Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Fiction (continued)


Sunday List of Dreams by Kris Radish. Milwaukee author Radish wrote this story about list maker Connie Nixon who never follows through on the list of her deepest desires. While searching through some boxes at home Connie discovers her daughter's secret job as a sex toy store owner. Impulsively jumping a plane to New York leads Connie to crossing some items off her list of desires.

Booomsday by Christopher Buckley. The author of Thank You For Smoking writes another comedy. In Boomsday Baby Boomers and their kids are at war over the upcoming costs of the aging Boomers and their mismanagement of Social Security. The solution? A pay-out. Receive your pay-out now and kill yourselves before you're 75.

Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. Izzy Spellman's family business is private investigating. So, it's good that Izzy and her family like invading people's privacy. Izzy wants to leave her job but has to take on a missing persons case to satisfy her parents.

Roma by Steven Saylor. A novel of ancient Rome by Saylor . Saylor has written some really good mysteries set in ancient Rome and his knowledge of Roman history and the detail he adds to those novels made them fantastic. This novel follows Roman history over a couple hundred years through two Roman families, one rich and one poor.

Color of Blood by Declan Hughes. We have Hughes' Wrong Kind of Blood which was published last fall. Wrong introduced Ed Loy. Born in Ireland Ed left for California and ended up a private investigator. After his mother's death Ed returned to Dublin, Ireland and decided to stay. Still working as an investigator Ed is asked by a prominent doctort to find his missing teenage daughter. The job seems easy until the girl's mother and former boyfriend are murdered.

We Shall Not Weep by Anne Perry. The three Reavley siblings are still involved in the Great War in both the French front and at home in London. A rape in the British lines and a terrorist in London are this book's troubles.

Inspirational Fiction

Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer. Mick Brannigan is hurt on the job and cannot work. Losing his paycheck means his wife, Layne, now provides the sole income. What's more, Mick is now in charge of their three kids and the household.


Picasso Flop by Vince van Patten and Robert J. Randisi. van Patten is an interesting dude. The son of Dick van Patten, Vince has been a film actor (see him on DVD in Rock N Roll High School available at Lake Mills Library), a ranked tennis professional and is a world class poker player. Vince is also the tuxedoed guy in those Potawatomi casino adverts. Picasso received a starred review in Library Journal when ex-con and card ace Jimmy Spain is asked to watch over and teach a friend's card playing son. When the kid is accused of murder during a card tournament at Vegas' Bellagio Casino Jimmy has to clear the kid's name.

Probable Cause by Theresa Schwegel. Rookie Chicago cop Ray Weiss is from a family of cops and always wanted to be one. But life as a rookie cop is not as expected. Then it's Ray turn at "initiation". The initiation is the local cops' favorite, burglary. When Ray breaks into a store and finds a dead body the department's lack of rules and order give him reason for fear.

Cover-Up by Michele Martinez. Promoted on the cover as a suspense novel rather than a mystery. Local gossip reporter in NYC is found mutilated in Central Park. The federal prosecutor in charge of the case starts getting emails containing information about the crime scene.

Catered Valentine's Day by Isis Crawford. The cover says, "A Mystery With Recipes." Gerard says, "Ach, (gag) (gag), ach, ich."

Accidental Florist by Jill Churchill. Jane Jeffrey is getting married and her mother is going to run - ruin? - everything. Jane's fiance detective has her take a defense class where a dead body is found. Now Jill has to deal with a wedding and a homicide investigation.


Texas Showdown by Elmer Skelton. Two novels by Skelton: Pecos Crossing and Shotgun.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More of that new Fiction


Black Hats
by Patrick Culhan. 'A novel of Wyatt Earp and Al Capone.' Wyatt Earp heads to New York City to watch over Johnny Holliday, the son of Doc Holliday, who has opened a speakeasy. Earp, Holliday, and Bat Masterson are soon battling a pre-Chicago Al Capone.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Picoult telling of a Columbine-like shooting in small town New Hampshire.

Dead Room by Heather Graham. A year ago Leslie barely survived an explosion in Manhattan. Since then she has been able to communicate with ghosts, including her dead fiance, Matt. Matt starts to fill her in on a deadly conspiracy while Leslie starts to fall for Matt's living cousin.

My French Whore: A Love Story by Gene Wilder. What a title! Amateur actor Paul Peachy leaves his loveless marriage in Milwaukee to enlist in the army and serve in World War One. German speaking Paul assists in interrogating a German spy right before his own night patrol is ambushed and captured. To avoid a P.O.W. camp, Paul impersonates the high-ranking, and high-living, spy.

