Klewless title 44/50
A Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas
This is the latest title in the Cyrus Barker series. Barker is a “man of the world” private enquiry agent in olden day London. He traverses the city seeking to solve mysteries presented to him by various parties who engage his services. In this latest tale, his sidekick spends the entire book attempting to evade Scotland Yard while trying to clear Barker’s name when he is banged up for a crime that he did not commit. The historical perspective makes these worth what little time they take to consume. Very beneficial to read in order, and not intellectually difficult, they are good for killing time on vacation or at the beach.
Klewless title 45/50
Darkness First by Joseph Hayman
The McCabe and Savage books are great police procedurals, if not overly formulaic. There is a crime. There is an investigation. There is closure. If you like your cops and robber stories, these are for you. There are no great slights of hand, nor is there any deep, philosophical right vs. wrong questions posed. This is good old fashioned good vs. evil story telling. The series presumes some character familiarity, so probably worth reading these in order, and they are worth reading. Good fast book.
Klewless title 46 /50
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
I will admit that I am a JK Rowling fan. This is her second title featuring PI Cormoran Strike, and it is another winner. Strike is a former UK military officer who after his stint in the sandbox finds himself working as a detective for hire in modern London. This is a bit “fluffy” and not the most difficult to figure out, but enjoyable none the less. It is not necessary to read these in order.
Klewless title 47/50
Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly
This is very much a modern stab at modernizing Aesop. While not directly marketed at children, this would be a good read for the mature pre-teen. The short novella features a young hero leaving his village in order to confront the enemy, all in attempting to seek the cure for the mysterious illness decimating his clan. He is challenged on his quest, both physically and mentally and meets various friends and creatures on his journey. This was a fun afternoon read, and is worth sharing with young people in your life.
Klewless title 48/50
The Flinch Factor by Michael A Kahn
Kahn just started writing the Rachael Gold character again after a 10 year sabbatical. Gold is a St. Louis attorney who is tough on opponents, but enjoys family and friends as well. These are very light hearted, and wildly entertaining. They should be read in order, and are worth looking for. This is a welcome addition to the series, and it is nice to see that Kahn has not lost his storytelling touch.
Klewless title 49/50
The Mourning Sexton by Michael Baron
Michael Baron is the pen name of Michael A Kahn (see above). As I was looking for information on the next book in his Rachael Gold series, I discovered this title that he released under a pen name. This is the story of a grizzled veteran attorney, who goes back to the court room one last time. In tracking the evidence, we are allowed glimpses into the personal history regarding how the lead actors end up leading the lives they do, while collecting clues along the way. The author does an excellent job of character development in this book, and readers would be well served to see them again. This one is worth searching for.
Klewless title 50/50
The Heist by Daniel Silva
The latest Gabriel Allon book. I thoroughly enjoy this series, and highly recommend them to anyone who appreciates serious espionage/thriller storytelling. Silva has broken away from the norm in this title, offering to take Allon on a bit of an “unrelated” assignment. That being said, there is progression in the overarching story, and this propels the characters to where things are going to be headed for the “office”. These should be read in order, and they are well worth the time investment.
Klewless title 51/50
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
This is the latest installment in the Andy Carpenter series. The aw shucks homey defense lawyer finds himself defending a member of the local law police force, when the officer is framed for murder. With the clock ticking, will the defense team be able to arrange the puzzle pieces to figure out whodunit?? This series is always entertaining, and reads like a made for TV movie. Not a bad thing, very low brow entertainment and easy to digest. A good addition to the series, but don’t lose any sleep over passing this one up.
Klewless title 52/50
The 7th Woman by Frederique Molay
I am a huge fan of Eurocrime, and when I read a blurb about this book winning awards on the other side of the pond, I was willing to give it a try. A bit slow off the start, but very engaging after the first few chapters. The book made it very easy to figure out who was committing the crimes, but it was worth continuing to read for sheer entertainment value. This is the first of three in the series, and I can only hope the other 2 titles from the “Paris Murder” series will appear in translation as well. Worth reading.