Friday, June 30, 2023
Thursday, June 29, 2023
George Kelly: WEDNESDAY’S SHORT STORIES #130: THE REEL STUFF Edited by Brian Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg
George Kelly: WEDNESDAY’S SHORT STORIES #130: THE REEL STUFF Edited by Brian Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg
Patti Abbott: Short Story Wednesday: PLAYING GAMES, edited by Lawrence Block" THE PUZZLE MASTER, David Morrell
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
From the massive archive… you are also reminded that author Graham Powell will be reading at Noir At The Bar Dallas this Sunday evening at The Wild Detectives.
Bad Men by Graham Powell delivers the goods. The cover mentions the fact this collection is filled with “crime stories.” They definitely are crime stories. There are plenty of crimes, some mayhem, and a number of mysteries at work in these seven short stories. Short stories where people do what they do to survive and deal with the world as they see it.
“Grace, Period” opens the book where Tommy Roccaforte is being forced to relocate to an apartment far from where he used to live in Staten Island. Forced to give up his heavy oak and Italian leather furniture along with his old life to move to Tucson, all he has left is his wife Marie. That, a new job in a book store, and his old habits and urges which were not left behind when the Feds relocated him to save his life.
The man known to many as “Duke” for reasons that become clear was tending bar when Steven came in to talk that Wednesday night. Steven is just a college kid and out of place in the biker bar. But, he wants a job done and his money is good in “Payday.”
A job is also a major point in the next story titled “Cold Storage.” Dave Dewberry has a job in mind and wants Al to be involved. It involves a bank, a guy named Eugene Bosco, and the city of New York in its winter time glory.
The setting moves to Kentucky in “The Leap.” Specifically, the Kentucky State Correctional Center at Paintsville where new inmate Kenneth Pennywell has just arrived as the story opens. Assigned to the third room in dorm four, Pennywell has a plan for a certain inmate. The reason why is based on recent events told through flashbacks.
The truck may not be real and the narrator may not be stable in “The Ins And Outs.” Then again, they really could be after him. He takes his medication and waits knowing if they find him they won’t make him wait long.
Crime Boss Bobby Gianetti was nabbed with a suitcase of money destined for one Tony Lambrusco. How the cops found out and what his bodyguards are going to do about it are a couple of things at work in “Cutting Diamonds.”
“Ken Bruen Is Dead, Alas” is the closing story of the book. A story that has its own story according to the preface. It is all best explained by reading it in the book. This is an incredibly funny read and a real highlight of the book.
Bad Men by Graham Powell is filled with plenty of crime, mystery, and certainly the possibility of bad men. Ignoring the whole nature/nurture argument, these are seven short tales where the guys involved are doing what comes naturally. Whether or not they are truly bad men really depends on your moral compass …. assuming you have one.
Material was purchased to read and review using funds in my Amazon Associate Account.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2015, 2023
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Dead Man’s Wake: A Novel by Paul Doiron opens with an engagement party. Stacy Stevens and Mike Bowditch are being celebrated by Mike’s stepfather, Neil Turner and his new wife, Jubilee, as well as Stacy’s parents, Charley and Ora Stevens. They are at the stepdad’s lake house in central Maine. Great Pond was the inspiration for the play and subsequent movie, On Golden Pond, and is busy this Labor Day weekend evening. The roar of speedboats as well as the loud noise of occasional jet ski has been something all day and evening. The fact that it is dark has not slowed down those racing across the surface of the lake.
All too predictably with so many racing around after dark, the sounds of a crash are heard. It is clear to everyone in the group that a speedboat and a jet skier collided out in the waters somewhere around the nearby Moose Island. Mike sees a speedboat circle back and then the running lights are turned off. The person or persons on that boat know they hit somebody and are trying to hide in the dark night.
With limited resources, and as the only law enforcement around and available, Maine Game Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch has to go out to the general area of the crash and look for any injured survivors as well as anyone deceased. After some investigation, a detached human arm is found. Most likely, the person that lost the arm is dead.
