In the second casebook of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe again wrestles with the case of a missing son whose trail has gone cold. This time it’s a 20-year-old American boy whose parents left him behind when they returned home from diplomatic duty in Botswana because he had such a “heart for Africa” that he didn’t want to leave.
You can almost smell the smoke of wood fires in remote cattle stations, taste the dry air of the Kalahari, see the vivid sunsets, and feel a trickle of sweat in the October heat.
Flavia de Luce feels she is being exiled. But on her first night at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, a desiccated corpse wrapped in a Union Jack, with the wrong head attached, drops out of the chimney into her dorm room and makes her feel right at home again.
Flavia’s enthusiasms are infectious. Her feelings and their causes are touching. Her suspicions are hair-raising. And her sisters’ antics at their mother’s funeral gave me one of my biggest laughs in recent memory. I could use more like it.
In the fifth Flavia de Luce mystery, a sleuth who is hardly 12 years old discovers her fifth corpse and, as usual, solves the crime.
Though she is confronted by an improbable number of murder mysteries for a sleuth of her age, Flavia continues to develop as a wonderful character.
Our May Author Takeover is by Cat Clarke, whose latest YA novel, “Girlhood”, is a darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief. Set in a boarding school in Scotland, the familiar halls are the perfect place for “Potter” fans to escape to in this compulsive, addictive read. Yet there are some sinister secrets that threaten to tear friendships apart.
Return to the delightful world of the Sinclair Department store for the fantastic second book from Katherine Woodfine, “The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth”. With gangsters infiltrating Chinatown, Debutantes embroiled in dastardly marriage schemes, and one cursed gem worth more than a quick pinch, “Jewelled Moth” ups the ante and adds a lovely array of new characters to join our friends Sophie and Lil in the adventure to beat the Baron. Sparkling, fun, and a jolly good yarn.
Mark A. Latham’s “The Lazarus Gate” is a gripping story about a paranormal activity occurring in 1800s England, forming around a mystery.
“The Chessman” is the ninth book in the “Jack Haldean Mystery” series. Set in the 1920s, Jack, a detective novelist, is called in to help solve a murder case involving a body, a church, and a ton of lilies. When one murder spawns into many more, each marked with a chess piece, Jack must track down the serial killer before all his pieces are wiped off the board.