Looking for a fun new cozy mystery series? Then be sure to read Leigh Perry’s The Skeleton Takes a Bow. Sid, the family talking skeleton, is finally getting his big moment in the spotlight and is starring in a local high schools production of Hamlet. Okay, so he is really just a prop in the play and it’s only his skull, but it’s a start. Everything is going great, until he is left overnight at the high school and overhears a murder taking place. The next day no one discovers a body. So he and his human friend Georgia decide to do some investigating.
Perry has such a knack with the wit in her dialogue. I find myself chuckling along with the characters. The bone puns are just one of the things I enjoy about this series. The characters are great and I am excited to see how they continue to develop. Everyone has a background that has been hinted at and I find myself craving to know more. Yes this is a cozy mystery, but it still has darkness and depth to the plot. Perry keeps her subject matter light with the aid of a talking skeleton, but some of the story is grittier. The combination of humor and suspense really keeps you hooked from beginning to end. This is a great series with lots of red herrings and crazy things happening.
The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens is the first book in a gripping new mystery series. This compelling psychological thriller kept me turning the pages from start to finish. Gabriel McRay is a homicide cop on the way out. His personal problems have interfered with his job to the point that he has been told to resign. That changes when bodies start turning up with notes addressed to him. As the case progresses, Gabriel realizes that the killer’s identity is hidden in memories that he buried due to childhood trauma, but now he must face them.
This story was great and and kept you guessing until the end. Stevens did an amazing job creating complex characters. It seemed people had their own issues to work through, along with solving the murders, making the entire story more realistic and believable. Steven’s also did an incredible job with her psychological profiling. I was so intrigued by this aspect of the story. We recently had Laurie Steven’s in the store for a book signing and we have signed copies available for you to start a new mystery series.
Bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick has shown us a world filled with guardian angels in her Hush, Hush saga and now she is taking us hiking through a blizzard in her latest novel Black Ice. Britt is still healing from her breakup with Calvin and has decided the best way to get over him, or maybe to win him back, is to go backpacking through the Tetons. She has been training all year for this adventure and is planning to go with her bestfriend Korbie, who is also Calvin’s little sister. As the two set out for Korbie’s family cabin, they get caught in a terrible blizzard. The two girls start walking in the snow and it doesn’t take long for them to become cold and wet. Stumbling upon a small cabin Britt and Korbie ask the two boys staying there if they can spend the night. Things take an ugly turn and the girls find themselves being held hostage by two fugitives. Now Britt is forced to lead them off the mountain. She continues to have hope that someone will rescue her since she knows that her ex-boyfriend is on the mountain too. As she keeps trekking down she uncovers evidence of a serial killer and begins to suspect the killer is on the mountain and looking for her.
Fitzpatrick has created an intense YA thriller that will have you chilled to the bone. The twists and turns of the plot were suspenseful and created a fast pace. I like that Britt realized that in order to live she had to rely on herself, not the men in her life, to save her. She is determined, resourceful and she refuses to give up even when facing extreme fear and weather. I liked that this book is so drastically different from Fitzpatrick’s other novels. If you are looking for a new thriller to read, this is an excellent choice.