The Professionals A To G


October 8, 2020

Allan, Barbara. ANTIQUES RAVIN'. Kensington Books. April '20. $7.99. Thirteenth in the Trash 'n' Treasures series. "The votes are in! Eccentric seventy-something Vivian Borne - elected county sheriff, to everyone's amazement but her own - springs into action. In her new role, the community playhouse diva appoints daughter Brandy reluctant deputy and makes their spunky shih tzu Sushi a K-9 unit of one. Soon the amateur-sleuths-turned-pro have a challenging case to solve as a series of creepy crimes plague an ill-fated Edgar Allan Poe festival, where a fiend is misguidedly dispensing Poe-etic justice. Small-town Antiqua, known for its quaint main street of antique shops, has set out to celebrate the gothic poet with food, fun, and rare memorabilia, only to have the Master of the Macabre's twisted tales come to deadly life. A purloined tome, a black cat, a musty mausoleum, and mysterious disappearances - these tell the tale of a heartless murderer. But Vivian and Brandy Borne are determined to decipher the cryptic clues to make sure a ravin'-mad killer strikes 'nevermore'! Don't miss Brandy Borne's tips on hunting for valuable antiques!

Benn, James R. SOLEMN GRAVES: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery. Soho Crime. October '19. $16.95. Thirteenth in the series. Continuing the thrilling series, US Army Detectives Billy Boyle, Kaz, and Big Mike are sent to Normandy one month after D-Day. They must safe-guard Allied operations which are being threatened near the front lines. They arrive at a manor house serving as a temporary HQ to find a murdered Major. The men must keep their investigation secret from informants and German spies and make sure the existence of the 'Ghost Army' is not discovered while solving the murder of the Major.

Benn, James R. WHEN HELL STRUCK TWELVE: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery. Soho Crime. August '20. $16.95. Fourteenth in the series. In this entry in the exciting series, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz must go behind enemy lines during the summer of 1944, to find a traitor to the French Resistance who is trying to deliver classified plans to the Germans in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also looking for the spy, code named Atlantik, after his betrayal ended in the deaths of several resistance fighters. The problem is that although he doesn't know it, Atlantik is carrying bogus information intended to confuse the Germans and keep them from finding out the Allied army's actual destination. Billy and Kaz have to keep the resistance from finding Atlantik at all costs. They must follow a thin line making sure the traitor gets to the Germans, but without tipping off the Resistance.

Cleverly, Barbara. FALL OF ANGELS: An Inspector Redfyre Mystery. Soho Crime. October '19. $15.95. First in a new series. The author of the popular Joe Sandilands series introduces us to a new sleuth in 1920s Cambridge. The CID is thrilled to have Detective Inspector John Redfyre solving crimes as he has entry into the elite colleges and universities that have always been off limits to the police. His adventures start when his Aunt Henrietta invites him to a Christmas concert at St. Barnabas College. Instead of a quiet musical evening, Redfyre is witness to a scandal involving a trumpet player staring in a duo. The trumpeter is a young woman which is very unusual in such conservative academic circles. Then, when she falls and is close to death at the end of the concert Redfyre can't help but wonder if it was an accident at all. As he investigates he asks for help from old friends in the hopes of catching whomever tried to kill the musician.

Disher, Garry. UNDER THE COLD BRIGHT LIGHTS. Soho Crime. December '20. $16.95. Retired Homicide Dectective Alan Auhl now investigates cold cases - and he does it his way! He has a lot on his plate as he looks into the death of John Elphick whose daughters are sure was murdered, but the coroner isn't sure. He's also on the case of a skeleton recently found underneath a slab of concrete Then there's the doctor who killed two of his wives and a grilfriend, but managed not to leave even one piece of evidence! There's no way Alan is going to give up on these cases until justice is served.

Ellroy, James. THIS STORM: A novel. Knopf. May '20. $17.00. "It is January, 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war. Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core. They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with History. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury."

Eskin, Otho. THE REFLECTING POOL. Oceanview Publishing. October '20. $26.95. First in the Marko Zorn Series. Washington DC homicide detective Marko Zorn also works for criminals to help pay for his expense hobbies of collecting art, classic cars, and women. His life becomes very complicated when his work for criminals comes into conflict with his police work. Things start to go wrong when Zorn finds the body of a Secret Service agent who supposedly drowned. Instead, Zorn learns that the death is tied to domestic terrorists and the ties go straight to the White House. Needless to say, the White House is not at all interested in having the murder solved! As the investigation continues, Zorn finds himself caught between his job in law enforcement and the criminals he sometimes works for.

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