The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons Reviewed

THE SHORT DROP Matthew Fitzsimmons 2015 Thomas and Mercer This is a hell of a debut. 14-year-old Suzanne Lombard went missing ten years ago, and the media has yet to let it go. But the disappearance that has made Suzanne a national sweetheart is much more personal to Gibson Vaughn. He grew up with Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of a powerful state Senator, and she was like a little sister to him. Her disappearance haunts him still. But when Vaughn is approached by an old enemy to use his hacking skills to look into Suzanne’s disappearance, he is understandably skeptical. What can be gained stirring up old ghosts after 10 years? But new...

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...