This weeks Mailbox Monday brings two great new crime thrillers to add to my ever growing TBR pile, but that’s just about all they have in common, as two more diverse storylines and styles of writing, you couldn’t wish to find.
But hey! Crime is crime, and I am quite happy to mix up my reading, so long as the thrills and spills keep coming!
ANGEL AVENGER – (Max Becker Book #1)
September 1960. In the Spandauer forest Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, find a naked, tortured man tied to a tree.
A cryptic message hangs from his neck.
When another body appears, Max is sure it won’t be the last.
The press dub the killer, Der Waldscharfrichter (The Forest Executioner) and graphic tattoos on the bodies suggest that the victims are Russians with a criminal past.
As more bodies and messages appear, they lead Max and his team to a horrific past event, wounds that run deep in the Berlin psyche, plunging Max into a conflict between his sense of duty and justice.
Tim was born in Zimbabwe in 1962. He spent his early years in Zimbabwe, the UK and then Hong Kong. At the age of eight he went off to boarding school in the UK, spending his holidays in Germany, where his father was stationed. He loved the country and its people and in planning to create a new detective series it seemed natural to choose 60s Berlin.
He has been writing for many years, including plays and many short stories, although Angel Avenger is his debut novel.
Since 2005 Tim has lived in West Wales, is married and has a son.
He loves walking, reading, writing, researching 20th century military history and prior to becoming a full-time writer worked variously as a teacher, college lecturer, IT analyst and Cabinet Maker.
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EPIPHANY – (Dan Mahoney mysteries – book #4)
It’s Christmas in St. Augustine, where Dan and Elaine Mahoney are taking an extended honeymoon. But not all is sunny in Florida when Dan’s company sends him to investigate the theft of 1.2 million dollars’ worth of religious relics from the famed Basilica. Immediately, he knows it won’t be easy to track down the missing items—far too many people had access to the safe where they were stored when not on display for the parishioners. And although the church and rectory were filled with people, when Dan questions them, it seems no one saw a thing.
Adding another wrinkle to their newlywed life is the fact that Dan’s mother has moved to a small town up the road. Dragon’s Bend is known for the fact that everyone who lives there is involved in the spiritual realm—from seers to gurus. Most are sincere practitioners in their beliefs, but some … not so much. Is Maggie Mahoney’s new job giving tarot readings at the Center for Spiritual Learning a legit way for her to help those who want to find deeper meaning in their lives? Or is she becoming caught up in something far darker?
A visit from Elaine’s son Jason brings the family together for a fun Mahoney Christmas, but not before there’s a murder in Dragon’s Bend. The clues finally come together and the scope of the crimes goes far beyond anything Dan could have imagined.
Kansas native Susan Slater lived in New Mexico for thirty-nine years.
Her Southwest mystery novels reflect her extensive knowledge of the tribes and pueblo culture in the area.
As an educator she directed the Six Sandoval Teacher Education Program for the All Indian Pueblo Council through the University of New Mexico.
She taught creative writing for UNM and the University of Phoenix.
In addition, Susan was both a manager of technical editors and writers and a Senior Instructional Specialist for two defense industry contractors before retiring to Florida to write full time.
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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.
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