by Tracy Gardner ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2022
Plenty of action, antiques lore, and developing romance add up to a fascinating page-turner.
Just as her life’s getting back to normal, a New York antiques appraiser faces a life-or-death situation.
Avery Ayers and her sister, Tilly, overcame the supposed deaths of their parents with the help of their wealthy Aunt Midge and enigmatic police detective Art Smith in Ruby Red Herring (2021). Although their mother really did die, their father is slowly recovering from his loss and his ordeal hiding out until the crime that led to her death was solved. Avery gets a job appraising a mansion full of antiques belonging to Aunt Midge’s friend Nick Pennington, duke of the little European kingdom of Valle Charme. Arriving at his Hudson River mansion, she soon learns that a valuable watch has vanished and notices tension among the assembled family members. Avery’s stress level goes up when Tilly, who’s studying voice in London, phones to say that she’s coming home. On her arrival, Tilly is extremely prickly and unwilling to talk. When Avery returns to the manor, the housekeeper, Suzanne, falls or is pushed off the roof just as Midge and Tilly arrive on the scene. Avery’s team discovers more valuable items missing and replaced by cheap imitations. Art, worried about Avery’s safety, pretends to be her assistant while working with the police in charge of the case. The family finally learns that the overwhelmed Tilly, who’s interested only in the vocal aspect of her schooling, was suspended for buying a term paper. Another murder, secret passages, unhappy staff, and Pennington sons with secrets bring Avery and Art face to face with danger as they seek answers.Plenty of action, antiques lore, and developing romance add up to a fascinating page-turner.
Pub Date: June 7, 2022
Page Count: 304
Publisher: Crooked Lane
Review Posted Online: March 15, 2022
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2022
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by Steve Berry ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 20, 2024
Speculators who haven’t been put off by bitcoin’s recent crash will enjoy this walk—well, run—on the wild side.
Cotton Malone, who just can’t stay retired from international intrigue, joins the mad dance of competitors for a fortune in bitcoin.
So many people have forgotten about the horde of gold the retreating Japanese hid on Luzon Island in the Philippines that it’s not at all clear who has legal title to it. That’s perfect for Robert Citrone, the retired CIA overseer of the Black Eagle Trust, which has used the gold to fund covert operations around the world. Just as Derrick Koger, the European station chief for the CIA, is pulling Malone away from his Copenhagen bookstore to help him investigate possible misdeeds swirling around Luxembourg’s Bank of St. George and its ruthless chief operating officer, Catherine Gledhill, other interested parties turn up in often surprising connections. Freelance assassin Kyra Lhota executes Armenian oligarch Samvel Yerevan and moves on to her next target. Malone’s sometime lover Cassiopeia Vitt is snatched by high-ranking Japanese security chief Aiko Ejima. His former lover Suzy Baldwin resurfaces as Kelly Austin, BSG’s director of special technology, who’s concealing secrets from Malone and the rest of the world. They’re all on the trail of a fabulous cache of bitcoin that in the absence of any legal records of ownership will belong, like the Luzon gold, to anyone who can track it down and grab it. The grandly scaled complications that follow feature countless broken alliances and the deaths of a fearsome number of nonfranchise characters. An extended author’s note explains what’s historically accurate (quite a bit, as it turns out) and what’s fabricated (quite a bit more).Speculators who haven’t been put off by bitcoin’s recent crash will enjoy this walk—well, run—on the wild side.
Pub Date: Feb. 20, 2024
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2024
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by Kathy Reichs ‧ RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2020
Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.
Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
A week after the night she chases but fails to catch a mysterious trespasser outside her town house, some unknown party texts Tempe four images of a corpse that looks as if it’s been chewed by wild hogs, because it has been. Showboat Medical Examiner Margot Heavner makes it clear that, breaking with her department’s earlier practice (The Bone Collection, 2016, etc.), she has no intention of calling in Tempe as a consultant and promptly identifies the faceless body herself as that of a young Asian man. Nettled by several errors in Heavner’s analysis, and even more by her willingness to share the gory details at a press conference, Tempe launches her own investigation, which is not so much off the books as against the books. Heavner isn’t exactly mollified when Tempe, aided by retired police detective Skinny Slidell and a host of experts, puts a name to the dead man. But the hints of other crimes Tempe’s identification uncovers, particularly crimes against children, spur her on to redouble her efforts despite the new M.E.’s splenetic outbursts. Before he died, it seems, Felix Vodyanov was linked to a passenger ferry that sank in 1994, an even earlier U.S. government project to research biological agents that could control human behavior, the hinky spiritual retreat Sparkling Waters, the dark web site DeepUnder, and the disappearances of at least four schoolchildren, two of whom have also turned up dead. And why on earth was Vodyanov carrying Tempe’s own contact information? The mounting evidence of ever more and ever worse skulduggery will pull Tempe deeper and deeper down what even she sees as a rabbit hole before she confronts a ringleader implicated in “Drugs. Fraud. Breaking and entering. Arson. Kidnapping. How does attempted murder sound?”Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.
Pub Date: March 17, 2020
Page Count: 352
Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020
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