I'm still reading, but haven't been reviewing. I have books from last year that I've still not reviewed! I'm so behind on visiting and commenting on blogs that I will never catch up.
I'm not even sure when I read some of these books--they are a mix of November, December, and January.
My first experience with McPherson was The Child Garden, which I really enjoyed and reviewed here. I was excited about this new one and snapped up the NetGalley offer (maybe in November?). I planned to schedule a review closer to the publication date, but Quiet Neighbors is available for pre-order so I'm going to go ahead knock it off my list.
Jude is running from something and finds herself in the small village of Wigtown, Scotland. (Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland's National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to over 20 book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed. Source.)
That was enough to insure my interest. A book town, an absent-minded owner of a chaotic book shop, a job offer as an assistant to help organize books, a cottage in a graveyard, mysterious notes in books, a village secret.... Yep. I was all in. And I enjoyed my foray into the little Scottish town and the curious characters who live there.
Mystery. April 8, 2016. Print length: 360 pages.
Night Study by Maria V. Snyder is the fifth installment in this series. It took me a little while to re-orient myself, but once I did, the adventures of Yelena and Valek kept me as engrossed as I was in Shadow Study.
Snyder doesn't make much concession to new readers, so it would be much better to start this series at the beginning. I had the same problem trying to puzzle out characters and past events with Shadow Study, but once involved, I couldn't put it down.
If you are interested in a new fantasy series, this might be one you can really savor by starting with Poison Study and reading the available books in order.
Night Study was a guilty pleasure--magic and mayhem and and suspense!
Fantasy. Jan. 26, 2016. Print length: 448 pages.
The Dead Place is a Cooper and Fry mystery by Stephen Booth. I liked the first two books in this series, but have missed several.
Creepy anonymous phone calls to the police, a morbid fascination with death, a funeral home full of suspects, a professor specializing in death rituals, plenty of detail about what happens to the body following death, more than enough about preparing a body for viewing at a funeral home. I'm glad, my husband and I have chosen cremation. (Although, I despise the term "cremains.")
Favorite parts: nods to Cold Comfort Farm, Inspector Morse, and Midsommer Murders; Gavin Murfin's character.
Overall, the book didn't work as well for me as did Black Dog and Dancing with the Virgins. Fortunately, Booth let Cooper take the lead in this one, because Fry comes off so flat and snarky. She isn't a likable character to begin with (and deliberately so), but at least in the first two books she was interesting. Booth does seem to be preparing for some changes in Fry, but she remains an annoying cipher in this book.
The first two books in this series were quite good, and I have missed books 3, 4, and 5--so I am not going to let my disappointment in this one deter me from reading more Cooper & Fry.
Harper/Collins (purchased ebook)
Mystery, police procedural. 2014. Print length: 608 pages.
The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons was a Kindle Unlimited offer and turned out to be a compelling read.
brief description: A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.
Gibson Vaughn, former legendary hacker, was like an older brother to Suzanne and when approached to try to discover what really happened to Suzanne, he devotes himself to the task. But someone doesn't want the mystery unraveled and Gibson and his fellow investigators find themselves in danger.
Fast-paced and compelling, the novel kept me up late, unable to find a place to stop. This was Fitzsimmons' first novel, but there is to be another novel featuring Gibson Vaughn, and I want it!
Suspense. 2015. Print length: 398 pages.