After celebrating the election of his friend Kate Lee to the U.S. presidency, Stone is saddened by the death of his elderly mentor, Eduardo Bianchi. Because of Eduardo’s rumored past mob connections, settling the estate is not simple… Stone discovers that a lot of money is floating around, and plenty of people are used to getting their own way. With such a long-running series, the huge backstory could be overwhelming, but Woods insures that new readers won’t get lost.
An elite British paramilitary unit squares off with a mysterious new al-Qaida master. Best-seller Higgins (Death Trade, 2013, etc.) returns with another round of gratuitous shoot-ups, back-room cloak-and-dagger dealings, and hardened men willing to exchange death for money. … As attacks and gunfights unfold from one incident to another, the underlying plans of this new version of al-Qaida remain unclear. Although there's plenty of violence, we're left with a rather flimsy storyline. A good read for those who want bullets without the complexity or distraction of a tight narrative.
Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts. … Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. … Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. … When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before.