Thursday, October 03, 2019
Some September Reads
I've been enjoying Viveca Sten's Sandhamn mysteries for a few years now, and I'm happy to return to the island with In the Shadow of Power.
It is difficult to maintain the essence of small places when they become popular, and the citizens of Sandhamn have made an effort to keep the Sandhamn traditions and coastlines from becoming lost to summer visitors. When the wealthy and arrogant Carsten Jonsson manages to flout the rules and traditions with his new summer house, islanders are not happy.
Jonsson has received anonymous threats and warnings, but when Jonsson's guest house burns down and an unidentified corpse is found inside, the situation escalates.
Thomas Andreasson isn't sure if it was an accident or a murder (the fire was arson, but was the death deliberate?), and Carsten Jonsson's arrogance isn't helping the investigation. Nora gets drawn into a dangerous situation as suspicions mount.
I would love to visit Sandhamn in person, but must make do with Sten's mysteries set on the beautiful Swedish island.
Mystery/Police Procedural. Oct. 22, 2019. Print length: 398 pages.
Her Last Whisper by Jennifer Case is the second book in the Katie Scott series, but I haven't read the first one.
Katie suffers from PTSD and sometimes elements in her job as detective bring up memories and emotions she would like to avoid. Her recent post involves cold cases, but one of those cases comes back to life with a new murder.
I found the interruptions involving memories of her time in Afghanistan a little annoying, but understand the connection to her PTSD symptoms. The police procedural aspects also raised a few questions.
Interesting enough to keep reading, but didn't love it.
Police Procedural. Oct. 21, 2019.
Dread of Winter by Susan Bickham
Sydney Lucerno never intended to return to Oriska, New York, but her mother's imminent death requires her to come home. Sydney left at seventeen after a stint in rehab--certain that if she didn't escape, she would be drawn back into old habits, former companions, and worse.
After attending college in California, Sydney turned her life around, but she is unable to avoid returning to Oriska when she gets the call that her mother is dying.
Things get more complicated. Within two days, her mother's long-time partner is also dead after a shootout with two others. Sydney discovers she has a sister that the wasn't aware of and for whom she feels responsible. The Sheriff has a vendetta against her and another old enemy has an axe to grind. Problems abound.
Sydney wants to protect Maude and get out of Dodge, but that is easier said than done.
Mystery/Suspense. Oct. 29, 2019. Print length: 272 pages.