Private detective Agatha Raisin is finding that the recession is affecting her business. A lot of the small cases that provided a steady income have dried up. When Jerry Tarrant, head of the parish council in the small English village of Piddlebury, hires Agatha to look into the murder of resident Gloria French, she agrees to take the case. Gloria, despite performing a lot of charity work in the village, made a lot of enemies by pilfering things from people and refusing to return them. Even though the residents of Piddlebury disliked Gloria, Agatha finds that the villagers have closed ranks and believe that Gloria's killer was an outsider. Their behavior is making it extremely difficult for Agatha to solve the case. But as regular readers of this longtime series know, Agatha always gets a positive result, despite putting her own life on the line time and time again. An enjoyable sojourn with Agatha and her friends... It will be published in September.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
In Sedaris' latest collection of essays, he includes stories about his childhood, his adult life, and some that are fiction. I really enjoyed "Memory Laps" about his childhood recollections of when he learned to swim, "Just a Quick E-mail" a story of fiction about a woman thanking a friend for a wedding gift, and "The Happy Place" about David's father pressuring him to get a colonoscopy. I also thought that the collection was a much better read than the last few I have read by him. In other recent Sedaris books I've read, I've felt that the stories about his childhood were superior to those about his adult life or the fiction ones. In this collection, though, I really enjoyed all three.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Mary DiNunzio has just made partner in the all-female law firm at which she works in Philadelphia. She's also agreed to marry her boyfriend, Anthony, although she's having doubts about the union. When wealthy teenager Allegra Gardner wants Mary to act as her counsel to help her discover who murdered her older sister, Fiona, six years ago, Mary agrees. She feels an emotional bond with Allegra and would also love the challenge of the case. Allegra believes that Lonnie Stall, the man in prison for Fiona's murder, is innocent. However, Mary and her associate, Judy Carrier, face an uphill battle because Allegra's parents are against her plans and believe that Fiona's killer is in prison. As Mary investigates the case, part of her believes that Allegra could be right, but she has doubts about Allegra's state of mind after talking to her parents. Will Mary be able to find peace in her personal life while helping Allegra? Accused is the latest novel in the Rosato and Associates series. It will be published in October.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Jodi and Todd have been a couple for over twenty years. Todd is a wealthy property developer with a wandering eye. Jodi is a psychotherapist working out of their Chicago condo with a view of Lake Michigan. In a couple of months, Jodi will murder Todd. This is the premise of The Silent Wife. What follows is the unraveling of their relationship--in part because of Todd's affair with his best friend's college-age daughter. Told from both Jodi's and Todd's points of view, the story gives the reader insight on how both characters feel about themselves and each other. I enjoyed the novel because of its Chicago setting and the unfolding story of a failed relationship, leading to such a desperate and violent act. Give to readers who enjoyed Gone Girl, although I enjoyed this book much more. It will be published next month.