Johnny Shaw’s FLOODGATE Reviewed

FLOODGATE Johnny Shaw February 2016 Thomas and Mercer Andy Destra was a (mostly) honest cop operating in a completely corrupt city. When Andy starts digging into a case and following a trail of suspicious money to its origins, the Auction City assistant chief of police finds a way to remove Andy and some other honest cops from the force. Now unemployed, Andy becomes more than a little obsessed with researching the city and its history of corruption—and looking for a way to take the assistant chief down. While visiting his feisty adoptive mother Champ, Andy meets a mysterious woman—and following her trail leads him into the true story of...

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation by Erica Ruth Neubauer I read. A lot. I had that personal reading challenge to finish up, and a lot of catching up to do from the last few months of retail purgatory. Since it was the holidays I was definitely feeling nostalgic—all I found myself craving were old movies and a slew of period novels. Luckily for me and my whimsy, there are a number of excellent historical novels both newly released and coming soon. I recommend each and every one of these: JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye Putnam March 2016 Hand to my heart, this book positively made me swoon. I will be forcing copies into the hands of every...

THE ALEXANDER BRASS MYSTERY SERIES reviewed

TOO SOON DEAD and THE GIRLS IN THE HIGH-HEELED SHOES: THE ALEXANDER BRASS MYSTERY SERIES By Michael Kurland Titan Books It seems that the era of the 1930’s is gaining in popularity in the mystery world, and if that particular time period flips your skirt, then the Alexander Brass series is one to add to your wish list post-haste. Alexander Brass is a columnist with an office in the New York World newspaper, although he is syndicated across the country. And his particular brand of journalism is bringing the gossip and glamour of New York City to life for his readers. He’s a shrewd newspaperman, and a smart investigator with a vocabulary to...

False Positive by Andrew Grant Reviewed

FALSE POSITIVE Andrew Grant December 2015 Ballantine Books Detective Cooper Devereaux can’t seem to stay off the suspension list—one thing after another just seems to land him hot water. But when a young boy named Ethan goes missing from his bed, Devereaux’s boss has no choice but to pull Devereaux from his latest time out to work the case. Ethan is an orphan who was adopted by a rich family and Devereaux along with his new partner Jan Loflin—herself just back from some time off after a stint in vice—immediately start looking into the family. It becomes quickly apparent, however, that there is a larger pattern to young Ethan’s...

THE CHILD GARDEN by Catriona McPherson Reviewed

THE CHILD GARDEN Catriona McPherson September 2015 Midnight Ink Have you read Catriona McPherson yet? Oh man, are you missing out if you haven’t. Her Dandy Gilver historical series is nothing short of delightful and her award-winning standalones are simply breathtaking. In her latest standalone THE CHILD GARDEN, Gloria is quietly living her life in a sleepy Scottish village. Every day she visits her disabled son who lives in a nearby home. Her boy is a roommate with the elderly woman whose home Gloria is living in and caring for. One rainy night changes everything. Gloria nearly collides with another car—only to find that it’s an old school...