthur is going off the grid to find his wife’s killer.
Arthur displays an impressive talent in hacking computer systems and more knowledge than I would have expected from a research nerd in dealing with underworld thugs, all while coming to terms with his own changed physical abilities.
Reviewers loved this book. It received starred reviews from the big four: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal. It was one of Publishers Weekly Top Twelve Mystery/Thrillers of 2012 and on the list of Kirkus Best Fiction of 2012. It also received the 2013 Nero Award. I can see why: it is an original and entertaining story. Highly recommended.
· Hardcover: 248 pages
· Publisher: The Permanent Press (September 15, 2012)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 1579622836
· ISBN-13: 978-1579622831
Aubrey Hamilton ©2019
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.
Sunday, September 08, 2019
The September 2019 issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews
and a new interview.
Our guest in the "Sixty Seconds" spot this week is Terry Shames:
_REVIEWS THIS WEEK_:
THE SECOND BIGGEST NOTHING Colin Cotterill Reviewed by Barbara Fister
THE CHURCHGOER Patrick Coleman Reviewed by Susan Hoover
THE CHESTNUT MAN Søren Sveistrup Reviewed by Yvonne Klein
THE WHISPER MAN Alex North Reviewed by Cathy Downs
THE MISSING ONES Edwin Hill Reviewed by Meredith Frazier
TELL ME EVERYTHING Cambria Brockman Reviewed by Cathy Downs
THE GOOD COP Peter Steiner Reviewed by Yvonne Klein
FAKE John DeDakis Reviewed by Anne Corey
NEVER LOOK BACK Alison Gaylin Reviewed by Keshena Hanson
DEATH IN A DESERT LAND Andrew Wilson Reviewed by Meredith Frazier
A LADY'S GUIDE TO GOSSIP Dianne Freeman Reviewed by PJ Coldren
AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS Eve Calder Reviewed by Diana Borse
JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS Ginger Bolton Reviewed by PJ Coldren
THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW T.C. LoTempio Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry
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.
We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Linwood Barclay in the Countdown hot seat:
We’re on Twitter at:
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This week’s reviews are:
THE NEW IBERIA BLUES by James Lee Burke, reviewed by John Cleal
When the crucified body of a young woman is found floating on a cross near the estate of a local boy made good as a freelance Hollywood director, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux and his new partner Bailey Ribbons, investigate.
BLACK OPS by Chris Ryan, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Someone is killing former SAS soldiers and the powers that be decide it’s down to Danny Black to deal with the person responsible for their deaths. The only snag is that he’s told that on this op, he’s on his own.
HUNTING GAME by Helene Tursten, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom arrives for the annual autumn moose hunt in a deep Swedish forest. The local hunters are not happy about Peter, an outsider, joining them. Two people disappear, and then one is found dead in a lake.
TELL ME YOUR SECRET by Dorothy Koomson, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
He may have let Pieta go last time, but the Blindfolder is back and he is getting closer.
TO KILL THE TRUTH by Sam Bourne, reviewed by John Cleal
Former White House trouble-shooter Maggie Costello struggles to foil an Alt-Right plan to destroy history.
THE FRAGILITY OF BODIES by Sergio Olguin, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A suicide alerts journalist Veronica Rosenthal to the number of deaths on the railways of Buenos Aires, and her research reveals that many of these fatalities are anything but accidental.
DARK CITY by Simon Read, reviewed by John Cleal
Muggers, rapists, gangsters, looters and killers roamed the wartime streets full of vice girls and servicemen with money to burn. Some of the most violent and spectacular crimes and criminals of the period are revisited.
SECRET SERVICE by Tom Bradby, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When the Prime Minister announces that he’s stepping down from the leadership due to cancer, MI6 believe that one of the candidates for the top job might be in the pay of the Russians.
THE PUNISHMENT SHE DESERVES by Elizabeth George, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
A man is found hanged in a disused police station. The victim’s father, a local MP, refuses to believe that it was suicide.
MISSION CRITICAL by Mark Greaney, reviewed by John Cleal
A former Russian military intelligence chief, obsessed with the idea the British killed his wife and son, masterminds a revenge bid which could destroy the major western intelligence services. Court Gentry, ‘The Gray Man’, must stop him.
BLOOD OATH by Linda Fairstein, reviewed by Chris Roberts
New York Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper gathers evidence for an accusation of rape of a minor but finds both the victim and herself in danger.
THE WOLVES OF LENINSKY PROSPEKT by Sarah Armstrong, reviewed by Arnold
Martha has been sent down from Cambridge and is finding life at home with her parents boring, so she decides that a complete change is required. Her friend Kit works for the British Embassy in Moscow – but once there she is not sure that she is meeting the right people.
THE ACCUSATION by Zosia Ward, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Eve must find out if her husband is lying, or she will lose her daughter.
PREFECTURE D by Hideo Yokoyama, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Four novellas depicting occasions of internal friction which threaten the smooth running of the administration branch of the Japanese Police Department.
AN ACT OF KINDNESS (audiobook) by Barbara Nadel, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The disappearance of a homeless man she’s befriended worries Nazreen Khan, then when he’s found dead, she turns to private investigator Mumtaz Hakim for help.
TOO FAR by Jason Starr, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
One flippant remark triggers a chain of events that sends Jack’s life spinning out of control.
CRITICAL INCIDENTS by Lucie Whitehouse, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Former Met detective Robin Osborne is back on her own turf, working as a benefit fraud investigator, but when her best friend’s husband goes missing, Robin refuses to believe that he could have harmed his wife and son, and is determined to take a hand in matters.
DARKEST TRUTH by Catherine Kirwan, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Young lawyer Finola Fitzpatrick receives an emotional appeal from a father to investigate his daughter’s suicide – and the man who he believes caused it.
ONE MORE LIE by Amy Lloyd, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
When she was ten she killed a boy and she and her friend spent their childhood in prison. Now she has a new identity and is living in a new community. She is scared and lonely.
THE GOOD THIEVES by Katherine Rundell, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Vita Marlowe is determined to get her grandfather’s home back from the conman who cheated him out of everything he owned. But to do that she needs help – and finds it in some unexpected places.
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Saturday, September 07, 2019
Up on KRL News and Reviews this week a review and giveaway of "Death in a Budapest Butterfly" by Julia Buckley along with an interesting guest post by Julia
And a review of the latest season of "Grantchester"
Also a review and giveaway of "Clause and Effect" by Kaitlyn Dunnett
And a review and ebook giveaway of "A Fool's Journey" by Judy Penz Sheluk
We also have a review and ebook giveaway of "Fatal Break" by Beth Prentice, and an interesting interview with Beth