Firefly Island

Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson (Five Star, hardcover, $25.95) Daniel Arenson’s new fantasy book is getting some excellent reviews. Daniel had this to say when I asked him for information about the book: Firefly Island is a new epic fantasy novel by Daniel Arenson. A cruel king, his flesh made of stone, tyrannizes the enchanted […]

Walla Walla Suite

Walla Walla Suite by Anne Argula (Ballentine, trade paperback, $12.95) The name of the book intrigued me so I was glad to receive an email from Anne telling me more about the book. My first mystery was nominated for an Edgar for best paperback original of 2005. An ordinary foot cop and his partner stumble […]

Right from the Gecko

Right from the Gecko by Cynthia Baxter (Bantam, $6.99) In Right From the Gecko, the fifth book in the “Reigning Cats & Dogs” mystery series, veterinarian Jessica Popper heads to Maui with her boyfriend Nick for a conference. But when an ambitious young reporter she meets at her hotel is murdered, she finds herself trying […]

Written in Bone

Written in Bone by Simon Beckett (Delacorte Press, hardcover, $24) Simon Beckett’s first book, The Chemistry of Death, is a book that I always recommend to readers who want forensics and a good story and I feel the same way about Written in Bone: “When I sat down to write a sequel to The Chemistry […]

Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (Berkley, hardcover, $23.95) Rhys Bowen writes two series that have done very well — the Molly Murphy series set in early 20th century New York and the Constable Evans series set in Wales and now she has written the first in her new series which features Lady Victoria Georgiana […]

World War Z

World War Z by Max Brooks ($24.95) WORLD WAR Z ($24.95) is written by Max Brooks, who is the son of Mel Brooks. The subtitle for the book is An Oral History of the Zombie War. A must-have for all zombie fans on your list along with the companion volume ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE.