by Richard Easter Endeavour Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 24 Dec 2017
The best ghost stories are not what you expect. The General Theory of Haunting is so much more than your average tale of gothic mystery. Yes, you get your isolated manor house, cut off from the outside world. You are told the inevitable - the house is not haunted - the strange sounds you hear are pipes and the house settling.
After Lord Francis Marryman’s wife died in 1809, he was beset with a desire - to construct a physical means of reuniting with his beloved wife. The result of his work, this unusual house in the middle of nowhere where the staff of K&K Publishing is to stay for the New Year’s holiday.
The six who arrive are initially charmed, but become more disturbed as the long weekend progresses. Cut off from the world, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a house filled with echoing footsteps and whispers, the troop feel their secret...
Paris Adrift is the kind of story that sneaks up on you. At first you are intrigued but slightly distracted by Hallie’s whirlwind of experience - then you find yourself caught in a web of possibilities, thinking about the issues raised long after you’ve closed the book. The title is Paris Adrift, but in reality is it is Hallie, addicted to traveling through the time portal who is adrift. Each trip she makes changes the world, but what type of world will it become? And who is she becoming?
Paris Adrift is a unique novel. When I read it, I liked it, but wasn’t astounded. Then, I found myself thinking about the contents more and more, reconsidering the issues. That is what I meant by Paris Adrift sneaking up on you. It is the type of novel that affects you after it is finished.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Paris Adrift from the publisher and Netg...
Cat of The Baskervilles is a Holmesian cosy that will leave fans purring. Gemma Doyle makes her living selling Holmesiana - books and all other things related to the great detective. But she has more in common with Sherlock than she likes to believe - an ability to observe minutiae and make deductions based on her observation.
When Sir Nigel, an actor past his prime and well into a relationship with the bottle, is cast as Holmes in the West London Theater Festival, many are overjoyed, remembering finer moments earlier in his career. But when he takes a topple soon after flopping his lines at a promo event - an event where he was seen arguing with Leslie Wilson moments before - the initial verdict is murder. Gemma knows Jayne Wilson’s mother is innocent, but as she is unwilling to tell the truth, things look bad. To top things off Loui...
A Whisper of Bones is a captivating thriller. It is not a cosy, even though there is little violence. The novel is well dramatized, with Ellen Hart making it possible to empathize with all the characters, to see their humanity despite all the flaws and your many reasons to dislike certain ones.
Britt Ickles comes to Jane with a curious problem. She remembers playing with a young cousin many years before, but when she approaches her aunts, they claim he never existed. Britt is convinced something happened and wants to know the truth. It’s a difficult case, but Jane begins by renting a room from Britt’s aunts.
The two elderly women get on like oil and water, fighting constantly. But they both are remarkably silent when a fire burns their garage - and human bones are discovered.
A Whisper of Bones is a powerful book that demonstrates how weak p...
Mood Indigo is a jazz age delight, complete with two stars of the era - Noel Coward and Edna Ferber. Their world is one where austerity stands besides privilege and the idle rich follow their dreams. From Broadway to breadlines, Ifkovic portrays a vibrant and volatile world. Dougie Maddox is a financially astute but socially naive heir to a 5th Ave dynasty. He loves Belinda Ross, an up and coming star, passionately and unreservedly. His jealousy is well known. When she is found strangled at an automat - Dougie is the prime suspect. He wants Edna and Noel to find out the truth.
Ifkovic does an excellent job breathing life into his characters. Using historical figures in a work of fiction can be a challenge, but he does a good job and the story is an interesting one. It can be a bit slow going at times, but on the whole Mood...
Foreign Bodies A British Library Crime Classic
by ed. by Martin Edwards
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
Foreign Bodies is a delectable treat for those who enjoy classic mysteries. This assortment of stories, many never before published in English, demonstrate just how universal the love of a good puzzle is. At the same time that appreciation of crime fiction was in its heyday in the English speaking world, it was rising in popularity around the world. Little was I aware of the great variety of skilled authors of detective fiction living around the globe. I absolutely adored this anthology. Every story was a delight. There wasn't a single one that I did not enjoy. Like the other anthologies edited and introduced by Martin Edwards, each story is prefaced by a short biography of the author detailing his or her origin and their role in history.
Foreign Bodies is a magnificent anthology certai...
Shadow Hunt gets off to a bit of a rocky start, but once the novel hits its stride it is fantastic. In Melissa F Olson’s newest novel, Scarlett faces two of her most difficult challenges - being pregnant and going against an extremely powerful European coven of dark witches. There is plenty of action, and we get to see several of our favourite characters from Olson’s other series. Fans of Scarlett/Jesse will finally get to see some progress on their relationship. And as always Shadow is a joy - she is one smart barghest and is always good for a bit of mischief.
Shadow Hunt presumes readers are familiar with Olson’s world, but there is still enough information given for newcomers to not be at a loss. If you haven’t read Olson’s books before, it is better to start at the beginning of the series. I definitely recommend Shadow Hunt to f...
Simon R Green has a talent for writing novels that are fresh, funny and utterly unique. I can’t think of anyone who has so completely and successfully transformed the nature of the classic country house murder mystery. I have yet to be disappointed by any of his Ishmael Jones novels. They are all excellent - and Into the Thinnest of Air is no different.
Ishmael and Penny attend what they believe will be a quiet dinner at a soon to be opened Cornish Inn. Tyrone’s Castle has a rich history of murder and mystery, complete with smugglers, spirits and more than a few disappearances. What starts as a delicious if uncomfortable dinner becomes a night of tension and terror when the hostess disappears without a trace. And she is but the first to vanish. Of course no one expected Ishmael, and the hosts and attendees have no idea tha...
Transilience by Kevin Bragg
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 17 Apr 2017
Transilience is an excellent work of futuristic detective noir. It takes place in a Bladerunneresque city on Mars, populated by a mix of humans and androids. Business is slow for Daniel Helmqvist, but first one big case then another falls in his lap. The first starts in a classic manner - a beautiful and troubled young woman approaches him with a nigh-impossible case; prove that the man convicted of a terrorist attack on earth a decade before is innocent and that the true mastermind is the most powerful woman on Mars. The second case is more morally questionable, to find who is in possession of a powerful company’s dirty little secret and end the blackmail. Little does Helmqvist know that these cases will take him outside his comfort zone and set him upon an adventure that will lead him to question what is human.
Transilience moves along at a fast pace, with plenty of a...
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 03 Apr 2017
The Magician’s Lie is a spellbinding mystery with a heroine, an illusionist by trade, giving the performance of her life - one where her life lies and her freedom lies in balance. Did she murder her husband? The answer seems clear to Virgil Holt, a young policeman who by chance captures the fugitive Arden. What he wants is a confession - what he gets is a mesmerizing tale of a woman surviving against the odds. If he turns her in, her innocence or guilt doesn't matter, but if she can convince him and work her magic….
Arden is Scherezade reborn. The tale she tells is powerful and captivating. But is it true? Or does the truth matter? I was swept away, first by the premise of The Magician’s Lie, then by Arden’s storytelling. I couldn't bear to put the book down. Like Holt, I had to know what happened next and how she arrived at this crossroads....