Syndicate content

Welcome to Books R Us, a recommended reading blog from InfoSoup librarians and users and home to A Year of Listening Dangerously, the 2014 InfoSoup Reading Challenge! Find a great book to read next, add your own reviews, and check out our book related resources such as NoveList and BookLetters.

Mystery

bookcover
Author: Ellery Adams

Having read the previous books in the Books by the Bay series, I was interested in the next installment.  It grabbed me from the beginning. Without giving much away, I was intrigued by the weddings being planned, emotional conflicts, the time capsule found and the body under the pier. The characters have evovled over time and have intriguing backgrounds.    There are secrets that come out in each of the books and most everything comes back to the main character Olivia.  Be aware even Olivia has secrets.  The past plays a major part in solving the murders and resolving personal issues of Olivia.

If there is a small town of Oyster Bay, I would find it interesting to visit as a tourist.  There  seems to be something being planned or happening all the time.  This cozy mystery is a quick read.  The book stands alone, but having read the  previous books I find the characters even richer.  The twists and turns are not always predictable.  Enjoy it.

bookcover
Title: Valhalla
Author: Robert Mrazek

Vikings, Norse mythology and world domination come together in this suspenseful novel.  This first novel in a new series was fast paced.  The characters were compelling and interesting.  But the storyline really intrigued me -- Archaelogy under the Greenland icecap. The twists and turns on Vikings, secret religions, and conspiracies that the author led us through were great.  I couldn't figure out the end and was surprised at the conclusion.  It should be interesting to see what these characters will be up to in the next book of the series.

bookcover
Title: White Fire
Author: Douglas Preston

FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is back in another thrilller from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  Pendergast is back to being eccentric, odd, brilliant, still doesn't like rules, but gets results. Our man in the black suit works his magic to find answers to an number of questions. His actions and thoughts take on Sherlock Holmes' attributes. I enjoyed how Sherlock was integrated into this story.  Corrie Swanson, Pendergast's protege, is determined to find information for her thesis.  She has been written as an intelligent girl who does not think through the problem before she acts.  It was irritating at times.  But throughly entertaining.  A great mystery thriller with a few twists.  Enjoy the read.

More of Eve Dallas

bookcover
Author: J. D. Robb

I have not had enough of Eve Dallas.  The 39th installment of the In Death series is just as good as the first.  Eve Dallas is a person I would like to know. Gritty, focused, loved by her friends and utterly delightful in her naivety and as for her husband Rourke, well lets just say I want one just like him.  This Christmas Eve is still befuddled with the gift giving and receiving.  She doesn't shop and when she does buy somehting (there is a difference), it is perfect for the person receiving it.

The murder aspect could have been a bit more edgy, especially since I did not like the murdered person. Without giving away more, I can easily say read the book.  It is a fast read and holds your attention. You will laugh and cry and hope the next installment arrives soon!

bookcover
Author: Cleo Coyle

As a lover of coffee, I was entranced when I found a coffeehouse mystery.  What could be better.  There is nothing better than settling back with a good cup of coffee and reading a book.  I do it every morning.  Billionaire Blend interested me right from the start.  And start with a bang it did when a limosine blew up in front of the Village Blend coffee house.  Coyle has a great insight into the coffeehouse and New York City culture.  You never know who you will be rubbing elbows with in New York, or any where. Clare Cosi, barista heuristic, comes in contact with billionaire Eric Thorner, founder and CEO of Thorn, Inc.  There are twists and turns, bombs and murders, and visits around the world. 

This was an interesting read and I will search for more of Cleo Coyle's  work.  Enjoy and check out the recipes in the back of the book!

bookcover
Author: Sheila Connolly

The second in A County Cork Mystery  series, Scandal in Skibbereen finds Maura settling into the pub business.  There is more than offering a pint of Guinness for thirsty patrons at Sullivan's Pub.   Maura hears some of the most interesting gossip.  American Althea Melville enters the pub hot on the trail of an unknown Van Dyck painting.  Althea works for a NYC museum and enlists help from Maura and a local painter Gillian to search the local manor house in Leap for the Van Dyck.  Murder and mayham follow as they search for the painting and its provenance.

An enjoyable read that takes you back to the old country.    

bookcover
Author: Liane Moriarty

A very smart read with characters that you find yourself becoming attached to.   It is the story of 3 women whose children are all beginning kindergarten in a small town in Australia.  The author captures the poitics of elementary school moms with humor and brutal honesty (in my experience with over zealous moms and PTA parents).   There is humor on one page and then on the next page I found my heart hurting for Jane or Celeste.   This was a story that I just enjoyed from the first page.  I didn't try to figure anything out (who died?  was it murder).  I just enjoyed the way the author gently unfolded the story.   My favorite character was Madeline.    

Book Features:
bookcover
Author: Janet Chapman

The 6th in the Spellbound Falls series The Highlander Next Door was a surprise to me.  I expected more involvement from previous characters.

Birch is a strong willed women who runs a women's shelter and is not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect the women who live there. She presents a tough-as-nails exterior, but has fears and longings like all women.  Her neighbor Niall MacKeage, a 12th century time traveler, is the new police chief in town.  I would have liked to learn more about Niall's history in Scotland.  Bits and pieace were thrown out, but it just left me wanting to know more.   There is also a new god, Telos,  that Chapman is toying with.  He steps in when he wants to and uses the excuse of not interefering with free will to help or not help at his whim. 

Remember the words of wisdom "you must embrace the entire journey to truly appreciate the destination".  Though not my favorite Spellbound Falls book The Highlander Next Door  does entice me to visit the destination of Spellbound Falls.  Enjoy a light and fast read.

“must embrace the entire journey to truly appreciate the destination” - See more at: http://www.scandaliciousbookreviews.com/2014/08/26/review-the-highlander-next-door-by-janet-chapman/#sthash.EWPxNPpx.dpuf
“must embrace the entire journey to truly appreciate the destination” - See more at: http://www.scandaliciousbookreviews.com/2014/08/26/review-the-highlander-next-door-by-janet-chapman/#sthash.EWPxNPpx.dpuf
“must embrace the entire journey to truly appreciate the destination” - See more at: http://www.scandaliciousbookreviews.com/2014/08/26/review-the-highlander-next-door-by-janet-chapman/#sthash.EWPxNPpx.dpuf
bookcover
Author: Ellery Adams

Another new series for Ellery Adams--A Book Retreat Mystery.  If you find yourself at Storyton Hall in western VIrginia you myust be a book lover.  A retreat for book lovers, Storyton is more than it looks.  A little worn in places this retreat caters to book lovers. Manager Jane Steward went all out to attract famous detectives from literature in hosting a Murder and Mayhem week.  But they also attracted an actual murder.  An interesting read, colorful characters and plot twists, I look forward to reading more in this new series.

bookcover
Author: Sheila Connolly

I think of Ireland as the "old country" and apparently so does Maura Donovan.  She is visiting Ireland at the last request of her grandmother.  Maura's planned short stay was extended when she takes a job at a pub and becomes involved with the locals.  This short easy read brings a great sense of Ireland and the way of life for the local people.  Interesting characters abound and interesting problems in Maura's life are solved.  This is a first novel in the new "County Cork" series.  Another Cozy mystery that will hold your interest.