New books to review!

Wow! What a bumper crop. I have just received a batch of books to review from the Sisters of Crime. Watch this space for reviews of the following (will be in July):

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“The Right Wrong Number” by Jim Nesbitt out today!

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“The Right Wrong Number”, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Jim Nesbitt’s “Last Second Chance” is out today. To secure your copy go to Amazon (for your country).

Jim is our “Author of the Month” and you can find details of the book, my review, and it’s release on our Book Tours Page: The Right Wrong Number.

About The Right Wrong Number:

When the phone rings long after midnight, it spells trouble of the lethal kind for Ed Earl Burch. A cashiered homicide detective with bad knees, a wounded liver and an empty bank account, Burch has been hired to protect an old flame after the disappearance of her husband, a high-flying Houston financier who ripped off his clients, including some deeply unsavory gentlemen from New Orleans.

It’s a simple job that goes wrong fast, plunging Burch into a ruthless contest where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Money and sex— twin temptations served up by the old flame, a rangy strawberry blonde with a violent temper and a terminal knack for larceny and betrayal—tempt Burch to break his own rules. But when his best friend gets murdered by hired muscle in Dallas, Burch blames himself and grimly sets out for vengeance.

Bristling with relentless action, a pulse-racer of a plot, a solid storyline, and a colorful cast of characters, The Right Wrong Number is hard-boiled detective fiction at its finest. With his pitch-perfect voice and keen eye for detail, Jim Nesbitt uses the skills honed over decades of deadline journalism to create an extraordinary story centered on a protagonist like no other: the deeply flawed but wildly compelling Ed Earl Burch. A taut, tense, uncompromising tale of revenge and redemption, The Right Wrong Number is a damned good story exceptionally well-told.

 

Christmas Reading – Suggestion 1

Are your looking for some Christmassy reading these holiday?  Why not give “Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop” edited by Otto Penzler, a go.

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I’m a big fan of Otto Penzler’s mystery story compendiums and am particularly fond of his Christmas collections. I picked this one up on my trip to New York. This collection of short stories is inspired by the Christmas holiday and all stories (be they funny, creepy, clever et al) are set (at least in part) in the Mysterious Bookshop. It features stories by Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, Ed McBain, Donald Westlake, Thomas Cook, and more. Really worth a look and a great addition to your holiday reading list.