Keller's Fedora by Lawrence Block
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 30 Apr 2017
Putting on a new hat means trying on a new profession. In Keller’s case that means doing a bit of detective work before getting his hands dirty. Kill the lover of a philandering wife, no problem. Discover who that lover is, well that is more of a challenge. (Especially since the wife is a nymphomaniac with a capital N). Being a hitman comes naturally, a detective not so much. Fortunately he has a stylish fedora and can pick up a few points from the mystery novel he brings along.
Keller narrates the story, giving readers access to his innermost thoughts. His witty meditations and mental meandering makes a story that would otherwise be dark light and humorous. Keller is a likable guy, despite killing for a living. It is fun to accompany him on his adventures.
Keller's Fedora isn't your ordinary mystery, but it is definitely a lot of fun to read. It is easy to see wh...
Fires & Murmur by Lorenzo Mattotti, Jerry Kramsky
Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 15 Feb 2017
Absolutely gorgeous. Fires and Murmur is expressionist art in the form of a surreal graphic novel. The paired stories are tantalizing, if disturbing, dreams that stir the imagination and linger in memory. Reading was like gazing at a piece of art. I found myself pausing, repeatedly looking back and thinking about what I’ve seen. Fire and Murmur is beautiful, horrifying and awe inspiring. It delves into the area that lays beyond normal perception where genius and madness walk half in hand. Both are tales of voyages, of transitions in form and thought.
Fires and Murmur is definitely not your average graphic novel. It is a fantasy, but far more surreal than many readers are accustomed to. The art is incredible, and when paired with the stories makes an even larger impact. Personally I see Fires and Murmur more as a sti...
Four Stars For Danger by John Burke
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 24 Feb 2017
Four Stars for Danger is a pretty good thriller with just a touch of the gothic. It is important to realize that this is a reprint of an older title, otherwise you might be a bit put off by the chauvinism. Ellen Sawyer may be the lead character, but it is her male support who manages to solve all the intellectual aspects of the puzzle as well as guides her out of the physical danger. In her sphere of reviewing restaurants and hotels, she is independent but that gets overshadowed whenever she is with Mark. Once you put that aside, it is easy to like this light thriller with just a touch of romance. It reminded me of Agatha Christie’s stand alone espionage stories (though the women were stronger in those).
Ellen Sawyer is traveling the country, recording how women are treated at various restaurants and inns across Britain. In Wales, she tries to visit a coun...
Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton
Grand Central Publishing
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 21 Feb 2017
I always enjoy the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, but I have to say that Beaton has outdone herself with her newest novel. Death of a Ghost is fantastic.
As police Sergeant in rural Scotland, Hamish Macbeth has to rely on his wits and his knowledge of people rather than forensics. He genuinely cares about the people in his community. Hamish may lack ego and ambition, but he is extremely clever and good at solving problems.
Part of what makes these novels so refreshing to read is that while a good portion is devoted to the murder mystery, much is focused on village life and the various problems and issues Hamish encounters. It makes the books a relaxing escape from everyday issues.
Exorcising haunted castles doesn't normally fall to the police, but when a former police superintendent complains of a ghost haunting his castle, Hamish is given the case. Expecting teens or courtin...
Except for One Thing by John Russell Fearn
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 24 Feb 2017
I love old mysteries, so it is a pleasure to explore Endeavour Press’s publications. Except For One Thing was first released in the late 40s but is just as enthralling today. It pits the genius and ego of chemist Richard Harvey, the murderer, against the determination and persistence of Chief Inspector Garth. Even better, the killer takes part in the investigation. This unusual book allows the reader to peer into the mind of a brilliant killer as he plots, rationalizes and slowly decays as the consequences of his actions become apparent.
Richard Harvey has a problem. He loves Joyce Prescott, but he is engaged to Valerie Hadfield, a cold hearted actress who refuses to break their engagement. Ending the relationship would cause a public scandal, threatening his reputation and that of his beloved’s family. A chance discussion with a group of friends brings up a q...
Borrowed Souls: A Soul Charmer Novel Chelsea Mueller
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date May 2 2017
Borrowed Souls has some potential. It is has an original premise. (Souls can be rented so that the stain of sin does not affect the individual- of course it does presume God is a complete idiot, in my opinion would be more interesting if people only believed it mitigated sin and instead does something different). Otherwise it is your standard urban fantasy. Girl forced into magical situation, discovers powers, has help from sexy bad boy who finds her irresistible despite her whining. Throw in your standard dysfunctional family and maniacal bad guys and call it a day.
Borrowed Souls is a decent but unexceptional series debut.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Borrowed Souls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Ruby Day is a hot commodity, a vlogger with over two million subscribers and numerous fans. When she goes missing, the case is fast-tracked to Kate Riley and her team. It is unusual for a missing person’s case to be escalated so quickly, but a video is soon put online of Ruby running through the woods and pleading for her life. Ruby’s life looks perfect on the surface. Only her current boyfriend, also a vlogger, has form and has demonstrated both a violent temper and a patholo...
In the first book of the Disrupted Magic series, Melissa F. Olson goes back to focusing on her original heroine, Scarlett Bernard, nullifier of magic and supernatural clean up expert. The paranormal population of LA rely on her to keep humans from discovering the hidden supernatural world.
In Midnight Curse, Scarlett discovers her friend Molly in the center of a bloodbath. Despite the obvious evidence, Scarlett knows Molly cannot be responsible for the vicious murder of the 12 coeds she lived with. Unfortunately with the Vampire Trials about to begin, she has little time to discover the truth. With the help of former cop Jesse Cruz and her barghest Shadow, Scarlett starts seeking answers, soon uncovering a plot for revenge that threatens to throw the entire supernatural community into chaos.
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