PIS and Spies: psychological suspense

brown2In Watch me Disappear by Janelle Brown,  a suburban mom disappears on a solo hiking trip.   A year after failing to return she is presumed dead. This is, until her sixteen year old daughter begins having lucid dreams about her and er husband that things she had told him were lies.   “Tantalizing and twisty, this is both a spider’s web of a novel and a moving exploration of the deeper mysteries of marriage” (author Meagn Abbott).


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PIs and Spies: suspense

brownIn Sandra Brown’s Seeing Red, the hero who rescued survivors from a bombed hotel has gone underground.  Reporter Kerra Bailey wants to find out why.    In The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter,  two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One ran, the other was left behind. Some twenty years later, this event comes back to haunt their family. In Exposed by Lisa Scottoline, partners in the same law firm find themselves on the opposite sides of a case.

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PIs and Spies: true crime

beforeAmerican Fire  by Monica Hesse explores a bizarre five-month crime spree in rural Accomack County, Va., where over 80 arsons were committed.  At the heart of the crimes? A “gothic love story gone wrong”.   The Bettencourt Affair by Thomas Sanctan tells how a con artist got inside the L’Oreal fortune, and spilled dirt on their shadowy corporate doings.  Before we Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a novel based on a real-life scandal, in which the director of a Memphis-based adoption organization kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.  “Make sure this one is on your radar. It should not be missed” (Huffington Post).

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PIs and Spies: the Dr Watson mysteries

deadDead Man’s Land by Robert Ryan casts Holmes’ Doctor Watson as the hero on his own. The story finds Watson serving in the Army medical corps on the Western Front.  With men are dying by the thousands, one more body is hardly a surprise. But when a body turns up with bizarre injuries, Watson, dogged as ever, begins to pry into a death his superiors would as soon ignore.  Ryan has crafted a “genuinely fascinating” mystery that will satisfy Holmesians, history buffs and any reader of good fiction.  If you enjoy this one, Ryan’s Watson has returned for three further adventures.

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PIs and Spies: cozies for fellas

barely.jpgStuart Woods writes uncomplicated tales about tough guys, willing gals, and bad hombres.  In Barely Legal, the tough guy is Herbie Fischer, Stone Barrington’s protégé, who gets the call to defend a college kid accused of selling drugs.  The bad guys are a gang of developers trying to pressure a city councilman, who just happens to be the juvie dealer’s dad.  This is a “fast-moving tale with a light touch” (Booklist).

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PIs and Spies: Maggie Hope

pspyCrime and espionage is the theme of the week on this week’s new book shelf.    New mystery favorite Maggie Hope seems to please both cozy and suspense fans. In The Paris Spy, author Susan Elia MacNeal has Maggie working undercover in Nazi-occupied Paris. Here job is to connect with two agents who are working with the resistance:  fellow Brit Erica Calvert and her German half-sister, Elise Hess.  At stake? Gathering intelligence for planned Normandy invasion. The problem?  One of her colleagues is a double agent. “Fast paced” and skillfully plotted”, you may have trouble putting this one down (author Jane Thynne).

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Off the radar: family secrets

sisIn The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman, nine-year-old Lilly Blackwood, who is has spent her entire life as parents virtual prisoner, gets sold to a passing circus.    Twenty-five years later, another Blackwood, 18-year-old Julia,  inherits  the family home.  It’s up to Julia to her parents and circus girl Lily. “Switching back and forth in time from Lilly to Julia, Wiseman has crafted a can’t-put-it-down novel of family secrets (Library Journal).  In The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase, newlywed Jessie Tucker hopes a move to the countryside will help her find her footing with her teenage stepdaughter, Bella, who seems haunted by memories of her late mother.  Instead, the move raises more ghosts.

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