Sarah Alsderson's In Her Eyes takes the event of armed men breaking into a home and the serious injury of Ava's daughter June and turns it into something else. It moves from the invasion to the aftermath as Ava discovers information that stuns her.
Devastated, Ava finds herself doubting almost everyone around her as she learns about things she never suspected. Then someone targets June in the hospital.
Who to trust?
I suspected one person after another. Each new circumstance introduced a possible reason for the violent invasion and raised new questions.
Alderson skillfully guides the reader through Ava's discoveries, keeping both the reader and Ava off-balance. Well-plotted, red herrings and twists, and suspenseful.
Read in July. Blog review scheduled for Oct. 29, 2019.
Suspense/Thriller. Nov. 14, 2019. Print length: 352 pages.
Martha Grimes' Richard Jury novels all have the title of a pub (one exception, Vertigo 42 is a wine bar) and a unique and eccentric group of returning characters. The mysteries focus on puzzles rather than violence, almost always have a child and an animal, humorous episodes, and witty conversations.
They are more fun if you have some familiarity with some of the secondary characters because looking forward to the brief appearances of the Long Piddleton crowd is always fun.
The main characters are Richard Jury of Scotland Yard and Melrose Plant his friend and foil. The books are usually considered cozy mysteries, but they are more literary, character-driven, and complex than most cozies.
The Old Success is not my favorite, but I wouldn't miss joining Jury and friends on any new adventure--it is always a pleasure.
In 2012, Martha Grimes was awarded the title of Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, joining such notables as Agatha Christie, John le Carre, Elmore Leonard, Barbara Mertz, Tony Hillerman, and P.D. James (and many other great mystery writers).
Read in July. Blog review scheduled for Oct. 29.
Mystery/Police Procedural. Nov. 5, 2019.