Linda Howard and Linda Jones: After Sundown Friday, Apr 10 2020 

After Sundown is the creation of two talents combining forces to bring this tale of romantic suspense with an edge to the page.

Sela Gordon is the shy owner of a small shop in rural Tennessee who keeps herself to herself in Wears Valley. Ben Jeringan is the equally reclusive ex-military man who lives alone on Cove Mountain and keep his distance from everyone in the surrounding area, stopping in Sela’s shop for gas and groceries on occasion.

The day he breaks that pattern it’s to tell Sela that a solar storm is coming and will take down the power grid. His warning allows her to make some preparations for herself, her aunt Carol she cares for, and Carol’s teen granddaughter whom she’s raising.

When the worst happens and it’s clear the townspeople need a leader, Sela will find the strength to step up. And Ben will have to lower his guard enough to allow this woman he finds undeniably sexy into his life.

There will be a ‘before’ world and an ‘after’ world, with grievances as people adjust to their new lives and learn new skills. How to cook, medical care, teaching the children all will be done by the donated talents of those living in the valley and mountainside.

But there will also be a standoff from some who feel they have a right to take more of what their small community is meant to be sharing. And that’s when the guns come out.

A startling and all-too-believeable thriller.

Julia Spencer-Fleming: Hid From Our Eyes Tuesday, Apr 7 2020 

Julia Spencer-Fleming brings readers the ninth installment in her popular series featuring NY police chief Russ Van Alstyne and his wife, Episcopalian priest Clare Fergusson in Hid From Our Eyes.

With two busy careers, the newlyweds are managing their infant son’s needs. Russ is fielding the possible defunding of his department and an impending vote, while Clare looks for help at her church to ease her workload and fights for her sobriety when a young woman’s body is found on a lonely road outside of town.

The body is found in a situation that bears an uncanny resemblance to a similar case from 1952, when the police chief at the time was Harry McNeil.

When he retired and the new chief was Jack Liddle, another woman was found in similar circumstances. In that case, the suspect was a local boy, a Vietnam vet who’d just returned and found the body while passing on his motorcycle: Russ Van Alstyne.

The book shows threads of all three time periods as the case heats up and shows that the first two cases were never solved. Of course, the last thing Russ needs is the decades-old suspicions coming up when he’s fighting to save his department.

And it may be the last thing harried Clare needs, too.

They will set out to find the murderer who has managed to evade authorities for decades. As the action switches between
the time periods and the victims, suspects will rear be on the radar, but the stretched time period skews things, making the denouement all the more complex and interesting.

Spencer-Fleming has developed the personalities of Russ and Clare thoroughly in previous books, yet readers new to the series will be able to discern why they are such a popular couple, as she illustrates the frustrations they share underpinned by their love.

She doesn’t ignore secondary characters, either, bringing attention to single mom Hadley Knox, whose past she keeps running from, and her strained relationship with another officer no longer in their department.

It all adds up to a highly anticipated mystery that will make readers of the series realize just how much they’d been missing Russ and Clare. Highly recommended.

Janet Roger: Shamus Dust Thursday, Apr 2 2020 

Shamus Dust is Janet Roger’s entry into 1947-48 London, feeling its way after WWII.

It’s noir of the highest order, with a darn good mystery linking the story of an American PI, Newman, who is called out Christmas morning on an unlikely errand.

A nurse has found the body of a young man in the church’s porch where she’s gone to light candles before her shift starts.

With Newman’s instincts on alert, he finds an unlikely helpmate in the form of the temporary medical examiner over the holidays. Before he can blink, the murders have escalated, and Newman has an uncanny knack for being either the body’s finder or uncomfortably close to them at the time of their demise.

What follows is a cat and mouse game of the highest order. Big financiers trying to capitalize on the war rebuilding efforts vie with historical archeologists. Woman who marry for all the wrong reasons are contrasted with men who like other men and even others who take advantage of that.

And then there are the Councilors, the police Superintendent, and the detectives who may or may not be on the right side of the law. Because which is the right side in these times?

The element that is immediately apparent and elevates this from any other noir PI mystery is Roger’s use of language. Supple and as elegant as a silk gown worn without undies, her descriptions and prose flows and puts the reader squarely in the era.

If you like the era, or PI novels, or noir, or just damn good writing, this one’s for you.

CJ Tudor: The Other People Wednesday, Apr 1 2020 

Perfect for April Fool’s Day!

Auntie M reads about three crime novels a week. So when an author who writes great books keeps getting consistently better, she takes notice. Without repeating herself, CJ Tudor has done just that, bringing out her fourth, The Other People. And as much as the first three were loved and exalted, this one just may be her best.

It’s the stuff of nightmares. Driving home one night, stuck in traffic, the face of a young girl appears in the back window of the car in front of Gabe. It’s his daughter’s face.

He races home only to find police there with unthinkable news: his wife and daughter, Izzy, have been killed by an apparent intruder. How could this happen?
And how could he have seen his daughter in a car in front of him when she’s already dead?

In the intervening three years, Gabe has become a ghost of his former self. Living in a van, he drives up and down the highway, looking for the rusted old car that took his daughter away. For he’s convinced he saw her that night, and that she can’t be dead.

What’s going on here is not a ghost story, not really. But there are spooky and unbelievable things happening, and they center around The Other People, a group who have taken the awfulness that’s happened to them as individuals and dealt with it not by forgetting but by exacting revenge in a way that can’t lead back to them.

It’s a total and complete new world Gabe finds himself in. Forced to confront his own secrets, too, he must figure out what’s really happening, and finds an accomplice in an unlikely place.

Lee Child says: “Some writers have it, and CJ Tudor has it big time.” Creepy and atmospheric, yet a satisfying read, this one completely earns the tag Highly Recommended.

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