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Friday Finds (September 26)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS

Despite life being extremely hectic over the last couple of weeks I have still managed to acquire a few more good looking reads!

From NetGalley I have a copy of Hide and Seek by Amy Bird

Hide and Seek

Blurb

Nobody’s life is ever perfect. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But the life which Will and Ellie Spears have built together is as perfect as it’s possible to be.
Until one day something is let slip. A discovery is made. And all of a sudden Ellie and Will’s life falls down, as acceptance gives way to an obsessive search for answers. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But sometimes the truth is much more dangerous. NetGalley

I was kindly given a copy of Murder She Floats by Stephen Kaminski after I read and reviewed Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk by the same author.

Murder She Floats

Blurb

A suicide note found in a locked room. A shard of glass buried in a scoop of whipped potatoes. A pickle jar filled with poisonous spiders. Precious jewels yanked off of a woman’s neck but left at her feet. It’s just a week in the life of Damon Lassard when he boards The Vitamin of the Seas with his charismatic mother for a ‘relaxing’ Caribbean cruise.
After Damon’s acerbic dining companion is found floating alongside the ship and local police rule the death a suicide, the loveable amateur sleuth is left to find the killer himself. He encounters seductive sirens, cunning con artists, and fascinating family members en route to solving not only the murder but a handful of clever capers as well. Goodreads

and I also successfully begged for a copy of Good Girls Don’t Die by Isabelle Grey after enjoying both the author’s previous books Out of Sight and The Bad Mother.
Good Girls Don't Die

Blurb

You’d know if someone close to you was capable of lethal violence, right?
Dead wrong.
Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex.
One female student is missing, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news.
Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?
With another victim, and under siege by the media, the murder enquiry hits a dead end. The review team brought in to shake things up is headed by Grace’s old DCI. Who is going to listen to her now. Goodreads

Finally after reading several good reviews of the Amy Lane Mysteries I bagged myself a bargain kindle copy of the first in the series, Binary Witness by Rosie Claverton

Binary Witness
Blurb

Police detectives rely on Amy Lane to track the digital debris of their most elusive criminals—when she’s not in the throes of a panic attack. After two students disappear in Cardiff, Amy uncovers photographic evidence that they’ve been murdered. From the safety of her computer, she looks through the city’s digital eyes to trace the steps of a killer.
Amy’s investigation requires footwork, however, and the agoraphobic genius can’t hack it alone. She turns to her newly-hired cleaner, ex-con Jason Carr. Jason is fascinated by both Amy and the work, and can’t refuse even when she sends him into situations that risk returning him to prison.
The killer strikes again and again, and Amy and Jason are the only investigators closing in on him. But Amy’s psyche is cracking under the strain, and Jason’s past is catching up with him. To stop the next murder, they must hold their unconventional partnership together at any cost. Amazon

What have you found to read this week?

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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

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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

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Friday Finds (September 13)

Friday FindsFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

The first book on my list is Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise which was recommended by Amazon and was an instant must have.  Some of you may have read my Monday Musings where I talk about my love of social history, this fits right in with that.  It is due to be published in paperback (for some reason although I love my kindle I prefer my non-fiction books to be ‘real books’)

Inconvenient People

My next Friday Find is appealing for the title Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk by Stephen Kaminski. I read an interview and review on Kate Eileen Shannon’s Blog http://kateeileenshannon.com/2013/09/10/dont-cry-over-killed-milk-a-damon-lassard-dabbling-detective-mystery/ and added it to my TBR. As it is currently under £2 on Amazon I think this may be a purchase very soon.

Don't Cry Over Killed Milk

Having just finished one excellent psychological thriller (Until You’re Mine) another one has caught my eye
Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever. They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another’s spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the TV career, the flat and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Clara vanishes. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?
Amazon

Precious Thing
Review from http://ireadnovels.wordpress.com

I came across my last book for this week’s Friday Finds on Goodreads – I have never read any Beryl Bainbridge so I will start with her first novel Harriet Says…

Pretty, malevolent Harriet finally arrives – and over the course of the long holidays draws her friend into a scheme to beguile then humiliate the Tsar, with disastrous, shocking consequences. A gripping portrayal of adolescent transgression, Beryl Bainbridge’s classic first novel remains as subversive today as when it was written.

Harriet Said