Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category
This is Don Bruns’s seventh in his Stuff series that has the young private investigators in the starring roles. The series is so well written that you don’t need to read it in any order and they don’t spend countless pages trying to get you up to date.
James Lessor and Skip Moore are best friends who are private investigators who sometimes end up in the thick of it. Skip’s girlfriend, Emily, assists with the investigations and helps the guys solve the case. Emily comes from a family with quite a bit of money and James and Skip are usually broke so she helps with the financial end. Emily will drive her car that is much more dependable than either of cars the guys own, or she will use her credit card to pay for some things that are needed for the investigation; but the three of them do make a pretty good private investigative team and have quite a bit of fun doing it. Read the rest of this entry »
Does it make a difference if a lawyer knows whether or not his client is guilty? Their job is to defend the person to the best of their ability. Lawyers normally defend criminals who they know and believe are guilty? What if they truly believe the person is innocent even if circumstances make the defendant look guilty?
Cal Clayton has this problem. He has agreed to represent Danny Baxter, known to his friends as Picasso. Danny’s mother disappeared eight years ago when he was just twelve. He would like Cal to investigate this cold case and he claims that he can even pay for the services.
Danny has dyed black spiky hair, a ring in his eyebrow and lip, a tattoo of a snake around his neck, tattoos on his arms and is homeless. How will he pay? Read the rest of this entry »
Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg was first introduced to readers in The Boy In The Suitcase. Nina takes her job very seriously and her commitment to her work has interfered with her relationship with her husband and children.
The book skips back and forth between Nina’s present day time and the story of two young women growing up in Stalinist Ukraine in 1934, the time of the terrible famine. The story of the two young girls growing up during the famine is one that keeps the reader fascinated.
Nina currently is working at the Coal House Camp for Refugees and has taken a special interest in an eight-year-old girl asthmatic whose name is Rina. Rina’s Ukrainian mother, Natasha Doroshenko, has been arrested for murdering her Danish fiancée. Natasha is no stranger to murder. Natasha’s first husband was murdered three years early in Kiev. Read the rest of this entry »
The man was more than dead. Because he was living in a retirement community, it was likely that
he would eventually succumb to death naturally. However, this was unquestionably, overkill.
His throat was cut and his head was smashed. Also, there was a bullet hole in his jacket, a knife in his back, and a nylon cord wrapped tightly around his neck. Which method really killed him? Strangely, his toes had been freshly manicured and painted, even the ingrown ones. Is this a murderer who is a pedicurist?
For the victim, Perculator Rasmussen, he was hanged, banged, and stabbed. Yes, he wasn’t well-liked, but no one deserves this much death.
Also living at this facility are the three surviving Boob Girls, the Burned Out Old Broads at Table 12, who have experience as amateur detectives, much to the chagrin of local law enforcement. They do believe in doing the right thing even when others don’t. Read the rest of this entry »
Leigh Girard, Door County Gazette reporter, is writing an article on the Bayside Theater for their 65th Anniversary. Bayside Theater is Door County’s professional residential theater. The current owners are trying to raise funds to build a new indoor theater. As part of the fund raising efforts, two well known actors are returning to perform this season. One is a renowned stage actor, Julian Finch and the other is Hollywood’s reformed bad boy, Nate Ryan. Both actors appeared with Danielle Moyer who was a local actress.
Twenty-three years earlier Danielle vanished and her body was never found and no one seems to know what happened to her. The return of Julian Finch and Nate Ryan revive the mystery of Danielle’s disappearance and soon strange incidents begin plaguing the theater. Read the rest of this entry »
There may be in the cup
A spider steeped, and one may drink, depart,
And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge
Is not infected; but if one present
The abhorred ingredient to his eye, make known
How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides,
With violent hefts. I have drunk, and seen the spider!
Shakespeare had phenomenal insights into people. If there is a poisonous spider in a cup and you drink it, chances are you will be fine if you don’t realize what has actually happened. However, if you drink the spider and know it, usually you will become ill.
