This definitely invites you to read the next Jance book. One of the most boring, pedestrian books I've ever read. Amounted to little more than a boring dinner story by a family member who blathers on with the most mundane of details.
I love this series. It always hooks me and I can't put it down. Can't wait to start on the next one.
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Paradise Lost Written by: J. Breach of Duty A J. Beaumont Novel Written by: J. Until Proven Guilty J. Beaumont Series, Book 1 Written by: J. Publisher's Summary In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn.
Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her -- or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Misguidedly known around town as the "Angel of Death," Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as an advocate for unidentified patients.
To her burn patient, she is a savior.
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But to this Jane Doe's would-be killer, Sister Anselm's efforts pose a serious threat. Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman's identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job.
Faced with the possibility of putting all three of their lives in jeopardy, Ali fearlessly pursues justice -- and what she discovers is a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined. Narrator: Who Moved My Cheese? Clawback Deadly Stakes. What members say. No reviews are available. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Jean She was simple, affectionate, and caring, and loved her children dearly. The child in him sees her before him as a pretty young woman with fair skin, brown hair, and large brown eyes.
She stands by his bed; she is neither too tall nor too short and neither too slim nor too heavy, but she is mysterious. Though his mother probably never knew it, she has had an immense impact on his life that continues with him until this moment of certain hallucination.
He becomes fully awake. It is a. He gets up and decides to make a cup of espresso forte. After breaking a couple of coffee cups, spilling coffee all over his kitchen counter and floor, and mumbling a few expletives, he cleans up. Now he is calm; now he will taste the fruit of his coffee-making adventure; he places the cup on his desk and starts to write. I was tormented by Egyptian hypocrisy. He hears the voice of his mother; during his childhood she always read to him in bed before he went to sleep.
Now she reads from the Bible. In both her wisdom and lack of awareness, she reads from the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelations. This exposure to apocalyptic writing at a very young age has had a profound effect on him. Being imaginative, and in this phantasmagoric state, he now experiences the same fright he experienced as a child. He returns to bed and suddenly falls asleep but is soon awoken by one of his many epileptic seizures.
His body shakes uncontrollably, and his tremors seem to have a mind of their own. As his attack gradually dissipates, he thinks of the savagery of God and questions why a peaceful God would be so cruel and nasty. These thoughts make him feel even more terrified. He kept this a secret because he had no idea how his mother, siblings, or Zakia would react. He remembers that he often went to Zakia, who was a Muslim, and asked her to hold him. She would oblige, and he would feel protected, even from that savage God. He gets out of bed. He makes another cup of espresso forte and sits at his desk, thinking.
Again he writes.
This phase simply shaped my feelings about whether God does indeed exist. In this late-empire tale of Cold War espionage, Marie Mitchell, a young African-American woman, stymied in her career for the FBI by institutional prejudice and misogyny, is finally given a chance to advance in the organization through joining a shadowy task force aimed at undermining trust in the left-leaning president of Burkina Faso. As Marie finds herself sympathizing more with her targets than her bosses, she must make a choice between loyalty to her nation, or to her heart.
From Gary Phillips, whose impressive oeuvre includes novels, graphic novels, anthologies, and everything else under the sun, comes a new tale of two comic book artists in New York City who are pulled into two respective wormholes when one has his creation stolen, and the other is recruited by the FBI to illustrate propaganda aimed at Black audiences.
When another comic book artist of color is brutally attacked by police, individual threads intertwine in this Cold War tale of loyalty, solidarity, resistance, and surveillance. Corry once again draws on her experience working in a high-security prison for her third thriller. Parallel stories are narrated by Vicki, an aromatherapist and admitted unreliable narrator whose ex-husband has gone missing; and by Scarlet, an 8-year-old girl whose mother is an addict and forces her to mule drugs.
Corry expertly weaves these stories together in unexpected and clever ways. Bellini and the Sphinx is the American debut for the wildly popular Sao Paulo-based crime series written by Bellotto, the celebrated Brazilian guitarist and writer. Yrsa Sigurdardottir, The Reckoning Minotaur. Sure to be another excellent chiller from the queen of Icelandic crime writing! Rivals want to entice her to go to war and she is determined to protect her family, keeping them safe from her world of dealers and violence.
Will Lola be able to keep her two worlds separate, or are they doomed to collide? Hugo Marston, head of security for the US Embassy in Paris, must solve a murder at an art exhibit full of sculptures made from books, which is really all anyone ever wanted from a Paris-set mystery. The novel begins when an injured woman emerges from the ancient forest with no memory of how she got there, and continues as she investigates not only the small community in which she was found, but her own past.
