Book Three of the Dreamwalker Chronicles
by C.S. Friedman
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Dec 2016
C.S. Friedman’s novels for adults are always exceptional. I have less experience with her novels for young adults. Dreamweaver is written with a young adult target audience in mind. The plot and writing are more straightforward, less complex but still enjoyable for adult readers. The third novel of the Dreamwalker Chronicles brings the series to its conclusion.
Jessica’s dreams and those of her mother and brother are plagued by the reapers. It seems only a matter of time before they are killed. The Shadowlord Virillian is calling for an active hunt for Dreamwalkers throughout the realms. Jessica and her family's survival hinges on her discovery of Dreamwalker lore hidden in the ever-changing tower. The path leads her back to Terra Prime. Old allies await, but to find her goal they must first travel into the badlands - from whic...
Death at the Dog is a charming cozy originally published in 1940. When old Mathew Scaife is poisoned, suspects abound. Thoroughly disagreeable and with a penchant for causing trouble, Mathew is hated, particularly by the tenants he sought to evict in order to rent to affluent evacuees from the city. Inspector Guy Northeast is tasked with finding who killed Mathew Scaife and why. The chief suspect is Crescy Hardwick, a charismatic and outspoken writer who would have lost her home had Mathew not died. It doesn’t help that earlier that evening she had threatened to murder the old reprobate. Despite loads of circumstantial evidence, Inspector Northeast doesn’t believe he capable of murder.
Death at the Dog is as enjoyable today as when it was first published. The method of murder is ingenious and the culprit comes as a definite surprise. It is a novel th...
The “unhuman” Inspector Hobbes and his hapless reporter companion Andy are back for another supernatural adventure that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. Some chefs take simple ingredients and the result is “meh” while others create masterpieces of delight. This novel is one such masterpiece of delight, far different from the standard urban fantasy/paranormal mystery fare. What makes it special? The unusual characters are so varied and likable - even Featherlight, the curmudgeonly bartender with a dubious grip on hygiene. Animal lovers will adore Dregs, with his vibrant personality (reminded me a bit of Scooby Doo, but far more fun and with a touch more Casanova). Andy, the narrator, is an affable, easy going guy with a talent for getting himself injured and into various forms of trouble....
Plaid and Plagiarism, the debut novel of Molly MacRae’s newest mystery series, offers readers a cozy with more than a wee bit of Scottish flair. Janet Marsh, her daughter and two of their friends have bought a bookshop in Inversgail, a charming village in the Highlands. The transfer of the bookshop is going well, but someone has been vandalizing Janet’s cottage making it impossible for her to move in. Then, Una Graham, the suspected vandal, a reporter known for her agony column, nosiness and ability to keep a grudge, is found murdered in the shed behind the cottage. Janet and her friends naturally feel it is in their best interest to find the killer.
It is a bit of a challenge keeping track of the four main characters. Janet is well developed, but the others are more two dimensional. I hope that will improve as the series progresses, especially as some of the secon...
Basil and Moebius are back in what may be their final adventure. In a fitting end, the duo go on one last whirlwind adventure with The Collector, their otherworldly master and benefactor. Jumping from one dimension to the next, they seek to evade The Collector’s enemies and return safely home - a task far more challenging and death defying than expected. As always, wherever these pulp heroes go there are plenty of quips, humor, monsters and explosions. Never underestimate just how much chaos and destruction these two can cause. Their adventures are escapist fun that is at once a tribute and a parody of Lovecraftian fiction. If you are looking for a thought provoking graphic novel experience this is not it. Instead if you are looking for humor, action and fast paced fun, The...
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.
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...
I'm a bit of a romantic, so ramshackle manor houses with long hidden secrets naturally appeal. Add that to a cunningly composed police procedural and you definitely have my attention.
From the start, readers learn that secrets lie in the past. Fourteen years ago something happened at Flowerdew estate, and those involved pledged to keep quiet. Now, someone in the group is threatening to reveal the truth. When an anonymous note alleging that a murder has gone long hidden crosses the desk of DCI Gil Mayo, the last thing he expects is for it to lead to a death. When Angie Robinson, an intelligent but little liked woman is found strangled, at first it appears to be a sex crime. The deeper DCI Mayo and his new DS Abigail Moon dig, the more links to Flowerdew estate and those who resided there emerge.
Missy DuBois is a milliner with a flair for the dramatic and an imaginative eye. When she sees that the Sweetwater mansion is for sale - at a price she and Bo can afford, all she can see are the future possibilities. As an added bonus, the realtor is none other than former classmate and sorority sister Mellette Babineaux. When she brings Bo to see the mansion, they discover Mellette’s body. Missy feels that she must investigate, for Mellette’s sake. Was she murdered because of the rumors of treasure hidden near the house? Or did she anger the local Voodoo Queen? Why is Sweetwater being sold so cheaply?
Missy’s investigative techniques may be clumsy, but she makes up for it with determination. There are some extremely funny situations that arise in her attempts to gather information. Something Foul at Sweetwater is a solid cozy filled with Loui...
by David Alexander Robertson | illustrated by GMB Chomichuk
Portage & Main Press
Comics & Graphics Novels, Teens & YA
Pub Date 31 Dec 2016
Absolutely unforgettable! Will I See? addresses the topic of violence against women with beauty and power. The black and white images are realistic, but there is also a dreamlike quality to them. Swaths of red add a dramatic flair, implying violence and death. Will I See? has a strong emotional affect and is best suited for teens and older readers.
May, a young teenage girl meets up with a cat who helps her to find various keepsakes. With each item, readers are shown what happened to the previous owner. In each instance, a violent crime was committed against a young native woman. May's kookum (grandmother) fashions these into a necklace for her to wear and warns her that her youth doesn't protect her from being taken. Young native women are disappearing. When May faces danger she must rely on her o...