I finished A Box Of Gargoyles by Anne Nesbet. This charming book seems as if it should be the middle book in a trilogy, but the author published a different title altogether last year. I’m not sure I care for “companion novels”. If there’s more than one book with the same characters and world I want a nicely rounded trilogy or an ongoing series. I guess I’ll just keep an eye out for a third book.
I’m still reading Two Graves by Preston and Child. I like happy endings, and while these authors don’t exactly tell cheery tales, the books at least have satisfying conclusions. I’m nowhere near the end, but something I wished for is already completely squelched as a possibility. I’m sure things will wrap up and I’ll be sort of happy, or will at least feel that justice has been served. Right now I’m all sad facey.
Stephanie Barron’s new Jane Austen mystery Jane and the Waterloo Map comes out February 2nd. The author’s real name is Francine Matthews, who knew?
The excellent Bill Crider has a new Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery out called Survivors Will Be Shot Again. I save and savor these wry, witty tales of a small town Texas sheriff when I’m feeling low. I’m always cheered by the steady way the sheriff unflappably solves every case that comes his way.
Jo Nesbo has a new book out called Midnight Sun, described on his website as “A short, lyrical tale of a man on the run from a crime lord’s deadly retribution, lost far beyond the Arctic Circle, where the sun remains in the sky for months on end.”
I have one of his early titles on my “to be read” shelves, purchased because of high personal recommendations from readers. We shall see. It might be too gritty for me, meaning violent, with cold descriptions of the violence and perhaps a feeling of unrelenting desolation. Ya. Speaking of cold, reading something like this in January in the frigid north might be a mistake for me. You go ahead and read it and let me know. Maybe you’re somewhere warm with a icy drink in your mitt.
Speaking of cold, the latest Jonathan Stride novel by Brian Freeman is The Cold Nowhere. I’ve met the author and he is this warm teddy bear type person, who writes seethingly suspenseful books set in Duluth, Minnesota. The Cold Nowhere is the 8th Jonathan Stride.
One of the best hard science fiction writers you’ll ever find is Robert J. Sawyer. His newest novel comes out in March and is called Quantum Night.
I love short stories, particularly science fiction, mystery and horror tales. These succinct little gems create a whole world and characters in a wonderful short readable bit. One of the masters of frightening short tales is Peter Straub. His newest collection is Interior Darkness.