The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness

Joona Linna Book 3

DI Joona Linna, is sidelined for the moment. On leave while awaiting the outcome of an internal affairs investigation for some thing he did or didn’t do.

So he is free to be sent to observe only in the investigation of a hideous double murder at a youth home for troubled girls.

In my crime group I once asked for recommendations for some Scandi works and I’ve been stuck on them! This one may be my new favorite. These girls are way past troubled. They are downright scary. With one of them being accused of the crimes, the stories of her past begin to come out and a more horrifying tale I can’t think of.

Almost a story inside a story as the police dismiss Flora, a girl trying to pass herself off as a psychic to the police. But is she seeing the ghost of the dead girl or is she having a memory of her own that was too awful to remember?

We learn a lot about Joona’s personal life this time. Interesting fellow. This was a fast paced shocker that made me glad I don’t have any girls!

Good Job on the translations too!

Netgalley/ Knopf Doubleday Publishing November 27, 2018

 

 

 

A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delaney

A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)

The 4th in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series
Gemma is back! As she and Violet take a late night stroll after a busy day, Violet alerts Gemma to smoke coming from The West London Museum.
Thankfully the entire building is not a loss, but the Baker Street Vendors decide to quickly pull together an auction hoping to raise enough funds for repairs.
Gemma’s Uncle Arthur may be traveling the world, but he generously donates a signed first edition book worth a lot of money.
But before the auction even begins the Chairman of the museum board is found strangled in the storage room. And the people attending are a real mixed bag of characters who have their own little and not so little secrets.
Gemma says she isn’t getting involved in this one, but we know better. That’s why we love her.
Delaney is such a great storyteller and her characters are wonderfully done. Gemma is a strong, independent woman as are all of the female characters. There are no simpering females waiting for rescue here.
A very good series and I look forward to many more!
Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery) by AMANDA FLOWER

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)

Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom.

Fiona has inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan,Scotland. She has fond memories of the place and the magical garden hidden from view with high walls.

It seems like a good idea to open her flower shop there while she gets over a bad break up and a failed business. Until she finds a dead person among the blooms.

On the plus side she did meet the hunky Chief Inspector Neil Craig and her life seems to be headed in the right direction. But when her sister Isla, fresh from college, appears on her doorstep to help her out, things start going wrong.

The local minister wants her out of town and even kicked her out of church! And when the minister’s body is found on the beach there are more suspects than she can keep up with! And what is with Isla? Sneaking off, not coming home? Is she in trouble?

This time Fi may end up knowing more than she wanted to about any of it.

This is a really good series. All of Amanda’s books are good. I especially like the descriptions of the area and all of the characters are solid.

Well Done!

Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES ( A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY) by DARYL WOOD GERBER

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7)

This is the 7th in the Cookbook Nook Series

Jenna Hart is back along with all of our favorite characters.

While Jenna and her staff are decorating the Nook for all of the special events for the holidays, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With her sister in town with her daughter and husband staying at her dad’s home it looks like everyone will be home for the holidays.

Only there is something off with her oh so pulled together sister and her husband. And in the midst of trying to figure that one out, Jake, who has the best ever Christmas display in town and is also an old friend of the family, goes out for pizza and comes home to a dead friend.

This is probably one of my favorites in the series. Everyone is holding a secret. But only one of them is a killer. And Jenna knows it isn’t Jake, but can she find out who wants him dead and why?

Leave it to Jenna and her friends to have everything wrapped up by Christmas Eve. You won’t want to miss this one. Surprises are around every corner! Oh! And there are recipes…lots of them!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 8th 2018 by Beyond the Page

 

LOST LAKE by EMILY LITTLEJOHN

Lost Lake (Detective Gemma Monroe, #3)

Detective Gemma Monroe #3

An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

Lost Lake. A beautiful hidden gem close to the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. The history of the lake and the history of the town are closely linked. A beautiful place, popular with campers and hikers in the summer. In the winter it’s a very different and unsettling place.

It’s early spring now and Detective Gemma Monroe has responded to a missing person report at the lake.

Two couples have camped overnight and in the morning one of the girls is missing. Sari Chesney is also the assistant curator at the town’s museum and now she and the founding fathers diary are missing. Are the two connected?

When the bodies begin to pile up Gemma isn’t sure who to believe. It seems the tiny town is bursting with secrets and even someone in the department is leaking info to the local paper.

With so many different mysteries to solve, will our Gemma pull through in the end or will this one be the end of her?

I am a fan of the series and this was a really good one with murder, supernatural vibes, and a great group of suspicious characters!

Well Done!

 

Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate

Midsummer Mayhem (Potting Shed Mystery #7)

A Potting Shed Mystery #7

Pru Parker, gardener extraordinaire, is in the thick of things again.

The entire town is excited about the news of an outdoor performance to be put on at a beautiful local estate with gardens to die for. Literally.

Pru is to be the plant set director and along with her helper, Hal, she hopes to do the play justice and keep the actors from destroying the gardens. Which is the reason the normal gardener for the estate abruptly quit!

As she races from one errand to another, she creates scenes for each act of the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When one of the actors is found dead among bees, everyone becomes a suspect.

Pru’s hubby, DI Christopher Pearse is on the case and is hoping Pru can ferret out any gossip or clues from the cast. The only problem is they all seem suspect! Secrets abound and Pru may not live to see the play!

A lovely cozy series that I hope to read more of!

Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Alibi

 

 

Song of the Damned (A Phineas Fox Mystery) by SARAH RAYNE

Song of the Damned: A Musically-Inspired Mystery

A macabre liturgy. A mysterious carving. An intriguing 200-year-old mystery for music researcher Phineas Fox to solve. 

Phineas Fox is one of my favorite characters, as is the lovely Arabella. When Phin is asked to authenticate an opera by the head of Cresacre Abbey School, Arabella is excited as she was once a student there and has heard all of the theories of the missing nuns.

The more Phin digs into the opera and the men who wrote it, he finds that the events that happened centuries ago may still be deadly today.

As Arabella tries to visit one of her old classmates, Olivia Tolliver, she feels something is off. Why has Olivia become reclusive and maybe a bit nuts? Does it have anything to do with what is hidden in the basement?

This was told in present time as well as the 1790’s through the diaries of a Sister Cecilia, one of the nuns who supposedly disappeared and a man who is a mystery to all of them.

Historical Mystery Fiction or whatever genre you would like to put on this one, this author never disappoints. I would highly recommend this one!

Netgalley Reviews/ November 1st 2018 by Severn House Publishers