Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

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A Mysterious Review of The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. An Armand Gamache Mystery.

Review summary: This is not really a mystery or crime thriller, as such. It is, instead, the story of a quest to find a missing person and in doing so to find one's self. Quite introspective in nature, it's a pleasure indeed reading about the adventure these people are on, and where it leads them. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Long Way Home Louise Penny

The Long Way Home
Louise Penny
An Armand Gamache Mystery
Minotaur Books (August 2014)

Publisher synopsis: Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."

While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There's power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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New This Week: The Thinking Machine, A Short Story Collection by Jacques Futrelle

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle

One of our favorite characters is Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as The Thinking Machine, the world's most brilliant criminologist, who investigates — and reveals — that every mystery has a solution.

Collected here are many of the short stories featuring this incomparable character, available in a newly released ebook format.

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle

A Short Story Collection

Publisher: Mysterious Press

Price: $0.99 (as of 08/27/2014 at 4:30 PM ET).

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle, Amazon Kindle format

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His name is Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, but to the newspapers he is known as "The Thinking Machine." Slender, stooped, his appearance dominated by his large forehead and perpetual squint, Van Dusen spends his days in the laboratory and his nights puzzling over the details of extraordinary crimes. What seems beyond comprehension to the police is mere amusement to the professor. All things that start must go somewhere, he firmly believes, and with the application of logic, all problems can be solved.

Whether unraveling a perfect murder, investigating a case of corporate espionage, or reasoning his way out of an inescapable prison cell, Van Dusen lets no detail elude his brilliant mind.

In this highly entertaining collection, featuring many of the stories that made The Thinking Machine a national sensation, ingenious criminals and ruthless villains are no match for an egghead scientist.

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle

Revenge of the Cube Dweller, A Tanzie Lewis Mystery by Joanne Fox Phillips, Now Available at a Special Price

Revenge of the Cube Dweller by Joanne Fox Phillips

Omnimystery News is always searching for newly discounted mystery, suspense, thriller and crime novels for our readers to enjoy. Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, River Grove Books …

Revenge of the Cube Dweller by Joanne Fox Phillips

A Tanzie Lewis Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: River Grove Books

Price: $0.99 (as of 08/27/2014 at 4:00 PM ET).

Revenge of the Cube Dweller by Joanne Fox Phillips, Amazon Kindle format

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Corporate sabatoge was not in Tanzie's job description per se, but she proves to be a natural at it — as well as her own little deceits.

Tanzie Lewis used to have it all. The stylish wife of a successful oil executive at the top of the Houston social scene, she used to spend her days playing scratch golf or lunching with friends at the club. That was before she was dumped in favor of a beautiful younger woman and the global financial crisis wreaked havoc on her divorce settlement. Now, at 52, Tanzie finds herself depressed and alone in Tulsa, watching her waist size grow and her professional opportunities shrink, working as a minion for clueless bosses in the internal audit department of the Bishop Group. So what's a "girlie" to do? Snoop!

Taking advantage of Bishop Group's security weaknesses, Tanzie begins to unravel the intricate warp and woof of corporate fraud, manipulation, and a cover-up that enrages her. Avenging the death of innocent Houstonians after a massive pipeline explosion, and uncovering her own hidden talents for sleuthing and cleverly tampering with the system, Tanzie dishes out her own justice to get even — and to get a little something for herself!

Revenge of the Cube Dweller by Joanne Fox Phillips

Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, a New Superstition Mountain Adventure

Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

Omnimystery News is pleased to present in this post a new First Clues: Mysteries for Kids series title published this month …

Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

Series: Superstition Mountain

Publisher: Henry Holt

Format(s): Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Recommended for Junior Sleuths, Ages 7 to 9

Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, Amazon Kindle format

For more information about the book, see a synopsis, below.

The Barker brothers and their good friend Delilah secretly climb up to Superstition Mountain one last time. There are still mysteries to solve — is the creepy librarian really the ghost of Julia Thomas from a century before? What was their uncle Hank's role in discovering the gold mine? Can they still get into the gold mine after the avalanche that nearly crushed them? Does their cat, Josie, have mysterious powers?

And, most of all, who is trying to kill them?

Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

New This Week: A Dead Red Alibi, A Dead Red Mystery by R. P. Dahlke

A Dead Red Alibi by R. P. Dahlke

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during August 2014 and priced $4.99 or less …

A Dead Red Alibi by R. P. Dahlke

A Dead Red Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Dead Bear Publishing

Price: $2.99 (as of 08/27/2014 at 3:00 PM ET).

A Dead Red Alibi by R. P. Dahlke, Amazon Kindle format

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When Lalla and her dad take a trip to Arizona to inspect her new property, Dad disappears. But when Lalla enlists the help of a local tracker she's relieved to find him unharmed, but in the bottom of a mine pit. Unfortunately, he's got company — a local police chief, and it looks like he's been murdered. Then too, a young woman artist living nearby has also been murdered.

What're the chances that these two murders are going to be related? Well, if you're Lalla Bains, you don't guess, you start looking for the killer!

A Dead Red Alibi by R. P. Dahlke