Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Wilfred, Oregon is usually a fairly sedate place, which is just how Josie Way likes it. She’s gradually learning to control her magic with help from the books and letters left by her grandmother, but still has a lot to learn. The arrival of movie star Daphne Morris really shakes things up. The glamourous actress is in town to interview assistant librarian Roz about Roz’s new book, The Whippoorwill Cries Love, for Daphne’s book club. It’s soon apparent that Daphne dazzles every male in sight, including Josie’s crush and Roz’s long-time love interest. Emotions are running high, so it’s not really a surprise when a body turns up.
This is the third in the Witch Way Librarian series. Josie draws her magic from books, and I love the way the books participate in the magic. They also let Josie know who needs that particular book—an ability I would love to have! The characters don’t have a lot of depth, but most are likeable and there is some humor. The townspeople do tend to see their library as part of the community which is both good and bad: good that they rely on it, bad when they decide it is something other than a library, like a café. Josie spends as much time herding people as she does being a librarian.
I don’t think you need to have read the others in the series to understand this one. There are some changes to relationships, changes of which I wholly approve, and I think it will make the series more interesting going forward. It also helps at times if you can suspend disbelief and just go with the flow—and not just with the magic.
Books in the series are:
Bait and Witch
Witch and Famous
Witch Upon a Star (2023)
Monday, January 30, 2023
Scotland native Torquil MacLeod turned his years of copywriting to good use when a family member relocated to southern Sweden and MacLeod decided it was a good place to set a mystery. Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden, sitting on the southwestern edge of the country at the end of the bridge to Denmark. (Malmo is near the town of Ystad, the setting for the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell.) The ninth book in MacLeod’s Malmo series is scheduled for release in March 2023.
The first book Meet Me in Malmo (Robert Hale, 2010; McNidder and Grace, 2015) introduces Inspector Anita Sundstrom of the Malmo police. The chief inspector dislikes having women on his staff and he distrusts Sundstrom’s intelligence. The office Lothario can’t take no for an answer. Between the two of them she is miserable and considering the benefits of a transfer.
Against this toxic environment, the body of an internationally famous movie star is found in her home in Malmo, where she retreated between films. A journalist for a regional newspaper in Newcastle, England, made the discovery when he arrived for an interview with her husband, his former university friend and now a prominent film director. The widower reported that his wife had been receiving letters from a demented fan. Later the police learn that the film star had advocated for the replacement of her husband’s business partner, which would spell the end of the partner’s career. A third possible motive lies in the politically controversial choice of the director’s next project. They all have to be thoroughly explored.
The journalist, instead of going back to England, wangles an assignment from his newspaper to cover the investigation because he is smitten with Sundstrom. He is underfoot while she works around her inept boss and backstabbing colleagues, political appointees demand fast results, and the media skewers the police hourly.
Interesting look into the Swedish criminal justice system. Solid forensics and investigative footwork which seems to transcend national borders. Malmo with its film festivals and strong tourism industry is a promising site for a long-running series. Strong crisp writing. Unexpected evidence turns up near the end of the book and a bombshell is handed to Sandstrom in the last pages, giving the story an ambiguous outcome. For fans of procedurals and Scandinavian noir.
