Rise and Run by RJ Plant
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 13 Feb 2018
Rise and Run is a dystopian thriller that shows R J Plant’s potential as a writer. The premise is an interesting take on the Jeckyl/Hyde duology. Felix is a genetically engineered chimera with two distinct and competing sets of DNA. Medication suppresses his brother Conor. As his adoptive father, Rian’s enforcer, Felix is tasked with infiltrating GDI and protecting Kaitlyn, a scientist in their employ, from death threats. Felix quickly discovers the situation is a setup when the leader of GDI infects him with a lethal, fast-acting virus. Conor is forced to take control, and must ally with people he doesn’t trust in the hopes of finding a cure and preventing GDI from destroying what’s left of humanity.
The novel’s biggest flaw is that it ends rather suddenly. The issues raised are far from resolved, and there is little indication of when the next book in the serie...
Small independent publishers can be hit or miss on quality. There are times however that you find a gem. Jason Mather’s Shadow Life is one such gem. It is a suspenseful science fiction thriller with plenty of fast paced action. Mather does a bang up job of keeping the reader’s attention while only slowly revealing the novel’s secrets. And then there are the characters. Each is flawed, damaged in some way, but they have a nobility that makes you care about them. The villains, particularly Brigham (who may remind you of the orange cheeto in office) are detestable. Brigham is the misogynist who leads the strictly religious Salt Lake City, where women are property and population growth is out of control.
The novel begins with the death of Hans and his reawakening. Technology allows for the rebuilding of the human body, but the mind is another question entirely. The situation that...
Tailed: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery by Joyce Ann Brown
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 14 Feb 2018
Tailed is a cute, wholesome cozy mystery featuring a charming cat who knows just how to save the day. The situations are for the most part realistic, with Beth, her husband Arnie, her sister and brother-in-law coming across as ordinary individuals. Even the bad guys are not past redemption. They may seem tough, and they do cause a lot of trouble, but the really “bad” guys don’t make much of an appearance. There is tension, but not a lot of danger, and what happens definitely seems possible.
The quality of the writing is average. It is readable, but far from exceptional. On the whole, I liked Tailed. It’s a decent book that suffers mainly from the vast number of better novels available.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Tailed: a Psycho Cat and Landlady mystery from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The Lady Evelyn mysteries will appeal to fans of cozies set in the 1920s. The Study of Silence in the third Lady Evelyn novel, but it is not necessary to read the novels in order.
In The Study of Silence, Lady Evelyn Carlisle is back at Oxford working on finishing her degree. Trouble, however is near at hand, and soon one of St Hugh’s respected tutors is found dead, murdered. Suspicion falls on his wife, but Lady Evelyn is certain she is innocent. The more she investigates, the more certain she becomes that the crime is linked to the victim’s abuse of women. Although this is a historical mystery, it brings up many current issues regarding the treatment of women, physical and sexual abuse, and the tendency to blame the victim.
The Study of Silence is an excellent cozy, well researched, with characters that can be understood and empathized with....
Are you mad for mod? If not, Diane Vallere’s newest cozy will have you taking a fresh look at retro fashion. Vallere’s heroine, Madison Night, is a 40 something decorator with a flair for all that is vintage modern - from her unique taste in clothing to her interior design. While many would label her quirky for her Doris Day aesthetic, it would be a mistake to underestimate her investigative abilities.
In The Pajama Frame, Madison Night is drawn into a complex web of long hidden secrets, lies, and murder when she inherits a long closed pajama factory linked to the mysterious death of a young woman. It swiftly becomes clear that something odd is going on when Madison discovers a body, and receives keys to a storage unit filled with files and a gun. The plot is complex, but definitely believable, as are the interactions between the...
Gini Koch’s Alien novels are fun, fast-paced and laugh out loud funny. You never have to worry, Kitty and her friends are guaranteed to be able to solve any problem thrown their way (the weirder the better) and make more friends and allies while doing it. For those looking to jump immediately in feet first, I would recommend taking a breath and reading the earlier novels first. Aliens Abroad has not only Kitty and her entire family, but also includes most of the retinue she has gathered over the entire series. At times it seems a bit like camp where the counsellor has a clipboard full of names - ready to call roll at any time. Needless to say everyone who is there gets to do “something” that requires the special abilities that only they have. It can be a bit tedious at times, not to mention hard to keep track of everyone. Kitty is the Queen Bee, coordinating everyone and keeping everyone...
Real Tigers Jackson Lamb Thriller 3
by Mick Herron
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 13 Feb 2018
Real Tigers is an exemplary spy-fi novel. It is clever, tightly plotted, and eerily pertinent, with characters who are way more human and believable than Bond or Bourne. That is not to say there isn’t action - merely that superhuman feats are left to books by writers who aren’t trying to write a realistic spy novel. Real Tigers moves at a faster pace than Dead Lions, which will make it appeal to a broader audience. There is a good bit of naturally occurring humor, but on the whole it is a dark and serious novel where warring factions within the service are as much a threat or possibly more than any outside force.
In Real Tigers, a new minister is taking charge of the intelligence service, one who sees it as a ways of climbing higher, if he can make a big enough splash. (Will remind you of someone bad hair and all) Slough House is drawn in...
I have just added Mick Herron to my go-to list for spy-fi, alongside Deighton and Le’Carre. I was incredibly impressed by Dead Lions - so much so that I immediately plan to read the next book in the series. First the intro to Slough house and its residents was supremely clever, giving insight to the nature of the characters present in a nontraditional way. The closure was equally impressive .
Jackson Lamb is much like George Smiley - except for being far more slovenly and smelly.(Timothy Spall with worse teeth and gas) He is good at his job and knows where all the bodies are buried. He isn’t an action figure, but he is smart and knows how to get information. Everyone who can’t be fired from the service is sent to Slough House. All of the misfits, including those who have made big mistakes are given to Jackson Lamb. For the most part their work is ted...
I absolutely adore Bethany Blake’s animal cozies. She has such an amazing way of bringing the various furred characters to life. As an animal lover and pet parent I’m well aware of the quirks our beloved friends have and the ways we happily bend over backwards to make them happy. That is at the core of Pawprints and Predicaments. Sylvan Creek is famously pet friendly, so much so that it is the topic of a television series. But not everyone is enamoured with the quirky tourist town. Tv producer Lauren Savidge has other ideas - ideas that get her murdered. Once again Daphne Templeton, pet sitter extraordinaire is lured into investigating. This charming mystery has plenty of wonderful pets, unusual characters, quirky customs, humorous hijinks and just the right dose of romance.
Pawprints and Predicaments is fun, festive and funny - making for a fabulous cosy read.
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...