Trell - Dick Lehr - Mystery
Trell is curious and persistent, just like a news reporter. These are the qualities that finally convince Boston Globe reporter, Clemens Bittner, to help her out by investigating her father's prison sentence of life without parole, and bring the murder he is convicted of back into the limelight. According to her father's lawyer, Nora Walsh (Yes! Really! Mrs. Walsh!), this is exactly what they need if they are ever going to get a judge to order a new trial for the murder of a 14-year-old girl. But will it work? And what is the danger involved?
Author Dick Lehr, a former Boston Globe reporter, relied on an actual murder investigation to craft this page-turning mystery.
Genuine Fraud – e. lockhart – Mystery, Suspense
Are you looking for a page turner? This is it! The story opens with 18-year-old Jule West Williams living a life of luxury at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Jule is athletic, friendly, smart. On the outside, she’s a wealthy heiress with time and money to burn, or so it would seem. On the inside, she’s a well-trained fighter with a shady past, always looking over her shoulder, ready to run and change her looks at a moment’s notice. Jule spends time with her charismatic friend, Imogen Sokoloff, who loves Victorian novels and running from her problems by traveling the world. Both are orphans. One was adopted into money, the other was not. However, their lives have become intertwined. One survives, the other does not.
Told in reverse chronological order, this novel will keep you guessing until the end, or should I say the beginning, for the story begins at the end and ends at the beginning. I had to keep checking back on chapters I’d read to get the story straight. Is Jule the heroine of the villain? You will need to decide for yourself.
Ink and Ashes – Valynne E Maetani – Mystery, Realistic, Romance
Sixteen-year-old Claire Takata barely remembers her father, who passed away ten years ago. She adores her stepfather, but when Claire discovers an old letter written by her father to her stepfather, she wonders why her mother and stepfather have kept this “friendship” secret. Claire and her brothers gradually piece together clues that lead to discovering their father was involved with the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime organization. This knowledge puts Claire and her family in danger as she is stalked by a black SUV and receives coded messages understood only by someone knowledgeable in Japanese culture. As her friendship with best friend, Forrest, begins to turn romantic, the mystery and danger intrude upon her life at school when she becomes the target of a teacher’s anger. But Claire is determined to solve this mystery on her own terms.
The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge – Mystery
Set in Victorian England, 14-year-old Faith and her family have moved to the island of Vane. Her strict clergyman father has been caught in a scandal regarding some scientific discoveries and the family hopes to let the news settle down while they take up residence away from it all. Faith follows in her father’s footsteps in that she is interested in science. But for a female of this time period, these interests are frowned upon. Eventually, news of the scandal reaches this island and Faith’s father is found dead, suspected of committing suicide because of the shame associated with his actions. But Faith has the mind of an observant scientist and believes her father has been murdered. But who? And how?