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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 »
Sometimes everyone just needs to get away. That is exactly what Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas from Tyndal were thinking when they decided to pursue a pilgrimage to a nearby priory to worship at their holy relics. Looking for peace and personal repentance the two were not planning on a death immediately after their arrival. Also, they discovered that they were not really welcomed here and this particular priory was not friendly or charitable.
A young nun died from her fall from a bell tower Was she pushed or did she jump? Rumors in the town are speaking about a possible affair, a lover who was meeting with her in the tower. Unfortunately, this particular priory tends to believe the worse with this dead nun. Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas do not accept this conclusion with no evidence and begin to question those closest to the priory. The poor are discarded and have few rights in this community and the two do whatever they can to help others. 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 »
Griffin Hammersmith, FBI special agent, is on his way to Washington, D.C. which is to be his new FBI home. On the way he decides to stop off in Virginia to visit his sister, Delsey, who is a student at the Stanislaus School of Music. That stop off and visit takes Griffin on quite a journey.
To begin with Delsey had returned to her apartment from a party with some of the professors and students at school. She had had too much to drink or something and after going into her apartment she sees a bloody body in her bathtub. However before she can do much except utter a terrified scream someone hits her in the head. She is found later with a very bad head wound and suffering from a concussion and its effects. But there is no one in the bathtub!
With that as a beginning, Coulter takes readers on quite an active journey back and forth between Maestro, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The reason for the addition of D.C. besides it being Griffin’s final destination is that a young boy was found nude and dead lying at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. It looked as though he had died from being dropped a good distance but there does not appear any way for that to have happened in the location where his body lies. Read the rest of this entry »
“But if you believe in love, then you believe in God.”
In 1974, Ethiopia was experiencing a civil war resulting in the death of the last member of their royal family descended from King Solomon and Queen Sheba. This historic and biblical lineage ended a three thousand year reign.
Unfortunately, there were not just two sides in this battle but many with support from both Great Britain, Italy, and local tribal factions.
Two reporters Frank Purcell and Henry Mercado along with a photographer Vivian Smith were searching for a shelter in this vast savannah to rest for the night. Riding through this rugged and dangerous country in a jeep was not always safe or easy. They found a relatively safe spot at an ancient mineral spa with Roman baths.
The three watched nearby illuminating skies from the nearby fighting, their plan was to report to the victors, whoever they might be, in the morning until they saw a man in front of them, holding a skull. Quickly they approached the elderly man who immediately wanted water. They were reluctant to give him any since he was obviously wounded in his abdomen. Water and food often is the worse thing for anyone with an abdomen injury. Read the rest of this entry »
Cut To the Bone is the newest chapter in the story of Dr. Bill Brockton and his work as a forensic specialist out of the Body Farm. Dr. Brockton in actuality is the fictional counterpart of Jefferson Bass who began the Body Farm in the Knoxville, Tennessee in the real world. The farm was an offshoot of his work in the Anthropology Department of the University of Tennessee. He has worked and still works with various police units as they try to solve mysteries that have dead bodies or skeletons involved. Bass was often chided early on for not being able to be more accurate in placing the time of death in many of these cases of found bodies/skeletons.
He discovered that one of his biggest allies in being more accurate was studying the sizes and lifespans of the various flies or maggots that devoured most of the body’s materials after death. After realizing how important those little bugs were in his profession he convinced the university to allot him some ground and he then began accumulating corpses from around the area that were unidentifiable. By placing them in his “farm” he and his assistants would watch the decomposition and create timetables from the work of the flies. Read the rest of this entry »
Steven Gore is a former private investigator and his thrillers draw from that knowledge. His investigations of murder, fraud and money laundering play a role in his thrillers. He is a forensic scientist and was featured on 60 Minutes.
Mark Hamlin is constantly involved in one racket after another until he turns up dead. He has been an attorney for the last 30 years and is known as a terrible person who has laughed at the courts. He intimidated witnesses, committed perjury and money laundering. Has he been murdered or is it been a sexual encounter gone terribly wrong? Read the rest of this entry »
Ryan Sterling’s boyfriend of several years has left her with no explanation at all. Ryan’s heart is broken and just as she’s thinking of making a change in her life to try to deal with the loss, her family contacts her to tell her that her beloved Aunt is gravely ill. Even though Ryan hasn’t been home in years or had any contact with her family she feels she must return home to be at her aunt’s side.
Ryan immediately returns to Goodson Hollow to be at her aunt’s side at St. Michael’s Hospital. While visiting her Aunt, Ryan begins to notice strange things and noises at the hospital. The ninth floor was shut off to the public and staff numerous years ago and is rumored to be haunted. Ryan initially discounts the rumors and believes they are the work of overactive imaginations. However as nurses begin to die and strange occurrences continue to happen Ryan begins to wonder if the rumors are true. Read the rest of this entry »
Baptism begins at 12:04 AM at a religious retreat with the death of one of the Brothers. Three of the guilty people, two of which are religious fanatics, leave the retreat for London with a plan for what they think will be an enormous Baptism. The first step is to kidnap an underground subway driver along with his entire family. Read the rest of this entry »