In 1868 Paraguay was in ruins from a disastrous war that killed up to ninety percent of the fighting-aged men, and started the breakdown of society. In response, the Padre of the village of Santa Caterina asked the women to become pregnant by any man regardless if they were married. However, even in the midst of the chaos, some things were still worthy of punishment like the murder of the hated Richard Yotté.
On a Saturday morning three retired gentlemen were having coffee at a small town diner in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia when a man opened the door, fired a gun and killed them instantly. The gunman escaped leaving behind baffled and hysterical witnesses that were unable to describe him.
Before Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes there was French detective C. Auguste Dupin who is credited as being the detective in the first mystery called “The Murders in Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe. Modern mysteries have a wonderful past with detective stories tracing back to the Victorian Era…
Chanti’s mom is an undercover cop, which is the worst thing to be in their rough Denver neighborhood. Everybody hates a snitch and blowing her mom’s cover would mean endangering her life, so Chanti is good at keeping secrets. I loved this urban mystery book!
Pilot and flight instructor Cordell Logan is down on his luck with his last student quitting and bills piling up, and it seems that things couldn’t get any worse until his ex-wife Savannah contacts him and wants his help. Her husband, Arlo, was murdered, but Cordell isn’t too distraught since Arlo was Cordell’s friend who broke up Cordell’s marriage.
Cordell has no intention of getting involved with the murder investigation though Savannah is convinced that the murder has something to do with Cordell’s and Arlo’s past…
PI Jack Reilly is short on cash so when Bucky, a friend of Jack’s incarcerated brother, wants to meet with the investigator Jack goes against his better judgment and agrees. Unfortunately, Jack made the wrong decision because Bucky is a blackmailer and wants Jack to be the backup for the information so the victim of the blackmail couldn’t just kill Bucky and have the information die with Bucky. Jack doesn’t want anything to do with it, but it’s too late – Bucky gets murdered and the information is on its way to Jack.