My first exposure to Randall Silvis was Two Days Gone, and Walking the Bones picks up the story of Ryan DeMarco as he is still recovering from the death of his friend.
Walking the Bones begins as a road trip instigated by his girlfriend Jayme, but the cold case of seven young women drags him (kicking and screaming) into investigating who killed the young women and stacked them behind a hidden wall in a church.
The book was simultaneously interesting and slow. For me, the most interesting characters were the three elderly "detectives" who involve DeMarco in the case and are treated rather disdainfully.
The two books featuring Ryan DeMarco are markedly different from Silvis' Blood and Ink, a dark comedy. All three of the books I've read by Silvis feature his love of literature and skillful descriptions, but my favorite is Blood and Ink with the hapless protagonist, Nick.
Read in Oct.; blog review scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018.
Crime/Mystery. Jan. 23, 2018. Print length: 464 pages.
I read several of the first Fethering mysteries years ago, but have not kept up with this cozy series.
When Jude knew Burton St. Clair twenty years ago, he was plain Al and a bit of a womanizer, now he is a well known author with a more sophisticated version of his name.
Invited to speak at the Fethering library, St. Clair has changed little, except that he now has a more towering ego than ever. He offers Jude a ride home, makes an advance, is repulsed, and Jude walks home.
St. Clair, however, never leaves the car, and the next day, Jude finds herself suspected of murder.
I fear the most interesting element in this mystery (for me) concerned the challenges British libraries have been facing in recent years.
Read in Sept.; blog review scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018.
Cozy Mystery. Jan. 1, 2018. Print length: 192 pages.