Who Buries the Dead (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, #10) by CS Harris
This latest installment in the series is set in London,
1813. A plantation owner in Jamaica and eclectic collector, Stanley Preston,
was found decapitated at the Bloody Bridge. The crime itself was gruesome
enough, but when a coffin strap was found with the inscription “King Charles,
1648” Devlin was doubly intrigued.
Men after another are dropping as Devlin digs into the root
of the crime. He and his wife, Hero, soon found out firsthand the dangers these
investigations are rousing. Devlin’s suspects run from the Home Secretary, to
Devlin’s previous senior officer during the war, and to Jane Austen’s brother
(yes, that Jane).
I enjoy reading this series not just because Sebastian St.
Cyr is a great protagonist, but because Ms. Harris is a great historian. Her
writing always grabs at me from the first page. Her detailed description of
London comes alive, from the high streets to the down-trodden Fish Street. This
is a very enjoyable read despite the macabre subject.
The Geneva Strategy (Covert-One, #11) by Jamie Freveletti
High government officials are being kidnapped around the US
capital. All of them are involve in the drone military program. The Covert One
team is mobilized to recover these missing people. Along the way, Jon Smith has
to figure out the connection between his recent run with some furtive men
trying to abduct him with a drone in tow, and Fort Detrick’s institutionalized
researcher Dr. Laura Taylor and her research on a memory drug.
This is Ms. Freveletti’s 2nd contribution to the
series. Her story outline and foundation is very interesting. The momentum
flows very well, never hard to follow. I admire Ms. Freveletti’s effort in
handling this series, seriously I do. But I didn't enjoy this the way I used
to. It feels like she’s stirring the characters in a different direction. This
series started with great and rounded characters, built slowly overtime. And
readers have invested on them for a long time. To give them a sudden shift is
like reading a diluted version of them.
I do, of course, realize that Robert Ludlum is one hard act
to follow. It’s just that I always look forward to this series and expected a
Publication: Grand Central Publishing, February 3, 2015
Lemon Meringue Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4) by Joanne Fluke
Summer in Lake Eden is always something to look forward to,
especially the July 4thparade and fireworks. The Cookie Jar is thriving
and they are now selling pies every Friday. People swarm the place with
pre-orders every time. Norman Rhodes bought the house near the lake from Rhoda
Scharf. He plans to demolish everything down and built their “dream house” on
top of it. With Norman’s permission and assistance, Hannah and her mother, Delores,
agreed to scout the place for some antiques worthy of resale.
When they arrived, they are welcomed with a box of Hannah’s
very own Lemon Meringue pie laid on the kitchen counter with only a slice eaten
off. But the real surprise is Delores’ discovery of Rhoda’s dead body down in
This is one cozy series. I like how this is growing on me
and the characters, too. A good, easy read. And the recipes are plus factors,