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WWW Wednesday (October 30)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading two books which is very unusual for me. My fiction book is Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer click the cover to see my Teaser from yesterday,

Rubbernecker

and Silent Witnesses by Nigel McCrery is my non-fiction read.  This is a fascinating look, using actual cases at the progress of forensic science over the last couple of centuries.

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Blurb

Silent Witnesses looks at the history of forensic science over the last two centuries, during which time a combination of remarkable intuition, painstaking observation and leaps in scientific knowledge have developed this fascinating branch of detection. Throwing open the casebook, it introduces us to such luminaries as ‘The Wizard of Berkeley’ Edward Heinrich, who is credited with having solved over 2000 crimes, and Alphonse Bertillon, the French scientist whose guiding principle ‘no two individuals share the same characteristics’ became the core of identification. Along the way, it takes us to India and Australia, Columbia and China, Russia, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. And it proves that, in order to solve ever more complicated cases, science must always stay one step ahead of the killer. Amazon

I have just finished Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk by Stephen Kaminski, a great cosy mystery which caught my eye because of the great play on words in the title. Click on the cover to read my review.

Don't Cry Over Killed Milk

I plan to read The Moment Keeper by Buffy Andrews next which is due to be published on 1 November 2013 by Carina

The Moment Keeper

Blurb

Our lives are often connected in ways we never would have imagined…
Two babies; two very different upbringings.
First there is Sarah: raised by her loving grandmother, but neglected by her own father who views her as the instrument of her mother’s death. She will lead a hard life, searching to belong and to be loved.
Then there is Olivia, surrounded by love, nurtured and adored by her parents, a golden child with a golden future.
When Sarah’s life is cut tragically short and she is assigned to record the moments of Olivia’s life as her Moment Keeper, their lives become intertwined.
Sarah is able to overcome the heartbreak of her own lost years and Olivia is able to deal with a future that isn’t nearly as golden as what she had planned – or is it? Amazon

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read

Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk – Stephen Kaminski

Mystery 4*'s
Mystery
4*’s

Calling all cosy mystery lovers. Damon Lassard is the male equivalent of Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote. A loveable and excitable 31 year old whose volunteering activities in the local community gives him plenty of time to indulge in his love of mysteries. He has history of helping the police previously but he isn’t universally liked and in this novel he is supposed to be keeping his distance from the official investigation.

Jeremiah Milk hasn’t had the easiest of lives. Born with a congenital deformity his time at school was beset by teasing, staring and bullying until he withdrew into his shell. As an adult he became a park ranger at Tripping Halls State Park. Despite his fears that his deformities would mean that romance wouldn’t feature in his life he marries Kathryn and they have a son so when both die separately on one night Jeremiah is devastated.

What follows is a cosy mystery with a sprinkling of puns (including the one in the title) and some lively characters. Damon Lassard is a likeable and enthusiastic character who is able provide the police with the information they need to solve the crime. All the park rangers are under suspicion although none of them have anything bad to say about Jeremiah. Damon has to dig hard and follow trails to get to the motive. I enjoyed this story, it is about 240 pages long which makes it great for a quick, easy and entertaining read. Even better it is tightly plotted with a motive which is compelling and some great original twists for this mystery.

I first learned about this book by reading Kate Eileen Shannon’s blog when she held a fantastic interview with Stephen Kaminski.  Stephen contacted me and kindly gave me a copy of this book in return for an objective review.

This book is the second in the series; the first is the cleverly named,  It Takes Two to Strangle: A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery,  which I have purchased.  This is a high accolade from me when I consider my TBR but it is long time since I have read such an entertaining yet at the same time thoughtful cosy mystery.

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WWW Wednesday (October 23)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk by Stephen Kaminski

Don't Cry Over Killed Milk

I’ve not long started this one but it’s grabbed my attention, and who can’t fall in love with the play on words?

The latest offering in the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery series from the winner of the 2012 Reader Views Literary Award (Mid-Atlantic region).

Jeremiah Milk lived a life filled with emotional extremes. Amniotic band syndrome—a congenital condition—left his fingers and toes malformed. Ridiculed as a child, he became an adolescent hermit. As an adult, Jeremiah’s wounds healed when he landed a position as a park ranger and married a woman who loved him despite his physical appearance. But fate ripped his life to shreds when his wife and infant son died on the same night in separate calamities. Shortly thereafter, the tides turned once more as an act of Jeremiah’s ostensible benevolence translates into a financial boon. The book on Jeremiah’s life closes without mercy when he’s found murdered at Tripping Falls State Park.

Damon Lassard—Hollydale’s loveable civic leader, amateur sleuth, and Jeremiah’s neighbor—springs into action. He’s obstructed by a prickly lieutenant, but wriggles information unknown to the police from a colorful bevy of suspects. Aided by his best friend Rebecca and his reluctant ally Detective Gerry Sloman, Damon engineers a deep dive into Jeremiah’s past to solve the crime. Along the way, Damon strengthens his relationship with the breathtaking Bethany Krims, cracks a local horticultural mystery, and tries in vain to tame his wickedly sarcastic mother.

I’ve just finished Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Under A Silent Moon

I managed more than a few minutes reading time and got into it for the ending which was seriously scary. I’d love to say my review will be up later but still have books from my holiday to review so may be a few days yet. Click on the cover to go to Goodreads.

My next read is going to be Silent Witnesses by Nigel McCrery

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This arrived while I was away and after Fiction Fan’s review I can’t wait to read all about the history of forensics