The Informationist: A Thriller

By Taylor Stevens

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Crown Publishers, 2011

Genres: Thriller, adventure, suspense

Series: Vanessa Michael Munroe; 1

ISBN: 9780307717092

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 307

Setting: Mainly set in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon, Africa.  Also set in Houston, Texas and Frankfurt, Germany, with brief stints in Ankara, Turkey and Paris, France.

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When a Texas oil man’s daughter goes missing in Africa, he attempts to find her but discovers nothing.  Four years later, he hires Vanessa “Michael” Munroe to try to learn what happened to her.  This is outside of Munroe’s usual line of work, which is gathering expensive information for both corporations and governments.  However, Munroe is quite familiar with much of Africa, and agrees to accept the assignment.  Munroe soon discovers that there is more to this assignment than she was led to believe. Continue reading


Grave Sight

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Berkley Prime Crime Books, c2005, 2006

Genres: Mystery, paranormal mystery

Series: Harper Connelly; 1

ISBN: 9780425212899

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 293 (310 including the beginning of Grave Surprise).

Setting: Sarne, AR (a fictional town set in the Ozarks)

Time period: Around 2005

Plot summary: When Harper Connelly was fifteen years old, she was struck by lightning.  As a result, she can now see a person’s last few moments of life before death.  She works with her step-brother, Tolliver, as a consultant for people who wish to know more about a loved one’s death and seek her services.  Harper and Tolliver accept a case to search for a missing body in Sarne.  However, once Harper finds the body, another person ends up dead. Continue reading

Nobody’s son: notes from an American life

By Luis Alberto Urrea

Place: Publisher & Year: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1998

Genres: Non-fiction, autobiography, memoir

Series: Camino del Sol

ISBN: 9780816518654

Audience: Adults

Number of pages: 189

Setting: Various locations in Mexico and the US,  including Tijuana and San Diego

Time period: late 1950s – 1990s

Description: Urrea describes key moments of his life in regards to growing up as a child of both the US and Mexico.  Written in a non-linear fashion, the book is divided into chapters which focus upon places and themes. Continue reading