This is Our Story by Elston

5 boys walked into the woods but only 4 came out. The 4 who lived won’t say what happened and the DA just wants the case to go away; they have powerful families with political ties. Kate, however, wants to find the truth. A boy is dead after all. Kate and the prosecutor she works for are determined to figure it out even when it puts their own lives at risk.

Our teen reviewer had this to say, “this book grabbed my attention right from the first sentence and held on with a death grip until the last word. I loved it.”

Downfall by J.A. Jance

Sheriff Joanna Brady is going through a lot in her life. She just solved the murder of her mother and step-father. Now she has to arrange their funerals while solving a double murder. On top of that, Joanna’s pregnant and her oldest daughter is going off to college.

Two women are found dead at the bottom of the locally known Geronimo peak, about a 400 ft climb. As the investigation kicks off, no connections can be found between the women so who was the target and who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? One is a graduate student and the other is a high school teacher, what possible motive would someone have to kill either one?

This is a great addition to the Brady series, set in beautiful Arizona. Having never read any of the others, I found it very easy to read as a standalone. Any background information I needed was provided. I definitely enjoyed the mystery, I didn’t know who it was until the Sheriff Brady figured it out for me! The storyline does include a controversial subject, teacher-student relationships, but it wasn’t graphic.

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

Ink and Bone takes place in a small town in New York called the Hollows. They have a population outside of town that live of the grid whom the locals refer to as the hill people. Finley Montgomery moves to the Hollows to live with her grandmother, Eloise, and try to get a grip on her burgeoning psychic abilities.

Merri Gleason has been devastated by the events at the Hollows. The Gleason’s took a vacation there and while on a hike her daughter, Abbey, was abducted and her husband and son were shot. It’s been a year but Merri can’t let it go. She returns to the Hollows intent on finding her daughter.

Merri and Finley’s lives intersect when Merri hires a private detective who consults with Eloise, a renowned psychic. Eloise cannot help this time so Finley steps in. As Finley starts getting glimpses of the past and the ghosts around her start clamoring for more attention she slowly discovers where Abbey is and who took her. But the story doesn’t end with happiness for everyone.

This was a fantastic read. I breezed through it in 2 days. Once it grabbed my attention I was loath to put it down, who needs to sleep anyway. Unger is a wonderful writer, eloquent and descriptive; the town is a character in the story as much as the people involved. I highly recommend this book to all readers. It has something to offer everyone, romance, suspense, mystery, murder, and paranormal all wrapped up in a fantastic story. I hope that this is just the beginning of Finley’s story.

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R King

For fans of Sherlock Holmes, have you ever wondered about Mrs. Hudson’s background? What is her story and how did she meet Holmes? The Murder of Mary Russell delves deeply into who Mrs. Hudson really is. If you’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes mysteries that’s okay; this murder mystery stands on it’s own.  A thrilling tale of love, betrayal, and lies.

Mary, Sherlock’s wife, is home alone when a visitor claiming to be Mrs. Hudson’s son appears. He tells an interesting story, one that Mary surprisingly believes even though he’s holding her at gunpoint. When Mrs. Hudson arrives home she finds 2 pools of blood and evidence that a body was removed. She of course calls the police who photograph and remove evidence before Holmes has a chance to see it.

Whose body was removed and whose blood is on the floor? Why does Mrs. Hudson have a son that she’s never spoken of? And now that you mention it, who is Clara Hudson, she’s certainly never said. Pick up a copy from the library today and find out!