Earnestine B's Picks

The Corpse of St. James's

Jeanne M. Dams

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                                  THE CORPSE OF ST.JAMES'S by Jeanne M. Dams

  Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, had just left Buckingham Palace following  a ceremony honoring a friend for  the George Cross. Jonathan Quinn, was injured in the line of duty saving a child from a fire. The three of them are walking in St. James Park when they discovered the body of a young girl.

  Dorothy and her husband and Quinn try to find out who murdered this girl. Complicating the matter is Quinn knows the victim and he soon is the main suspect in her murder.

  This is the 12th book of this series. The author is a resident of South Bend, Indiana. She also has another series that takes place in South Bend. The main character is a Swedish immigrant who works at the Studebaker Mansion in the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

  Both of these series are cosy mysteries and are fun read.


Hazel Holt

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                            MRS. MALORY AND A NECESSARY END by Hazel Holt

    Mrs. Malory is talked into helping at the village charity shop while one of the ladies is away. She happy to do it because she likes dealing with books and its for a good cause.

    The only draw back is the store supervisor, Desmond Barlow, who is a bad-tempered bully. He locks horns with another volunteer frequently. His poor wife, also works there and is constantly bullied by him.

    One evening Barlow stayed after hours at the store. He found dead in the back storeroom. He had been stabbed in the chest. Now Mrs. Malory is helping the police find out who killed him.

    I recommend this series. If you enjoy British Cosies, you will love this series.

Death of a Neighborhood Witch

Laura Levine

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                               Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

  This is the newest installment of the Jaine Austen  Mystery series. Jaine finds  herself in hot water with the neighborhood grouch when her cat Prozac scares her parakeet to death. The Hollywood has-been is at war with just about everyone on the street and now Jaine is in her sights.

  When the woman is found dead on her lawn, Jaine is on the top of the suspect list. So Jaine quickly starts questioning the other residents in her neighborhood to try and find out who really killed her before the police arrest her for the murder.

  This is a very entertaining series. It will make you laugh and keep your interest.

Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen

Bill Crider

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                        MURDER OF A BEAUTY SHOP QUEEN by Bill Crider

  Sheriff, Dan Rhodes, is called to the Beauty Shack when the body of Lynn Ashton is found by the shop's owner. The young woman was very popular with several married men in the county.  The killer could be an angry wife or a jilted lover.

  So, to complicate matters, another murder takes place. The Sheriff is sure that the two murders are connected. This is a great series with colorful characters. A great read.

The Dog Who Bit A Policeman

Stuart Kaminsky

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                         THE DOG WHO BIT A POLICEMAN by Stuart Kaminsky

  This is an Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov novel. This is one of my favorite series. It takes place in Moscow Russia. The author gives a glimpse of the new Russia and how the everyday citizen is coping with the government. Rostnikov finds himself trying to prevent an all out gang war from happening. Also, two of his police officers are undercover trying to bust a dog fighting ring. On a personal note, Rostnikov's wife is facing a health crisis.

  The series has colorful characters and the reader gets to know a little about the lives of the policemen and their families.

Misery Bay

Steve Hamilton

Recommended by: Earnestine B

     Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton

  Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit Police Officer. Injured in the line of duty, he retired to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. In this the eighth installment, he is asked by his enemy, the Sault Ste Maria Chief of Police to look into an apparent suicide of a college student. The young apparently hung himself in a lonely called Misery Bay.

  When Alex starts questioning the young man's friends, it quickly turns into a nightmare of murder and revenge. McKnight must move fast to find this ruthless killer before someone else dies.

  If you are familiar with Upper Peninsula in Michigan, you might want to check out this series.

Cooking The Books

Kerry Greenwood

Recommended by: Earnestine B

  Cooking The Books by Kerry Greenwood

  Corinna Chapman is enjoying her vacation when an old school friend asks her to temporary fill in for her pastry chef who was injured. Her friend's catering company is working for a television series providing food for the stars and crew on the set. Meanwhile, her companion is busy on a case of bullying in the workplace. 

 Soon , both are involved in finding the person who is causing the accidents and near misses on the set.

This is the next installment in this series. Its a good read


Penelope Lively

Recommended by: Earnestine B

         HOW IT ALL BEGAN By Penelope Lively

  When Charlotte Rainsford is mugged and injured on a London street, it set off a chain of events that would change the lives of several people. 

  An affair is exposed when a message goes awry, a new business opportunity that seems to good to be true, an unlikely friendship develops, and so it goes.

  The writer is a gifted storyteller that shows us how one event can affect so many lives.  A good read.


Anne Holt

Recommended by: Earnestine B

1222 The Scandinavian Phenomenon By Anne Holt


A train traveling in the northern part of Norway derail during a major blizzard. There are 269 people on the train. Thankfully, there is one fatality, the train driver. Luckily for the passengers and crew a hotel is nearby and they are evaculated off the train.


Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police officer, is one of the passengers.  Now confined in a wheel chair as a result of a gun-shot wound, she is called upon when a dead body is discovered.  Cut off from the rest of the world, the passengers and the employees of the hotel have to deal with  the severe storm and the fact a murderer is on the loose.