Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Mayor of Lexington Avenue by James Sheehan

Jack Tobin's youth on the streets of New York likely gave him a real advantage when he made his mark (and his fortune) as a trial lawyer in Miami. Fighting for a young man he feels wrongly convicted of murder bring back the reality of the debt he owes a childhood friend--the one who dubbed him "mayor of Lexington Avenue." If you're looking for a book that goes the extra mile, weaving deftly between crime fiction and nostalgia, this fine debut novel is worth a few hours of your time. I'm looking forward to renewing my acquaintence with the world of james Sheehan!

Molly Weston

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That's me taken at Magna cum Murder in Muncie, Indiana in 2004.

Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson

Police reporter Annie Seymour's life is in flux. She's nearly forty and being single doesn't bother her, but the quality of the journalists at her paper make her wonder why she's stayed in the job nearly 15 years. She's tired of being rousted in the middle of the night to cover a murder--but then being sent on a story about fiberglass cows dotting the landscape of New Haven, CT. Her cop boyfriend is stonewalling her about the murder and she's being shadowed by an overeager cub reporter. No wonder she's feeling jaded, right? As Annie follows the leads from these seemingly unrelated cases, she uncovers more than she bargained for. And like all good mysteries, Sacred Cows delivers the goods: great entertainment, likeable characters, and a jolly good resolution!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

DATING DEAD MEN by Harley Jane Kozak

Things are tough for LA card shop owner Wollie Shelley. Her bid to upgrade her shop is being reviewed by a fusty, by-the-book man; her part-time job of going on blind dates for a radio talk show's research project is turning up duds; her brother is having a psychotic episode; she's just discovered a body; and she's been kidnapped by a pseudo doctor at the psychiatric hospital. Needless to say, it takes a while to work out all these problems, even if the path were direct. Screwball comedy, however, never takes a direct path, so this one will keep you laughing for a while. It's a good outing for this first-time author. Enjoy the ride!