Library Loot | June 14th


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

Never Buried by Edie Claire

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn’t pack heat—just a few extra pounds. And she doesn’t go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara’s refurbished Victorian house, she wasn’t planning on discovering a corpse-certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin’s house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house—someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn’t know Leigh’s impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

Patient One by Leonard Goldberg

U.S. President John Merrill is hosting Russian President Dimitri Suslev at a glittering state dinner to celebrate a new economic pact. As the after-dinner toasts begin, the two leaders, their wives, and scores of prominent guests become violently ill. Merrill and Suslev, along with the other stricken guests, are rushed to the nearest hospital. As Secret Service agents struggle to secure the hospital and locate Merrill’s daughter, the President’s personal physician – who’s been withholding critical medical information about the Commander-in- Chief – tries desperately to stabilize the President.

In the chaos, Chechen terrorists make their move, breaching the secured area and taking both presidents hostage. Emergency-room physician David Ballineau, a former commando struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, and trauma nurse Carolyn Ross may be the President Merrill’s only hope for survival.

2 thoughts on “Library Loot | June 14th

  1. Hi Marcia,

    I love the sound of both of these books, although they are both new authors to me.

    I like the way you have gone for the crime/thriller stories, but taking examples from both ends of the genre spectrum … I wonder, was this deliberate, or was it the case that you simply spotted both books and decided to give them a try?

    I hope that you enjoy them both, and just for the record, given a choice of these two titles, I would probably go for the slightly more ‘cozy’ adventure.


    • Hi Yvonne,

      I read the entire spectrum of crime/mystery/thrillers. Whatever catches my eye as I’m browsing the library’s or Amazon’s newest offerings. I love cozies for their characters, human & animal. And for a change of pace I enjoy intense, hard-boiled crime fiction. Rare is the book in this genre that doesn’t appeal to me.

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