· Publisher: McNidder and Grace; July 21, 2015
· Language: English
· Paperback: 298 pages
· ISBN-10: 9780857161130
Aubrey Nye Hamilton ©2023
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Saturday, January 28, 2023
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It is that time of year again! Time for KRL's reviewers to share their favorite books they reviewed in 2022! https://kingsriverlife.com/01/28/king-river-life-staff-favorite-books-of-2022/
We also have reviews and giveaways of 4 mysteries that can take you on an exciting trip around the world! "A Fashionable Fatality": A Lady & Lady’s Maid Mystery by Alyssa Maxwell, "City of Fortune": A Counterfeit Lady Novel by Victoria Thompson, "Murder at a Scottish Wedding": A Scottish Shire Mystery by Traci Hall, and "A Death in Tokyo" by Keigo Higashino https://kingsriverlife.com/01/28/travel-the-world-mystery-catchup/
And the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier along with a giveaway of a signed copy of "4 Sleuths & A Burlesque Dancer" by Traci Andrighetti with some Mardi Gras beads https://kingsriverlife.com/01/28/february-coming-attractions-what-the-heart-wants/
For those who prefer to listen to Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast directly on KRL you can find the player here for our latest episode which features an excerpt from "The Path" by Peter Riva read by local actor Terrance Mc Arthur. This one is a little different as it is a Scifi novel with a mystery twist to it https://kingsriverlife.com/01/28/mysteryrats-maze-podcast-featuring-the-path/
Up during the week we posted night another special midweek guest post, this one by mystery author Nancy Cole Silverman where she talks about writing short stories and the new Sisters in Crime Los Angeles anthology "Entertainment To Die For" https://kingsriverlife.com/01/25/to-make-a-long-story-short/
Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of "The Devil You Know" by PJ Tracy https://www.krlnews.com/2023/01/the-devil-you-know-by-pj-tracy.html
And a review and giveaway of "Killer Cupid" by Laurien Berenson https://www.krlnews.com/2023/01/killer-cupid-by-laurien-berenson.html
And this week one of our reviewers, Kathleen Costa, shares her picks for Best of 2022, and you can enter to win a $3 Amazon gift card https://www.krlnews.com/2023/01/youre-topyoure-waldorf-salad-my-best.html
Hellboy: The Bones of Giants by Mike Mignola adapts the book of the same name into comic form. I have never read the original book so I have no idea how good of a job they did on the adapting part.
In this graphic novel, a man is found dead in Sweden. The deceased is holding a large old war hammer. It appears that Thor is the dead man. Hellboy picks up the hammer and that causes the power of Thor to be transferred to him. That could be a positive. But, a major negative is the fact that the hammer is now stuck to his hand. He literally cannot let go.
Not only does Hellboy need to figure out how to let go, he also needs to figure out who killed Thor, and why. Hellboy is now stuck trying to figure out who and why Thor is dead. Hellboy meets Norse Mythology in this action-packed volume.
The main characters are Hellboy and Abe as they do their buddy team up investigate weird stuff thing. The art is typical Hellboy ---you either like it or you don’t.
I highly enjoyed this volume. This is a unique tale since Norse Mythology and Hellboy do not crossover much. I am a big fan of both so I might be biased. I recommend this volume for fans of both.
My reading copy came by way of the Hoopla App and the Dallas Public Library System.
Scott A. Tipple ©2023
Friday, January 27, 2023
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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang
From the massively magnificent archive….
If you’ve never seen a movie written and directed by Ed Wood—among others “Glen or Glenda,” “Bride of the Monster,” and that eternal classic “Plan 9 From Outer Space”—you’re either very young, or old but someone who has spent the bulk of his life in a cave. If you have seen an Ed Wood film, especially “Plan 9,” you understand why his works fall into the “so bad they’re good” category.
Arguably, Michael Avallone’s Ed Noon mysteries fall into that same category. The Crazy Mixed-Up Corpse is a case in point.
The novel opens with private detective Noon killing time by reading newspapers in his office, “which is also my home and a real mouse auditorium for size. Everything is relative, like they say, but every time I took my hat off it was like adding an extra piece of furniture to the place.” His P.I. license and gun have been suspended for the past year, “thanks to my peculiar talent for annoying the D.A., beating Headquarters out of big cases and generally making myself a large, unofficial nuisance.” When he receives a call from one of his best friends, Homicide Division Captain Mike Monks, telling him his suspension is over, that he can retrieve license and gun, and that Monks needs his help on a police matter, Noon intends to immediately head to HQ. He’s barely out on the street when someone in a Packard sedan opens up with a machine gun, cutting him down. When he awakens in a hospital several days later, he learns that the gunner seriously wounded him but killed a blind man and the youngest daughter of Tom Long, owner of the Chinese laundry a couple doors down from his office, who were both out on the sidewalk when the sedan drove by. Long’s six-year-old daughter suffered a wound to her left arm that will probably result in permanent damage.
