A fantastic vintage crime novel, A Man Lay Dead, is the epitome of country house party mysteries.
Rating: 5 star
Source: egalley provided by the publisher through NetGalley
“From picturesque canals to the swirling currents of the ocean, a world of secrets lies buried beneath the surface of the water. Dubious vessels crawl along riverbeds, while the murky depths conceal more than one gruesome murder.
The stories in this collection will dredge up delight in crime fiction fans, as watery graves claim unintended dwellers and disembodied whispers penetrate the sleeping quarters of a ship’s captain. How might a thief plot their escape from a floating crime scene? And what is to follow when murder victims, lost to the ocean floor, inevitably resurface?” Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – Deep Waters from British Library Crime Classics”
The Whisper Man by Alex North is a 2019 Celadon Books publication.
Rating: 5 star
Source: This was my August selection from BOTM club.
“In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.
But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.
Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.
And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window.” Goodreads
The Whipser Man had to be one of the creepiest books I’ve read in some time. The intensity of the suspense kept me from being able to walk away from this one. I nearly read it in one sitting. It came with so many twists and turns that I was genuinely shocked by the ending. I just didn’t guess who the “Whisper Man” was. The characters were well written and really either made you love them or hate them. No ambivalence here at all. Parts of the book take place in a small town setting, specifically in an older slightly disturbing house. This lent a sense of isolation to the story line. Overall, this was one of my favorite books so far this year.
If the thought of reading a suspense or thriller book puts a smile on your face, you can see more of my recommendations of this genre here. If you’ve read this I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book. You can find a copy for your own library at the following retailer.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is currently being run by That Artsy Reader Girl. A theme is assigned every Tuesday, and I will hopefully be discussing it with you here each week. This week’s theme is “Books I’ve Read That I’d Love To Own.” Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Love To Own”
Welcome to Vintage Sundays! Each Sunday I will be featuring a mystery classic from yesteryear. From cozies, police procedurals, hard boiled private detectives and more, the world of crime novels have given us many great authors and detective characters alike. Let’s revisit them together on Vintage Sundays. This week is dedicated to a novel that is the epitome of noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain”
Pleating for Mercy by Melissa Bourbon is a 2011 publication by Berkley publishing. It is the first installment in the Magical Dressmaking series.
Rating: 4 star
Source: purchased Kindle edition through Amazon
“When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jane Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But when she opens a dressmaking boutique in the turn-of-the-century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow senses an inexplicable “presence.” Her old friend Josie orders a gown for her upcoming wedding, but when Josie’s boss turns up dead, Harlow has to find the killer-with a little help from beyond.” Goodreads Continue reading “Pleating for Mercy by Melissa Bourbon – Book Review”