Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman, (Tess Monaghan #1) mystery. After reading about, and meeting, years ago, Lippman I finally pulled this first in the series off the shelf. As expected, Lippman does an fine job of establishing a sense of place, not surprising since she and her character are Baltimore natives.
Tess is a recently laid off newspaper reporter and is scrambling to earn a living with a few part-time jobs given to her by family members. She is also a rower, and finds solace and sustenance rowing her shell on the river, often with her friend and competitive rower, Rock (Darryl Paxton). Paxton hires Tess to trail his fiance, whom he suspects is carrying on with another man. When there’s a murder, her rowing friend is a suspect and Tess goes to work as an investigator for his lawyer. A good start to a series I’ve heard improves with each book.
Virtual Sabotage by Julie Hyzy, science fictional thriller. In the near future, virtual reality is sophisticated big business, and the environments can be so real-seeming that sometimes clients of the big VR firms get lost in the experience and need someone to pull them out.
When this happens and one of the rescuers find herself in a situation so real physical harm occurs, it’s clear something more than “virtual” is happening, and code can alter life, It’s a huge conspiracy, and someone has to stop it. Interesting.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?