Still under suspicion for murdering his wife, Eli Landon returns to Whiskey Beach and Bluff House to rest, recuperate, and pursue a career as a writer. And bumps smack into his grandmother's housekeeper, a sylph-like blond with a penchant for massage, yoga, and managing everyone's lives. Of course he didn't murder his wife, and of course there's a hidden treasure involved, and of course there's a happily ever after.This read well and quickly, and as always Roberts develops relationships and characters with a deft hand. But neither Eli nor Abra (the housekeeper/romantic interest) really grabbed me. A good story, but not a gripping, will-definitely-reread one.
When a middle class, seemingly innocent urban family is murdered in their beds with no apparent motive and only one small survivor, Detective Eve Dallas is sure there's a motive. Good thing for her she has a crack team to back her up and mad skills to drive her on.Hadn't read one of these for a while, and it was a kick to go back and re-discover the early Eve. Not a bad way to spend a summer evening.
When a young, wealthy woman vanishes leaving only a few spatters of blood in her mother's kitchen, police are baffled. After some arm twisting from Weather, Davenport agrees to look into things. A string of baffling killings in the Goth community seems linked... but how?More than a little far-fetched, but well tied together.
The FBI's top man is dirty, but the people that know his secret have no power. Stone knives, slit throats and suicide by cop... as Davenport struggles with his own mortality and a too strong attachment to a married woman, the body count keeps climbing.Kept me turning the pages, that's for sure.
Cameras and sex - never a good idea.Jobless after a police brutality charge, Davenport is holed up in his cabin during a north woods winter - not the best place for someone with depression. Lucky for him, a baffling murder in a nearby town has the sheriff requesting help.Excellent.
When a vicious serial killer from Davenport's past resurfaces in New York, Lily (with whom Davenport also shares a past) calls for help. But is he really there to catch a killer? Or is she setting him up to be bait for a gang of dirty cops.Lucas out of his element. Except he really isn't, at least not so you'd notice. Good read, but Bekker's just creepy. Not my favorite.
Catching a cheating husband wasn't any big thing. At least not until sword for hire Eddie LaCrosse made the mistake of standing over a freshly poisoned knight. Now he has a castle full of suspects and a very real need to clear his own name before he ends up blamed. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table re-envisioned - King Marcus Drake, Queen Jennifer and the Knights of the Double Tarn, and all of them with some interesting secrets. Not sure I would have picked this up had I realized it was another take on the King Arthur legend, but I'm glad I did.
Twelve years back Pete Caldecott stood in a circle and let Jack Winter shed her blood to wake a spirit. It killed him. Except he's not dead, he's the informant that just let her know where she'll find a kidnapped girl...WTF? And they're off and running. Pete's now an inspector with Scotland Yard. Jack's now a heroin addict (it's the only thing that keeps the voices away). But Pete's determined that she's going to find whatever is responsible for taking the missing children whatever the collateral damage.Given that Jack's on smack and Pete has very few issues with getting her answers by any means necessary, it should come as no surprise that Black London is a good deal rawer and grittier than Nocturne City. Pete's really likable, and when he's not whinging, so's Jack. Looking forward to reading more of their adventures.
Sixteen short stories selected by Neil Gaiman run the gamut from amusing to mildly creepy. No particular standouts, but nothing dismally disappointing, either. This would be a good collection for getting the feel for new authors if you're unfamiliar with some of those tapped for inclusion.
Leila's moving out. It doesn't matter that her centuries old lover is Vlad the Impaler, that he's got a control streak a mile wide, or even that her psychic abilities have been failing since he coated her in an aura of fire-proofing (and kept her from charring into a seriously crispy corpse). What does matter is is that he can't - or won't - say he loves her. Turn her into a vampire, yes. Propose, no. But going back to the circus isn't exactly the option Leila thought it would be. Someone's stalking her with an intent to kill, and the only one who can help may be the very monster she just left behind...For my money, Leila and Vlad make a more interesting couple than Cat and Bones.