What follows is a complicated read featuring a watery crime scene, a wealthy family and their legacy, and a past full of resentment and hate. As is benefits the long running series, the read is not one that focuses on character development as many here are long running characters that readers well know and love. Instead, the primary focus is on the case. Identifying the victims out in those lake waters, the suspects, and working the case. A complicated and entertaining read, the latest in the long running series, Dead Man’s Wake: A Novel is very much worth your time.
My reading copy was an ARC via NetGalley.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
Earlier this month, Jay Hartman posted a market call to the SMFS list and asked list members to publicize his call regarding The Perp Wore Pumpkin: A Humorous Thanksgiving Crime Anthology Benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. He has done the same for this call today that is posted in its entirety below. All questions should be sent to Jay as, just like the previous call, I do not know anything more than what he has posted. You can also sign up to join the SMFS at http://groups.io/g/shortmystery.
Ahh, the One-Hit Wonder! That one song everybody knows but was the only hit for the artist who recorded it. Songs such as “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club was a monster hit for Simple Minds, but it was their only Billboard Top 10 hit. Throughout the decades, so many musical artists have had just the one hit, and that’s a crime.
So is murder.
So what better way to celebrate both than by combining them into an anthology? Here’s your chance to be inspired by your favorite One-Hit Wonder and give a chance to breathe some new life into the greatest hits of our lives.
1. There have been some people specifically invited to write for this anthology, but not all have confirmed. I Just Died In Your Arms will contain 12 stories. There will be a sequel volume in 2024 that will also contain 12 stories. Your story may be considered for either one.
2. Estimated publication date for the first volume is October 24th, 2023. The second volume is scheduled for September 25th, 2024.
3. Untreed Reads was to be the original publisher of this anthology but has since decided not to pursue it. Jay Hartman, editor of the anthology, has already found a new home for the anthologies for publication.
4. Your work must be based on a song that’s a true One-Hit Wonder.
5. Your work must relate strongly to the song it’s inspired by, whether that’s by the lyrics or the name.
6. You still must have a STORY and a good mystery/crime.
7. LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC characters and authors very, very strongly encouraged. Be authentic!
8. All works must be original to this publication and cannot have been published or self-published previously.
9. It's perfectly ok to have simultaneous submissions to other publishers, but please notify Jay if you’d like your story withdrawn from consideration.
10. Please make sure your song choice is not too obscure. From past musical mystery anthologies it's been found that readers have a lot more interest if there are songs they immediately recognize.
1. We’re not looking for flash fiction, but we’re not against it if it works. Prefer more in the regular short story length (2000-5000 words).
2. All submissions need to be in DOC, DOCX or Pages format. Fonts, spacing...not important.
3. All entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with ONE-HIT in the subject heading. All entries will be acknowledged.
4. All submissions need to be received no later than 11:59PST, August 31st. Decisions will be made by September 15th. Jay will do his best to notify authors early if their work is not accepted, but they cannot be resubmitted.
5. Each contributor will receive payment of $25 plus a free ebook copy and 50% off print versions.
6. Original stories only, no reprints.
7. The anthologies will be published in ebook and paperback formats and distributed worldwide.
Please direct all questions to Jay Hartman at email@example.com .
The third book in the Skelton’s Casebook series by David Stafford is a fine follow-up to the excellent second title, reviewed earlier on Kevin’s Corner: https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2022/05/aubrey-nye-hamilton-reviews-skeltons.html. Skelton's Guide to Blazing Corpses (Allison & Busby, 2022) is set in 1930 and follows the career of barrister Arthur Skelton, who has the reputation of salvaging the most hopeless of defenses.
Here the hopeless defense is of Tommy Prosser, who stands accused of bashing Harold Musgrave over the head and then setting him and his automobile on fire on Guy Fawkes Night. There was no real evidence against Prosser, the local bad guy, the police simply found charging him a quick way to close the case. Skelton’s innate sense of fairness was outraged.
