5 star historical fiction
Too Jewish tells a story much like the central tale of her young life: her father suffered from survivor guilt, all the while trying to make his way in a hostile society. Like Patty’s father, protagonist Bernie Cooper escapes Nazi Germany, leaving his mother behind, then tries to make a life for himself with a wealthy, thoroughly assimilated Jewish girl in the Deep South. But suddenly, snobberies he couldn’t even have guessed at are set in motion. It seems Letty’s prominent Jewish parents hate him for being…too Jewish!
Deadly Deception (Elia Christie/Luis Echevarria medical mysteries)
Susan Polonus Mucha
5 star suspense
Murder by mistaken identity at Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters, and a single clue from a long ago soccer tragedy, lead Elia Christie and Dr. Luis Echevarria from Augusta, Georgia, to Lima, Peru. From the tradition-rich environs of Peru, Elia and Luis are drawn into the dark, deadly depths of the international drug trade and archaeological looting.
4+ star historical mystery
Deputy Raymond Thibodeaux (sounds like Robicheaux) battles his own wartime demons as he tries to find the person responsible for the gruesome killing of wealthy landowner Henri Bastion. Fragile Adele Hebert confesses to the crime, but because she believes herself possessed, Thibodeaux assumes she’s not the culprit. Superstitions lie as thick and menacing as the morning fog over the bayou, and word quickly spreads that a werewolf has overtaken Adele’s body.
4+ star horror
Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector’s son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.
They Always Win
5 star mystery/thriller
Inspired by the real-life investigation of Patriarca crime family member Frank “Bobo” Marrapese, Anthony Pesare’s debut is a scintillating, thought-provoking exploration of the line between cop and criminal.
The Scavenger’s Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery
4+ star mystery/thriller
Disgraced newsman Tyler West is desperate for a scoop that will save his career. When he investigates the baffling deaths of several of San Diego’s elite, he uncovers a common link: torture devices not used since the Dark Ages. Plunged into a mysterious world of medieval torture scholars, antiquities collectors and sadomasochists, he must break the brilliantly conceived series of slayings that has cast a dark shadow over a city better known for its sun, sand and surf.