Murder in Missoula by Lawrence Gilotti. Published by Chateau Noir

Joe Nicoletti had a long and storied career with the DEA, but now he wants a life far away from the crime and dirt of Washington, D.C., somewhere far away from the memories of his dead wife. He gets the chance of a lifetime when a friend offers him a faculty position in Montana; there he meets Marie-Justine, a woman he’s drawn to, initially because of her resemblance to his deceased wife, but then because of Marie-Justine herself. Joe isn’t the only one interested in Marie-Justine. Charles Durbin, a strange and solitary pet groomer is also a newcomer to town and he sets his sights on Marie Justine and her friend Anne. Suddenly, Joe finds himself the prime suspect in a horrific murder and it will take all his skills as an investigator to clear his name and bring down the real killer – someone who has as much experience at killing as Joe has at investigating. I loved this book from the first page, Gilotti is an amazing writer and his characters leap right off the page and explode into life.


Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein. Published by Lake Union

In school, they were best friends, but time and circumstance have separated them. Abby Golden should be a happy woman. Married to the man she’s loved since she was a girl, the mother to a teenage daughter, she should be counting her blessings, but instead she’s tormented by the past and the lies that helped create the life she now lives. Her husband Ryan doesn’t understand why is wife is so unhappy, but it’s taking a toll on their marriage and their daughter. Lauren Sheppard used to count Ryan and Abby among her best friends, but that was years ago. As a successful photographer, Lauren has traveled the world, but now she hone, in North Carolina and the threesome will be together again for the first time in almost 20 years. This takes me back to my own school days, remembering all the alliances and friendships, the loves and relationships that we thought would last a lifetime

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern. Published by Henery

Ellison RussellĀ  at first believes that she’s having some pretty crappy luck. Her house has been fire bombed, she’s been shot at and now the person sitting next to her at a big soiree has been poisoned. She can’t deny it any longer, someone is trying to kill her. But why? Who would want her dead? Can the extraordinarily good looking detective staying in her guest house help her sort through the clues and find the would be killer before it’s too late? The latest installment of the Country Club Murders series is a fun and frothy read


The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper. Published by Algonquin

Antoinette MartinĀ  has autism, her mother, Rose has never heard her speak. The two live quietly on their Kentucky flower farm where Rose does her best to protect her extraordinary daughter. Antoinette has an ability to heal, to bring dead flowers back to glorious life, to cure people of terrible afflictions. But this gift does not come without cost, and each time Antoinette performs a “miracle”, she loses a piece of herself. Lily and her sister Rose have been estranged for years, but with Antoinette’s life on the line, the sisters reunite to try to save her. This is a lovely, miraculous story that I didn’t want to end. Keep your tissues handy


The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. Published by Algonquin

Placidia was still a teenager when she married Gryffth Hockaday, still a teen when he rode away to fight in the Civil War, leaving her to care for an infant and a 300 acre farm, a role she was ill prepared to fill. War is hell for both the soldier and those they left at home, the battle lines often drawn right through the homes and farms of civilians. Two years later, Hockaday returns home and learns his wife will be jailed for killing the baby she killed while he was away fighting, or at least that’s what she has been charged with. Told through court transcripts, letters and journal entries, this story is based on actual events. Rivers paints a picture of those enslaved because of their color and those enslaved because of their gender. A remarkable story about how much the human spirit can endure


The Night He Left by Sue Lawrence. Published by Freight

Two women, separated by almost 140 years are united by blood. In 1879, Ann Craig witnesses the railway bridge over the River Tay give way during a terrible storm. The bridge carries a train filled with people, including Ann’s husband. All are presumed lost, but Ann comes to believe her husband was never on the train that night. If that’s so, then where is he? In 2015, Fiona Craig is shocked when her partner disappears after cleaning out their joint bank account. It turns out Pete was no the man she thought he was. As she begins to try to sort out fact from fiction, Fiona will discover secrets much darker than she could have ever dreamed of, and learn of the connection that ties her to Ann Craig. Atmospheric and brilliantly conceived. Begs the question, do you really know who you’re sleeping next to every night?


Finding Fraser by K. C. Dyer. Published by Berkley

Emma Sheridan has been spoiled for real men since she read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. No one can compare to Jamie Fraser. Now, about to turn 30, Emma decides if she wants a Fraser type, she’s going to have to travel to Scotland to find him. In Scotland, she travels up hills and around lochs, loving both the land and the people she meets. But her biggest discovery isn’t a man, it’s Emma herself. Snarky humor and beautiful scenery enliven this story