THE HUSBAND LIST 2012 by Janet Evanovich and Dorien
Set in the gilded age heiress Caroline Maxwell is
being groomed to marry an English titled aristocrat only her heart is set on
Jack Culhane. Although the story set up begins slow it picks up pace and runs
to the ending. Caroline and Jack first deny their feelings. Jack is a confirmed
bachelor but when they admit their love, they see no future with her mother’s
unwavering plans to see her wed to Bremerton, a man in need of a fortune but a heart
as cold as ice. When her mother leaves her alone in Bremerton’s ravished estate
and, she discovers he most likely murdered his first wife, who had lied about
having a fortune, she takes matters in her own hands. The story has colorful
characters like the heiress chasing Jack; the maids and governesses helping
Caroline; and Caroline’s family, reminiscent of Elizabeth Bennett’s.
Local by Les Roberts 1997
Milan Jacovich is
a private investigator whose police buddy, Marki, dumps a murder case on him
because attorney Joel Kerner Jr. is killed on a Caribbean Island. His sister
wants answers. Jacovich begins to ask questions and a lot of people want the
case ignored. The Cleveland setting allows for unions, mobsters, and real
estate deals and almost everyone is a suspect and yet no one seems likely.
Jacovich is an old
time detective who meets and talks with his suspects face to face. He gets
roughed up more than once and his life is threatened in the end with a struggle
with the bad guy. Roberts gives Jacovich plenty of heart by revealing his
personal life in exposed pictures as he solves the case. Cleveland is front and
center and anyone who loves the city, will love this series.
Whisky Island by
Les Roberts 2012 Gray and Co.
Publishers in Cleveland
Milan Jacovich is
private investigator training ex juvenile delinquent and veteran Kevin
O’Brannion KO. They both acquire new girlfriends during story. Convicted
corrupt councilman Bert Loftus claims someone is trying to kill him. He is just
trying to gain sympathy for sentencing but they take his case. It leads to
corrupt landlords, a lot of political corruption and a call girl, who was
taping her clients to blackmail the County Prosecuting Attorney. She is
murdered bringing in the police and KO is kidnapped. Jacovich puts his life in
peril to solve the case. Cleveland, its landmarks, and the different cultures
add to the story. Roberts uses internal dialogue to reveal true feelings and
add personality to his hard-nosed detective.