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Continuing our recent trend of highlighting great books by great friends, we review two intelligently written, delightfully entertaining books by two authors we are blessed to call friends. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
A Stolen Child by Sarah Stewart Taylor (2023). Today, we finally review Sarah Stewart Taylor's latest Maggie D'arcy mystery - A Stolen Child. This latest book in the series continues Taylor's atmospheric portrayal of an American detective and Ireland. This time, D'arcy has moved, with her teenaged daughter, to Dublin for a new lease on life and a second chance on love. She's officially a Garda, and is happily enjoying her patrol assignment until a murder and a missing child need her detective skills. This book, the fourth in the series, continues Taylor's character-driven, nuanced twist on the traditional police procedural. Buy the first one, curl up by a fire and then continue through all four instalments of this series. You will not regret one moment spent with D'arcy and her collegaues and family - nor will the people you give this series to in the upcoming holiday season. ~ Lisa Cadow and Lisa Christie
The Last Line by Stephen Ronson (available 16 November 2023). We finish with something to look forward to - our friend Stephen's first novel - The Last Line. Set in the backdrop of the British home front in 1940 as the UK prepares for a possible invasion and another world war, The Last Line provides a superb thriller mixed in a noir mystery. Sussex native John Cook secretly prepares the resistance effort, should war happen, while a missing child from London haunts his thoughts. As he investigates the child, a dark far reaching conspiracy unfolds. Enjoy this look at the British home front and the terrors of war - even of merely anticipated ones. Full of historical details and nonstop action, this novel, with Ronson's excellent descriptions and pacing, reads like a well written movie. Unfortunately for us, you have to be in the UK, Europe, or Canada to purchase this one. We look forward to having it published in the USA soon; please help us pester booksellers everywhere to bring it here asap. ~ Lisa Cadow and Lisa Christie