Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, February 15, 2016


  • Peter Abrahams, Down the Rabbit Hole.  The first Echo Falls mystery featuring thirteen-year-old Ingrid Levin Hill, an eigth grader whose fictional idol is Sherlock Holmes.  "Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Or at least her shoes are.  And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder inestigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol."  This paperback edition includes a "deleted scene."  Abrahams has written a number of well-received adult and children's mysteries both as by himself and as by "Spencer Quinn."
  • Michael Cadnum, Seize the Storm.  YA thriller.  On a family sail from California to Hawaii are cousins Martin and Susannah, Susannah's parents, and a crewman.  Their yacht comes  across a drifting powerboat with two dead bodies and a large stash of money.  Suddenly their vacation goes very, very wrong.  Cadnum is a National Book Award winner and prize-winning poet.
  • Colin Cotterill, The Woman Who Wouldn't Die.  The ninth Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery set in Laos.  "Three days after a woman's funeral, she's back in her house as if she'd never been dead aat all -- despite the fact that everyone in the village saw her body burn.  Now she is a clairvoyant, and soon the brother of a dead Lao general enlists her help to uncover the general's remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a rier for many years."  Enter Lao national coroner Dr. Siri.  According to the author's bio, Cotterill has a wife and "six deranged dogs."
  • Deborah LeBlanc, Water Witch.  Horror novel set in the author's native Louisiana.  Dunny has kept her special talents hidden for years but now her powers might be the only thing that can save two missing children.  And the ghosts and spirits of the swamp pale against the powerful evil that has targeted the children, along with anyone who tries to help them.
  • Wayne C. Lee, Sudden Guns.  Western.   On the way to the family ranch, Clint Dane is robbed of $23,000 in gold -- his father's lifetime earnings.  Reaching the ranch he finds his parents dead and his sister missing.  He's sure that his sister's estranged husband, the outlaw Larry Briles, has kidnapped her.  If Dane has had a bad day, that's nothing compared to what's in store for Briles.
  • Tempa Pagel, Here's the Church, There's the Steeple.  An Andy Gammon mystery.  A 200-year-old skeleton is discovered in the ruins of a church steeple in Newburyport, Massahusetts.  Andy, an "outsider" who has married into her husband's community, discovers a silver tankard that has been missing since 1811.  A much fresher corpse shows up.  An arsonist strikes Andy's home and it becomes clear that someone wants long-buried secrets to stay buried.  I picked this one up because of the setting; Kitty and I spent one of the coldest winters on record in poorly heated apartment in Newburyport.  Lovely town, but danged cold.
  • Thomas Perry, Blood Money.  The fifth Jane Whitfield mystery.  Jane is a Native American (Senaca) woman who helps the helpless disappear.  This time Jane is helping a woman whom the mob suspects has the only record of a shady investment worth billions.  A mafioso army is descending on  the city, leaving Jane no means of exit for herself and her client.

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