Last to Die by Arlene Hunt. Published by Bookouture

Jessie Conway is hailed as a hero after a school shooting when the teacher manages to save herself and her students from being killed. She’s all over the news and she draws the eye of a serial killer. Switch is a crossbow yielding maniac who like to pick victims worthy of his time and trouble and Jessie looks like just his type. As he continues his killing spree, Switch gets ready for his greatest challenge, his biggest kill – Jessie. Good lord, this woman is having a terrible run of luck! A fun, fast paced thriller



Secret Lives of the Barbican by Nathan Field. Published by Silvermac

The Barbican Estate in London is home to thousands of upper middle class professionals, but Field concentrates on the lives of just three. Dennis is due for a meeting with his horrible boss when he mistakenly takes some of his roomie’s ecstasy pills – not your typical meeting then. Claire thinks someone is coming into her apartment and moving around random items just to gaslight her, and Trixie gets her comeuppance when her fired maid pays an unexpected visit. Funny, freaky, weird and totally different

Death on the Sapphire by R.J. Koreto. Published by Crooked Lane

When Major Colcombe, a family friend of Lady Frances Ffolkes dies unexpectedly, Frances suspects foul play. It is well known that the Major was working on a book about his time in the Boer War and the terrible mistake that ended up causing the deaths of thousands of people. Now, he’s dead and the manuscript is missing. Coincidence? Lady Frances thinks not, and she and her faithful ladies maid June set out to find the manuscript and the killer, so that she may find justice for her old friend. This reads like one of the Regency novels I used to love so much – Dashed good!

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. Published by Grove Atlantic

Linda is a lonely fourteen year old girl living in a decaying commune with her parents in rural Minnesota. Her only happiness is at school where she loves her new history teacher. When he’s found to possess child pornography and arrested, Linda’s sense of self collapses. When the Gardner’s move in across the lake, Linda begins to babysit their little boy Paul and slowly begins to regain her shaky sense of self, but there is more going on than a child of fourteen should have to know and Linda holds the key to secrets she does not want answers to. Raw, blistering and beautiful

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich. Published by Ballantine

Riley Moon is one smart cookie, with not one, but two degrees from Harvard, in business and in law. She’s just landed the perfect job as an analyst at gigantic Blane-Grunewald Bank, but the job takes a sour turn when Riley is asked to look into misappropriation of funds from Emerson Knight’s account. Emerson is a real pain in the butt, he has the conversational skills of a constipated dog and the charm to match. Of course, he is uber wealthy and Greek god gorgeous. And he wants to come along on Riley’s hunt for his missing cash, which will lead them from D.C. to New York City and some really nasty characters who think nothing of offing a couple of interlopers to keep their cash. Evanovich uses her trademark charm to create a sort of Hepburn/Grant farce

The Girl in a Coma by John Moss. Published by Poisoned Press

15 year old Allison Briscoe should be dead. Shot in the head, she lies in the hospital in what appears to be a coma. She cannot speak or move, but she dreams vividly. She dreams of her ancestor, Rebecca who lived in Pennsylvania at the time of the Revolutionary War. In her dreams, she is Rebecca, a young woman who leaves her faith behind to join the Women’s Brigade with Washington’s army at Valley Forge. Two stories play out here, Rebecca’s and Allison’s, either of whom could be killed at any time. Which begs the question, if one of them dies, does the other as well? A thoughtful time travel/murder mystery

The Edge of the Fall by Kate Williams. Published by Pegasus

The Great War is finally over, but England has been left in tatters. Life for the aristocracy in particular will never be the same. Rudolf deWitt and his wife Verena have no idea how to fend for themselves, and with the servants gone, Stoneythorpe Hall quickly begins to decay. All Celia deWitt wants to do is enjoy and embrace this new and exciting life, so she heads for the London of the Roaring Twenties to party and see more of the world. This book shows the very interesting change that occurred in the UK after WWI, when the wealthy truly had to learn to take care of themselves as their servants fled for better jobd with better pay