BookTrib's Bites: Thrillers, Women's Fiction and Historical Fiction
"The Comfort of Distance"
by Ryburn Dobbs
Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered -- one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue, man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sgt. Hank LeGris suspects the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator.
But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases -- his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist, Dr. Sebastien Grey.
Equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3wbzGr4.
"Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy"
by Kris Clink
Kirkus calls it "an uplifting tale about family, second chances, and the complexity of making fine Texas wine."
Lark's lost her husband, and the expiration date has come and gone on her fake-it-till-you-make-it "Happy Mommy Show." Healing her broken family requires drastic measures. Lark returns to Texas and puts every cent into a failing vineyard, determined to work through her grief and make a brighter future for her children.
The last thing she expects is to fall in love again, especially not with an injured Army vet with a past of his own. Hers is a journey filled with humor and reconciliation -- one that prepares her for a courageous comeback. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2PNSBrf.
by W. Craig Reed
An NCIS agent and British scientist must stop an AI-controlled Russian submarine from exposing hundreds of millions to a deadly fallout far worse than any virus.
Deep beneath the Arctic Ocean, a covert team of Chinese operatives uses stolen U.S. technology to capture Russia's newest attack submarine. Loaded with massive torpedoes, the sub is headed west. The Americans want to sink her, the Russians want her back, and the Chinese claim they're not responsible.
NCIS Special Ops agent Jon Shay and British scientist Kate Barrett battle a ticking clock, trained operatives, and three naval armadas. "My vote for 'Thriller of the Year.' Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan meets Lee Child's Jack Reacher," says bestselling author Grant Blackwood. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3uXeIvu.
"By His Side"
by Jinny Powers Berten
This beautiful work of historical fiction tells the story of George Washington and his enslaved valet, William Lee. Set at Mount Vernon during the last three days of Washington's life, the book explores Washington's changing views of slavery, his flashbacks to events that took place during the Revolutionary War and the part that William Lee played in those events.
The book also looks at these subjects through the eyes of William Lee. He remembers being bought by General Washington, being made head of the fox hunt, riding beside the General during the Revolution, carrying his spyglass, combing his hair and hearing decisions made that would affect battles. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3r9XYyG.
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