Musgrave’s life did not bear close scrutiny. He was a known bigamist and was facing multiple paternity suits. At least six other women came forward to claim relationships with him. Each of them had an entertaining story to tell, as Musgrave was nothing if not creative. One lady believed that Musgrave was engaged on secret work for the air ministry, another thought he was a location scout for the movie star Tom Mix, a third understood Musgrave was tracking down Russian spies, and a fourth gathered he was working for a Romanian philanthropist. Skelton considered all of the people who had been taken in by the deeply dishonest Musgrave, decided the list of potential suspects in his murder to be legion, and set out to free Prosser.
A second case deals with the cardiac death of a middle-aged lady induced, the coroner believed, by an electric shock treatment provided by a “medical electrician”, who was promptly arrested for manslaughter. His solicitor sent the brief on to Skelton to handle.
On a personal level Skelton’s wife has given up flying and is now focusing on politics; she is a fervent Communist. His clerk Edgar has become engrossed with interior design and the decoration of his new flat. In many ways Skelton simply serves as a straight man for the eccentric people that surround him.
The acknowledgements mention Stafford’s illness during the writing of this book, when his wife Caroline took over, which may account for some small discrepancies in continuity throughout. While the writing is as witty and clever as in its predecessor volumes, some of the plot points are not as neatly wrapped up as they could have been. Still, this is a fine piece of historical fiction, the setting is wonderfully realized and the resolution of Musgrave’s murder is neatly handled. For mystery readers who like humor wrapped around historical settings and sound plots. Recommended.
· Publisher: Allison & Busby (July 21, 2022)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0749027142
· ISBN-13: 978-0749027148
Aubrey Nye Hamilton ©2023
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
One week until Noir at the Bar Dallas returns to The Wild Detectives at 314 W 8th St in Oak Cliff. We are scheduled to read from 7 to 9 PM. It should be a great night. Hope you come out. You do not get too many chances to fully experience "Tipple After Dark." This is one of those rare occasions.
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Up on KRL this morning a review and giveaway of "The Isolated Séance" by Jeri Westerson along with an interesting guest post by Jeri about Spiritualism in the Sherlockian Era https://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/the-isolated-seance-an-irregular-detective-mystery-by-jeri-westerson/
As we near the end of Pride month, up in KRL this morning we have the last of the LGBTQIA mysteries we are featuring this month--we have a review and giveaway of "Charlotte Iles is Not a Detective" by Katie Siegel along with the first chapter of the book https://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/charlotte-illes-is-not-a-detective-by-katie-siegel/
We also have the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier along with a giveaway of a copy of "Ashes to Ashes, Crust to Crust" by Mindy Quigley https://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/july-coming-attractions-summertime-edition/
And a review of the latest Aurora Teagarden mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, "Something New." This one features a young Aurora https://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/aurora-teagarden-mysteries-something-new/
And an interview with mystery author (and so much more) Tom Sawyer about his art book, "The Art of the Real Tom Sawyer" where he talks about his earlier career as an artist/illustrator where he even worked with Stan Lee! https://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/the-art-of-the-real-tom-sawyer/
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 "Renovated to Death" by Frank Anthony Polito , read by actor Ian Jones https://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/mysteryrats-maze-podcast-featuring-renovated-to-death-by-frank-anthony-polito/
Up during the week we posted another special midweek guest post, this one by mystery author Rebecca McKanna about her new book "Don't Forget the Girl" and about her bi character Chelsea. This is another LGBTQ+ mystery we are featuring for Pride month! https://kingsriverlife.com/06/21/dont-forget-the-girl/
And another special midweek guest post, this one featuring another LGBTQ+ mystery for Pride. Mystery author David S Pederson shares about his new book "Murder at the Oasis" https://kingsriverlife.com/06/21/palm-springs-an-oasis/
Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of "Muddled Matrimonial Murder" by Kim Davis https://www.krlnews.com/2023/06/muddled-matrimonial-murder-by-kim-davis.html
And a guest post by trans mystery author Renee James where she talks about releasing her latest book "BeatNikki’s Café" during these difficult times for the trans community https://www.krlnews.com/2023/06/launching-into-storm.html
Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle by G. Willow Wilson has Poison Ivy reborn in a new body with some new powers. She is also dying, so she decided to kill humanity by spreading a deadly fungus. If that was not enough, the person who helped create her is hunting her to also kill her.