Three weeks later, though still rather weak from his ordeal, Noon walks out of the hospital without having been officially discharged. He’s barely back in his office when a voluptuous blonde named Holly Hill pulls a gun on him and asks, “Where is it?” When he tells her he has no idea what she’s looking for, she orders him to strip. Still not finding the item she won’t name, she tosses his clothing out a window and departs. He has barely retrieved and donned his trousers “when a shattering explosion boomed, banged and bombarded the stillness of the night.” The explosion came from Tom Long’s Hand Laundry.
I’m not going to reveal anything more about the plot of this short, fast-paced novel beyond explaining that the title refers to a murder victim who lived next to Tom Long’s store, whose identity is a mystery, and who was murdered in a particularly grisly manner—make that manners, plural: throat cut, shot, and gutted. Noon truthfully tells Mike Monks that he’s never seen the man after seeing the morgue photos.
Needless to say, Noon is not going to sit idly by and let—or hope—the police solve the case. As he pursues it, he once again comes into contact with Holly Hill. But then there’s also her machine-gunner boyfriend Ace; an attractive waitress, Penny Darnell, who works at a restaurant Noon frequents; one very large, handsome, and dangerous specimen named Carver Calloway Drill; and a couple of other thugs working with Holly, Ace and, eventually, Drill.
If you haven’t read Bill Pronzini’s Gun in Cheek and Son of Gun in Cheek, two marvelously entertaining and often hilarious books about “alternative crime fiction”—i.e., “the neglected classics of substandard mystery writing,” as the back cover of the trade paper edition of Son of Gun in Cheek puts it—you’re missing out on a lot of fun. You’re also missing out on considerable space devoted to Michael Avallone, some of whose linguistic dubieties are in evidence in The Crazy Mixed-Up Corpse. For example, similes that either strain for effect—“My body felt as abnormal as a tuxedo in a hobo jungle”—or make little or no logical sense: “And me with a machine-gun in my mitts that was about as useful as a grizzly bear at a wedding.”
As Pronzini notes, Avallone has a tendency to belabor certain points, and I can’t help wondering if such moments were deliberately padded to achieve the required minimum word count. While reading this particular novel, the first of Avallone’s I’ve read in more than two decades, and in view of the aforementioned strained similes and other rhetorical flourishes that passed muster, I wonder if his editor at Fawcett Gold Medal called in sick whenever one of Avallone’s manuscripts arrived at the office.
There are descriptions that don’t quite work, or even make sense—e.g., “I flagged down a cab and helped Penny Darnell inside. As she settled back against the cushions, I shot the address to the cabbie and he gave me a look of shrugging envy.” [Italics mine]
The Avallone moment that’s reminiscent of Robert Leslie Bellem’s pulp stories starring Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective: “His big body had reached me and his lunch shovels went for my throat.”
The ludicrous (Pronzini cites this in one of the aforementioned volumes): “His breath was hot and sweaty.”
The contorted: when the enormous Carver Calloway Drill gets Noon into a bear hug and Noon could only feel “his steel-trap fingers sunk into my thighs and shoulders,” the reader can only wonder how many hands Drill has.
Incorrect or debatable word choices: “My insides did an adagio.”
While I personally couldn’t take a steady diet of Michael Avallone, the Ed Wood of Ed Noon and other tales, I can recommend this crazy mixed-up farce as diverting mind-candy. But as a dentist would advise about candy consumption, moderation is an imperative.
Barry Ergang © 2017, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
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The worsening weather this day in late March for Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett means that he is on the clock. A major snowstorm is coming down from the Bighorn Mountains. He is on foot and on the hunt for an injured elk after a collision between the elk and a car earlier that morning. The elk had left the scene on three good legs according to a state trooper, so now Game Warden Pickett has to find that elk and end its suffering before the storm hits.
Snow is heavy on the ground as it is thanks to a winter of relentless and constant storms. More snow and high winds are going to make a bad situation way worse. Time is of the essence. He calls and gets permission from the foreman of the Double Diamond Ranch known to all as “The Double D” to cross their land in pursuit of the badly injured elk. With one eye on the darkening sky rolling down from the mountains, he sets out following the trail.
