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I missed posting my two books received last week, so I am adding them on to this week's post... I received two review books last week:
Boston Scream Pie by Rosemary and Larry Mild. I will be participating in the Omnimystery Blog Tour with an interview of the authors, the week of July 7th. Here's the synopsis:
The roiling blizzard toys with the overweight Chrysler, nudging it into a spin. The momentum leads to impact: a thundering, crunching of metal and glass. Caitlin Neuman awakes from this nightmare, wondering if it might be a harrowing memory-she's the lone survivor of a crash that killed her parents and twin sister years earlier. Or could the nightmare be an eerie insight into some family she's never met? Then again, it might just be a bad dream.
Caitlin engages retired Detective Paco LeSoto to find out the truth. Paco's clever wife, Molly, tags along, uncovering her share of clues. She spouts her own deliciously skewed English, while Paco suspects her "Mollyprops" are clever contrivances. Their investigation takes them to the Boston family, another set of twins, and a string of suspicious deaths.
In a Chesapeake Bay beachside home not far from the Neumans, newlyweds Newton Boston and his blonde bombshell wife, Delylah, grapple with their own family turmoil. Delylah's adult children churn up vicious undercurrents that threaten the entire household. Four deceased husbands lie in Delylah's past. When another family member dies under mysterious circumstances, the clues point to murder. The LeSotos expose the sinister connections. But can they stop yet another killing, bring justice to the culprits and peace to both families?
For Glory by Elisabeth Lee. Ms. Lee was kind enough to send me a copy of her mystery and I am currently working on it for tomorrow's Mystery Mondays review. Here's the synopsis:
"I deal with other people by keeping secrets. Bottom line: I do not like people knowing what I do for a living, how much money I make, my age, or marital status. So I lie, I think of it as acting. All good poker players act. I'm a very good poker player."
Returning to Kansas from San Francisco after the death of her mother Carlyle Hudson encounters two mysteries: one from her mother's past, and one right in front of her. Who is the source of the ominous demands that she Pay Up?
A Deadly Habit by Andrea Sisco. Thank you to Bostick Communications for this ARC. I look forward to reviewing it for a Mystery Mondays review around it's release date, July 17th. Here's the synopsis:
When Pen Santucci was a child, she dreamt of being a nun. She dressed in bed sheets and roller-skated regularly into the confessional of Father Daniel Kopecky. There she bared her soul, fabricating sins only a precocious eight-year-old could invent. As a twenty-seven-year-old woman, she's doing the same thing, sans the roller skates and bed sheets. Only this time, she isn't inventing stories. She's confessing her involvement in a murder; a murder she didn't commit, but one in which she is the most promising suspect. Why? The dead man is her estranged ex-husband who has questionable connections!
Wisecracking, safecracking Pen lures an elderly priest and a young nun into committing felonies on their wild search for the truth. Hardly appropriate behavior for the dedicated probation officer, but while Pen believes in her job, she has little faith in the justice system. Unfortunately, Pen digs herself deeper into trouble and straight into a muddy grave, dragging her sexy attorney in with her. If they ever get out of it alive, he plans to wring her neck himself. That is, if the thugs who are after the money she found, don't get her first.
Quirky characters provide laugh-out-loud moments in this debut novel that will keep you reading to find out how-and if she rescues herself from the court system, and if she and her attorney stop "hating" each other-and whether a real nun and priest have enough faith in Penelope to follow her on a wild ride in her search for justice. You'll want to be Penelope's friend-except when she's in danger (which is most of the time).
Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker. Thank you to Jennifer at Literate Housewife, from whom I won this book in a contest! Can't wait to read this one! Here's the synopsis:
Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is married to his work; so much so that his wife and daughter have written him out of their lives. Sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own. The method: a meticulous, excruciating death by broken bones that his captor has forced him to learn.
Returning home after the ordeal, a new crisis awaits. A serial killer is on the loose, and his method of killing is the same. Ryan becomes a prime suspect, which isn't even the worst of his problems: Ryan's daughter is BoneMan's latest desire.