Category Archives: Drama

Journey To Munich

Title:  Journey To Munich

Author:  Jacqueline Winspear

It’s early 1938 , and Maisie Dobbs has returned to England from war-torn Spain.  On a fine  yet chilly morning, as she walks toward Fitzroy Square—a place that holds many memories for her–=she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service.  The German government has agreed to release an important British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member.  Because the man’s daughter—his only child—is gravely ill and his wife is deceased, the Secret Service need a first-class female agent to present herself in the guise of his daughter at Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.  They want her to bring home a man crucial to Britain’s war plans.

The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s journey to Munich.  Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey and is desperate for help of a more personal nature.

Traveling  into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved.  But the Secret Service may have other ideas….

 

Cometh The Hour

Title:  Cometh The Hour

Author:  Jeffery Archer

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences.  For Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.

Giles must decided if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain.  But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl.  But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry.  Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rival Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman, Hakim Bishara, down so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe.  But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

Cometh the Hour is the penultimate  book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels—which were all New York Times bestsellers—showcases Jeffery Archer’s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

Plague of Thieves Affair

Title:  Plague of Thieves Affair

Author:   Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are no strangers to mysteries.  In the five years since they opened Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, they have solved dozens, but one has eluded even them.  Sherlock Holmes or, rather, the madman claiming his identity, who keeps showing up with a frustrating (though admittedly useful) knack for solving difficult cases.

Thankfully, Sabina’s latest assignment appears to be a simple one.  The traveling exhibition Reticules Through the Ages is in need of security for their showcase of priceless handbags, including one carried by Marie Antoinette herself.  But what should be a routine job turns  sinister when a bag is stolen from underneath Sabina’s nose and the man who warned her it might happen was none other than Sherlock Holmes.

John, meanwhile has been hired by the owner of the Golden State brewery to investigate the “accidental” death of the head brewmaster, who drowned in a vat of his own beer.  When a second murder occurs and the murderer escapes, John finds himself on the trail of not only the criminals but also that of his reputation for catching them.

To complicate matters, Roland W. Fairchild, recently arrived from Chicago, needs to find his missing cousin, Charles, whose father has just died.  Charles stands to inherit an estate worth more than three million dollars–if Carpenter and Qincannon can find him.  they reluctantly agree to take the case–and the handsome fee that comes with it.

Plagued by thieves, murderers, and missing persons, Carpenter and Quincannon will need all their wits and wiles to solve their cases–and save their standing as San Francisco’s premier detective agency.

The Illegal

Title:  The Illegal

Author:  Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill spellbound readers with Someone Knows My Name (made into the television mini-series The Gook of Negroes), hailed as “transporting” (Entertainment Weekly) and “completely engrossing” (Washington Post).  The Illegal is the gripping story of Keita Ali, a refugee like many in today’s headlines compelled to leave his homeland.

All Keita has ever wanted to do is to run.  Running means respect and wealth at home.  His native Zantoroland. a fictionalized country whose tyrants are eerily familiar, turns out the fastest marathoners on earth.  But after his journalist father is killed for his outspoken political views, Keita must flee to the wealthy nation of Freedom State–a country engaged in a crackdown on all undocumented people.

There, Keita becomes a part of the new underground.  He learns what it means to live as an illegal: surfacing to earn cash prizes by running local races and assessing whether the people he meets will be kind or turn him in.  As the authorities seek to arrest Keita, he strives to elude capture and ransom his sister, who has been kidnapped.

Set in an imagined country bearing a striking resemblance to our own, this tension-filled novel casts its eye on race, human p0otintial and what it means to belong.