Thursday, June 29, 2017

Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris

Lily Bard stretches herself and goes home just before Christmas for her sister's wedding.  Coming back home is sometimes easier than expected and at others harder than she can imagine. 

The sudden death of a new mother causes changes in plans for the pre-wedding festivities.  Lily then becomes involved in the mystery of a long ago missing child. 

This installment deals more with Lily's history and background and makes her realize that Shakespeare is now home.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris

Lilly Bard is beginning to come out of her self imposed shell.  She has friends now, although she does not always know quite what to do with them.  She also is willing to protect others.
When flyers start appearing on windshields with a white supremacists message she is angry but now sure where to direct that anger.  Of course being a person that cleans houses she learns more than she wants to know sometimes although some becomes useful information
Another quick read and we learn a bit about Bobo Winthrope who appears many years later in the Midnight. Texas series. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris

Lily Bard picked Shakespeare based on the name.  She needs to live away from people that know her past and is mostly satisfied living a quiet life as a cleaning lady.  When not working she works out, practices martial arts and when she cannot sleep she walks the streets until she feels she can sleep.

A cozy mystery with a bit of violence, a dark past and a tenacious observer.  A nice, quick read that kept me up late reading.  The solution is not obvious which is also nice.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie

Ghostbusters, treasure hunters, mystery solvers all come together in one package in this paranormal mystery.  Part of a series, not the first, that is a fun light read with just enough suspense to keep the pages turning.
Some is a bit fantastical but it was an enjoyable read.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

A mystery set in 1757 London featuring Lord John Grey whom we know from the Outlander series.  Lord John has to make a decision about a family member's engagement due to some information he came upon by accident.  While looking into that situation another arises that he is forced to investigate dealing with military secrets and troop movements.

What seem at first to be very different incidents the further he looks into the web the closer the events are pulled together.  Through high society, whore houses and a mollie house, that will give you something to wonder about until you read the book, Lord John moves through the strata to find the solution.

My regret is that I did not read this series earlier as I have been reading Mrs. Gabaldon since her first novel.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

Harper Conley can find dead bodies and determine what caused their death.  She and her brother Tolliver travel the country helping families find closure.  It is a difficult way to make a living but you do what you have to do. 
When called to Memphis to go through and old cemetery as part of a college class, mostly so the professor could prove them fakes, did not work by the way, she comes across the body of a young girl she had actually looked for several years earlier, in Nashville. 
Of course law enforcement is suspicious of both Harper and Tolliver and they must work hard to defend themselves.
Very good read!