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A Christmas Journey

A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry.

 

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(November 18, 2003)
ISBN-10: 034546673X

 

Amazon Review:

 

It’s Christmas and the Berkshire countryside lies wrapped in winter chill. But the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of innocent intrigue and passionate romance are warmed by roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, good wine and gorgeously wrapped gifts. It’s scarcely the setting for misfortune, and no one–not even that clever young aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould–anticipates the tragedy that is to darken this light-hearted holiday house party. But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and another is ostracized, held partly responsible for the shocking turn of events.
To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir sets out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to explain to the dead girl’s mother the circumstances surrounding the sorrowful act–and to bring her back to England for the funeral. Gwendolen’s sole companion on this nightmarish journey is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns more about the victim and the ugly forces that shaped her desperate deed, she understands the heartbreaking truth of the tragedy.

 

A nice little book, and fast reading.

I especially liked the trip they took to bring the letter to the dead girl’s mother. The descriptions of where they were made you feel as if you were on the trip with them.  From bad weather, to horseback riding, to boats, they went through much of England and even more of Scotland. 

Sometimes one must go thru many things to realize why they are how they are.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

 

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday;(April 18, 2017)
ISBN-10: 9780385534246

 

 

Amazon Review:

monstrous crimes in American history
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

 

 Sadly, I have to admit that I never heard about the Osage Murders. 

It seems to me that from the day “immigrants” (like Columbus) stepped foot in America, instead of trying to learn and become all the people of America, all that was done was to try to kill all the Native Americans and/ or take everything possible from them.  The fact that any of them managed to survive to 2018 is nothing short of a miracle. 

In my heart I will never forgive what was (and still is) being done to all of them.

 

 

Death of a Stranger

Death of a Stranger by Anne Perry.

 

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; (October 1, 2002)
Sold by: Random House LLC
ASIN: B000FBFMGQ

 

 

Few authors have written more mesmerizingly about Victorian London than Anne Perry. Readers enter her world with exquisite anticipation, and experience a rich variety of characters and class: aristocrats living in luxury, flower sellers on street corners, ladies of the evening seeking customers on gaslit streets, gentlemen in hansom cabs en route to erotic diversions unknown in their Mayfair mansions. Now Perry gives her myriad fans the book they’ve been waiting for—the novel in which William Monk breaks through the wall of amnesia and discovers at last who he once was.

DEATH OF A STRANGER For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk’s clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace—especially welcome since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Whether he fell or was pushed, the shocking question in everyone’s mind is: What was such a pillar of respectability doing in a seedy place of sin?
Meanwhile, brilliant private investigator William Monk acquires a new client, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not her fiancé, an executive in Nolan Baltimore’s thriving railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him.
As Hester ventures into violent streets to learn who is responsible for the brutal abuse of her patients, Monk embarks upon a journey into the English countryside, where the last rails are being laid for a new line. But the sight of tracks stretching into the distance revives memories once stripped from his consciousness by amnesia—as a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.

 

Another Anne Perry “Monk” mystery!  What a great couple Anne Perry has created with William Monk and Hester! These two could have solved Jack the Ripper back in the day!   I also love that each book you learn more about Monk. Parts of his amnesia return in each book, so that his own personal mystery unravels with each “Monk Novel”.

Always good reading.  So far there hasn’t been a bad book!!

 

The Crossing

The Crossing by Michael Connelly.

 Print Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 3, 2015)
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
ASIN: B00U6DNZOY

 

 

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller’s client, a former gang member turned family man. Though the murder rap seems ironclad, Mickey is sure it’s a setup.

Bosch doesn’t want anything to do with crossing the aisle to work for the defense. He feels it will undo all the good he’s done in his thirty years as a homicide cop. But Mickey promises to let the chips fall where they may. If Harry proves that his client did it, under the rules of discovery, they are obliged to turn over the evidence to the prosecution.

Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch reluctantly takes the case. The prosecution’s file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself: if Haller’s client didn’t do it, then who did? With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto, Harry starts digging. Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he’s been tracking has also been tracking him.

