Friday, May 30, 2008

Great Summer Reads

Estleman, Loren D. Frames(Forge May). Film archivist Valentine of UCLA busy an old movie theater for his home, a big financial leap but then he's spotted that cache of old film cans in the projection room and in the cellar alongside the skeleton.

Evans, Mary Anna. Findings (Poisoned Pen July). Archaeologist Faye Longchamp has gone from pot hunter to legit. Sadly her mentor is killed in a home-break in where nothing seems to be missing, not even the huge emerald she'd just unearthed and given him. But when cataloguing the broken artifacts Faye realizes her field notes are missing. It all leads to Confederate history, so rich in western Florida around her plantation home.

Davidson, Andrew. The Gargoyle (Doubleday Aug.). A debut impossible to describe and absolutely unforgettable. The man who crashes his car and is pulled burning from the wreckage into a burn unit, the woman who sculpts gargoyles by sleeping on the stone to intuit the shapes within and is tied to the medieval order of the Beguines as well as translations of Dante's Inferno….

De Castrique, Mark. Blackman's Coffin (Poisoned Pen June). Starred Reviews for the start of a series with an Iraqi war vet/amputee who while in rehab in Asheville, is asked to join a security firm and enters into a morass of decades old murder, lost treasure, the work of Thomas Wolfe, the Vanderbilts' Biltmore estate, Carolina geology, and a whole new set of relationships

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