Poison Ivy is needlessly cruel in this volume. Even though that is a major point of this story, it is out of character for her. But, she is supposed to be out of sorts so it kind of works. Personally, I like Poison Ivy the best when she is targeting the big corporations that are damaging the environment and not your average person.
There is incredible art in this volume and plenty of body horror. The new powers really don’t make sense in this universe since Poison Ivy has power over the green (plant life, trees, etc.) and fungus has always been depicted has part of the grey (the power of death, etc.) Somehow, she now can use fungus and she is not the only one. A minor nitpick, but noticeable.
Overall, I enjoyed this volume despite that fact. I am looking forward to Volume 2 titled Unethical Consumption which is scheduled for late November of this year. So, a long wait.
My reading copy came via the Hoopla App of the Dallas Public Library System.
Scott A. Tipple ©2023
Friday, June 23, 2023
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Death of a Bookseller by Bernard Farmer
FFB Review: Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction Editors Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller
From the massive archive…
For many writers, attending graduate school or a writing conference to work on their craft is simply not possible. The point of Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction is that one can get much of that knowledge from this book. Editors Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller assembled over sixty expert contributors, many of them connected to Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction for this over 350 page textbook. A book full of wisdom that you can work through at your own pace.
Published in 2011 by Headline Books, Inc., the book is broken into roughly three sections titled “Craft “and “Genre,” and “The Writer’s Life.” Each section has several sub-sections related to the main topic of the section. This design allows readers to move back and forth through each section or the book as a whole to find the information they need at the time they need it.
The “Craft” section opens the book with a sub-section on “Style Ad Process.” Information on opening lines, how to handle point of view and how not to information dump is here among other items of interest. Each article is of several pages and features a brief author bio at the end. This same format is used throughout the book.
“Character And Dialogue” is the next sub-section starting on page 64. This section is all about making your characters realistic, making them suffer, and in the end, making them as well as your writing and the story stronger.
“Plot And Structure” follows next with interesting pieces such as “Demystifying What Editor’s Want” by Venessa Giunta. Now that you have strong characters and know what the editors want in them, it is time to put your characters into a good story. A good story is made up of a lot of elements such as pacing, characters that can save themselves, find romance when warranted, as well as the setting they are placed into for the story.
In the novels by James Lee Burke, the setting is as important as the characters. The sub-section on “Setting” comes next starting on page 111. While Susan Crandall does not reference Burke in her piece “Setting as a Character: It’s More than a Backdrop” she uses plenty of other references to make the same point while also explaining how to do it. She isn’t the only author to discuss setting as there is a lot more information here on this key part of your tale.
Starting on page 129 with “Genre” it is on to specifies. After a general sub section on “Genre and Originality” which makes the point there are certain expectations for each genre, their limitations, and how to deal with those while pursuing originality, it is on to the various genres with each section getting their own detailed sub section.
“Romance And Women’s Fiction” begins on page 150. While some are arguing for a clear distinction between the two, in this book they are grouped together. In a poignant and inspirational essay by Crystal B. Bright titled “Write from the Heart” she explains how she pursued her dream and the novel she wanted to write despite the “no’s.” Her inspirational story does not apply just to romance novelists, but to all writers in all genres. That fact ties into a key point noted in the introduction of the book and constantly reinforced though many examples throughout Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. Regardless of the genre you write in, you can learn from those in other genres because there are universal principals that link all types of writing together.
Following the essays on many types of romance is the subsection titled “Science Fiction And Fantasy.” Pieces on world building, cyberpunk, using myths, realism and more are here and provide a lot of interesting reading.
Then it is on to those of us who want to kill people for fun and profit, have no underworld connections, and don‘t want to be arrested. “Horror, Mystery and Suspense Thrillers” begin on page 196 with essays on plotting, getting the dialogue correct, surprising readers and lots of other good information. Along with an excellent piece on plotting by Victoria Thompson there is an excellent advice piece by David Morrell about thrillers.
“Children’s And Young Adult Fiction” are their own deal and have a section starting on page 227. Getting those readers into your work and how not to lose them is the point of this section. It is not just about those teen readers either. How to properly do picture book illustrations based on the text and other information is present here.