What happens when your fiercest friend becomes your worst enemy? In this slow-burn psychological thriller of past traumas come back to haunt the present, a woman leading a retiring life in a quiet, small village finds herself immersed in painful childhood memories when her old music teacher, who molested many of his students, comes to visit. A haunting meditation on trauma, secrets, and long-overdue retribution.
In The Overnight Kidnapper , Montalbano is faced with a vexing mystery after a number of women are kidnapped and held overnight, then released under strange circumstances. Warren and Flora Dane are back in a new thriller about lingering evil and the need for closure that can never quite be achieved, as a strange new murder case stirs up old troubles. Gardner is a staple of the thriller scene, with each new installment a cause for excitement and feverish reading.
The Hiding Place is a thriller in every sense of the word and promises plenty of lingering trauma, intricate vengeance schemes, and one heart-pounding turn after another. The second in what will hopefully be a long-running series featuring Detective Inspector Adam Fawley of the Oxford police, In the Dark promises to be just as engrossing and complex as her previous book, Close to Home.
While Home was a sharp take on the increasingly common missing child thriller, Dark reckons with discovering how dangerously little we know about our neighbors. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is back on the case with a new investigation, this time into two mysteriously connected deaths, one on a country lane, the other in you guessed it the moorland.
Robinson is just about synonymous with Yorkshire crime fiction at this point, with a bevy of readers eagerly awaiting their next journey alongside DS Banks into the wild and surprisingly murderous English countryside. Hannah is a modern-day queen of suspense and just about anything she writes is sure to leave your spine tingling. In The Next to Die , a serial killer is marking his victims by presenting them with cryptic books, and a standup comedian finds herself with one of those very books, presumably next in line for the slaughter. Hannah moves the action along but always knows just where to linger as the terror settles in and spreads across every facet of the story.
In Last Night , her NYPD detective explores the world of Brighton Beach, an old Russian stronghold, but in this case, cross-cultural identity and privileges complicate matters. Ellis takes a balanced, penetrating look at trauma and the lasting impact of crime. This hipster mystery hipstery? What happened to Edie is connected with a secret one or more of her friends has been hiding.
This is a fever dream of a novel, a portrait of a hypocritical, oppressive society and the strained, uncanny lives of its citizens. Michele W. Parks continues to bring us hard-boiled fiction set in Glasgow in the s, a town and setting that should get the noir fan sitting up straight in anticipation of some of the most brutal and beautiful prose around. In in Belfast, Jean McConville was brutally abducted from her home and children in one of the most horrifying incidents of The Troubles; her remains would not be found for over thirty years.
In the meantime, though her attack was an open secret, nobody would come forward to authorities with information about the culprits. New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe frames this penetrating study of The Troubles and the aftermath with an in-depth look at the McConville case. Long overdue answers are unearthed in the dogged investigation, but a bigger perspective is also presented: through interviews and archival work, Radden Keefe brings readers to the very heart of the trauma, to the atrocities committed on both sides, and to the very human cost.
Early spring brings us a new Donna Leon novel once again, this one the twenty-eighth in the ever popular, ever enjoyable Commissario Guido Brunetti series. This time, the Commissario is being asked to take on an investigation of a more personal nature, when an elderly and aristocratic family friend states his intention to adopt a young man of mysterious origins and to make him his heir.
Family and professional duties intersect as a murder investigation also unfolds; and of course Venice is always at its most beguiling and enchanting when seen through the lens of a Leon mystery. Russell is always sharp with the procedural aspects of crime, but here he branches out into some memorably haunting atmospherics. With this follow-up to the debut, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions , Giordano looks to cement the series starring Auntie Poldi, retiree, wine aficionado, a woman of honor with a nose for mystery and an appreciation for the many delights of the Sicilian countryside.
The Auntie Pold mysteries offer up plenty of great armchair traveling and detection, bringing a strong note of the sensual back to the southern European mystery. Anna Smith is a longtime reporter turning to crime fiction in a big way, with this high-octane, finely observed thriller. Typical to Parks work, this one will keep readers gripped from the first page and promises plenty of heart-pounding action and a few bad guys taught the hard ways of justice.
American Mystery Classics continues to turn up lost gems and authors for mystery lovers to re-discover. Armstrong was herself an accomplished playwright and is an informed, witty guide to a fascinating subculture. In this extremely French take on gentrification, land fraud, and other capitalist schemes, a real estate developer is cast into the sea in a depressed northern town after his plans to revitalize the area with a gleaming new seaside resort fail to come to fruition.