After being on the trail of the elk for a few minutes, he finds a vehicle hidden in the trees off of an old small two track road. He investigates and nobody is in the SUV. Thanks to the fact that it is unlocked, he also finds that the interior is fairly warm. Among other things inside is a topographical map with four locations marked by x’s in a black marker. The person or persons from the car are not lost. They meant to be here in this isolated spot though they may not have counted on the powerful storm closing in on the area by the minute.
As Pickett begins to look around the immediate area, he realizes he is hearing a mechanical scream coming from somewhere nearby, He gets up on a ridge and starts looking for the missing person or persons as well as the source for the noise. As the snow begins to build in intensity, he can see tracks from the SUV to a nearby small metal building of some type. The longer he looks at the structure, he realizes that a dark form is hanging out of the steel louvers on one side of the building
The dark form is a person and not moving.
What follows is a complicated read that touches on espionage, the growing Sovereign Citizen movement, domestic terrorism, and a host of other issues driving our nation’s politics at this time. The MAGA crowd comes in for their fair share of criticism as do other groups on the far right. Various characters depict those positions and their behavior and statements may offend readers who believe in their cause.
While there is a mystery here as to what is going on, this is a politics heavy thriller more than anything. It shows the ongoing shift of the last few books from the solidly good mysteries that began the series to more of thrillers populated with cardboard cutouts as secondary characters.
It is my hope that Mr. Boxx returns to his roots that made this series so good in future installments in this series.
My reading copy came by way of the publisher through NetGalley. Publication day is 2/28/2023.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Gilded Mountain, Marjorie Post, Lady Sherlock, Simplicity Parenting
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Short Story Wednesday Review: THRILLER 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down Editor Clive Cussler (Reviewed by Barry Ergang)
From the massively magnificent archive…
THRILLER 2: STORIES YOU JUST CAN’T PUT DOWN Editor Clive Cussler
Reviewed by Barry Ergang
Edited by Clive Cussler, who supplies an introduction and a preface to each of the twenty-three stories in this collection, Thriller 2 is the sequel to a previous volume of short stories by members of International Thriller Writers, Inc.
Jeffery Deaver: When U.S. intelligence agencies learn about “The Weapon,” they also learn they have only four days to identify exactly what it is, where it will be deployed, and by whom. Will they be able to do so in time to stop it?
Blake Crouch: Keeping the young boy and his father under surveillance, what exactly is Mitchell’s motive, and what kind of “Remaking” does he hope to accomplish?
Harry Hunsicker: In “Iced,” murder comes easy to Tom, a formerly respectable banker and family man, as long as he has Chrissie and the drugs and the prospect of living large in Costa Rica.
Mariah Stewart: Because of Deanna’s cowardice, her friend Jessie is assaulted, and thus severely traumatized, by a gang of punks. Determined to see “Justice Served,” Deanna sets out to avenge Jessie—with nightmarish unintended consequences.
David Hewson: Melanie, a temporary employee at the Palace of Westminster, has traveled “The Circle,” the London subway system, since she was a little girl. Today’s trip and arrival will be considerably different ones.
R.L. Stine: Wayne swears that he’s innocent and has a “Roomful of Witnesses” to prove it after his coworker Leon pays a price for abusive behavior at The Haven, a facility for elderly residents.
Readers won’t soon forget either the witnesses or the abused residents in this jewel by an author best known for his books for children.
Phillip Margolin: From the time her mother brought her as a child to it, Monica Esteban dreamed of living like a princess in “The House on Pine Terrace.” Opportunity presents itself when she meets Dan Emery and they fall in love. But when do things ever go that smoothly in crime fiction?
Marcus Sakey: His army service earned Nick post-traumatic stress disorder and Cooper’s friendship. Now the two live in Las Vegas and Cooper needs Nick’s help, as he did after an incident in Iraq. For Nick, “The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away” mix unpleasant memories from the past with danger in the present in a story persuasively told in the second-person.
Carla Neggers: Ill-prepared for the weather conditions and the terrain but “On the Run,” the fugitive has kidnapped Gus Winters and demanded that Winters lead him to a specific location high up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Whether one or the other or both will die of hypothermia eventually becomes the question, provided the fugitive doesn’t use his gun first.
