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Rush of Blood
I like Mark Billingham's Thorne series. This stand-alone murder mystery involves three British couples on holiday in Florida. This vacation takes a criminal twist when a young girl goes missing and is later found dead in a lagoon. The six Britons are suspects and Billingham keeps the suspense going. When another young girl is missing in England, the six who have returned from Florida are even more suspect. Great ending.
Kate Moore and her husband decide to accept a job offer in Luxemburg. While her husband begins his new job and Kate spends more time with her children she must learn how to adjust to the daily life in a new country. Kate begins to notice her husband’s suspicious behavior and also becomes suspicious of another American couple they have befriended. As she begins to investigate she becomes nervous they are connected to her past. Mystery lovers will enjoy this novel which keeps them guessing until the very end.
The Elephant Keepers' Children
The setting is the imaginary island of Fino off the coast of Denmark, where the world’s religions live together peacefully. Father is a vicar and Mother is a fine artist. For the second time in the lives of the three siblings, Hans, Tidle and Peter, their very eccentric parents disappear. The youngest, fourteen year old Peter is the narrator. From his precocious view point he describes the weird circumstances and incredible adventures they have finding their parents, while the rest of Denmark is trying to corral them to keep them out of harm’s way. There is a lot of satire, laugh out loud moments and a satisfying ending.