Dec 262013
 

For the first time ever, bestselling novelists Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman team up to deliver the launch book in a thrilling new series of short crime novels! It’s a reader’s dream come true: a new series co-written by the royal couple of crime fiction – Jonathan and Faye Kellerman! Each book contains two novels jointly written by the duo, featuring different detectives solving crimes in different cities. “In the Land of the Giants,” has Boston homicide detectives Michael MacCain and Doris Sylvestor investigating the suspicious death of a college basketball star. And in “Still Life,” the co-worker of a Santa Fe art gallery is murdered, forcing detectives Darryl Two Moons and Steve Katz to put aside holiday celebrations and set things right.

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Dec 152013
 

Florida is full of human predators, and they all give Dr Kay Scarpetta the opportunity and the means to do what she does best – persuading the dead to speak to her. And in Boston, Benton Wesley is working on a secret case involving convicted killers. It is a project which gives Scarpetta deep disquiet, as does the behaviour of her niece, Lucy, who is spending too much time in cheap bars looking for casual pick-ups. The Academy is called when a woman’s body is found in Boston. She has been tortured, sexually abused, her body tattooed with handprints. The same sort of handprints Lucy had seen on the flesh of her latest pick-up. Meanwhile, Scarpetta and Marino are investigating the disappearance of a family in Florida, called in by a concerned neighbour, but as they search and find the tell-tale signs of abduction rather than disappearance, they also discover that someone had assumed the identity of the caller, and she is now dead. They’ve been set up, and it becomes clear that someone is tracking their every move.

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Dec 102013
 

The 50th Anniversary Edition of one of Arthur C. Clarke’s best-loved collections featuring a brand new White Hart story written in collaboration with Stephen Baxter. Although written, as the author informs us in his Introduction to the 1969 edition, in such diverse locations as New York, Miami, Columbo and Sydney there is something inherently English about these stories. London’s famed Fleet Street district has changed dramatically in the five decades since the collection’s first appearance as a Ballantine paperback original… and, of course, many of the regulars of the White Hart (based on the White Horse pub on Fetter Lane) are no longer with us. But the White Hart’s most prominent raconteaur, Harry Purvis can still be found propping up the bar and regaling us all once again with tales of quirky and often downright eccentric scientists and inventors. Here, for example, are a man who could control a giant squid; a man who could silence an entire orchestra at the flick of a switch; and a French genius who invents a machine that can record all human pleasures and transmit them to any client rich enough to afford such luxury. And rounding up the whole affair is ‘Time Gentlemen, Please’, in which we encounter a gadget able to accelerate the passage of time in a small volume… immensely useful for vaccine research where an entire year’s worth of study could be completed in seconds. But the hapless inventor finds himself walled off by immobile air molecules… and even worse. It’s a tale which points out, with some nostalgic resonance, that we simply cannot slow the passage of time. A fitting last word for one of SF’s most enduring watering holes!

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Dec 012013
 

I successfully posted every day during the month of November! So what now?

Now I concentrate on getting the remaining Christmas presents made, but I’m hoping that my NaBloPoMo experience will keep me posting more often. I enjoyed myself and found out that I actually have more things to talk about than I thought I did. The daily and weekly prompts at The Daily Post were invaluable, but I also thought of many topics I could cover that I didn’t have a chance to get to. Even simple, silly posts seem to have a place. You never know what someone is going to be interested in reading.

Thanks to everyone that hung in there with me. Thanks for all the likes, pingbacks, and interesting conversation. Thanks for all the interesting things to read on your blogs as well! It was nice being exposed to so many new things and new people.

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