The Wrong Dead Guy is utterly hilarious. I don't know whether Richard Kadrey is an alien or merely a genius. Who else would think of such an amazing assortment of hijinks and heists? Captivated from the start, I wavered between laughing out loud and gaping in incredulity. What starts as the simple theft of a mummy leads to a cascade of bizarre activity. From invading a museum dressed as clowns to stealing a library by turning it into an elephant, Coop does what is necessary to save his own skin and save the world. After all, it just wouldn't do to let a 3000 year old mummy take over the world.
To give you an example of the weird and wonderful things you will find in The Wrong Dead Guy, I've made a short list.
A pocket sized elder god
An undead mailroom manager intent on revenge and world domination through control of the mail
Single Wired Female has an intriguing premise, but while the start is promising, the novel falters midway. There is no logical progression that culminates in the story's resolution. Instead the author waves a magic wand which results in the plot being neatly ended with the android lead awakening 50 years later to an almost happily ever after - no explanations given.
Tricia is unrestrained, a sentient android capable of emotion and self-direction. While androids as servitors are readily accepted, free androids are hunted as outlaws. Tricia is captured and transformed, her memory blocked. Seeded with the memories of Bonnie O'Neal, Tricia wakes up believing she is a human, a woman who almost died in a vicious attack. By chance, she discovers she is synthetic and slowly manages to break down the walls hiding her memory. She is driven to search for t...
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: February 22, 2016
Janice Frost effortlessly blends modern British police procedural with psychological thriller. The end result is a suspenseful novel with a chilling and somewhat surprising conclusion.
I always enjoy police procedurals, but part of what especially attracted me to this novel is DS Ava Merry. She is a strong, intelligent female lead who thinks outside of the box. Her relationship with her superior DI Jim Neal is a bit rocky (due to events in previous novels) but they work well together.
The murder of Gray Mitchell is a difficult case. He was well liked and suspects are few. It is only after a second murder that secrets begin to come to light. Mental illness plays an important role in the novel, and Janice Frost does an excellent job portraying the challenges individuals with mental illness and their families face. Neal and May don't take the easy way out, they investiga...
SciFi & Fantasy
Pub Date: February 29, 2016
The City's Son brings to light the beautiful and terrible magic underlying the streets of London - where the spirits of light bulbs dance, ghosts of trains roar through the city, and the son of Mater Viae, the goddess of the streets, struggles to fight an ancient enemy born of the greed and decay of London itself. Beth Bradley is a tagger, a 16 year old graffiti artist who breathes life into images born of paint and chalk. Her art is her escape from the bonds of an unforgiving world. Running from home and a misunderstanding with her friend Pen, Beth stumbles upon the hidden London, the London of Filius Viae, the prince of the streets. Impulsively and courageously, Beth pledges to assist him in his fight against Reach, the danger stirring beneath St Paul's Cathedral.
With his lyrical and imaginative writing, Tom Pollock deftly earns his place amongst the best auth...
The Antiques and Collectibles Mysteries of Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs are amazingly fun reads for mystery lovers. For one thing, despite not being a law enforcement professional, Molly is not only allowed to investigate, she is a encouraged to ask questions of witnesses and suspects. Pretty much every mystery fan would be enjoy being in her shoes. As an amateur she has a great deal of freedom, and since she isn't a suspect there is no stress in her relations with the police investigating the murder.
In A Devious Lot, Molly and her new husband Matt are honeymooning in Britain. When a neighbor of her Great-aunt is murdered, and she discovers the body (thanks to Gingersnap the rescue cat), Molly is drawn into the investigation. Soon after the murder, a potential suspect disappears. The one clue is a lover's eye, an...
My first experience with Neville Steed was reading one of his cozies, Die-Cast. As I enjoyed that novel immensely, I decided to try Black Mail. Unlike Die-Cast, Black Mail is not strictly a cozy, blending in some pulp/noir elements. The main character, Johnny Black is a private detective in 1937 Britain. A former pilot, Johnny has charm, wit, and a number of helpful friends.
Like many noir novels, Black Mail starts with a beautiful damsel-in-distress approaching the Black Eye Detective Agency. Lucy Merrydew has received a gruesome blackmail note along with a severed finger. She begs for discretion because she doesn't want her rich fiancé's family to know. Of course she isn't telling the whole truth. Murder of course follows on the footsteps of blackmail, and Johnny is drawn into the complex workings of the Bolsover family. Johnny is good at finding skeletons in closets...
Don’t be fooled by the cover - it has absolutely no relation to the novel whatsoever. The die in die-cast refers to a method used to create model toys, not to dice or gambling.
Die-Cast is a delightful British cozy filled with all of the important ingredients - an interesting village setting removed from the bustle of the city, unique characters, a charming and clever lead, an unusual theme, and a scene-stealing cat.
Peter Marklin collects and sells rare and unusual toys at his shop in Dorset. He plans to stay far away from any form of amateur detective work. Unfortunately, his plans are for naught when Lana-Lee Claudell, a famous Hollywood actress asks him to uncover the truth about her ex-husband’s murder. The police suspect Adam Longhurst, her former lover who was seen threatening him at a party weeks before. As he has no alibi, the local police are uninterested in investigatin...
On a technical level, Beyond Tomorrow is skillfully written. What it lacks, however, is emotion and the ability to draw the reader in on a visceral level. I didn’t connect with Captain Jex Bowen. I didn’t feel any danger from the unknown or the alien threat.
The novel read much like an episode of the original Star Trek series. The tagline (To Boldly Go) and the beginning of the description (The Final Frontier) openly echo the intro credits. The Captain in his new and untested ship are on a mission to test/explore and discover information about an alien threat. The aliens materialize onboard and attempt mind control. The captain of course does not succumb fully. Like Captain Kirk, he even gets into a physical fight with one, which he of course wins. Meanwhile the chief engineer, like Scotty, has to pull miracles out of his hat to keep the ship from going to pieces....
Although the stories in No One Can Hear You Scream vary greatly in style and setting, all are cleverly plotted and generate a sense of intense expectation in the reader. Each story has a delicious, unexpected twist. All too often short stories suffer from predicability. None of the thrilling stories included in No One Can Hear You Scream fall into that trap.
It is always good to have at least one anthology on your shelf for when you don’t have a great deal of time to devote to reading. If you are a fan of mysteries or thrillers, Michael Jecks’s No One Can Hear You Scream and Other Stories is an excellent choice.
I received a copy of No One Can Hear You Scream from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
No One Can Hear You Scream And Other Stories is an exciting and dive...
Switcheroo is not your garden variety cozy mystery. It is a unique hybrid that falls somewhere between a cozy and a procedural. Like a cozy, there is little violence and a more relaxed atmosphere, like a procedural the lead (Gideon Oliver) is a professional (a forensic anthropologist) who applies scientific methods systematically to solve crimes.
As a forensic anthropologist, Gideon Oliver’s speciality is drawing information from old bones. This ability is particularly useful in solving cold cases. But there are always those willing to kill to keep the secrets of the past hidden.
Switcheroo starts with an intriguing premise. An affluent couple convinces their poor relatives who are evacuating to the mainland to take their son, a weaker boy who may not survive the deprivations of occupation, in the place of their own. An agreement was sworn, money exch...