Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton ...

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton Viking (240 pages) April 14, 2015 Summer has returned to the tiny English village of Finch, and while Lori Shepherd should be enjoying the sunny countryside with her new baby daughter—or at the very least preparing for a visit from her husband’s odious aunts—she can’t help but obsess about Finch’s real estate crisis. Sure, it’s only two empty cottages, but Lori’s positive their continued vacancy is the result of a nefarious plot. Mind you, she has no idea who’s the architect of said plot or what it entails, but she’s determined to get to the bottom of the matter and save her beloved village...

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP by Kristi Belcamino rev...

Blessed Are Those Who Weep by Kristi Belcamino Harper Collins April 7th, 2015 Blessed Are Those Who Weep by Kristi Belcamino is an excellent crime novel. From the very first page readers are grabbed with the storyline. The theme is very relevant to real-life since it concentrates on when to let go. There are multiple sub-plots that center around obsession: a killer obsessed with obtaining his form of justice, and the main character obsessed with her personal life. The book opens with San Francisco Bay Area reporter Gabriella Giovanni stumbling onto a horrific crime scene with only one survivor, a baby girl. After experiencing this butchery...

COMPULSION by Allison Brennan reviewed

Compulsion by Allison Brennan Max Revere Series #2 April 7th, 2015 St. Martins Press Compulsion by Allison Brennan is the second of the series. Its main character is investigative reporter Maxine (Max) Revere who believes the truth will always set someone free. With each book readers get to know more of the backstory on Max and her supporting cast. Any mystery fan will enjoy Brennan’s mixing of Max’s prior cases and early life with the surrounding facts concerning the current case. Because of her connections and TV news show, “Maximum Exposure,” she is able to get an exclusive interview with an accused serial killer, Adam Bachman who has...

Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay Reviewed

Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay Cupcake Bakery Mystery #7 Berkley Prime Crime April 7, 2015 The owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes – Melanie Cooper, Angie DeLaura, and Tate Harper – figure donning costumes and hawking their wares at Scottsdale’s first annual zombie walk is a great way to have some fun while turning a profit. But when a dead body resembling Angie is dumped in front of the bakery’s food truck, fun quickly turns to fear. Could the likeness and location be a coincidence? Is somebody trying to send Angie a message? Was Angie the intended target? Only the killer knows for sure… If you’re a fan of Jenn McKinlay’s Cupcake...

ONE MILE UNDER by Andrew Gross

One Mile Under Andrew Gross Harper Collins April 7, 2015 One Mile Under by Andrew Gross is a thriller and mystery all rolled into one with the long-awaited return of Ty Hauck. On the surface it is a murder mystery, a “who done it,” but there is also the interesting aspects of energy independence. The plot will remind readers of Old West stories when farmers battled over land rights. As with most of Gross’ books there is the feature of how someone’s life can change in a brief moment. The plot pits farmers against an energy company supporting fracking that needs the town’s water rights. But there is more to this struggle when Colorado...

FALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon

FALLING IN LOVE Donna Leon April 2015 Atlantic Monthly Press All the characters Leon’s many readers have learned to love are back in her latest novel featuring Comissario Brunetti. Guido Brunetti himself, of course; his wife and children; Inspector Vianello; and Signorina Elettra. And the city of Venice itself, increasingly beset by the stress and strain of hordes of tourists, yet retaining all its allure and sense of home for those who live and work there. Flavia Petrelli has returned to Venice – readers of the earlier books in this series will remember her – a soprano often in demand for performances at La Fenice,...