Three Days to Dead puts the demon in the "demon drink" days of prohibition. The Damned is a comic series where gangsters are as likely to be demons as humans, and souls are bought and sold as easily as back alley hooch (alcohol). It is a dangerous time and if you dance with the devil your life may be very short. The exception is Eddie. For him, death is not permanent. A gift, maybe, a curse, definitely.
The Damned volume 1 contains the complete Three Days Dead story arc. Eddie is revived in order to find out what happened to the demon in charge of finalizing the truce between Big Al's gang and a competing family. But something tells Eddie there is more at stake than the missing demon and the possibility of a gang war. Finding out what means Eddie must face his own demons, the most dangerous of the bunch.
The Wrong Dead Guy is utterly hilarious. I don't know whether Richard Kadrey is an alien or merely a genius. Who else would think of such an amazing assortment of hijinks and heists? Captivated from the start, I wavered between laughing out loud and gaping in incredulity. What starts as the simple theft of a mummy leads to a cascade of bizarre activity. From invading a museum dressed as clowns to stealing a library by turning it into an elephant, Coop does what is necessary to save his own skin and save the world. After all, it just wouldn't do to let a 3000 year old mummy take over the world.
To give you an example of the weird and wonderful things you will find in The Wrong Dead Guy, I've made a short list.
A pocket sized elder god
An undead mailroom manager intent on revenge and world domination through control of the mail
It is easy to fall in love with Pit Perfect. It is a cute paranormal cozy with two charming heroines - one were and one pit bull, both adorable and both determined to prove the innocence of Lily’s new friend Parker. Lily Mason is a shifter trying to start anew by connecting with the only family she has left. Smooshie is an adorable pit bull looking for a home. The two literally collide when Smooshie saves Lily from an oncoming car. It is love at first sight.
When Lily and Smooshie discover the body of the cantankerous head of the City Council in the field behind Parker’s dog shelter, all eyes fall on Parker. Katherine wanted to close down the shelter, so he has a motive. But he wasn’t the only one Katherine rubbed the wrong way. Most of the town had it in for her. It is simply a matter of figuring out who.
A country house murder mystery with a supernatural twist
Simon R Green
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Mar 2017
I absolutely love the Ishmael Jones novels. They showcase Green’s characteristic wit, while providing readers with mysteries which while falling into the manor house mystery tradition (which has sadly fallen out of favor with many writers) are distinctly unique and always exciting. Like all of Green’s novels, the culprits may be more or less than human but Ishmael and Penny are always willing to deal with what is thrown at them no matter how weird - and do so with style. Besides, who can resist a hero who is an alien in human form.
In Very Important Corpses, Ishmael and Penny are called to represent the Organization when an agent is killed mysteriously at a meeting of the Baphomet Society - a group of 12 influential businessmen who control the world’s financial markets. This time, the annual meeting is taking place in an isol...
Control by Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank
Diamond Book Distributors
Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 21 Mar 2017
Control is an action filled thriller that leaps off the page so vividly that you can imagine you are seeing it at the cinema. Between the edgy story filled with politics, police conspiracies, sex and murder and the brilliant illustrations, Control has all that is needed for success.
Detective Sergeant Kate Burnham is good at her job, but doesn't have many friends in the DC police department. When a professional killer is interrupted and several officers are shot in the process, Kate’s decision to save 3 lives leads to her partner’s death. A text to a phone discovered at the scene leads to her discovering a prominent senator in a scandalous poisiton. Higher ups want her to stop investigating. What Burham finds is a web of wealthly and prominent individuals being blackmailed by a powerful media mogul. Those who don't...
As a criminal profiler and psychiatrist, Dr Hannah Nightingale has come across some of the most dangerous and disturbed individuals. Her efforts to help the police in their investigations have led to her being a target on more than one occasion - the last time resulting in her being suspended in a cage of glass. But despite all that she has suffered, Hannah has persevered. But now, she has been targeted by at least one of the criminals she has helped to put away.
Vengeance begins as Hannah is discovered by police, naked, drugged and handcuffed to a glass sculpture. This is only the first of a series of events designed to drive Hannah to madness. Next, Hannah is discovered drugged and wandering after being kidnapped from her home. CCTV footage given to the press and the police makes it look like she is a killer. Hannah is on the run, searching for the truth, and her friends on th...
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost by Lucy Banks
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 07 Mar 2017
The Case of the Green Dressed Ghost gets kudos for charm and character development. But while Lucy Banks’s characters are vibrant, the novel’s plot is simplistic. In accordance with his mother’s final wishes, Kester, a practically minded academic seeks out Dr. Ribero. Much to his surprise, his father runs a business devoted to removing unwanted spirits. Kester has never believed in the supernatural, so the situation definitely takes him out of his comfort zone. The company is facing a particularly difficult task - removing a malevolent spirit from a painting, and Kester just might be the key to their success.
The story behind the painting’s spirit is an interesting one, but the rest is standard ghostbusters fare. It is neither particularly humorous nor particularly tense. It falls in the middle - the area of deat...
Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 28 Feb 2017
Bethany Blake gets a blue ribbon for her “paw”sitively charming dog cozy, Death by Chocolate Lab. From the get-go, the pets steal the show. It is hard to decide who was more appealing, Artie, the one eared bulging eyed chihuahua with a weak chin, overbite and a tendency to drool or Socrates the philosophical basset. Bethany Blake’s love for dogs shines through every page of this fun mystery.
Daphne has a PhD in philosophy but spends her time doing what she loves most, taking care of dogs. When her sister Piper’s ex turns up dead at the agility trial she is hosting, not long after Piper was seen arguing with him, Daphne decides to prove Piper’s innocence. After all, there is no guarantee that the handsome and irritating Detective Jonathan Black will look further. Also, Axis, Steve Beamus’s black lab is missing, and the police don't have the time or the inclination to se...
Malice in Maggody is as hilarious today as it was when Joan Hess first published it. Maggody is the epitome of a hick town, filled with bizarre characters that you can’t help but like - well maybe not “like” but reading about all of the wild goings on is a pleasure. Arly Hanks, Maggody chief of police, is a voice of sarcastic reason, while her mother Ruby Bee and her mother's best friend Estelle manage to contribute to the chaos by “helping” Arly with her investigations.
Malice in Maggody is a fine introduction to Hess’s popular series. Mayor Jim Bob Buchannon and the rest of the city council have a plan to save Maggody. Needless to say it goes awry. I can’t even begin to describe what happens. Yes there is a murder, but it is second to all the comedic mayhem accompanying the disappearance of a local official. (The murder happens about ⅔ in). I can say that the ending is fantastic. It i...
It has been done before, but that doesn’t make 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers less likable. The book contains an array of short passages, each taking on a different topic or focusing on a fun about dogs (not about the humans who love them, but more accurate titles have been already been taken). Don’t expect a heavy scientific tome. Instead 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers is a light read perfect for sharing with younger family members. The title is classified as Christian because it contains a short bible quote after each “fact” about dogs. It’s a nice idea, but many of the quotes don’t really fit with the text. Though the quotes are good, it appears their inclusion is more for marketing than content.
The book is nicely done, but it is more acceptable than exceptional. There is nothing th...