I am sitting here on a cool New Zealand autumn afternoon watching the storm clouds mass and churn in the sky. Even though we are under lockdown and everyone was told to stay home for the long weekend, our emergency services alert siren has been very active. I feel very sorry for and appreciative of our volunteer Fire Brigade members, Ambulance crews and Police who are continually being called upon to put their own lives in danger because people can’t do as they are told and stay home. Thank you to all of these brave people, and also all those in the medical community who continue to go to work to care for the ill. Bless you all.
I am currently reading The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell which is due for publication April 14.
And I am almost finished listening to Susan Mallery’s Meant to be Yours (Happily Inc. #5) This is delightfully different, humorous, and I am not finding the fact that I have read none of the earlier books in the series a handicap. And isn’t that cover just beautiful!
This week I am planning on reading Find Her Alive (Detective Josie Quinn #5) by Lisa Regan
Detective Josie Quinn hasn’t heard from her sister since Trinity stormed out of the house in the heat of an argument three weeks ago. So, when human remains are found at the remote hunting cabin where Trinity was last seen, Josie can only assume the worst.
Gathering her team, Josie feels a surge of relief when the dental records match a different body – that of a missing single mother from a neighboring town. But now Josie’s is not the only broken family desperate for answers.
Dusting the crime scene for prints, a name smudged into the side of a nearby car is the first in a trail of clues Trinity left for Josie. In need of a big story to save her journalism career, it seems Josie’s sister was attempting to make contact with a dangerous serial killer known for creating sculptures with his victim’s bones. And Trinity won’t stop until she’s found him, even if it means becoming his next masterpiece…
Josie is certain there’s a critical clue in the ivory hair comb delivered to Trinity just days before she went missing. But as more bones surface, each set more likely to be Trinity’s than the last, time is running out to find her alive. Can Josie’s team trust her instincts in a case that is so deeply personal? Can she find her sister without putting other innocent lives in danger?
The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler
A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.
After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.
But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?
And Never Forget by Martin Michaud
When an eccentric homeless man jumps to his death in Old Montreal, the police discover two wallets in his possession: those of a retired psychiatrist who was recently murdered in a bizarre ritual and a powerful corporate lawyer who has vanished. As police detective Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, work to solve the separate mysteries, a dark history begins to emerge.
While the pressure builds and the bodies accumulate, dark and disturbing secrets come to light about a pivotal moment in Quebec’s history. But will Lessard and Taillon crack the case in time to prevent the killer from striking again?
I have received five new ARCs from NetGalley this week:
Little Whispers by K.L. Slater
The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls
All Our Summers by Holly Chamberlin
The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson with J.D. Barker
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
I was a little more restrained than last week, but I still have seven requests on my pending shelf ☺
Stay safe. Stay home and read. And be kind, my friends.