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Friday, January 15, 2016

Catching Up

Worse than Death.  Anna Southwood opens a detective agency; since she has no background for this new business, she depends on her partner Graham because he does have a license.  Graham, however, is an aspiring actor whose auditions interfere with his detecting.

The agency has its first serious case when called upon to find Beth Channing, a missing adolescent.  Beth's mother has been charged with murder, but there is no body.

As the investigation continues, Anna discovers a connection to another missing girl.

Not a bad mystery, but not as good as some.  I did like that it was set in Australia.

NetGalley/Endeavor Press

Mystery.  1991; 2015.  Print version:  192 pages.

The Inquisitor by Mitchell Hogan is evidently his first foray into science fiction.    He is best known for his fantasy series.

Angel Xia is an Inquisitor whose cases involve hunting down Genevolves.  Her new cases turns her into the hunted when she is betrayed and marked for assassination.  

When she receives a call for help from a young girl, Xia's life becomes even more complicated.

Fast action and interesting view of Artificial Intelligence and genetic manipulation.


SciFi/Crime.  2015.  Print version:  312 pages.

A Deadly Truth is a Victorian suspense novel.  I really liked this description:  When Doyle Flanagan finds two strangers in his library—one dead and the other the beautiful but meddlesome Cady Delafield, his life begins to unravel as all clues point to him for the murder.

If you like Victorian mysteries with a healthy dollop of romance, you might like this one.  I could have done without the cliched romance, but then, my interests rarely lie in this area.  

NetGalley/Champagne Books

Mystery.  2013.  Print version:  272 pages.

The Hidden Legacy was more than satisfying.  The novel opens with a disturbing crime being committed by a young boy.   The trial and the aftermath leave ripples over the surface of many lives.  

Forty years later, Ellen Sutherland receives a letter from a solicitor telling her that she is mentioned in the will of a woman Ellen has never heard of.  At first reluctant to even call to see what is going on, Ellen decides to make the journey to find out more.  Eudora Nash, a complete stranger, has left her home Primrose Cottage to Ellen.  

The property is very valuable, and Ellen's first visit results in her falling in love with the cottage and realizing that a visitor is there under false pretences.  One secret after another is gradually uncovered as the events move back and forth in time.

Sometimes the alternating time sequences were frustrating because I would get so involved in one of the stories and have to abruptly switch to the next--in which I would become utterly involved.  The prologue is particularly difficult because of the horrifying crime, but after that the psychological suspense kept me riveted as the layers unfolded in both past and present.  

Minett manages to add information a little at a time in keeping with Ellen's increasing interest in the secrets behind her bequest.  The alternating time passages are skillfully handled, and I'm happy to find a new author who can hold my interest while keeping me guessing!

NetGalley/Bonnier Publishing

Psychological Suspense.  2015.  Print version: 448 pages.


  1. The Hidden Legacy looks like one I'd enjoy. Will be on the lookout for it.

    1. This one managed a unique view of an old crime and plenty of gradual reveals.

  2. I like the premise of The Hidden Legacy...I'm adding it to my list. :)

    1. The prologue is difficult, but the rest of the novel is a matter of unwinding all the secrets.

  3. Sounds like a mixed batch. I like the sound of The Hidden Legacy and you have me curious about A Deadly Truth. The Australian setting of Worse Than Death is appealing. I'm sorry it wasn't better for you.

    1. A Deadly Truth was a romance wrapped in scrap of mystery. Worse than Death was entertaining, and I would read the author again, but The Hidden Legacy had the most to offer. :)

  4. These all sound interesting, and The Hidden Legacy sounds very rich.

  5. I think I might like A Deadly Truth what with the Victorian setting and I don't mind a bit or romance in my mysteries. Now The Hidden Legacy definitely sounds like a good one. More for the list!

    1. All of them were NetGalley books, so give A Deadly Truth and The Hidden Legacy a try!

  6. I'm quite intrigued with Worse than Death and The Hidden Legacy. I may have to check them out.

    1. Both are good, but The Hidden Legacy was much better!