In the year of 1933 along the Thames River, an eclectic group of adult explorers was scouring the beaches. As a group they frequently search for metal. Leading this hardy band is a woman who is known as a gifted dowser. Rather than searching for water, this group was looking for metals with a dowsing stick made of hickory. The stick seemed to be almost possessed as it was pointing strongly to a particular spot along the beach that would soon be covered with water once the tide came in. Quickly the group stated to dig only to slowly unearth the body of a young woman who is missing her big toe. Intrigued and realizing that this spot would soon be covered with water, they continued to dig out her body while also informing the local law enforcement officers. Then they noticed something unusual. There was something in her mouth. What would an ancient Roman coin being doing in the mouth of a young woman? Read the rest of this entry »
Kate Krause was a very happy bride as she traveled with her husband, Joe, to her new home in Braxton County, Iowa. Kate and Joe met online but Kate felt that they were just right for each other. Kate’s widowed mother had passed away and her grandparents raised Kate. Her grandmother complained endlessly and Kate’s life was not a happy one.
When the new couple arrived at Joe’s farm, a woman that Kate first mistook for a housekeeper met Joe and Kate at the door. The woman was Trudy Krause, Joe’s mother. Joe explained that he didn’t tell Kate about Trudy because Trudy was to have moved to a retirement home prior to the couple’s homecoming but there was some problems at the home and her room would not be ready for weeks.
Kate soon found that life was not going to be as she pictured it. The farm was in bad financial shape and Kate’s savings were used to pay some of the debts but it wasn’t enough. Joe would not agree to let Kate help him with the management of the farm even though Kate had proven to be an excellent money manager. Plans for Trudy’s move to a retirement home did not materialize. Read the rest of this entry »
Building the largest dam in the world was a daunting task even for an immense nation like China. The creation of this humongous structure also involved the massive relocation of entire villages that were in the path as well as the permanent loss of any archeological artifacts that would be forever buried under tons of water. As with many massive dig sites, certain ancient objects mysteriously were not catalogued and disappeared to private vendors usually ending up at auction sites or private sales.
Liu Hulan is an Inspector in China’s Ministry of Public Security and her former husband, David Stand. Their relationship suffered after the devastating loss of their daughter who died of meningitis. This loss coupled with their own personal guilt and insecurities caused this loving couple to split. However, even after five years, those around these two knew that they continued to have strong loving feelings for each other. Could working together rekindle their relationship?
David continued to live in China as an attorney from the United States solving problems for those who need assistance in the bureaucratic systems within and between the two nations. Liu Hulan and David have both been assigned the task of investigating the death of an American archeologist whose body was found downstream, severely beaten and decayed from a long river journey along one of the many construction sites along the soon to be built dam. Was he beaten before he died or did the river do the brutal damage to his body? Was it suicide, an accident, or murder? Read the rest of this entry »
Bess Crawford’s father was a colonel stationed in India. A Question of Honor begins with a prologue that gives the reader background information about the family’s time there.
Even though the time in India was a happy time for the family, something happened that tarnished the reputation of Colonel Crawford’s regiment. One of the officers who Colonel Crawford had trained is a murderer. His name is Lt. Wade. He killed five people and was never brought to trial. Everyone believed that Lt. Wade had died in the mountains.
Now, ten years later, Bess is still working as a nurse in the front lines. Bess then learned from a dying Sgt. that Lt. Wade is still alive. Bess is determined to find Lt. Wade to try and figure out what made this man a killer.
Bess used her leave to investigate. She has a very personal agenda of her own. She wanted to be able to help clear the damaged reputation of her father’s regiment.
Will Bess Crawford be able to solve this case? Read the rest of this entry »
Goldy and her friend, Holly, had been friends for many years. Holly died immediately after a party Goldy had catered. Could it have been from something Holly ate? The death was blamed on a medication overdose but Goldy wants to make sure and feels she owes it to her friend to investigate.
Holly and Goldy belonged to a group, Amour Anonymous, which consisted of emotionally and often physically battered wives. Goldy looked back at her notes that she had taken during some of the sessions of Amour Anonyous and began to wonder about some of the secrets involving Holly and some of the other members.
A woman who looks like Goldy is stabbed and then Goldy is attacked outside her home. It now appears certain that Goldy is starting to get too close to where someone does not want her to be. Read the rest of this entry »