The series is one of my favorite historical mystery/detective series, and I enjoyed the latest book as well. Young Charles Lenox is encouraged by his mother to marry, and Charles is a desirable husband--except for the fact that he continues to pursue a career as a detective, which is not highly thought of in his social class.
Inspector Hemstock seeks Charles' help when the unidentified body of a young man is discovered at Paddington Station, and Charles is eager to be involved with the Scotland Yard investigation.
As usual, there are many historical details that add to the plot, the characters are well-developed, the writing is excellent, and the mystery intriguing.
Read in Oct.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Historical Mystery. Feb. 18, 2020. Print length: 304 pages.
Gibson Vaugh, legendary hacker and former marine, returns in a fifth installment of this series by Matthew Fitzsimmons. He is also a wanted fugitive living in the Caymans when Tinsley, assassin and the man who killed Vaughn's father, draws him into a dangerous new situation.
The threat is ominous, and Tinsley needs Vaughn's help, but as important as the terrorist threat is--can Tinsley be trusted in a truce to prevent the disaster?
Dan, Jenn, and George join Gibson in the hunt for the details that would help them prevent the deaths of millions.
The first book (The Short Drop) is my favorite, but I've enjoyed all of the books and the team of characters involved.
Read in Oct.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Thriller. Feb. 18, 2020. Print length: 316 pages.
A Conspiracy of Bones in the latest Kathy Reichs book featuring Tempe Brennan. Although I've been reading this series for years, this isn't the best, which doesn't mean that it won't hold your attention.
Temperance is recovering from neurosurgery for an aneurysm, her new boss holds a grudge, someone may be stalking her, and in general, life had been difficult for Tempe.
She gets mysterious pictures of a body with most of his face and his hands missing and no identification. Who sent it?
Her new boss is determined to push her out, but Tempe gets into the morgue and views the body. She disagrees with the new coroner about several things and begins investigating on her own. (The savaging of the body is the result of feral hogs, and just recently a woman in Texas was killed by hogs. They truly are fearsome creatures.)
Teaming up with the cantankerous and acerbic Slidell, Tempe sets out to identify the body, and then to look into the Dark Web at conspiracy theories spouted by the repulsive Nick Body, and into a possible connection to missing children.
There is an interesting afterword about how Reichs came up with elements of her plot, but I had no trouble believing in the feral hogs detail as they are prevalent everywhere in the South and have been moving north as well.
Mystery. March 17, 2020. Print length: 352 pages.
The Sand Prince was nothing to write home about, but...in spite of being unsatisfied with much of it, I continued with the second book, The Heron Prince, and I liked it much better. So--moving on to books 3 and 4, The Glass Girl and The River King was easy. After making my way through the first half or so of The Sand Prince, I enjoyed the rest of entire series.
I've been busy with so many things lately--Christmas stuff (such a long list of Christmas stuff--from gifts and wrapping, to recipes and grocery shopping), stitching, reading, everyday chores, feeding the birds, making tentative friendship with a raccoon who has been visiting at night.
Even in our subdivision, we have occasional night visits from raccoons and possums. I think our visitor is young, more curious than frightened, he approaches me with such a quizzical look on his face. Much better than the wild creatures like bears and mountain lions that visit other areas! And at least we have had no feral hogs in our neighborhood, although there are plenty down at the camp in the country. They make a mess of fields and crops, which is bad, but they are dangerous as well. And ugly!