Working women, whether cops, PI's, judges or lawyers, shine in these five favorites.
Mary Alice G., Pittsburgh PA
In Total Recall, Warshawski's best friend Dr. Lottie Herschel, a child who fled Germany in the kindertransport, is involved in lethal recollections in this taut thriller. Sara's year as a visiting scholar to Oxford and research in the Imperial War Rooms in London provide fascinating background into the period which forms the background of the novel.
Margaret Maron's debut mystery in the modern Southern series featuring Deborah Knott is simply gorgeous. Bootlegger's Daughter tells of the lawyer turned district court judge balancing the legacy of her large loving family with the role of a woman campaigning for justice in more ways than one. Yes, there are issues of racism and bigotry and the author faces them squarely without painting a mythical small Southern town seen through rose colored glasses. An elegant mystery. Harper Lee smiles.....Deborah Knott is Scout all grown up. You can hear her voice in the beautiful prose that distinguishes Ms. Maron's writing.
MWA Grand Master Marcia Muller’s new Sharon McCone opens with a welcoming party following the Las Vegas wedding of Sharon and Hy. The action soon starts when Sharon takes on a big case involving a woman who went missing 22 years earlier. Marriage, family, secrets and a league of pros in her successful PI firm are lead ably by the confident and clever Sharon. I was up until dawn with the crisp plot and dialogue from this pro.
One of MY all-time favorite series debuts. Losing her job as a reporter, Tess Monaghan accepts a friend's request to follow his fiancee. Utilizing her journalist's instincts, Tess learns that the woman is a kleptomaniac and may be having an affair with her boss. After revealing her findings, the boss is murdered and Tess's friend is accused. Now it is up to Tess to learn the identity of the real killer.
Now here's a smart new legal mystery that will bring a whole new meaning to the phrase Philadelphia Lawyer. Mary DiNunzio is on the partnership track, plagued by mysterious phone calls, grieving the death of her husband and balancing the family ties that bind. This impressive debut has an opening scene of conduct unbecoming a judge that is sure to outrage. A murder too close for comfort teams Mary with a wonderful fellow female in the firm as they put together all the pieces while doing the day to day lawyer things. The promise of more to come with a few of the impressive characters from this debut is welcome in a vast landfill of “derivative” legal mysteries. More, Mary!