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News Week of April 14, 2018


I returned from a week in Victoria to more snow! This must be a whole month of April’s Fool – us being the fools for hoping for spring.

I also found a whole pile of new books to tell you about – mostly mystery novels and a few other gems – in no particular order

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry – A Daniel Pitt novel, as Anne Perry enters the Edwardian era – and inaugurates a new series – as Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s son carries on his family’s distinguished mystery-solving tradition.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo takes place in the 1970s in a run down town, and a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem.

The Mechanical Devil by Kate Ellis is a new Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery. As usual both Wesley and his archaeologist friend Neil Watson attempt to unravel a present day murder and a long-buried mystery.

A Cold Death in Amsterdam by Anja De Jager is the first in the Lotte Meerman Mystery series. Drawing inspiration from the cases her police detective father investigated, this is a series sure to please mystery readers and anyone with a fondness for Amsterdam! The second A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central continues the series, with the third Death on the Canal coming in June.

Another series new to me by Quentin Bates has two new installments, Chilled to the Bone, and Thin Ice, in this Icelandic murder mystery series featuring Officer Gunnhildur Gisladottir.


And, finally, a new book from Claire McGowan, the 4th in her series, A Savage Hunger. I loved the first three with their connections between present day life in Ireland and the troubled past, with forensic psychologist Paula Maguire investigating.

And a few more –

Vi by Kim Thuy is another lovely lyrical book from this fine writer about a young first generation Canadian woman of Vietnamese heritage finding her place in the world.

David Adams Richards brings us Mary Cyr, the tale of a wealthy Canadian woman involved in a tangled web of deceit and power.


Feast by Firelight by Emma Frish features simple recipes for camping, cabin and the great outdoors. For when spring finally comes!





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