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Wilde Lake: A Novel by Laura Lippman (Review #2)

Reviewed by Laurie Weatherlow

Wilde LakeThe Brant family are like Royalty in Columbia, Maryland in the early 1970’s. Andrew Jackson Brant is a state attorney who became “famous” when he tried a murder case and won without the presence of a body. He is raising two children on his own in the newly formed town of Columbia on Wilde Lake. His son AJ was eight when his daughter Luisa (Lu) was born and seven days later his wife Adele died. He relies on his housekeeper, Teensy, to perform the role of mother and homemaker.

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AJ Brant is a shining light in his high school. When he was eighteen there was an accident on the night he graduated from high school. He escaped with a broken arm, but another man lost his life. Was he innocent or guilty? Did his father’s name save him and his friends from further inquiry?

We fast forward to 2015 and Lu Brant has just been elected the first female state’s attorney of Howard County Maryland. She has recently been widowed with twins to care for. Lu returns home to Wilde Lake in Columbia to live with her father and Teensy who help care for the twins while she works. Her first case as state attorney is a murder where a woman is beaten to death in her apartment and a homeless man is accused. There are few murders in Hamilton County and Lou is eager to show her worth and prosecute him. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cold Kiss by John Rector

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Cold Kiss“We were the only ones inside except for a man whispering into a pay phone on the other side of the lunch counter. I don’t think we would’ve noticed him at all if it wasn’t for his cough. The sound, wet and choking, was hard to ignore. I did my best. Sarah didn’t.”

Sometimes running away seems like your only choices within minutes. What would you do if you saw an older man who was coughing and having difficulty breathing? Most of us would choose to ignore him. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

The Tilting House by Tom LlewellynWhen I was a young child, I loved to read mystery books like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Well, The Tilting House would have fit right in with these great books.

The real estate agent showed the Peshik Family a house on 1418 North Holly Street. The house was the cheapest in the neighborhood and also the largest. Why was it so cheap?

Once inside the house, the family was in for many surprises. Brothers Josh and Aaron could not believe their eyes when they saw certain things about the house. Their father was very taken with the house. He was really intrigued with what he saw on the walls. Words, numbers, diagrams and drawings were scribbled in pen and pencil all over the walls, railings and most of the floor. What did all of these symbols mean? Well, the father would not think of painting over all of this. He considered it to be a work of art. Read the rest of this entry »