Tequila Key is just like any other small town, and I'm just like any other small town psychic. Scratch that. Tequila Key is a world onto itself and some people might think that I am one crayon short of the box. And, if we're being totally honest, Tequila Key is just like any other small town - if that town boasts a voodoo priestess and a few white witches for flavor. Turquoise blue water and the best margaritas this side of Mexico make it hard to leave.
whispersync, supernatural, women-sleuths, cozy-mystery, Florida-keys, friendship -----
Fun read with memorable characters who truly are. Set in the Florida Keys, it feels like a daylight version of NOLA with its assortment of psychics and witches. The publisher's blurb gives hints but doesn't convey the fun and humor. A good read!
Amy Melissa Bentley has the perky down perfectly.
The once-charismatic Billy Maples was last seen in a club named Dust, before his murder in a trendy London hotel. Proving as inscrutable - and challenging - to Jury as the case is the beautiful chief inspecting officer. Before his death, Maples was a patron of London's finest art galleries and caretaker of author Henry James' house in Rye. It's there where Jury installs Melrose Plant, who takes his job to heart, as Jury closes in on the dark secrets behind Maples' friends and family.
law-enforcement, murder-investigation, British-detective -----
There may be only one murder investigation, but it's still as convoluted as ever. Plant gets to emulate Henry James in order to investigate part of the victim's life, Jury is ambushed by a barracuda, and World War 2 history invades the present. A very busy book which needs a second reading to catch up with the nuances hiding clues. A good read.
Playing fast and loose with the Order's rules has finally caught up with me. Sentenced to hunt down a cagey insurgent known as the Death Mage, I'm not feeling overly optimistic. Wizards with far more experience have tried and, well...died. But overmatched or not, I want this assignment. The Death Mage killed my mother - he might also be my father.
urban-fantasy, madness, mage, magic, action-adventure, suspense, fantasy, family-dynamics -----
Wow! What a ride! The death mage twists Croft's perception of reality so that he has to doubt everything he's ever known. The essence of evil also invades Manhattan and the populace goes crazy with rioting without purpose. Croft is taken to unfamiliar realms and fights some of the most disgusting creatures ever encountered. Fast paced and fascinating! Had to just keep reading until finished.
Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the 42nd floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’ death was accidental - a direct result of vertigo - but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.
One suspicious death 22 years ago, another 17 years ago, and two murders five days apart. And then there's the dog. But Wiggins and Jury would never have solved the mess if it weren't for Alfred Hitchcock. The publisher's blurb gives clues but can't help untangle the mess. Be prepared for awful puns.
In The Blue Last, Richard Jury finally faces the last thing in the world he wants to deal with - the war that killed his mother, his father, his childhood. Mickey Haggerty, a DCI with the London City police, has asked for Jury's help. Two skeletons have been unearthed in the City during the excavation of London's last bombsite, where once a pub stood called the The Blue Last. Mickey believes that a child who survived the bombing has been posing for over 50 years as a child who didn't.
law-enforcement, murder, investigation, family-dynamics-----
The only trouble with reading this series out of order is that you wind up hunting for the one where a particular character is introduced, and for me that person is Benny Keagan. Benny is the best kind of street kid, one who is a truly good and resourceful person who knows how to help others. The publisher's blurb covers a lot, and no spoilers here other than to warn you to keep the tissues handy for both sad parts and silly stuff. Worth reading.
Steve West continues to be excellent as narrator.
Is there really a spirit world? And if there is, can those disembodied souls communicate with the living? Can departed love ones speak to family from beyond the grave? These are questions Walt must ponder when a bizarre series of paranormal events lead his friend, Mary, to a treasure hidden away for seventy years, and a family she never knew existed. Walt’s ultimate answer lies in the words of the Professor, “There are still many things beyond the comprehension of mortal man.” A light-hearted look at things that go ‘bump’ in the night.
cozy-mystery, supernatural, support-system, friendship
In medicine and police work there is no such thing as coincidence. This installment is more unorthodox than the others, but that's still a good thing. And we still get a well researched history lesson to boot! The publisher's blurb gives hints, but maybe a subtitle could be Walt Williams and the Series of FORTUNATE Events. A wonderful read, not to be missed!
George Kuch continues to be excellent as narrator.
The sun, smoking behind a haze of cloud, threw off a light of burnished pewter. Mysteriously lit, it was as if the watery, colorless land refused drabness, stood determinedly against dimishment. This is a landscape that can easily deceive, a landscape that volunteers nothing, as if to say, You’re on your own, mate - much like the habitués of the only pub for miles around called The Case Has Altered.
The real murder mystery is well done and does highlight the need for investigators to avoid preconceptions. The real courtroom work is rather good, but the courtroom drama involving Agatha's scam is positively brilliant!
Steve West deserves an award for not losing it in the funny parts!
Gay werewolves in Victorian London? Why yes, yes there are.
Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.
Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after 20 years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.
romance, werewolves, support-system
A beautiful love story of two who have waited a long time to be together. Each has changed some, but Biffy has made the most progress since becoming a werewolf shortly before they were forced to part, though he still feels inadequate as Alpha of the London pack. There are problems to overcome, but Biffy and the Professor are certainly up to the task!
Peter Newman gave a fine audio performance.
The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allen Poe. In his efforts to solve the case, Jury rubs elbows with a delicious and suspicious cast of characters, embarking on a trail that leads to a unique tavern called The Horse You Came in On.
snarky, murder-investigation, Baltimore, law-enforcement, situational-humor, verbal-humor, EAPoe
More overtly funny than most of the series, Jury and Wiggins head to the US for a few days at the behest and expense of an eccentric and marvelous character from one previous book while Plant heads to Baltimore at the frantic call from a friend. They all wind up pooling information at a bar named The Horse You Came In On. The story itself involves academia, Poe, several murders, and possible plagiarism.
Steve West actually gets to snigger on occasion during his narration!
Following a passionate and troubled love affair with a pretty widow named Jane Holdsworth, Jury finds himself, unaccountably, a suspect in a murder investigation. Detained in London, Jury sends his friend Melrose Plant, former Earl of Caverness, to the Holdsworth family's Lake District home to pose as an eccentric librarian. Plant discovers that his catalogue cards contain less data on Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey than they do on tantalizing questions about the Holdsworths: What happened to Crabbe Holdsworth's first wife? What happened to his son, Graham?
Agnosco vestigia flamea, from the Aeneid, I perceive the vestiges of an old flame. Jury goes brain dead over a seriously troubled woman and winds up in deep grief and on suspect list! Melrose Plant goes undercover and finds a weird family with too many suicides in recent memory. Great tale!
This is also narrated ably by Steve West.