The Vanishing Spy

The Vanishing Spy
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, Book # 2
Poisoned Pen Press
August 1st 2018
eBook
152
English
November 13, 2022 November 22, 2022
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A murdered French butler. A missing skeleton key. For retired detective Virginia Holmes, this case should be no problem. But when Holmes and her assistant travel to France to investigate, the sleuths find themselves embroiled in a far deeper mystery that leads all the way back to the French Resistance of World War II. Spies. Nazis. Deception. And a town that may hold a terrible secret.


What I think

As for the first book, also this story is very well done. We are in France during the Second World War and the occupation of French soil by the Nazis. Our protagonist is a Jew born in France but who studied in England and is part of the French resistance.

Holmes and Fox have been called by the son of the resistance’s second-in-command to find a key.

Women investigate and find much more than just a key.

I liked the chapters alternating between the present and the past, I liked how the final result was discovered and even if not rich in descriptions, the story is not too fast and turned out well.

Murder at the Filmore

Murder at the Filmore
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, Book # 1
Poisoned Pen Press
July 8th 2018
eBook
120
English
November 9, 2022 November 12, 2022
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A murder has occurred at the Filmore Hotel, one of Madison, Wisconsin's most discreet lakeside resorts. It looks cut and dry: a suspect fleeing the scene, a scorned wife, a mythical murder weapon.

But then a retired detective by the name of Virginia Holmes arrives. There's more to this mystery than meets the eye… and the murderer might still be inside the hotel.


What I think

I liked the case, even if it was very simple in the sense that it was obvious that what the police thought, was not true. But at least Holmes’s character is as particular as the one from which the author draws inspiration.

I like that it’s narrated by a writer, like the series from which it takes inspiration where Watson wants to write the exploits of Holmes (Sherlock). And the “detectives” are women, therefore an extra plus.

The crossing places

The Crossing Places
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, Book # 1
Quercus
February 5th 2009
eBook
306
English
April 10, 2022 April 14, 2022
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Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties and lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?


New series and new author. I chose this book because the protagonist is an archaeologist and therefore something different from what I usually read.

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Blue Lightning

Blue Lightning
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, Book # 4
MacMillan
January 1st 2010
eBook
356
English
April 6, 2022 April 9, 2022
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Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancee, Fran, to his parents. When a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, Jimmy must investigate the old-fashioned way."


The book had potential but as others have explained in Goodreads reviews, the last 20 pages just kind of ruined it. In fact they ruined the series. I don’t think I will continue.

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The Stolen Girls

The Stolen Girls
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, Book # 2
Bookouture
July 6 2017
eBook
452
English
April 1, 2022 April 5, 2022
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The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’

One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

Could this be the same girl?

When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.

Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?


I liked the book, the case was very interesting and here too we see how all wars are destructive, not only physically but also morally. Of course, not all soldiers are bad, but there are those who do not respect morality. Not only certain peoples, but everyone has these episodes. And given the times we’re living in, I wonder how many Rhea and Mimoza or Andrei are in Ukraine right now.

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