The Highlander’s Touch

By Karen Marie Moning

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Dell, c2000, 2007

Genres: Romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, time travel fantasy, historical fiction

Series: The Highlander romances; 3

ISBN: 9780440236528

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 356

Setting: Cincinnati, Ohio and Scotland

Time period: Contemporary and 1314

Plot summary: Lisa Stone works two jobs to support herself and her dying mother.  When exhaustion catches up with her at her night job at a museum, she falls asleep to be woken the next morning by her boss and another man conversing about one of the museum’s recently acquired artifacts.  She remains hidden throughout the conversation because she is not supposed to be in the museum at that hour.  After they leave, she emerges from her hiding spot and inspects the artifact that was left out.  Unbeknownst to her, the artifact was cursed hundreds of years earlier by a Scottish warrior.  As soon as Lisa touches it, she finds herself transported back in time to Circenn Brodie, the man who cursed the object and vowed to kill the one carrying it. Continue reading

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Caught Stealing

By Charlie Huston

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ballantine Books, 2004

Genres: Thriller, crime thriller, suspense

Series: Hank Thompson series; 1

ISBN: 9780345464774

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 240

Setting: Lower East Side, NYC (Manhattan)

Time period: 2002 or 2003

Plot summary: Hank Thompson has had a really bad day which has stretched into over a week of nightmares.  After passing out at the doctor’s office (to have a problem with his feet checked), he wakes up in a hospital with one less kidney.  Not only does he have to make a lifestyle change which leaves him unemployed, he also has an insanely large debt from being hospitalized without insurance.  To make matters worse, he has somehow gotten involved with a very nasty group of people – all from being a good neighbor and pet sitting a cat. Continue reading

Fool Moon

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2001

Genre: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal

Series: The Dresden Files; 2

ISBN: 9780451458124

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 342

Setting: Chicago, IL and outskirts (Chicagoland)

Time period: Fall 2000

Plot summary: Work has been slow for Harry Dresden, the country’s only practicing wizard – so slow that he’s been living off of ramen noodles and spaghettiOs for months.  When a friend offers him a steak dinner in exchange for some information, he can’t say no, at least not until he realizes the level of danger his friend will be in with the information she is seeking.  Following an awful exchange, Harry’s evening gets worse.  After months of the cold shoulder, Karrin Murphey from the Special Investigations unit of the Chicago PD finally reconnects with Harry about a case.  But it’s a gristly case and Dresden needs to address Murphey’s lack of trust in him. Continue reading

Dead to the World

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, c2004, 2005

Genres: Mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, paranormal romance, romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 4

ISBN: 9780441012183

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 291 (310 including an excerpt from the next book – Dead as a Doornail)

Setting: Bon Temps & Shreveport, Louisiana

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Sookie begins her New Year by finding her former boyfriend’s boss, the vampire Eric Northman, running naked through the woods on her way home from work.  When Sookie realizes that Eric has no idea where he is, who he is, or who Sookie is, she invites a whole new set of problems into her life when she takes him home and calls his friends.  Eric has been put under a spell which made him lose his memory.  Unfortunately for the rebounding Sookie, this has made him much more attractive. Continue reading

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson; translated by Reg Keelan

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Vintage Books, c2008, 2009

Genre: Thriller, mystery, suspense

Series: Millennium trilogy; 1

ISBN: 9780307473479

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 644

Setting: Stockholm, Hedestad & Hedeby Island, Sweden

Time period: around 2003-2004

Plot summary: When Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist, is recently convicted of libel, he needs a break from his position as publisher of the magazine Millennium.  Therefore, when Henrik Vanger, of the Vanger Corporation, asks him to investigate the mysterious death of his niece nearly forty years ago, Blomkvist accepts, even though he doesn’t think he’ll be able to discover any new evidence.  However, with the help of a heavily pierced and tattooed research assistant, Lisbeth Salander, he discovers a shocking truth which puts his own life into jeopardy. Continue reading