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June 2014 Books


week of June 1
Lights Out! by Donald Bain
A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes by Jeanne Cooney – Hot Dish Heaven #2

Murder, Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan – Amish Quilt Shop #2
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
Night of the Living Thread by Janet Bolin – Threadville #4
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle – Bibliophile #8
Razing the Dead by Sheila Connolly – Museum #5
Mr. Monk Is Open for Business by Hy Conrad – Mr. Monk #18

Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper – Teapot Collector #1
The Diva Wraps It Up by Krista Davis – Domestic Diva #8
Hot Fudge Frame Up by Christine DeSmet – Fudge Shop #2
Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley – Pacific Northwest #1
Independence Slay by Shelley Freydont – A Celebration Bay #3
Inaugural Parade: The First Three White House Chef Mysteries by Julie Hyzy

Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly – Paw Enforcement #1
Thread End by Amanda Lee – Embroidery #7
Engaged in Murder by Nancy J. Parra – Perfect Proposals #1
Yarn Over Murder by Maggie Sefton – Knitting #11
Deadly Decor by Karen Rose Smith – Caprice De Luca Home Staging #2

week of June 8
Blessed are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino – Gabriella Giovanni #1
All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke – Ellie Hatcher #5
Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

week of June 15
The Old Blue Line by J. A. Jance – Joanna Brady novella
Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau – Testing #3
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum #21
Terminal City by Linda Fairstein – Alexander Cooper #16
The Body in the Woods by April Henry – Point Last Seen #1
Dead Lil’ Hustler by Victoria Houston – Loon Lake Fishing #14

week of June 22
Strange Gods by Annamaria Alfieri
Nine Lives to Die by Rita Mae Brown – Mrs. Murphy #23
Basil Instinct by Shelley Costa – Miracolo #2
A Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford – Mystery with Recipes #10
A Sense of Entitlement by Anna Loan-Wilsey – Hattie Darvish #3
Stay With Me by Alison Gaylin – Brenna Spector #3
The Last Heir by Chuck Greaves – Jack MacTaggart #3
Death in Perspective by Larissa Reinhart – Cherry Tucker #4
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner


Weekly Roundup* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

This week on dru’s book musings

  • Graf Milieu by Carolyn Haines – Sarah Booth Delaney #14
  • Darcy Merriweather by Heather Blake – Wishcraft #4
  • Baxley Powell by Maggie Toussaint – Dreamwalker #1
  • Veronica Walsh by Jeanne Quigley – Veronica Walsh #1
  • Shay O’Hanlon by Jessie Chandler – Shay O’Hanlon Caper #4
  • DD McGil by Diane Gilbert Madsen – DD McGil Literati #3
  • Karen MacInerney – Gray Whale Inn #6

Last week on dru’s book musings

Recent contest winners

  • The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson – Stacie A.
  • Fleur De Lies by Maddy Hunter – LouAnn C.
  • Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey – Linda L.
  • Murder Gone A-Rye by Nancy J. Parra – Kristin A.
  • Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison – Jean J.
  • Catnapped! by Elaine Viets – Sandy T.

Recently posted on dru’s book musings

  • Murder Gone A-Rye by Nancy J. Parra
  • Whack Job by Kendel Lynn
  • Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
  • All Things Murder by Jeanne Quigley
  • The Pickled Piper by Mary Ellen Hughes
  • A Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan
  • Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay
  • Red Man Down by Elizabeth Gunn

At The Request Of…For Review

  • Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

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Red Man Down by Elizabeth Gunn

Red Man DownRed Man Down by Elizabeth Gunn is the fifth book in the “Sarah Burke” mystery series. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, May 2014

Sarah Burke’s Saturday off is interrupted when she is called to a shooting – a rookie cop has been involved in a shootout with a criminal stealing copper wire from a warehouse. When the criminal in question turns out to be ex-cop and Red Man Ed Lacey, Sarah is shocked. The evidence suggests he wanted the cop to shoot him. But why?

Sarah and her team delve into Ed’s life, and soon decide to re-open an investigation into three deaths. The more they investigate, the more obstacles they encounter – particularly from the family, who quickly close ranks. What are they hiding?

This was a very enjoyable drama where Sarah and her team work a case that involves the death of a police officer and once that can of worms is opened, this investigation take an unusual turn. Someone is hiding something which leads to more death and it’s the painstakingly story that keeps my attention that I couldn’t stop reading until I knew who was behind these deaths. The author did a great job in telling this story and putting me right in the middle of all the action with Sarah and her guys. Everyone is back and I can’t wait for the next book in this terrific series.

Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay

Death of a Mad HatterDeath of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay is the second book in the “Hat Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2014

Scarlett Parker and her British cousin, Vivian Tremont, are hard at work at Mim’s Whims—their ladies’ hat shop on London’s chic Portobello Road—to create hats for an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea, a fund-raiser for a local children’s hospital. It seems like a wonderfully whimsical way to pass the hat, and Scarlett and Viv are delighted to outfit the Grisby family, the hosts who are hoping to raise enough money to name a new hospital wing after their patriarch.

Unfortunately, the Grisby heir will not live to see it—he’s been poisoned. When traces of the poison are found on the hat Scarlett and Viv made for him, the police become curiouser and curiouser about their involvement. Now the ladies need to don their thinking caps and find the tea party crasher who’s mad enough to kill at the drop of a hat.

This is another good read in this entertaining series. Jenn knows how to pull you into the story so that you are right there with the characters prodding them along in finding clues to expose a killer. Everyone is back and I love the interactions between all the characters, especially the back and forth banter. A good read and I’m looking forward for more adventures with this duo.

A Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan

A Tiger's TaleA Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan is the second book in the “Call of the Wilde” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2014

When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem.

A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken…kidnapped.

The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for.

I enjoyed this “A Tiger’s Tale,” even more than the first book as we get to know more about Grace and her abilities. The author does a good job in keeping me interested and engaged in this delightfully charming whodunit. With some twists and turns and aided by an eclectic resource of friends and animals, I eagerly await the next book in the series, especially with how this one ended.