While the book is primarily about novels it also explores other approaches in the sub-section “Alternative Approaches.” Prolific author Michael Bracken leads off this section with his essay, “I Write Short Stories” that begins on page 264. He makes the point that short stories can be more lucrative than novels while also making you a stronger writer. He also helpfully explains how to find those short story markets, how to write for them, and how to be productive. As he points out on page 249 – “Writing short fiction requires the same skills as writing novels: the ability to create coherent plots, to develop believable characters, to write realistic dialogue, and to mesmerize readers into suspending disbelief for the length of a story.”
Also included in this section are essays on topics such as magical realism, how magna is gaining in popularity and how to write for that market, and movie tie in books.
Having moved through the genres and then some it is back to advice that will definitely help all with “The Writer’s Life.” Starting on page 269 this nearly 90 page section is devoted to sub sections on. “Learning” and “Working” and “Promoting.”
“Learning” as a writer never ends and can come in many forms. This can be from graduate school, brutal critique, workshops, or just about anything. Even TV shows that are hated in the beginning as Catherine Mulvany explains in “Lessons from the Vampire Slayer.”
“Working” starting on page 289 is all about productivity. Writing more, pleasing readers in multiple genres, and time management among other topics are covered here. As Lee McClain points out in her essay “Time Management: Creative Paths to Productivity.” . . . unlike literary fiction, genre fiction requires you to be prolific. Stephanie Meyer wouldn’t have had the same success if she’d waited two years before bringing the second Twilight novel to completion.” (Page 297) As a genre writer, you simply have to be productive and get a lot of work out because readers expect and demand it. Her informative essay is about how to be productive in terms of novels, but this piece also ties in nicely to Michael Bracken’s essay referenced above about why he chose to pursue short stories over novels and editing anthologies.
Also in this section are excellent essays by Shelly Bates titled “The Seven Habits That Got Me Published” and “How to Get an Agent” by Ginger Clark among other very informative pieces. Professionalism in how you act and your work is a key part of both pieces and the others. That includes adjusting to the rise of e-books as well as being dumped by your publishing house. A very informative section and one that will help you no matter where you are as a writer.
Marketing your own work is a job many of us dread and hate. After all, the book should sell itself, right? These days, if it ever did, things don’t work that way which is why a section titled “Promoting” is necessary. With essays on the basics of author bios, contact information, press releases, book reviews and more, this section gives you the framework to tell the world about your book. Getting information on your book out there so readers/buyers know about it is key here with lots of basic yet very good information.
The book closes with a detailed “Resources And References” section that covers where to go for more information imprint and online.
An extensive and inspirational book filled with lots of practical advice for any writer at any stage in his or her career, Many Genres, One Craft: Lesson in Writing Popular Fiction is one of those books that writers just have to have on their shelves. Unlike many of the courses and books bandied about online, this book features practical and realistic advice and tips from writers who have managed to build prolific and solid careers stretching back decades. No matter your particular writing interest, the information in this book will not only be specific to that interest, but to the craft of writing as a whole. Simply put --this is an excellent book that you must have and use.
Material supplied by the publisher quite some time ago in exchange for my objective review.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2012, 2023
Thursday, June 22, 2023
I got the below in my spam folder this afternoon. I have withheld the name of the sender to protect the identity of this miserable person.
"You reviewed a book a couple of months ago. It was so interesting and I contacted you to find out more about it. You never answered my question. So I guess your reviews are only for your interest only. You expect no one to really read the book, so I will stop reading your reviews. You’re such a selfish person."
Having never gotten any such message, I have no idea what book it was nor the question. As this person only lashed out with the above and never followed up on the original question, I can provide zero help now.
I recognize that to be this angry, this person is going through some things and lashing out. The issue is not me, or the reviews, or the question. The issue is this person is going through something. As I told the person, I hope things get better.
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Our Missing Hearts, Summer I Turned Pretty, Micro, More!
