IN A NUTSHELL
Title: Glass Houses
Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
Date of Release: August 29, 2017
Source: I received a time-sensitive e-galley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Acorns
After reading Glass Houses, I feel like I had a vacation in Three Pines that nearly idyllic place north of Vermont where everyone seems to care for each other yet every conceivable crime takes place. I’ve followed this series from the beginning and with every book, I feel like the characters are good friends I visit once a year and with whom I learn a bit more with every visit. This trip was no different. Louise Penny does not disappoint.
At the heart of this series is her protagonist Armand Gamache who will put everything on the line for his family and province and even the world. In Glass Houses, a visitor to Three Pines is found murdered and dressed in the costume of a mysterious figure that has been standing watch in the center of Three Pines for days. At first the villagers are unsure what this apparition is, once they find out, they are unsure for whom the figure has appeared.
As usual with Penny thrillers, there is parallel story line. This time it’s the transportation of drugs by cartels in Canada and the US. Always the master storyteller, Penny weaves these two lines together in an intricate web.
The scenarios switch back and forth between the murder trial for the visitor victim and the time leading up to the murder and immediately after. At times I had trouble maintaining which time frame I was in as both scenarios have scenes in Three Pines. Nevertheless the murder trial is what binds the parallel story lines.
I highly recommend. After all we all deserve an escape! Have a great week!
In A Nutshell
Title: An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery
Author: Craig Johnson
Date of Release: September 13, 2016
Source: Chicago Public Library
Rating: 4 Nuts out of 5
I couldn’t go back to South Dakota for the Memorial Day weekend, so I did the next best thing – I read the latest Craig Johnson book. Lucky for me South Dakota, more specifically the Sturgis Rally, formed the backdrop for the 12th entry into the Longmire books.
Johnson caught the energy of the rally in a tale involving the original Lola, Henry’s love of long ago, her son and a gun manufacturer who uses a washed-up reality star in his illegal gun trade. There’s a couple ATF agents, plenty of action (including Vic’s wild driving, Henry’s stealth and Walt Longmire’s view of the world).
There’s a long chapter involving Vic shooting competitive skeet with the gun guy. Usually I’d say it was superfluous – but it was Craig Johnson’s writing at it’s finest. It turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the book.
There’s even great chase scene at the end! I highly recommend!
Have a great week!
In a Nutshell
Title: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith
Reader: Robert Glenisher
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Date of Release: June 19. 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
It’s been a long time since I reviewed an audio book. I misplaced my iPod and my other devices seem to have such short battery lives I just wanted until I found it. This was a great audio book to get me back in the habit of listening! (I also finished a long scarf and started a sweater during my listen.)
The Silkworm is the second in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith who you probably all know is really J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series. The same attention to small details is as evident in this series with excellent character development. Cormoran is an amputee who has taken the skills he’s learned in the Special Branch to the streets as a private eye. He has a secretary/partner Robin who has a boyfriend who does not like what she does for a living. There’s a plenty of well-developed suspects too.
This time they take a case involving a missing writer, a scandalous manuscript and ultimately an ugly murder. There’s plenty of action and emotion as the Cormoran and Robin unravel the tangled web of clues. There’s no shortage of characters to love, like, hat and distain in this story. Particularly compelling is the writer’s mentally challenged daughter and the relationship with her mother and her neighbor.
Robert Glenister has a large range of character voices and made listening to this book a wonderful experience.
Have a great week!
In the Clearing, by Robert Dugoni, is the third Tracy Crosswhite thriller. Based on this one I will definitely be looking to read the first two! Tracy is a police detective who helps out a friend, Jenny, who attended the police academy at the same time as Tracy. Jenny has gone on to fill her father’s post as sheriff of a lesser populated county in Washington State. Jenny’s father died leaving an open case from his first days as a deputy forty years before in the same county involving the presumed suicide of a Native American high school student. There is an additional subplot involving the murder of the husband of a prominent attorney’s daughter.
While there weren’t quite as many twists and turns as I like, it was well-plotted and well-written with believable characters. I’m always looking for new series and I think this one is a keeper.
In the Clearing will be released May 17, 2016 and is published by Thomas & Mercer.