I’ve fallen behind on telling you about books I’ve read recently so I thought I’d just share some quick snippets on three books. Hope one or all sound good to you and maybe you’ll find some new books for your stacks:
by M.R. Carey
Jess Moulsen is convicted of arson and sent to Fellside prison to service a life sentence. When she realized that the arson killed a 10 year old boy she is feels like the only way out is to die so she begins to refuse to eat. She doesn’t get a lot of sympathy from the prison doctor and guards but Jess begins to “hear” from a young boy who is asking her to find the real killer. Surprising medical staff and guards Jess recovers enough to fight for her sentence appeal.
The author creates a grim and sad world blending mystery and fantasy. The ending wasn’t what I wanted or expected but I get why certain events developed even if I wished for a more uplifting ending.
Source: Advance Review Copy
The Forgotten Girls
by Sara Blaedel
This is the seventh book featuring the Copenhagen homicide detective Louise Rick. She is now in charge of a new department focused on missing persons. Her first case will be identifying the body of a woman found in the forest. What is most disturbing is that the woman died more than 30 years ago and in that time no one came looking for her. The investigation leads Rick to investigate mental health facilities and also to trace back some of her own history.
I think I maybe would have liked this better if I wasn’t coming into this in the middle of the series. Nevertheless, I liked Louise and her new partner, Eik Nordstrom although I will say the the romance between these two was not surprising. If you enjoy Nordic noir then add this to your list of books to read.
Source: Advance Review Copy
Murder In Morningside Heights
by Victoria Thompson
Frank and Sarah Malloy are back solving mysteries and this time as a newly married couple. Frank has opened his detective agency and his first case will be to solve the murder of Abigail Northrup, a newly hired instructor at the prestigious women’s college. With a lot of free time on her hands now that she’s not practicing being a midwife, Sarah quickly joins in the investigation along with some other recurring characters. One of the best parts of this historical mystery is reading about women becoming instructors and the difficulties they faced as they tried to find a place in academia.
Overall this is a series I’ve really enjoyed since the first book, this one is the 19th entry, but if you are interested in this series I highly recommend starting from the beginning. I think Frank and Sarah had stronger roles in the beginning and I especially enjoyed seeing how their relationship developed.
Source: Library Copy
Let me know if you’ve read some of these. Would love to hear your thoughts!