Libri Multus - New to me author edition
Sena Jeter Naslund's Ahab's Wife is an epic historical fiction novel inspired by a brief mention in Moby Dick about a young woman named Una Spenser and follows her from childhood, through her adventures masquerading as a young cabin boy, to her marriage to Captain Ahab. It was a bit difficult to get into at first, but given a chance, the story and the characters bloom detailing life in the 19th century and showcasing the independent spirit of Una. 700 pages long, it is complex and full of references to characters from Moby Dick and real life writers and scientists.
Dean Koontz's By the Light of the Moon is more psychological thriller than horror. Three disparate characters, after being injected with an unknown substance, by a mad doctor, that gives them remarkable powers, are forced to rely on one another as they race to find answers before they are killed. Dylan O'Connor and his autistic brother Shep just happen to stay at the same hotel as Jillian Jackson, a stand up comic who travels around with Fred the plant. The doctor breaks into their rooms, tells them each a bizarre story and they must flee or else they will be killed by the people who have been following him and trying to stop his life's work.
Alafair Burke's Close Case finds district attorney Samantha Kincaid investigating the murder of a high profile investigative journalist who had recently been looking into a police shooting with racial overtones. Politics, police cover ups, bigotry, and drugs play a big role and suddenly Samantha isn't sure she can even trust her detective boyfriend.
Lisa Scottoline's Dead Ringer starts with attorney Bennie Rosato losing her wallet and suddenly someone is trying to destroy her law practice and her reputation. That someone is her bad twin sister whom she disowned years ago. When one of her clients turns up dead, Bennie has to fight to find the killer as well as convince everyone of her innocence.
Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair is the first book in his series about literary detective Thursday Next. Time travel, meeting herself in past and future, leaving clues for herself, her dad stopping and changing time, literary characters stepping in and out of books or being killed, changing the story as you read it, all make for a wacky fun read. You never quite know what's going to happen next.