Waiting On Wednesday (110)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Heart of Barkness
Chet & Bernie Mystery #9
Spencer Quinn
Forge, July 2019
Mystery, Private Investigators

From the publisher—

Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much worse in the world of country music. They’re both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses – even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing – and before the night is over, it’s stolen again.

Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each other.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Chet & Bernie are my all-time favorite private investigator duo and it’s almost entirely because of Chet. Some mystery readers can’t abide animal sleuths, especially those who actively solve crimes and Chet certainly does in his doggy way. Other readers are put off by unreliable narrators and there are none so unreliable as Chet who, while he’s telling the story of their latest escapade, is easily distracted by the nearest squirrel or tasty treat. While Bernie follows clues, Chet follows his nose and thinks very hard. It’s been 4 years since their last novel and I’m so excited you’d think I had a plate of bacon in front of me 😉

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Waiting On Wednesday (109)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Searching for Sylvie Lee
Jean Kwok
William Morrow, June 2019
Mystery, Family Drama

From the publisher—

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women—two sisters and their mother—in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation

It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother—and then vanishes.

Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love.

But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it’s Amy’s turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister’s movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy’s complicated family—and herself—than she ever could have imagined.

A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Will it sound weird if I confess that I don’t know why? I’ve never read anything by Ms. Kwok and I’m not especially drawn to stories revolving around the difficulties of immigration but something about this synopsis is plucking at me. Maybe it’s the combination of setting and emotional family issues at the core of the mystery. I just know that this is high on my wishlist.

Waiting On Wednesday (108)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Flowers Over the Inferno
A Teresa Battaglia Novel
Ilaria Tuti
Soho Crime, April 2019
Mystery, Police Procedural

From the publisher—

In a quiet village surrounded by ancient woods and the imposing Italian Alps, a man is found naked with his eyes gouged out. It is the first in a string of gruesome murders.

Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a detective with a background in criminal profiling, is called to investigate. Battaglia is in her mid-sixties, her rank and expertise hard-won from decades of battling for respect in a male-dominated Italian police force. While she’s not sure she trusts the young city inspector assigned to assist her, she sees right away that this is no ordinary case: buried deep in these mountains is a dark history that may endanger a group of eight-year-old children toward whom the killer seems to gravitate.

As Teresa inches closer to the truth, she must also confront the possibility that her body and mind, worn down by age and illness, may fail her before the chase is over.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? The setting in an Italian village appeals to me and I do love a good police procedural, which this promises to be. It looks like there is at  least one trigger—endangered children—but that doesn’t affect my choice of books so I’m really wanting to check out this debut. Intriguing title, too!

Waiting On Wednesday (107)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

A Deadly Turn
A Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery #3
Claire Booth
Severn House, March 2019
Mystery, Police Procedural

Hank Worth thinks he’s performed a good deed when he pulls over the car of six teens caught speeding on a Saturday night and lets them off with a warning and instructions to go home. When he responds to an urgent call minutes later, he realises he made a fatal error of judgement – every teen is dead.

Struggling to come to terms with his role in the crash, Hank begins to suspect foul play. While notifying the parents of the children involved, his suspicions grow when an unidentified body is discovered in one of their homes and a teenage girl is found after apparently attempting to commit suicide. Hank believes the incidents are connected, but those around him disagree.

Is Hank right, or is his guilt making him search for answers where there are none?

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and Hank Worth has become one of my favorite sheriffs. It took this episode a little longer than usual to come to release date but that just makes me want it more 😉

Waiting On Wednesday (106)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

A Question of Holmes
Charlotte Holmes #4
Brittany Cavallaro
Katherine Tegen Books, March 2019
Mystery, Young Adult

In the explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series, Holmes and Watson think they’re finally in the clear after graduating from Sherringford…but danger awaits in the hallowed halls of Oxford.

Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson finally have a chance to start over. With all the freedom their pre-college summer program provides and no one on their tail, the only mystery they need to solve, once and for all, is what they are to each other.

But upon their arrival at Oxford, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents befell the theater program at Oxford last year, culminating in a young woman going missing on the night of a major performance.

The mystery has gone unsolved; the case is cold. And no one—least of all the girl’s peculiar, close-knit group of friends—is talking.

When Watson and Holmes join the theater program, the “accidents” start anew, giving them no choice but to throw themselves into the case. But as the complicated lines of friendship, love, and loyalty blur, time is running out—and tragedy waits in the wings.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I first met Charlotte and Jamie almost three years ago and have enjoyed their adventures immensely, not to mention being intrigued by them as modern-day descendents of the famous Holmes and Watson. While I’m really anticipating this next story, I’m sad it’s the end of the series. Maybe the author will relent and give us more!

Waiting On Wednesday (105)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Golden Tresses of the Dead
A Flavia de Luce Novel #10
Alan Bradley
Delacorte Press, January 2019
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times).

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding,” muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, sharpening her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve—not so simple an endeavor with her odious little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? From the very first moment I “met” Flavia, I fell in love and the bloom has not come off the rose. Flavia is a little older now and a little wiser, finally setting up shop with Dogger as professional detectives and I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for this charming and extremely precocious child of post-WWII Bishop’s Lacey, a small British village with an awful lot of murders. The Boston Globe pegged Flavia with a perfect turn of phrase—“Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes” and I couldn’t have said it better.

Waiting On Wednesday (104)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Murder Likes It Hot
A Downward Dog Mystery #6
Tracy Weber
Midnight Ink, January 2019
Mystery, Cozy

From the publisher—

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo, despite her high-energy life. She’s trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth.

When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I think cozies can be too sappy sometimes and a little goes a long way if you know what I mean 😉 This series has held my attention from the first book, partly because the protagonist is not TSTL and the author sets each mystery around a theme that teaches the reader a little something. In this case, teenaged homelessness is at the core of the story along with a look at different types of family…and I’ll get to spend more time with Bella!