Robert Ferrigno: The accountant’s hands are bound behind his back as he leads Briggs and Sean through swampy ground to retrieve the ledger they want before they kill him. It’s amusing up to that point, but once he asks, “Can You Help Me Out Here?” it becomes even funnier. Carl Hiaasen fans—and I’m one of them—will likely love this one.
Joe Hartlaub: When in “Crossed Double,” C.T.’s son Andy gets himself into trouble with loan shark Kozee, Dad—with growing annoyance and as matters become more complex—has to bail him out.
Lawrence Light: “When the man he’d killed a year ago walked into the bar, Joe Dogan was surprised. So surprised that he fell off his stool.” So begins a wry story about life and politics in the environs of southern New Jersey as they relate to “The Lamented” Brad Acton, his friends, associates, and enemies.
Lisa Jackson: Private detective Lucas Parker has been hired by his former brother-in-law to provide security for a formal gathering at the D’Amato Winery in a powerful tale of personal angst, a dysfunctional family’s secrets, a lust for revenge, and “Vintage Murder.”
Tim Maleeny: Author Jim Masterson is no longer merely a writer; he’s become a brand whose name on a book cover means sales in the tens of millions—even if the book was “co-written” by someone whose name appears in smaller type. When his editor shows up and says that if he doesn’t finish his latest manuscript in forty-four minutes, Jim’s wife Emily will be killed, Jim isn’t sure if the situation requires a “Suspension of Disbelief.”
I have to add here that I find it ironically amusing that Thriller 2 was edited by Clive Cussler, and that its predecessor—which I haven’t read—was edited by James Patterson, both of whom are “brands” whose names appear in large type on the covers of a multitude of novels “co-authored” by lesser-known writers who, I suspect but cannot prove, did most (possibly all) of the actual work.
Sean Chercover: Tom Bailey runs a charter boat and isn’t particular about most of his clientele. But the man who calls himself Diego proves to be a different story entirely, “A Calculated Risk” whose motives are suspect and upon whom Bailey’s life hinges.
Javier Sierra: Professors in America, Madrid, and Mexico are being murdered in a ritualistic manner. Solar storms and eruptions threaten the Earth. Is one of them the Big One that a dead scientist was investigating? What events might lead to “The Fifth World”?
Gary Braver: Former best-selling author Geoffrey Dane hasn’t been able to sell anything for quite awhile, and is currently teaching a writing course at a local college to make ends meet—barely. Lauren Grant asks him to be her “Ghost Writer” for a book idea she has. But who—and what—is she, and is that all she really wants from him?
Kathleen Antrim: “It’s time to kill my husband, Izaan Bekkar. The forty-eighth president of the United States.” So opens Sylvia’s story—Sylvia, who knows what the public does not, and who experiences it “Through a Veil Darkly.”
David J. Montgomery: Li Jinping is officially the Cultural Attaché of the People’s Republic of China. In his unofficial capacity he’s a spy. A very inept one, as well as a horndog with two mistresses in the D.C. area and a predilection for hookers. Hitman Jason Ryder has been hired to make it a permanent “Bedtime for Mr. Li,” the more embarrassingly the better.
Simon Wood: Nick is more than a little smitten with Melanie. Unfortunately for him, her brother Jamie disapproves and warns him off as though he’s “Protecting the Innocent.” When Nick digs into Melanie’s past, it seems obvious than Jamie has been unduly overprotective—and deadly.
Joan Johnston: Before leaving for his tour of duty in Iraq, Carter Benedict asked his brother Nash to “Watch Out for My Girl.” Nash has complied—to the point of falling in love with firefighter Morgan Hunter. The morning after he impetuously kissed her, she’s gone missing. While trying to resolve her own feelings, Morgan drives into murderous trouble she might not survive unless she gets some help—and soon.
Jon Land: Fallon, a skilled professional killer who likes his work, is a man in hiding, posing as an English teacher at the Hampton Lake Middle School. He’s ill-prepared for that position, but no longer just “Killing Time” until he can leave the country when his pursuers, who want him dead after he botched a job, track him to the school and imperil the student body and staff.
