Monthly Archives: December 2015

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Constance Kopp won’t let a dangerous merchant get away with destroying her family’s buggy. When her stubbornness results in threats she’ll have to take extraordinary steps to keep her family safe. Can she triumph?

Constance using a gun and seeking information makes her a woman ahead of her time. (Constance Kopp actually became one of the fitst female deputy sherrifs.) Other characters such as her pigeon breeder sister and the determined Sheriff Heath are also likeable. The danger and the difficulties of seeking justice provide a lot of suspense. Counterbalancing that is the humor of Constance’s relationships with her sisters and her practical dry wit. The restrictions and potential of the early 20th century -with special attention to New York- are clearly seen through her eyes. Girl Waits with Gun offers a fictional tale of a female character ahead of her time fighting crime.

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Phrynne Fisher takes on the dark side of 1920s Melbourne with sense and flair in Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood.

Late 19th century New York is a dangerous place, but maid Molly Murphy won’t let it stop her from exonerating herself in Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen.

Brooklyn detective Mary Ann Handley gets a chance to prove her skills when Thomas Edison’s former bookkeeper is murdered in Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy.

Interested in learning more about real trailblazing women crime fighters? Check out books such as Policewomen Who Made History: Breaking Through the Ranks by Robert L. Snow.


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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Scrooge takes pride in his cold heart. Can three spirits help him remember what matters most?

The spirits use cheer and chills to show the importance of valuing others. Scrooge’s journey is hopeful because it shows anyone can change.  A Christmas Carol shows what Christmastime should be about.

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A magical gift gives an ambitious businessman the opportunity to change his life in The Gift by Cecilia Ahern.

A poor young couple is determined to get gifts for each other despite the costs in The Gift of the Magi by O Henry and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.

Learn the story of Marley and why he was allowed to go to Scrooge in Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett.

Did you know that A Christmas Carol saved its author’s career? Check out the story behind the story in books such as the nonfiction The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford and the historical fiction A Midnight Carol by Patricia K. Davis.

A Christmas Carol has been made into movies such as  A Christmas Carol (1951).

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A Brother’s Bond by Lee Tobin McClain

Karen Smith wants the truth behind her brother’s death. Adam Calloway wants to protect his sister’s sanity. When threats against Karen bring them together they find a connection they can’t ignore. Is a relationship possible when everything is against them?

Karen and Adam are both compassionate, loyal to their families, and lonely. They feel drawn together but are also cautious not to leap into togetherness. Attacks on Adam’s isolated home and in town cause suspense and confusion about who their enemy is. The Christian element comes from Karen and Adam seeking guidance in dealing with obstacles. Brother’s Bond offers Christian Romance and Romantic Suspense.

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An artist’s quest to clear her father’s name brings her danger and a protective detective in Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon. (Click here to read my blog entry about Lethal Legacy.)

A DEA agent battles the past and a dangerous killer while protecting a single mother in Murder Under the Mistletoe by Terri Reed.

A medical examiner’s secret could unmask a killer if she can learn to trust the FBI agent working with her in When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason.

Note: I found A Brother’s Bond in Amazon’s free Kindle books section.

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A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Editor Sam St. Clair isn’t prepared when a hot manuscript brings odd business to her doorstep. Nevertheless, she will turn detective to regain as much order as any editor can have. Will she save the day or make a muddle of it all?

Sam dryly points out oddities in everything including herself, publishing, and amateur detection. Her relationships with people are interesting, amusing, and/or endearing. She handles detection with bluffing, a handy set of contacts, and intelligence. A varied set of suspects with different motives keeps the solution from being obvious. A Murder of Magpies offers a fun British amateur detective, a cozy mystery, and an interesting setting.

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A spinster uses her wit and stubbornness to help a young woman beset by threatening events in Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. (Click here to read my blog entry on Crocodile on the Sandbank.)

A London antique show host is pulled into a mystery in Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison.

Publisher Alex Plumtree’s life becomes a mystery when threatening events are tied to a missing manuscript in Unsolicited by Julie Kaewert.



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