New books arrived in the mail this last week!
North Sea Requiem:
When a small-town
Scottish woman discovers a severed leg in the boot of one of the local
hockey players’ uniforms, it’s a big scoop for the Highland Gazette.
But reporter Joanne Ross wants a front-page story of her own, and she
hopes to find it in Mae Bell, an American jazz singer whose husband
disappeared in an aircraft accident five years ago and who is searching
the Highlands for her husband’s colleagues.
Things take a very
sinister turn when Nurse Urquhart, who dis-covered the limb, suffers a
hideous and brutal attack. Even stranger, she was the recipient of
letters warning her to keep her nose out of someone’s business — letters
that Mae Bell and the staff of the Highland Gazette also received. What could it all mean?
Unfolding against a gorgeously rendered late 1950s Scottish countryside, North Sea Requiem
captures the mores and issues of another era, especially in Joanne Ross
— a woman wrestling with divorce, career, and a boss who wants to be
more than just her superior. The result is a poignant, often haunting
mix of violence, loss, and redemption in a narrative full of unnerving
plot twists and unforgettable characters.
Reading this one now! My Favorite series! Got this one from Powell's Books with credits won from Daily Dose Reviews! Another Freebie!
1929. A girl is
strangled in a London alley, the mangled corpse of a peeping Tom is
found in a railway tunnel and the juicy details of the latest trunk
murder are updated hourly in fresh editions of the evening papers. Into
this insalubrious world steps Dora Strang, a doctor's daughter with an
unmaidenly passion for anatomy. Denied her own medical career, she moves
into lodgings with a hilarious, insecticidal landlady and begins life
as filing clerk to the country's pre-eminent pathologist, Alfred Kemble.
Dora is thrilled by the grisly post-mortems and the headline-grabbing
court cases and more fascinated still by the pathologist himself: an
enigmatic war hero with bottle-green eyes and an air of sardonic glamour
- the embodiment of all her girlish fantasies. But Dora's job holds
more than a few surprises, not least of which is finding herself
frequently under the watchful gaze - and occasionally wandering hands -
of the distinguished Dr Kemble. As things take a distinctly ghastly
turn, both in one of the department's major cases and in Dora's own
life, the newspaper reporters sharpen their pencils in morbid
anticipation ...But can the impressionable Miss Strang emerge unscathed?
"Ghastly Business" conjures the world of interwar London with gleeful
vigour: a time when a woman's body was only mentioned if someone had
dismembered it; when the scars of the Great War were still fresh and
when a pretty young bluestocking needed to tread very carefully in order
to avoid becoming yet another of its casualties.
Got this one from Amazon with my points, didn't cost a dime!
The Sound of Insects:
Trapping the unwary, preying on the weak -- life in the insect world,
and biology teacher Stacy Hubert knows it well, But she never knew how
much it could resemble her own. Suddenly, a suicide and a murder
trigger an explosion of emotions in the quiet suburb of Highlands. And
almost overnight, the residents of the town become
self-protective and ruthless. With a mounting sense of horror and
danger, Stacy faces an ominous fact: she and her family have become
the the objects of pointed fingers, whispered accusations, and
finally ... deadly threats.
Got this Mildred Davis from PaperBackSwap!
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