Mysteries for long weekend

#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris starts a new series with “Midnight Crossroad.”

Taking place in Midnight, Texas, a small town which is literally a few buildings around a stoplight, the story concerns all of the townspeople and the secrets that they keep that drew them to the middle of nowhere. Manfred Bernardo, a famed psychic (who knows Harper Connelly from Harris’ other series) is the most recent resident, who is keeping up his internet psychic readings . But you don’t need to be a psychic to know that everyone in the small town harbors secrets. There is a witch, a vampire, a family with a very dark secret and a pawnshop that holds all sorts of strange oddities. But everyone in town’s secret may come out when one of the former residents of town is found dead. Everyone is in suspicion, and everyone could be exposed!

This new series is very different from the Sookie Stackhouse series that Harris is well known for. I found the beginning to be very slow at times – there is a lot of details and sometimes it trips the reader up. When the mystery happens, the story amps up and the conclusion is surprising. Fans of Harris looking for something a bit different should try it!

“Midnight Crossroad” is published by Ace. It is $27.95 and 305 pages long.

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New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Brien tells a story of revenge in “Tell Me You’re Sorry.”

A series of family deaths are happening that aren’t what they seem. One man and his family are killed after a burglary gone wrong. Another family is killed in a devestating fire. And yet another is killed in a murder-suicide after the father is found to be embezzling. Or is that the case? Stephanie is devestated when her brother-in-law informs her that her sister has committed suicide. She cannot believe she would have done such a thing. She is shocked when a few months later, her brother-in-law meets a new woman and quickly gets engaged and married. And she is horrified when a few months after that, the whole family is killed in seemingly a burglary gone wrong. The more she investigates she finds the series of deaths – men whose wives committed suicide or died of a stroke, only to have their husbands remarry quickly, and then the whole family killed under strange circumstances. She talks to one of the few survivors, a teenager named Ryan who was living with grandmother at the time his whole family died. The begin to find a link to all of the men, a hidden secret from the past and someone who is bent on getting bloody revenge.

This is a fast-paced blood chilling mystery. The reader gets to see the murderer conducting the crimes and is hoping that Stephanie and Ryan will be able to put a stop to it before the last victim is claimed. The pages go by fast and I stayed up until late in the night to see if the killer would get caught!

“Tell Me You’re Sorry” is publsiehd by Pinnacle. It is $9.99 and 535 pages long.

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Jenny Milchman tells the story of one woman’s desperate search to find her children in “Ruin Falls.”

Liz is traveling with her husband and two kids to visit his estranged parents who live on a small farm in western New York. Liz’s husband, Paul, has been all about sustainable living “off the grid” as much as possible, and the family lives in the moutains, grows their own food which Liz has turned into a business with her best friend. Though Liz isn’t as crazy about the lifestyle as her husband she still supports him and his decision to finally go see his parents.

While traveling, they finally stop at a hotel for the evening. Liz tucks her children in and goes to bed – and wakes the next morning to find them gone. Hotel security are summoned and finally the police. Paul offers to go look around himself – and then disappears. And Liz is stuck with the relevation of who took the children – her husband. Now Liz must look into her husband’s past and present, to detect who he really is, why he would take the children and cut her out of their lives completely and just who he has aligned himself with now.

This is a scary mystery that will make you question who to trust. Liz is a strong heroine and keeps the reader with her every step of the way.

“Ruin Falls” is published by Ballantine Books. It is $26 and 333 pages long.

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