Ridley Pearson: “Boldt’s Broken Angel” is the final and longest story in the book, a police procedural that emphasizes forensics. Amateur jazz pianist and police detective Lou Boldt, aided by partner John LaMoia and Daphne Matthews, investigates a missing persons case that leads to a particularly deranged serial killer.
Whereas most such collections contain some stories that are stronger and more engrossing than others, Thriller 2 is an exception. I found every story totally engaging. Moreover, none is like another. Plot, tone and style vary widely, providing the reader with different takes on what constitutes a thriller. The only caveats are raw language and some scenes which, while not flagrantly explicit, might just be graphic enough to repel some readers. Those who find these elements offensive are advised to stay away. Those who don’t will find this a very entertaining read.
Barry Ergang © 2015, 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
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Leila Khoury left Vermont after a broken engagement, intending not to return. Her father’s murder brought her back to Sugar Ridge, at least temporarily. She plans to go back to her teaching job in Florida but her father’s will changes all that: he has left Sarah his farm and business, asking that she work it for at least one year before she decides to sell. Sarah is shocked; she’d thought if Sappy Endings was to be left to anyone, it would have been either her mother or her brother Simon. It’s not as if she had helped her father a lot at the maple sugar farm, or knew about tapping trees.
Still, her father wanted her to try and Leila wants to find out who killed him. It looks like a robbery gone bad, but some things puzzle her enough to start asking questions—and maybe drawing out a killer.
This is the first in the Maple Syrup Mysteries, which means it can be a little uneven. First in series books have a lot of territory to cover: setting has to be established, characters introduced, and of course there has to be a mystery to be solved. I tend to cut such books some slack. I like the basic premise. The maple syrup process is interesting. I especially that Leila and her family are of Lebanese descent; I enjoy the little touches of another culture, revealed mostly through food. I also liked the complicated relationship between Leila and her mother and the slight progress they have made toward reconciliation. I also adore Toast the cat.
What I didn’t particularly care for what the way Leila kept jumping to conclusions and accusing everyone. That got old pretty fast. It’s often a cozy feature but not one I care for. She also let her insecurities cause a lot of friction with her family and her employees. I’m hoping she will have it a bit more together in the next book.
Finally, I had some quibbles about the ending but overall, it’s a good effort and I’ll be looking forward to the next in the series.
Monday, January 23, 2023
British author Tony J Forder writes the DI Jimmy Bliss crime fiction series. The first seven novels were published by Bloodhound Books beginning in 2017. They were re-issued in 2022 under Forder’s own imprint Spare Nib Books along with a prequel and three more books, the most recent of which was released in December 2022.
The first title Bad to the Bone (Bloodhound Books, 2017; Spare Nib Books, 2022) introduces Detective Inspector Jimmy Bliss and his sidekick Detective Constable Penny Chandler of the Major Crimes unit of the Peterborough police force. Bliss is a troubled man with a traumatic history; nevertheless he is a highly capable detective. He sees great promise in Chandler and gives her on-the-job training opportunities whenever possible. Bliss has a fractious relationship with his immediate supervisor, who would remove Bliss if he could. Bliss’s career prospects in this particular office seem dim to non-existent.
In this opening case Bliss and Chandler are called to a wooded area where some boys have uncovered a skeleton. The bones have been there for awhile. Identifying them seemed unlikely but Bliss and his team took the age and gender information from the forensics analysis and started plowing through missing persons records. The methodical process that follows is discouragingly slow but eventually rewarding. Bliss increasingly becomes committed to obtaining justice for the victim, despite the likely damage to his career caused by disregarding his manager’s instructions,
The character of Bliss is not especially original, think Harry Bosch for instance, but the nicely complicated plot line laid out here is. The detailed steps of the paper-based investigation make what logically is coincidence seem quite plausible. A couple of plot twists add depth and complexity to a well-written story.
This series is popular in the UK and is mentioned often in the UK Crime Book Club group on Facebook. Fans of British detective series will want to look at this one.
· ASIN: B09VWMGF7Z
· Publisher: Independently published (March 18, 2022)
· Language: English
· Hardcover: 376 pages
· ISBN-13: 979-8421957737
Aubrey Nye Hamilton ©2022
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.