"The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie B. King
Title/Author: “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Laurie B. King
Rating: 5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: What a fun book! Young Mary Russell meets Sherlock Holmes and becomes his apprentice. Great mystery, funny, exciting. I’m looking forward to reading all of the books in the series.
"Sixkill" by Robert B. Parker
Title/Author: “Sixkill” by Robert B. Parker
Rating: 5++ out of 5
WV Reader Review: Unfortunately this is the last Spenser novel as the author died in January 2011. It is worth going back to the 1st one. The TV series “Spenser for Hire” was based on these books. The dialogue is fast and witty. The plot is very creative. The characters are great. There is a love story between Spenser and Susan – a Harvard graduate PhD psychologist – and he a gumshoe. Fast and fun read. I will mis his books.
"Lucifer's Tears" by James Thompson
Title/Author: “Lucifer’s Tears” by James Thompson
Rating: 4 out of 5
WV Reader Review: James Thompson is an ex-pat living in Finland. His Finnish detective, descriptions of Finnish life and thumbnail sketch of Finnish history during WWII make this mystery a solid read.
"Whiplash" by Catherine Coulter
Title/Author: “Whiplash” by Catherine Coulter
Rating: 2 out of 5
WV Reader Review: This is one of many in FBI series featuring Savich and Sherlock, married FBI agents. This story was disjointed, several scenarios going at the same time – but no seemingly real connection. The crimes were successfully solved, the bad guys punished or arrested, two people meet and fall in love, pretty predictable, but usually plot is better.
"Bel-Air Dead" by Stuart Woods
Title/Author: “Bel-Air Dead” by Stuart Woods
Rating: 3 out of 5
WV Reader Review: The Stone Barrington series feature a very rich, very intelligent, very handsome attorney who operates out of the box. His sidekick, Dino, an NYPD sergeant, usually accompanies him. He flies his own plane, dines at the best restaurants, beds beautiful women – lots of them. The books are totally unbelievable – but highly entertaining and a light, quick read!
"Killing Floor" by Lee Child
Title/Author: “Killing Floor” by Lee Child
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
WV Reader Review: Really good story line. You get to meet Jack Reacher for the first time and he is a really smart man. Can be a little bloody in descriptions but he always gets his man.
"Mobbed" by Carol Higgins Clark
Title/Author: “Mobbed” by Carol Higgins Clark
Rating: 3 out of 5
WV Reader Review: These are “soft” mysteries that are not true to life. They are also pretty predictable, with many a twist or two thrown in. However, they offer good character development, so you become attached to the players. Always a happy ending. Sometimes happy romance thrown in. They are easy to read and entertaining.