Adult Recommendations

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

In London, England 1855 social and political upheaval abound.  Local pubs and churches, once thought of as safe havens, are threatened with murder and mayhem. High-ranking officials in the British Government aren't even safe; a handful have been killed in their own homes. There have even been several failed assassination attempts on Queen Victoria.  An anarchist gang or individual is creatively and brutally killing people causing chaos throughout London.  These vivid depictions of Victorian England are in David Morrell’s captivating latest mystery, “Inspector of the Dead.” The opium-eater, Thomas De Quincey, his daughter, and a couple of newly assigned detectives return to solve the mystery in Morrell’s second book in this series. They attempt to protect Queen Victoria from any future assassination attempts and find who is causing chaos throughout London before England’s government completely collapses. As the evidence mounts, try to solve the mystery before the detectives piece together the clues!

Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

Many books give testament to men’s bravery and sacrifice during the Civil War. In this book, the stories of four courageous women who dared to act upon their beliefs and become spies are detailed. A wealthy abolitionist in Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth Van Lew, took considerable risks to operate a successful spy ring for the North, penetrating the Confederate White House. Knowing the possible consequences of her actions yet driven to fight for the Union, Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man and joined the Army of the Potomac. Rose O’Neale Greenhow, a widow living in Washington, used her feminine wiles to seduce Northern politicians into disclosing information she then sent to Southern generals via her young daughter. Brash Belle Boyd, too, used her feminine charms to seduce men on both sides of the war, serving as a courier and spy for the Confederate Army.

Abbott’s extensive research and storytelling ability combine to ensure a captivating glimpse of this little-known part of the Civil War.

American Craftsmen, Tom Doyle

American Craftsmen is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined Seal Team Six. Magic workers have operated in America since its founding, sworn to protect and defend the United States as part of secret military units. Army Captain Dale Morton is one of these elite soldier-magicians—until a Persian sorcerer curses him to madness. Now, convinced that an evil from his family’s past has corrupted the highest echelons of military magic, he must hunt down the traitors that placed him in harm’s way—while protecting the innocent woman he loves and avoiding a fellow Craftsman with a family axe to grind. Fast-paced and engrossing, American Craftsmen will appeal to readers of military thrillers and urban fantasy alike.