Murder in the Dark A paranormal mystery
by Simon R. Green
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Dec 2018
Beware of monsters - but you just might find that humans are more deadly. Penny and Ishmael are sent by the Organization to protect a group of scientists studying a hole that is not a hole. The question is, are they in danger from something from the other side of the hole, or from one of their crew. As always, the newest Ishmael Jones novel is deliciously creepy, with lashings of nebulous horror, plenty of bodies (who die in suspicious, possibly unnatural circumstances) and a dash of humor.
When an archaeologist falls into a hole and disappears, a group of scientists are sent to investigate the issue. Is it a doorway to another dimension? A path for potential invaders or a natural recurring event? Each of the scientists has their own pet theory, and squabbling as opposed to cooperation is the name of the game. Ishmael and Penny are an unwelcome dist...
Jack Gilmour: Wish Lawyer by Ed Ryder
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 12 Jul 2018
There are many who would say that lawyers are from hell, but this one might just be your only chance of getting out of a demonic contract alive. Jack Gilmour is Las Vegas’s first and only demonic contract lawyer. In a city all too eager to sin where you can get anything if you are willing to sign on the dotted line - he’s the last line of defense. The novel starts with this unique premise, introducing a very different kind of hero in a world where demons readily interact with humans. Jack Gilmour is middle aged and balding, but he knows his demonic law. He also has friends, including a suave gambling wizard with major mojo. Don’t expect dry courtroom scenes. There’s plenty of action and more than a touch of dark humor.
When Eddie Malfitano’s naive nephew signs a contract guaranteeing the interest of the fiancé of one of Las Vegas’s biggest players, Jack...
Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 May 2018
Magick Run Amok is a fast paced cozy that serves up a winning mix of humor, magick and murder.
Kailyn Wilde has plenty to keep her busy between managing her shop and helping her aunt keep an eye on Merlin - who has a talent for trouble. When an investigative journalist and good friend is found dead, Travis suspects foul play. But all he has to back up his claim is a list of names that Ryan believed were connected. Kailyn readily joins in on his investigation, providing magical assistance when necessary. Killers have been dying, but who is responsible? Was Ryan murdered because he found a connection the police did not? Investigating murder is a dangerous proposition, even when you have magick on your side.
Magick Run Amok is a cute cozy mystery that will readily appeal to fans of paranormal cozies.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Magick Run Amok from the publishe...
Armistice Book 2 in the Amberlough Dossier
by Lara Elena Donnelly
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 15 May 2018
Armistice is not the easiest book to delve into if you haven’t read its predecessor Amberlough. It is a complex, politically driven novel with hard bitten characters focused on their own agendas. There are no clear “good” guys. All sides were grey. I expected more action. Instead, there was a lot of double dealing discussed and a lot of whining.
I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters. Cordelia was an unlikely rebel leader, with a patois that was unbelievable. Aristide spent his entire time getting drunk, whining, and causing problems. Lillian was the easiest to empathize with. Her devotion to regaining her son is understandable.
I normally like political/espionage novels but Armistice wasn’t my cup of tea. There wasn’t much of the Art Deco flavor that was touted in the description, and the action was onl...
One Way is a chilling near future sci fi novel that is believable in the way that human life means little when compared to corporate profit. Frank and other cons with special skills and a lack of family or other outside contacts are recruited for what may be a great adventure or simply another way to die. The promises seem attractive - rewarding work, better food, respect. The cost of failure, less so, but it is enough for Frank to volunteer to become part of the crew intended to build a habitat and research station on mars.
Things are not quite as expected. Supplies are short and crew members are dying in what appears to be tragic accidents. The mission overseer is a cruel tyrant and there are things that just don’t add up. If Frank is to survive he will have to find out just what is going on, and what the real plans of the company contracted to build the mars base are.
Lady Henterman's Wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is not one of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s best novels. Still, it is entertaining, with plenty of fast paced action. Indeed there is so much action, there is very little room for plot.
Asti & Verni Rynax are criminals, but their goal is to protect their community, rather than to simply line their pockets. But good intentions aren’t always enough to solve problems. In this case, the Rynax crew are trying to discover why their old neighborhood was burnt down and who is leading the toughs terrorizing the city. Plans as always go awry, but there is always some stopgap whether it is in the form of Verni’s inventions or Asti’s beast. Their crew is one of diverse talents. Things aren’t easy, but then again neither are they too difficult.
One small point that I disliked was the frivolous name. It made it difficult to take...
Simply exquisite, Creatures of Will and Temper is an exotic bloom of a fantasy novel. It is not only a wondrous homage to Wilde’s Dorian Gray, it stands in it’s own right as a literary work.
The novel centers around two sisters, Evagne and Dorina Gray. The younger Dorina yearns to be an art critic, to experience and explore the art world of London. Her vibrance makes Evagne’s taciturn stolidness seem all the more dull and unpalatable. Evagne has limited love of beauty and has been disappointed both in love and by her sister’s actions. Her only love is that of fencing, the physical pleasure of achievement. It is only natural that the connection that Dorina forms with the captivating and completely unconventional Lady Henry troubles her. Lady Henry is a diabolist whose focus is aesthetic enjoyment. Henry’s unconventional approach...
Owl and the Electric Samurai is a refreshing departure from the standard urban fantasy fare. Owl isn't a dime a dozen Mary Jane who suddenly has immense powers and a horde of hot paranormals chasing after her. Well she does have paranormals chasing after her mainly because they either want to kill her or want her to find/steal something for them.
Owl is a modern day Indiana Jane, an archaeologist turned thief who is employed to find supernatural artefacts. The IAA (the international archaeology association) wants Owl to find the creators of World Quest, a popular online RPG that just happens to have shown the locations of various real life treasures. Since screwing the IAA appeals to Owl for a multitude of good reason, so Owl plans to find the two developers before the IAA mercenaries do. Clues point to them being in Shangri-La but exactly where is...
Readers can always expect something exceptional when they open a book by Margaret Atwood. Like her previous novel , Hag-seed has imprisonment both voluntary and involuntary as a central concept. Ingeniously, Atwood reworks Shakespeare's The Tempest, making Felix's reality mirror Prospero's long before he enacts his revenge through his production of The Tempest. Once a cutting edge theater director, Felix has been forced out into obscurity, living in exile with only his imagined daughter for company. Redemption and opportunity come in the form of the local prison's literacy through literature program. Here, Felix introduces Shakespeare, creating vivid productions featuring the inmates taking his classes. Fortune eventually smiles, granting Felix the opportunity to have his revenge on those who wronged him and produce his greatest work, an innovative retelling of The Tempest....
Hilarious and utterly original, A Night in Lonesome October reminds readers of Zelazny's unique genius. Told from the perspective of Snuff - a guard dog of unusual perception and intellect, it describes a game of magic where competitors of vastly different natures prepare to do battle on one fateful night. No one knows who is on which side or what will be brought forth. Each player has an animal companion assisting. One of the things I enjoyed is that humans play second fiddle to the animals who plan, negotiate, and undertake tasks - all while behaving true to form rather than acting "human". Snuff and his friend Greymalkin, the witch's cat, are particularly charming.
One aspect of A Night in Lonesome October that is certain to bring smiles is Zelazny's skillful inclusion of classic characters. Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Great Detective and his assistant play ma...