Jun 30, 2010

New and Older Books: Just Arrived

Here's what arrived in my mailbox:

A Cup of Jo (Maggy Thorsen Mysteries) by Sandra Balzo, an ARC to be published Oct. 1, 2010.  Coffeehouse owner Maggie Thorsen is a suspect in the death of her chief rival in a barista competition. She has to solve the mystery, clear her name, and "heat up her love life" at the same time.

Inside Out: A Novel by Barry Eisler, released June 29, 2010. "...the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write." Jailed soldier Ben Treven will be released from prison if he accepts an assignment - find a rogue operator who has stolen torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government. Some heady stuff in this thriller!

And what I brought home from the library:

A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery by Michelle Wan, 2008. I've read her previous orchid mysteries, Deadly Slipper, and The Orchid Shroud. The up and down  relationship between Julian Wood and Mara Dunn is tested when strange things start happening to their friends in the mountains of France. I enjoy botanical mysteries such as this series set in France among orchid lovers and plant finders.

TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (The Jake Lassiter Series) by Paul Levine, published 1991, introduced readers to linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter.

PAUL LEVINE worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. Two of his other books, Night Vision, and 9 Scorpions are also being made into e-books.


  1. These all sounds interesting. Especially the new coffeeshop cozy by Sandra Balzo. I'm a big coffee lover so this one is definitely going on my list. Thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. looks like you got some good books...happy reading.

  3. I received Inside Out too and think it will be my next read.

  4. They all look pretty interesting...enjoy them!

  5. These all sound good. I haven't read any of them.

  6. A Twist of Orchids sounds good. All of these sound interesting. Enjoy your reading and thanks for adding to my list :)

  7. Barry Eisler has been on my list for a long, long time. Have you read any of his previous books?

  8. J. Kaye: I reviewed
    Eisler's Fault Line some time ago. Here's a link to the post if you are interested in taking a look at it: Fault Line

  9. Just read your review of FAULT LINE and loved this: "...quick action, suspense, and a good plot..."

    Exactly what I look for in a thriller. :)


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