Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Matt and I are celebrating by…eating Chinese. And bowling. & of course having a drink or five. :)
I got four books this week: two adult thrillers (yay!) and two MGs (double-yay!)
The Paris Directive by Gerald Jay. (Thank you, Knopf Doubleday!!)
In a Berlin hotel room in the late 1990s, two former French intelligence agents hire Klaus Reiner, a ruthlessly effective hit man, to eliminate an American industrialist vacationing in the Dordogne, in southwestern France. Reiner easily locates his target in the small village of Taziac, but the hit is compromised when three innocent people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Enter Inspector Paul Mazarelle, formerly of Paris but now living in Taziac, charged with bringing his experience and record of success in the capital to bear on the gruesome quadruple homicide at the height of tourist season.
Both Mazarelle’s investigation and Reiner’s assignment become complicated when Molly, a New York City district attorney and daughter of two of the victims, arrives to identify the bodies and begins asking questions. All evidence points to Ali Sedak, a local Arab handyman, but Mazarelle and Molly have doubts, forcing Reiner to return to Taziac to ensure they see things as he arranged them.
The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash. (Thank you, Bloomsbury Kids!!)
Sometimes the best adventures of all are waiting right in your own back yard.
Goldenrod Moram loves adventure, especially when it comes in the form of mapmaking. An avid fan of the legendary explorers Lewis and Clark, she decides to start her own exploring team, the Legendary Adventurers, and to spend her summer vacation discovering the unmapped forest right behind her home. This simple task is complicated by a series of unique events-a chance encounter with a mysterious old lady has her searching for a legendary blue rose. Another, more unfortunate, encounter lands her in the middle of a ragtag bunch of nicknamed ruffians. Throw in the trapped spirit of Meriwether Lewis himself and her well-meaning but nuisance of a little brother, and Goldenrod Moram is in for the quest of a lifetime . . .
Madhattan Mystery by John J. Bonk. (Thank you, Bloomsbury Kids!!)
Lexi and her younger brother, Kevin, are spending the summer in New York City with their colorful actress aunt while their father is away on his honeymoon with his new wife. Still mourning the loss of their mother, time in NYC should be a welcome change for Lexi and Kevin-assuming that the day camp they’ll be attending isn’t super lame.
But excitement finds Lexi and Kevin when, while waiting for their aunt in Grand Central station’s famous Whispering Gallery, Lexi overhears a secret conversation about a big jewel heist going down–where Cleopatra’s Jewels will be stolen. Once at Aunt Roz’s, the siblings meet Kim Ling Levine in the building. Half Chinese, half Jewish, persuasive and all-knowing, Kim Ling urges them to ditch day camp and dig into the more exciting mystery Lexi overheard. Can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim find out who’s behind the jewel heist without getting into too much trouble themselves?
Strindberg’s Star by Jan Wallentin (Thank you, Penguin!!)
STRINDBERG’S STAR opens on amateur cave diver Erik Hall exploring the deep recesses of a flooded mining shaft near his home in Sweden. In a cavern seven hundred feet below sea level, he discovers a well-preserved corpse wearing an ancient ankh, the Egyptian symbol for eternal life. It doesn’t take long for the press to appear on the scene and news of the strange find to spread.
When a German expert in religious symbols and Nazi history, Don Titelman, learns of the ankh he seeks out Erik only to find him dead-and immediately becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Don and his lawyer, Eva Strom, are taken to the German Embassy in Sweden for questioning only to be inexplicably imprisoned in an old wine cellar. Don and Eva manage to escape, seeking out refuge with Don’s sister, Hex-a mysterious recluse who lives in an abandoned railroad deep underground. Soon a ruthless secret society is chasing Don and Eva across Europe, in search of the ankh and its secrets…and that’s only the beginning.