I think I enjoy an occasional Michael Connelly,Harry Bosch book because after having lived in San Fernando Valley for a few years I like reading the street names and towns and know exactly where he is!!  Yes, it’s a dumb reason… but it works!

I haven’t read many Harry Bosch books but I did enjoy all of them.  Once again I get hooked on short chapters, and Michael Connelly’s writing doesn’t make it so you don’t understand  what’s going on.

Good quick reading for someone who is away from home and won’t be sitting for hours at a time reading. 

Somebody’s Daughter

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 10, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0399586059

Amazon Review:

In this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, a man must save the life of a little girl who just might be his daughter….
When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.
After Michael departs, his wife, Angela, learns shocking news about Erica and fears for the safety of both her husband and the endangered girl. When a stranger, a man who claims a connection to Erica and her missing daughter, knocks on the door, Angela is drawn out into the night–and deep into the tangled web of Michael’s past….
Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl’s safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth….

Oh my… David Bell.. one of my all time favorite authors! I have to love when one of my favorite authors comes out with another book! Generally, I have to wait for the price to come down.. but when it does, I send for it right away!!

This book is seriously a thriller!  A number of times you think you know the answers.. but guess what!?.. you don’t! 

His books have very short chapters and move as fast as you can read!  I can say I have never been disappointed in any of his books and I’ve read 9 of his books. *sigh* and I see that next July another new book will go up for sale!!!

Happy reading!

 

Slaves of Obsession

Slaves of Obsession by Anne Perry.

 Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 3, 2000)
ISBN-10: 034543326

 

Amazon Review:

 The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Albertson is becoming a very wealthy man as emissaries from both sides of the conflict rush to purchase his wares. The quiet dinner party held by Albertson and his beautiful wife seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence in this well-appointed mansion. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Albertson’s armaments.
Philo Trace, the Southerner, is both charming and intelligent, but a defender of slavery. Northerner Lyman Breelove is a disturbing blend of political zealot and personal reserve–to whom Albertson’s teenage daughter has pledged her heart. Soon Monk and Hester’s forebodings are fulfilled. For within this group, one is brutally murdered in a cruel ritualistic fashion, and two others disappear–along with Albertson’s entire inventory of weapons.
Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder keg fuse as Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Washington D.C. and the bloody battlefield at Manassas. Yet finally, in a hushed London courtroom scene, Anne Perry holds her readers breathless and spellbound while Sir Oliver Rathbone fights to defend the innocent . . . and perhaps the guilty . . . from the hangman’s noose.

 

This Monk story crossed the Sea to America’s Civil War, Where Hester helped the wounded and Monk finds the people he is looking for.

This book took long while I had surgery and 3 weeks of help from my friend Cathy. But, as usual it is another well written story that makes you read to the end.

 

The Twisted Root

The Twisted Root by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 1999)
ISBN-10: 9780345433251

Amazon Review:

As private investigator William Monk listens to young Lucius Stourbridge plead for help in tracking down his runaway fiancée, he feels a sense of heavy foreboding. Miriam Gardiner disappeared suddenly from a croquet party at the luxurious Bayswater mansion of her in-laws-to-be, and has not been seen since. But on Hampstead Heath, Monk finds the coach in which Miriam had fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman. There is no trace of Miriam.

What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk’s attempt to answer that question proves a challenge, as Miriam Gardiner’s fateful flight ends in a packed London courtroom where brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone wages an uphill battle to absolve her from a charge of murder. And in a race with the hangman, Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly–themselves now newlyweds–desperately pursue the elusive truth . . . and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.

I thought by now  (9 Monk books) that I would be getting tired of the writing.. most prolific mystery/ detective writers get an outline that works and use it every book… not Anne Perry!   Each book is it’s own and her story telling is superb !  They all build in such a way that each time you pick up the book you read a little more then the last time!

Really liked this book. Thank you again Kiyo for send them to me!!!