Thursday, March 08, 2007

What?! More Fiction? You Lucky Dogs.


Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. Another one of those recipe mysteries. Includes 12 recipes. I wonder if the story comes with a plot or just a sugar frosting.

Arsenic Labrynth by Martin Edwards. Set in England's Lake District. Police Inspector Hannah Scarlett re-opens a 10 year old case concerning a missing woman after a drifter returns to town telling tales. The Arsenic Tunnels, used to remove arsenic from tin ore, draw Hannah and a local historian who makes a gruesome discovery.

Hooded Hawke by Karen Harper. We have three other novels by Harper from her Elizabeth I mystery series. All three titles have proven popular. In Hooded Elizabeth and her court leave summertime London for the country. Accompanied by Francis Drake, both Elizabeth and Drake are targeted by assassins. Both of them have untrusted cousins eager to usurp their positions, but who is the real target?

Gray Ghost by William G. Tapply. Stoney Calhoun's memory was obliterated by a lightning strike seven years ago. Rebuilding his life on the Maine coast as a fishing guide and bait shop owner, Stoney's fishing cutomer discovers a recently burnt corpse on an island. When the customer appears dead on Stoney's porch Stoney starts to wonder if there is a connection to his forgotten past.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon. "Butt-kicking take-no-prisoners heroine" Kylara Vatta returns. After the pirate space fleet of Gammis Turek destroys her family's business and kills all her relations, Kylara and her small fleet start hunting down the pirates. A very well reviewed space epic with lots of action.

Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh. A king fighting dark forces, a child learns his true parentage, yadda yadda yadda. Cherryh sells books by the bucket load so she must be pretty good.

Eagle by Jack Whyte. Concluding volume of Whyte's Camulod Chronicles (read as "Camelot"). Launcelot comes to England to find if the law-loving Arthur is for real.


Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline.

At Some Disputed Barricade by Anne Perry. Another volume set during World War One.

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer. Rumpole's beloved courts have been hamstrung by terrorism laws. When he defends a Pakistani doctor accused of working for al-Quaeda he skewers the shortsightedness of new anti-terror laws.

Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. Doctor Peter Crane travels to a North Atlantic oil rig to diagnose a mysterious medical condition. On arrival he sees that the true mystery is two miles down in an undersea research facility. The excavation of what may be Atlantis has been making people sick, and Crane finds that more than medical illness is at fault.

Allah's Scorpion by David Hagberg. Iranian commandos, under the code name "Allah's Scorpion", try to infiltrate Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to rescue al-Quaeda prisoners. When a tanker primed to explode in a lock in the Panama Canal is associated with the same code name the CIA and agent Kirk McGarvey have to work fast to prevent a nuclear follow-up to 9/11.

Exile by Richard North Patterson. San Francisco lawyer David Wolfe is asked by a former girlfriend to defend her against murder charges. The crime? The assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister in San Francisco. Can Jewish David take on the case of a Palestinian militant, even one he can't quite forget? Nothing is as it seems as David's work takes him to the West Bank and Israeli.

Pig Island by Mo Hayder. Another accomplished thriller from Hayder. Professional skeptic Joe Oakes exposes supernatural hoaxes for a living. Joe's visit to a religious commune on a Scottish island make him question his theories and beliefs.

Texicans by Nina Vida. The birth of Texas told through Joseph Kimmel. Kimmel travels to San Antonio when his brother gets cholera there. Robbed by a runaway slave he is rescued by Henry Castro who is traveling with immigrants to Castro's new settlement, "Castroville".

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy.

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