Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them - one near Shiprock and the other at iconic Monument Valley.
I've now read the first two Anne Hillerman novels, continuing the characters of her father Tony. Both are engaging tales, well performed by Christina Delaine (get off her back, people!). I've read or listened to all the Tony Hillerman stories and really appreciate how Anne has refreshed the "canon" by shifting the perspective from male to female and bringing the voices and stories of Navajo women more to the forefront.
Imogen Hermes Gower, author of one of the most anticipated novels of 2018, joined us to discuss this, her debut, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. A spellbinding story of curiosity and obsession, it is filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit. Listen to this exclusive interview to find out more about Imogen’s writing process and research strategies and what it was like to see the audiobook being recorded.
At the end of this short interview, the producer says the book is now available for download at Audible. It's not - at least in the U.S. I'm eager to listen to it, after reading a review of the novel in the BBC History Magazine. When will it REALLY be available?
They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.
Love Max's long interlude in a strangely familiar medieval location. The kind of time travelogue stuff all us fans of the Chronicles of St Mary's love. The usual excellent narration and enough heft to give it that BOGO-credit feel.
Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.
I love them all, but this one had more energy than the last, I think, with lots of the little touches that make Virgil books different than Lucas books... folksy bits, small town settings, eccentric (more than bat-dung crazy) characters. And what's this in Frankie's bathroom trash can? I hope the Johns both live long enough for the next one. That's me and the author.
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Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.
Faye is so good at this, she extends the Canon. With Simon Vance at the microphone, I'd defy anyone who didn't know the difference, to tell the difference for most of these adventures.
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Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!
Shades of Harry Harrison with some Pohl and Kornbluth thrown in -- and a dash of early Vonnegut. Plus a great performance by the author.
When DARPA's billion-dollar program to create artificial superintelligence is sabotaged, US operative Cameron Carr is tasked with finding the culprit. He's been on high-stakes missions before, but this time the stakes are nothing less than the future of humanity. Because the race to evolve a superintelligent computer is on, and power players around the world will stop at nothing to get there first.
Make it 3.5 stars. The performance of the book is mediocre but tolerable. The storytelling is clunky with long passages of "author-splaining" that violate the "show don't tell" prime directive. Most irritating is Richards' tendency to to resort to "meanwhile, back at the (name location) here's what you missed" approach to developing his tale. (Not to mention "before this tale began" paragraphs sprinkled throughout.) But while I considered getting my credit back several times, I hung in there and I'm glad I did because the ideas... the "science" in the fiction... are compelling and left me searching out the sources cited by Richards in his afterword to learn more.
About two-thirds of the way through it occurred to me that Richards might have been wise to team with a writer who excels in story development. It was only after I finished the book that I learned that Richards is a "self publisher." He's certainly shown it to be a good business decision but imagine what this book could have been with a skilled story editor involved.
There are some lingering unaddressed questions that would amount to spoilers if explored here, but one has to do with population growth – tunneling and shooting folks off to the stars notwithstanding. Maybe a second book could explore the consequences of Book 1 to life and death on Earth.
When I told my wife the book was fascinating but the writing was awkward (she has a much higher literary standard than I do!) I suggested she might at least listen to the hour-long author's notes at the end. It's valuable stuff, but you have to work pretty hard to get there if you begin at page one.
Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria.
Eisler does his usual excellent job with atmosphere, and here -- in first-person narration -- he manages to relate the false steps and mistakes of the young Rain through the wiser lens of a mature Rain who tells the tale. Eisler's narration of his stories makes them extra special.
Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.
A near-perfect Victorian mystery with an engaging clergyman's widow turned professional detective, working in partnership with her brother, a famed criminal barrister. The familiar cliches of this form are reshaped in interesting ways, thanks to Saunders' creation of a stalwart and introspective heroine. The first person voice works perfectly and Bentinck's performance has me looking for other audiobooks by her. Hoping for more from Mrs. Rodd!
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Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.
This book might divert you from your sunscreen applications at the beach this summer. If a wave catches it, no great loss.
See if you can guess who done it. Guessing you can. See if you can guess how many plot cliches you'll find. Guessing you can't!
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