Sep 14, 2014

Sunday Salon: Books Set in Warm Places

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Fall seems to be here as the temps have plummeted, though I am hoping for some Indian summer days in the future. Most hummingbirds have gone south, so it seems, though one of them has been kept away from the feeder by small wasps landing on the feeder mouth. Don't know how to fix that.

A few books came in while we were away on vacation. Had a great time whale watching off the Long Beach, CA coast and visiting the LA art museums and botanical garden. Even saw the retired Endeavour space shuttle and the Pompeii Exhibit at the California Science Center. I recommend seeing it if you are there.

Two ARCs from Poisoned Pen Press, due to be published October 7, 2014, came in for review:

Sons of Sparta
Sons of Sparta: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kalkis Mystery by Jeffrey Siger

Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. 
Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens by his uncle. Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta in the region involving his uncle. (publisher)

Desert Rage
Desert Rage: A Lena Jones Mystery by Betty Webb

Ferociously ambitious U.S. Senatorial candidate Juliana Thorsson has been keeping a secret. The horrific slaughter of a prominent doctor, his wife, and their ten-year-old son inside their Scottsdale home brings Thorsson to Private Investigator Lena Jones. The slain family s 14-year old, Alison, and her boyfriend, Kyle, have confessed to the murders. Thorsson wants to hire Lena to discover if Alison is telling the truth, but before accepting the job, Lena demands to know why a rising political star wants to involve herself with the fate of a girl she s never met. (publisher)

And a few cozies:
A Midwinter's Tale

Murder Off the Beaten Path
One Potion in the Grave

What's new on your desk? Don't you just love these covers?
Click on the covers or the blue titles under the covers for more details about the books.


  1. Looks like you revived a nice variety of books Harvee. Have a great week.

  2. Sounds like a great vacation, Harvee. Temps have definitely taken a turn downward here, too, but I refuse to turn on the heat in September!

  3. Love the title about "warm weather" settings. I like both ARC's. Glad you had a nice vacation.

  4. I think I could subsist on mystery books, both the crime thrillers and the cozies. And throw in some psychological thrillers.

    But seriously, I must have at least ONE every week.


  5. Had to come back. Those cozies look so good.

  6. I'm looking forward to some cooler weather here!

    Here's my Sunday Salon.

  7. The whale watching sounds fun. We still have sunshine here but a bit cooler so I think our Indian summer is fading. I hope it comes to you too.

  8. Glad you had a nice vacation! We were near Long Beach recently, but we didn't do whale-watching so I will put that on my to-do list. I went whale-watching on my honeymoon in Hawaii and we loved it!

    I like the looks of your cozies--some of them are popping up on other blogs and I do like a downtime from the darker, grittier thrillers.
    Enjoy your week!

  9. Whale watching is a great way to send ones time. It has been a while since I have gone on a whale watch but I would like to go again soon.

    I kind of like the connection between ancient history and a murder mystery so Sons of Sparta looks interesting.

  10. I don't need to find books set in warm places, as I am in a very warm place right now. We are having a heat wave, with temps of 100º! We are still having summer weather. Enjoy your "hot" books, Harvee. :)

  11. Love the cozy covers. :-) Hope you enjoy your new books!

  12. Sounds like you had a nice vacation. I like the look of the cozies.

  13. Your vacation sounds lovely! It's nice o get away for a bit. You got some great books this week! I'm especially drawn to the cozies though Desert Rage looks interesting as well! Have a great week!

  14. Nice flock of mysteries...happy reading

  15. Indian Summer is not all it's cracked up to be, but I guess you know that since you were just in my home city :) Sounds like you had a great time!

    Enjoy your new books!

  16. All your books have great covers!!
    I hope you enjoy them all!

  17. Did a little whale watching while fishing last month in Washington. Saw a couple of them. Fall is always a great time for mysteries. Have a great week.

  18. Your vacation sounds fantastic, happy reading! One Potion in the Grave looks really cute.

  19. Whale watching sounds great! A Midwinter's Tail looks cute, I think we have a Sofie Kelly book on our shelf but have not read any of those yet. will have to look for this one too.


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