Blood Ghast Blues Standalone Sequel to Black Box Inc.
by Jake Bible
Bell Bridge Books
Horror , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 13 Apr 2018
If the A-Team were able to kick butt with magic as well as munitions, then they would probably look something like Chase Lawter and his team. An omnisexual yeti, a Fae trained assassin, a zombie business manager and Chase - the only known worker of dim - make for a group as vibrant and varied as the iconic 80s commandos. It”s difficult to say whether I enjoy the action or the banter more. Despite having the occasional squabble, Black Box Inc works as a team, and will always stand up for each other.
In Blood Ghast Blues, Chase is given an offer that he can’t refuse. The day starts like any other. A client who hasn’t paid his bill needs Chase to open his “box”. To facilitate things, a local crimelord, The One Guy offers to pay the bill. But this is only the first odd event. Someone has summoned blood ghasts and they are leaving blood and ter...
The Bathwater Conspiracy by Janet Kellough
Kobo Writing Life
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Apr 2018
Part speculative fiction, part murder mystery The Bathwater Conspiracy is a fascinating novel. After a devastating virus leads to the elimination of all men, society has redeveloped, relying on gene banks and artificial insemination. This is not immediately obvious. It is skillfully revealed bit by bit by the author. Mac MacHenry is a detective normally assigned the tiresome tasks, the hard cases with little glory. Then comes the death of a young graduate student. The autopsy is cut short and the Darmes’s (government forces) explanation of the cause of death doesn’t match the wounds. With little prodding, Mac begins investigating on the sly, and what she finds is a secret and a conspiracy that could change life forever.
The story is well done, the world depicted believable - neither a utopia nor a dystopia. There is the implication that there is far less violenc...
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars ( Denver Moon ) Warren Hammond , Joshua Viola
FRONTLIST | On Sale Date: April 14, 2018
Paperback | 264 pages
Fiction / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars is an old school science fiction adventure, featuring a feisty self-sufficient heroine with a talent for finding trouble and facing it eye to eye. Accompanied by her AI Smith, and joined by an assortment of allies, Denver looks to discover whether her grandfather, presumed dead two decades before, is actually alive, and to uncover why his former partner is against her digging into her grandfather’s disappearance.
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars is straight up science fiction adventure that will thrill fans of classic pulp sci fi. I can easily see this developing into a long running and successful series, I look forward to reading more Denver Moon adventures.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Denver Moon: Minds of Mars from the publisher in exchange for an hone...
The Killing Time is a dark, disturbing mystery set against the turbulent backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, a city divided by race and nation, teetering on the brink of open conflict. Inspector Danilov, haunted by his son’s death and alienated from his wife, focuses on his job to keep the ghosts at bay. His newest case is deeply troubling. Children are being kidnapped and murdered, their bodies left in prominent locations. The families are reluctant to help, as kidnap and ransom is a common Chinese business practice - but Danilov is convinced this is something very different.
The Killing Time portrays a turbulent time in Shanghai’s history. M J Lee is a skilled writer, but the content will be too disturbing for some. Ultimately it is Inspector Danilov and his Seargent Strachan who bring more of a human aspect to the story. If you like well done historical mysteries, M J Lee’...
Murder on the Flying Scotsman
A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
by Carola Dunn
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 24 Apr 2018
Murder on the Flying Scotsman is an entertaining historical mystery demonstrating clearly how monetary squabbling can lead a clan to turn on one another, and even resort to murder. The entire story takes place on the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, the Flying Scotsman. Alistair McGowan, a notorious miser, has summoned his family. All are enroute, as each hopes to persuade him to change his will, which currently favors his brother Albert. Daisy Dalrymple is drawn into the affair, as one of her schoolmates, Anne Breton is part of the large feuding family. On top of everything, DCI Alec Fletcher’s daughter Belinda has shown up on board. The last thing Daisy expects is to be caught in the middle of another murder investigation, but it’s very clear that Uncle Albert did not die of natural causes.
Stella Cameron’s Cotswold village mysteries are excellent, non-formulaic cozies with more depth than the average cozy mystery. The characters, both central and supporting are complex, with their histories, feelings, and goals driving the plot. When Alex’s curiosity leads her to view the new housing development, she ends up rescuing the developer trying to enter a burning trailer. It also means she is on the scene when a murder victim is discovered. In addition to worries from being drawn into another murder investigation, Stella is concerned for her mother, who is behaving strangely.
Murder, deception and family secrets all play a role in Whisper the Dead. If you like classic British mysteries and series like Midsomer Murders, you will definitely enjoy Stella Cameron’s Whisper the Dead.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Whisper the Dead from the publish...
How to Achieve Balance and Happiness Through Your Cat
by Sophie Macheteau
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Health, Mind & Body , Outdoors & Nature
Pub Date 28 Apr 2018
Purrfection is a cute book and a definite must have for cat lovers. It is a departure from the standard photo/care book, focusing more on how to pamper ourselves and our cats. It is a fun book to read, with plenty of sweet pictures and illustrations. It emphasizes the importance of slowing down, and focusing on developing the bond between you and your pet. As most cat lovers know, there is something special that occurs as you sit quietly cuddling a soft, warm, purring cat. Interaction is the key to happiness. Of course, as Sophie Macheteau notes, there are plenty of products, websites and apps that can help us.
While reading Purrfection isn’t guaranteed to make you happy. It will make you smile, and give you some good ideas.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Purrfection from the publisher and Netgalley.com...
Speakeasy is far removed from the standard WWII era thriller. It is a novel that alternates between past and present and between voices. Lena, the central lead, is a code breaker with a shady past and an unfortunate history of choosing the wrong man. Byron, known as “By God” is a mild accountant seduced into the adventurous high speed life of being a gangster. Both Lena and Byron were drawn into the charismatic web of Bill Bagley, a brilliant but tragically flawed bank robber. Lena thought she escaped, but the threads of the past are long, and as she struggles with the impact of her tasks as codebreaker and the human cost of both success and failure, it begins to look like she has not run far enough or fast enough.
On the whole, Speakeasy is well done. The development of the characters and the changes that take place in them over time is utterly believable...
So many secrets, so many lies. When Stella Darnell is hired by Lisa Mercer, the daughter of the detective who failed to find Bryony Motson, but discovered the body of Cassie Baker who disappeared over 20 years before, she is initially reluctant to take the case. Paul Mercer is set on blaming Charlie Brice for the death and disappearance, but there was never any evidence of him being involved in either. Stella accepts the case on the condition that she is taking it to discover the truth - whatever it may be. What she doesn’t expect is a complicated mystery that involves some of the people she knows very well.
The Death Chamber is slow at points, and the prickly Stella can be difficult to empathize with. The story, however is well plotted, even if the involvement of her friends in the case is almost too much of a coincidence, almost too improbable. Lesl...
When a Cuckoo comes to roost how do you protect your nest? Smeaton-under-Lyme is celebrating. Julia’s assistant is getting married and it looks like Michael may soon propose. Unfortunately his sister Pammy shows up, taking over the small cottage Julia and Michael share. Her presence doesn’t lend to romantic interludes leaving Julia and Michael both exhausted and frustrated. Then, a man’s body is discovered, killed by an unknown blunt object - and Pammy may have been the last to see him alive. Add in a rude businessman showing far too much interest in Nuala and her cakes, and a local farmer behaving oddly, you have an intriguing story.
Smeaton-under-Lyme is a charming village, filled with character. Marty Wingate has a talent for breathing life into her settings and characters. Quirky and complex, they are...