One of the best books I've read this year is actually a collection of four novellas by four of the best mystery/suspense writers currently publishing.
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It seems appropriate this week to look back at some of our pioneering ancestors. One group we don't hear a lot about were largely the next generation from those who settled the Salt Lake Valley. Brigham Young was anxious to establish a solid hold in the West by establishing communities outside of the Salt Lake Valley. One group sent to establish one of these communities was sent to the hot, desert area along the Muddy River. The desert climate and poor soil added to this group of pioneers' hardships.
Two new novels filled with mystery and suspense are highlighted for July reading. "Secrets Never Die" by Laurie Lewis is contemporary and introduces the reader to a forest lookout in the Northwest and to a small Southern town where something doesn't add up. The Redgrave Murders by A.L. Sowards is also filled with secrets and murders amid the upheaval faced by returning World War II veterans.
Two well-known and much-loved authors have added new and unusual twists to their best-selling repertories. Nancy Campbell Allen, author of a number of great historical novels, has written her third steampunk novel which meshes suspense, regency romance, and a fantasy form of science fiction together. Sarah Eden continues her Jonquil Brothers series with a Regency novel featuring a vicar.
These two Historical novels are both set in America in the 1800s, one at the beginning of the century and the other toward the end. They are also set over two thousand miles apart. They both deal with tragedies causing deep emotional pain and personal strength and determination.