Title: The Explorer
Author: James Smythe. He has published some previous novels through independent presses.
Readers: Administrative coordinator Cyn, and lawyers Cait, Elizabeth H. and Rochelle. (Lawyers and sci-fi, who knew?)
Summary: When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.
But in space, nothing goes according to plan.
The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.
But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.
Title: The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
Author: Jennifer Cody Epstein. She is the author of a previous novel, The Painter from Shanghai.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Readers: Stay at home mom Shawna, retiree Nancy, attorney Elizabeth H. and librarian Mary Liz.
Summary: In this evocative and thrilling epic novel, fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan’s New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm—an attack that leaves one hundred thousand dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi’s old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy: Cam, a downed bomber pilot taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army; Anton, a gifted architect who helped modernize Tokyo’s prewar skyline but is now charged with destroying it; and Billy, an Occupation soldier who arrives in the blackened city with a dark secret of his own. Directly or indirectly, each will shape Yoshi’s journey as she seeks safety, love, and redemption.
Book: Blood Line: An Anna Travis Novel
Author: Lynda LaPlante, author of the Prime Suspect novels
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Reviewers: Prosecutor Rochelle, editor Kristina, project manager Andrea, day care teacher EMarie and attorney Elizabeth H.
Still reeling from the death of her fiancé, Detective Anna Travis has thrown herself into her new role as the chief inspector for London’s murder squad. When Scotland Yard’s missing persons bureau is unable to locate the son of a court employee, the superintendent—James Langton, Anna’s former lover turned sometimes friend—urges her to take on the suspicious assignment.
But is this new investigation purely a missing persons case—or a full-blown murder inquiry? An ominous pool of blood with no locatable victim leads Anna on a desperate hunt for a man who has disappeared without a trace. With no body, and increasing pressure to make an arrest, Anna becomes obsessed with the smallest details of the case. Now, one man has vanished, a killer may be loose on the streets, and, as Langton looks on, Anna Travis may be losing control of the investigation—and of herself.