George Kelly: WEDNESDAY’S SHORT STORIES #129: “MISSING IN THE SNOW”: A Shetland Short Story By Ann Cleeves
From the massive archive…
By now, pretty much everyone is very familiar with the classic detective cliché. The Hardnosed P. I. alone in his office when the beautiful dame (great legs, of course) walks in. Smoke wreathes the ceiling as she folds her long legs under the chair and tells our hero her problem. He can help her he decides and beyond that, there is something she makes him feel that he hasn't felt for a very long time. In this anthology, the cliché is stood on its head and spun around for interesting results.
This anthology, the third of the Fedora series, features seventeen hard-hitting stories of men being hardnosed men, dealing with the evil that walks the mean streets. While it is impossible to cover each story in detail, the selections below reflect a small sampling of the range of stories.
"Ordained Sin" by Carol Kilgore features Nolan Douglas who just ticked off his girlfriend-again. But, a case that falls into his lap just might help him ease back into her good graces as well as allowing him to clean up some human scum. Sometimes the innocents truly do suffer and nothing and no one can save them.
"One Hit Wonder" By J. L. Abramo is an intriguing story of a misdialed phone call. When placing your phone order for a hit, make sure you call the right number and not Jake Diamond of Diamond Investigations.
No anthology would be complete without at least one story about bail bonds and bond jumpers. In this case, read "Kane's Mutiny" by Bev Vincent. Not only is Jimmy Weber on the run with Kane looking for him, Weber's wife wants to help Kane any way she can.
Featuring stories from other excellent writers such as Tom Sweeney, Lee Goldberg, George Wilhite, David Terrenoire, David Bart, James S. Dorr, Chelle Martin, Dorothy Rellas, Ann Aptaker, Nick Andreychuk, Michael Hemmingson, Graham Powell, Kevin Egan and Editor Michael Bracken, interested readers won't find a bad story in the bunch. The tough guys care, whether they show it or not, the women are almost uniformly devious, and the streets and other locations are mean. It's a good thing.
Material provided by Editor Michael Bracken in exchange for my objective review.
Kevin R. Tipple © 2004, 2010, 2023
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Monday, June 19, 2023
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Subpar Parks: America’s Most Extraordinary National Parks & Their Least Impressed Visitors by Amber Share
Sons and Brothers (Seventh Street Books, 2023) is the second Linder and Donatelli mystery by Kim Hays, who uses her Swiss residency to good effect in this series set in Bern, Switzerland. Pesticide (Seventh Street Books, 2022) is her first book about Inspector Giuliana Linder and her younger colleague Investigator Renzo Donatelli of the Bern police. Now they are back, investigating a crime with tendrils that extend well into Switzerland’s and the victim’s past.
On a cold rainy night in November Emergency Services receives a call about a man drowning in the Äare River. Help arrived too late to save Johann Karl Gurtner, a 72-year-old cardiac surgeon who had been walking his dog. Indications of a struggle ruled out accidental drowning. Linder and Donatelli find a number of potential suspects in Gurtner’s background: Professional colleagues who resented his arrogance including a doctor who had been hired to fill Gurtner’s position upon his retirement, only Gurtner refused to retire. A wife and two sons Gurtner walked away from to marry a much younger woman. Members of a trade guild to which he belonged in accordance with long-standing family tradition.
Flashbacks explain Gurtner’s younger days and a long-standing Swiss practice that farmed out neglected or abandoned children to work in rural areas, something like the orphan trains in the United States. Sometimes they were treated well and often they were not. This depressing practice endured in Switzerland into the 1970s.
A complicated story that goes back for generations and reveals multiple crimes. The realistic detailed police investigation is front and center at all times, with the focus first on Linder’s research and interviews, then on Donatelli’s. A secondary thread deals with Linder’s harassment by an obnoxious prosecutor. As always Linder’s patient husband Ueli juggles his job and child care responsibilities while she works long hours. Hays thoughtfully included a guide to Swiss names but I still found some of the nickname and given name variations confusing. For fans of contemporary police procedurals and international crime fiction.
· Publisher: Seventh Street Books (April 18, 2023)
· Language: English
· Paperback: 362 pages
· ISBN-10: 1645060586
· ISBN-13: 978-1645060581
Aubrey Nye Hamilton ©2023
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.