23 March 2009

Recent reads

Not my usual type of book but I did enjoy this medical thriller by one of the authors who attended LCC. Former NYC medical examiner Dr. Edward Jenner is asked by a friend to look into the case of his daughter's murder, which turns out to be one of a string of serial killings. The young woman's roommate turns up at his home, asking for shelter, and a relationship develops between them as they search for the madman together.

Claudia Bishop was on the panel I moderated at Left Coast Crime.As well as this series, she writes the Hemlock Falls mysteries. This is the second in the series about Dr. Austin McKenzie, who practices veterinary medicine in rural upstate New York. In this outing, Dr. McKenzie must solve the mystery of who killed a most unpleasant turkey farmer, in order to absolve the young man who sells him turkey feed.

Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time was the March read of the DorothyL Book Discussion group. I hadn't read this book for years, but remembered it fondly. Sadly, it wasn't as absorbing as I remembered. Although I did love the story of Inspector Alan Grant's research about Richard III, there was a lot more dry historical exposition than I remembered.

This is the second in the Dirty Business mystery series.
Landscape designer Paula Holliday has been invited by her old school friend Lucy to spend a weekend at a hotel and spa in Connecticut wine country. While she's in the bar waiting for her friend to arrive, Lucy is hit on by a handsome man who later is found dead behind the hotel. Of course, Paula is a suspect, and in order to prove her innocence, she must discover who is guilty.

This is the Gourmet Girl mystery series co-written byJessica Conant-Park and her mother, Susan Conant. Our heroine Chloe Carter tags along with her boyfriend chef Josh Driscoll as he films an episode of a "battle of the chefs"-style television series. They choose a random shopper at an upscale market to be the recipient of a home-cooked gourmet dinner, but the fun is spoiled when the shopper's wife dies a painful death during the meal. Josh is not a suspect, but having been the only person to witness the death, Chloe feels that she must discover whodunnit.

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