White Cargo – Stuart Woods
All Books , Mystery , Thriller / December 2, 2016

Stuarts Woods’ skillful writing brings another mystery thriller in White Cargo, published by HarperCollinsPublishers, copyright 1988. This tale begins on a sailboat vacation from Fort Lauderdale to the Panama Canal and then on to the Pacific Ocean. Wendell “Cat’ Catledge, his wife Katie, and their daughter, nicknamed ‘Jinx’, are boarded by pirates from the fishing vessel Santa Maria off the Colombian Coast near a seaport named Santa Marta.  His first mate, Denny, turns out to be affiliated with the pirates and shoots Cat with bird shot from a shotgun, rendering him unconscious.  Cat awakens to find his wife and daughter murdered and his sailboat sinking quickly.  With no choice but to abandon ship, Cat eventually makes it back home with the help of the Mexican Coast Guard and the American Embassy. After months of mourning he receives a mysterious phone call: “Daddy?”.  It could only be Jinx still alive and captive somewhere in Colombia.  He sets off to Santa Marta to pick up her trail with the help of the CIA.  The Agency wants inside info on the drug cartel that is believed to have been instrumental in Jinx’s abduction.  He employs a Spanish-speaking Australian who is of great help in locating…

The Bones of Paris – Laurie R. King
All Books , Mystery , Thriller / November 14, 2016

Paris! Just the name brings thoughts of romance and intrigue.  In the first century Before Christ the Romans had named it “Lutitia”. Rome fell and the French renamed it Paris. Laurie R. King has once again demonstrated her brilliance and clever use of suspense, character development, and climactic situations creating an edge-of-your-seat thriller.  The Bones of Paris is published by Thorndike Press, copyright 2013. In 1928-29 the city of lights was teaming with artists, writers, poets, photographers and jazz players. Harris Sturyvesant travels to the Montparnasse in Paris in search of a young woman whose uncle has hired him to find her because the family hadn’t heard from her in some time. Harris had worked for J. Edgar Hoover and had a falling out with him so private detective work seemed a practical alternative. He’d been to Paris before and knew his way around but nothing could prepare him for the macabre and theatrical events that he was about to encounter.  His objective, Phillipa Crosby (‘Pip’ to her friends), had been a regular correspondent with her mother and family. Then the letters stopped. Harris Sturyvesant had known ‘Pip’ briefly a year before and that she did modeling for painters and…

Cop to Corpse – Peter Lovesey
All Books , Crime Thriller , Thriller / September 7, 2016

Cop to Corpse, copyright 2012, is a detective novel authored by Peter Lovesey and published by Soho Press.  It is the 12th installment of Lovesey’s Peter Diamond series of detective novels. This installment opens with Peter Diamond finding himself promoted to Chief Superintendent of the murder squad of Bath, England.  Diamond has served for many years as a homicide inspector and boasts the highest rate of solved crimes on the force.  As he begins his new role Diamond is faced with the recent murders of two police constables by high powered rifle shots.  Diamond has just begun his investigation when a third such murder is called in minutes after it occurs.  He and his team swiftly head to the scene with hopes of apprehending the sniper or at least identifying any witnesses to the murder. Once at the scene Diamond encounters a motorcyclist and narrowly avoids getting run over, but he is knocked to the ground and receives many cuts and bruises in addition to a badly twisted ankle.  Hampered badly by the painful injuries, he has to rely on Ingelong Smith and inspector Leaman to continue his investigation.  Diamond’s theory that the murders of police constables were committed by someone in the police force is not a…

The Naming of the Dead – Ian Rankin
All Books , Political Thriller , Thriller / January 17, 2015

The Naming of the Dead (AMZN)– Edgar Award winner, Ian Rankin (wiki) is one of Scotland’s finest writers of mystery with a hand on the pulse of politics and police procedure. Scottish history is, at best, difficult to understand. Infiltrated by many cultures and religions, this country has endured some extremely difficult times both politically as well as feudally. In 2005 presidents Bush and Putin attended an international conference of world leaders triggering massive protests and riotous crowds. When one head of state commits, what seems to be a suicide, most of the police were engaged in riot and crowd control, leaving no one but detective inspector John Rebus and his partner Siobhan (pronounced shee-vaun) to look into the case. When other high ranking officials start turning up murdered, Rebus suspects there is more to this than a serial murderer. As he follows the trail things get rather dangerous for him and his partner when they start connecting politicians with the clues. Ian Rankin’s character development creates a familiarity with seeming real-world kind of people; personalities tend to float off the page. The Inspector Rebus series has kept me captivated and glued to the edge of the next page. I highly recommend…

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