Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham. I really like this series featuring Joe O'Loughlin, a clinical psychologist with Parkinson's, and I have followed the series for quite a while--as much for the characters as for the compelling crimes Joe finds himself involved in.
Joe is still in love with his wife Julianne, but because of mistakes he made, they have been separated for six years. When Julianne asks Joe to spend the summer with her and his daughters, Joe is eager to do so, even if he tries not to hope for too much.
At the same time, he is asked to help with the murder of a mother and daughter. At first he refuses, but a former student has used Joe's name, then betrayed the trust of the police and leaked information about the crime.
Plenty of suspects and some red herrings, but Joe finally makes the right connections. You need not have read the previous entries in this series to appreciate Robotham's latest, but if you have, the twist at the end may surprise you! Nuf said.
What next, Mr. Robotham?
Crime/Psychological Suspense. 2015/ April 12, 2016. Print length: 392 pages.
When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris is another series I've followed for several years, although I haven't read every book that features Sebastien St. Cyr. I need to make a trip to the library to catch up on some that I've missed.
Brief description: "Ayleswick-on-Teme, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has come to this seemingly peaceful Shropshire village to honor a slain friend and on a quest to learn more about his own ancestry. But when the body of a lovely widow is found on the banks of the River Teme, a bottle of laudanum at her side, the village's inexperienced new magistrate turns to St. Cyr for help."
C.S. Harris continues to keep my interest in this series; in fact, I think she gets better. Again, you don't have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. There is an overarching storyline that develops a little with each entry, but the main plot of each one is complete.
I like the cover, but it don't be misled into thinking this is a romance. Harris plots intricate and atmospheric historical mysteries, and this one is excellent.
Historic Mystery. March 1, 2016. Print length: 370 pages.
A Lady in the Smoke is a debut novel by Karen Odden.
brief description: "Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother's life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl."
I like the time period, and the information about the early railroads in England is interesting. The characters are likable, but there is a little too much emphasis on an insta-love romance for me. The mystery itself is solid, but I would have like it much better without the insta-love.
Historic Mystery. March 29, 2016. Print length: 411 pages.