Anahera has come home to a small town on New Zealand's coast to escape a bad marriage and death of a cheating husband but being home is bringing up old memories of what and why she left home to start with. A new hunky cop will offer some distraction but soon they are all caught up in the disappearance of a young woman and the violence that is just lying under the careful veneer of the town. A different kind of remote landscape, ethnic viewpoint, and culture but the universal message of fear that something or someone you thought you knew is not alright. A solid thriller for fans of Jane Harper and Laura Lippman.
Murder and mayhem on the almost open seas of Elizabeth I reign. Sir Francis Drake is eager to be gone on his next voyage assaulting Spanish galleons in the name of the queen and his own fortune but he is delayed by a suicide/murder on his ship. Bad luck for Drake but it could mean good luck for a British nobleman who yearns for adventure and his best friend, a heretic philosopher with a knack for solving mysteries. A well researched, authentic tale with all the corruption, political backstabbing, and danger of Queen Elizabeth's court. Giordano Bruno is the mysterious smart sidekick to the endearing Sir Philip Sidney and their witty banter as well as the intricate mystery makes the over 500-page saga a treasure. For fans of Hillary Mantel and C.J. Sansom.
Faha is a small Irish town that is on the cusp of being modernized even though its people are guided by tradition and the old faith. The man who will bring them electricity has another agenda, however. Christy once spurned one of Faha's most respected women and he will have an upward battle to find forgiveness. Noel (Noe) is just at an age of understanding and he has Christy to guide him in the inner workings of love, forgiveness and what it means to be a good man. This is a classic Irish coming of age tale that embodies the traditions, culture, and love of language and humor. Niall Williams paints a beautiful picture of the remote Irish landscape and the quiet dignity of its people.
Beth Rivers is on the run and fighting back her fears that she will once again be found by the man who kidnapped her. She may never feel safe again but this author is doing all she can by changing her identity and escaping to a remote Alaskan community near Glacier Bay. Even though she is hiding her real identity and police background from most, this tiny but very savvy town needs her help to solve a murder. It seems that Beth is not the only person hiding things. Promising new series featuring some gruff but lovable characters and a tough but vulnerable woman who wants to let go of the past but can't. This mystery will leave a chill in the air and have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of police procedural mysteries in remote areas and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb.
Small towns hold many secrets and memories that you can never really escape. Still searching for the man who tried to kidnap her, murdered her sister and possibly many others, Natalie is now called to investigate the murder of a beloved teacher, her sister's best friend, and married to a detective co-worker. It looks like witch covens, high school love and mean girls have all jumped to the next generation and are hindering Natalie's search for the answers she needs now. Well paced, taut thriller with an air of creepiness from the boogyman and mean girls.
Well after WWII in Frankfort Germany 1963, Germany struggles to move on from a devastating war but many in the world haven't forgotten nor forgiven the atrocities that happened there. A young woman signs on as a translator to help an investigator with the Auschwitz Trials. She does this against the wishes of her old fashioned fiancee and others but soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into the trial, victims and the defendants. Eva has to confront her own past in order to understand her country's and family responsibility to make amends for the past war. This is a timeless look at tradition and modernism for women as well as a country and people still struggling with the past and their role for the future. Not the usual WWII historical fiction and a must-read for
anyone interested in the German perspective of the war.
A remote island with a very devout population is the setting for this unique blending of old-world thinking and the inevitable lure of the modern ways of the mainland. A boat comes to the island only a few times during half the year and this time it brings an outsider widow and her teenage daughter and a handsome young science teacher and with their arrival comes change and unrest. The accusations of the Salem Witch Trials, religious sects, and seclusion, as well as the testing of boundaries that all teens go through, makes for an eerie story of lust, witchery, and power.
A priest travels to the countryside to replace the local parish priest who has just passed away suddenly. Soon Father Fairfax is pulled into a mysterious discovery and possible conspiracy that the church doesn't want to be shared, the locals fear and knowledge that will change his life forever. Mysterious and well written - the story pulls you in and involves you in a bit of a quandary. Is what we think of as ancient history really ancient or has it all happened before. Not quite a murder mystery or love story and one with elements of science fiction and certainly historical fiction, this is a difficult novel to pigeonhole into any one genre but it will have you asking questions. This book will attract readers from many different areas.
This was a solid three and a half stars for me. A love story written in lists is easily the most unusual format I've ever read but it was not the easiest for my non-millennial brain to process. As you bounce through the lists they are funny, relatable and very poignant. They follow Daniel Mayrock's life from November to June in this journal as he tries to take on adulthood - the desire and then the reality of his wife wanting to get pregnant, his leaving a job he hated to open a money pit bookstore that doesn't thrive and his dealing with the ghosts of the past. This book has a male Bridget Jones vibe and I found these lists to be enormously entertaining and now have a burning desire to write my own random lists for everything.
Reading Elizabeth Berg's books are like helping yourself to an extra dollop of peach cobbler. There is a sweetness to the characters but also a fragility in the way they let their flaws crumble them and makes them real. A group of women in a variety of ages and situations has a club that meets not to discuss a great book or new food recipe but a confession club where each member takes a turn sharing some deep, dark secret about themselves. Some shock but most get some good-natured ribbing and everyone goes home feeling a bit lighter.
There are marriages in turmoil and a new love that might take hold but all the women and their men feel a tight connection to the town and each other. A feel-good book that will make you want to call that good friend you haven't spoken to in a while.
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