S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005
Mystery; 374 pgs
My favorite P.I. is back in S is for Silence. This time around, she is asked to search for a woman who has been missing for 34 years. Ms. Grafton mixes up her usual first person narrative by adding in chapters devoted to the memories of some of the characters Kinsey meets in her investigation. It works well for the novel and brings depth to the characters and story. Kinsey’s own personal life is nearly nonexistent in this latest installment in the alphabet mystery. Although perhaps not my most favorite of her novels, I enjoyed Sue Grafton’s S is for Silence and think that many of her fans will too.
The Christmas Train by David Balducci
Fiction; 296 pgs
The holiday season is not complete without a Christmas story, and with that excuse, I picked up a copy of David Balducci’s The Christmas Train to read. Journalist Tom Langdon sets out across the country by train in a journey of self-discovery to California from New York. Along the way he meets a myriad of colorful characters from all walks of life. This is a heart-warming story about love, faith and good will, making it a perfect Christmas tale.
The Hyde Park Headsman by Anne Perry
Harper Collins, 1994
Mystery; 343 pgs
Thomas Pitt, newly promoted to Superintendent, must solve a complicated and fear inducing case. Someone is murdering people in Hyde Park by cutting off their heads. His new position is threatened by his inability to solve the crime as quickly as the public would like as well as the resentful underlings he was promoted over. unbeknownst to Superintendent Pitt, his wife Charlotte and her sister Emily are determined to help him solve the case and save his career. As usual, Ms. Perry has written a good mystery full of intrigue. She portrays the dark side of human nature while also capturing the heart that drives the motive.