Sister Mine by Tawni O'Dell. This book received some wicked good reviews. Cab driver, former cop, miniskirt wearing, single mom Shae-Lynne lives and works in small town West Virginia. When her assumed dead sister shows up, chased by a gangster, Shae-Lynn has to deal with what her sister's life has turned into.

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison. Some sort of vampire novel. Judging from the miniskirt wearing gal on the cover I assume the novel has lots of sex in it.

Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger. This author is cranking out the new stuff. Sliver is a thriller with a gal somehow connected to a wanted man. Gee, what an original premise. Regular gal placed in inexplicable danger by unknown connection to a mysterious figure who is pursued by both law enforcement (FBI of course) and crooks.

Scavenger by David Morrwll. A thriller.

Hide by Lisa Gardner. Annabelle Granger has been in hiding for years. When Bobby Dodge finds her during his hunt for a serial killer, Annabelle's closely hidden secrets are exposed.

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Marriage Game by Fern Michaels. Samantha Rainford returns home from her honeymoon to fresh divorce papers. She is only the latest ex-Mrs. Rainford and decides it is time for revenge.

Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods. With Woods' New York lawyer Stone Barrington.
Marriage Game by Fern Michaels.

New Fiction

Loads of New Fiction. I spaced out on how behind we were on getting new adult fiction so I ended up ordering 42 new books. Here are some of them.


Deeper Sleep: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow. The latest in Stabenow's Alaskan P.I. novels.

By the Time You Read This by Giles Blunt. Detectives in the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit try to find a girl whose sex photos are getting posted across the internet by pedophiles.

Stalking Ivory by Suzanne Arruda. Jade de Cameron has to come to Africa to escape the horrid memories of the Great War. Working as a photographer to document an elephant herd, Jade and her two colleagues find the remains of four poached elephants and one man.


Canaan by Donald McCaig. A novel set after the Civil War and covering the Reconstruction South and the Indian Wars of the West.

Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle. A sequel, of sorts, to The Woman Who Walked Into Walls. Dubliner Paula is now 47, her husband dead, and living sober for four months and counting.

Betrayers by James Patrick Hunt. Two deputies in St. Louis are machine gunned to death in their squad car. The investigating officers find that the meth dealer one of the deputies had previously busted held a grudge.

Magic City by James W. Hall. Hall is one of several crime novelists that have made Southern Florida the most popular setting for that genre. Magic is supposed to be Hall's best novel yet. When a photo showing the ringside seats of the 196 Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston fight is displayed on the wall of a newly opened restaurant, the place is burned down. A string of murders follows and when Thorn ends up with the last remaining copy of the photo, he also holds the evidence of a long-ago crime that someone is killing to hide.

Dry Ice by Stephen White. Psychotic murderer Michale McClelland has been released from a mental asylum and is after Doctor Alan Gregory.

Perfect Fake by Barbara Parker. Tom Fairchild is out on parole for forgery. Struggling to make a living, Tom gets an offer to travel to Italy to make a reproduction of a 500 year old map. Discovering that his benefactor wants a forgery not a reproduction, Tom finds his own life in danger.

Breakpoint by Richard A. Clarke. A terrorism thriller.

Gods of Newport by John Jakes. "Epic tale of scandalous doings in New England's most famous resort."

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier. Author of Girl With A Pearl Earring. Poet William Blake's new neighbors inspire his greatest work in 1792 England.

Alibi Man by Tami Hoag. I don't know a thing about Hoag but her thrillers are quite popular. Elena Estes turned her back on Palm Beach society and became a police officer. After resigning her position in disgrace Elena is further ostracized. When one of Elena's friends is murdered, Elena's personal investigation brings her back in contact with the Palm Beach elites she rejected.

Edge of Winter by Luanne Rice. Mother Neve and daughter Mickey have lived along Rhode Island's coast since Mickey was a toddler. As Mickey's teen years distance her from her mother, Neve tries to reconnect with her distant father.

Monday, April 09, 2007


Wicker Man starring Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn. Policeman Edward Malus goes to private island Summersisle on his missing girl investigation. Summerisle's annual pagan rituals are coming and deceit and horror catch Malus in a place where his authority means nothing.

Snow Queen starring Bridget Fonda, Jeremy Guilbaut. Kai and her father run an isolated inn after the death of her mother. When a mysterious lodger kidnaps the handsome bellboy, Kai's love, Kai follows the Snow Queen to rescue the bellboy. Okay, this is not really new. I bought a replacement disc after the previous disc was damaged.