Only The Dead A sinister game of revenge
by Malcolm Hollingdrake
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 20 Nov 2016
Only the Dead is an interesting police procedural, differing from the norm in that for one of the two cases you already know the culprit. More than that, you sympathize with him despite his terrible acts. His mother was tormented and killed by her carers. His acts are retribution, designed to draw attention. But this plot line is only part of what DCI Bennett and DS Owen are investigating in Only the Dead. Their second case begins with the discovery of two sets of infant remains near a teacher training college. The question of whose children and how they came to be there, lead Bennett and Owen on a complex and twisting trip. Once again, Malcolm Hollindrake reveals the culprits to the reader, but this time the situation is more complicated and explored slowly. Bennett and Owen are a solidly developed team of investigators. I found it interesting th...
More Than 15 Miserable Projects for You and Your Friends
by Grumpy Cat
Entertainment, Crafts & Hobbies
Pub Date 16 Nov 2016
Grumpy Cat - the beloved internet sensation knows that no cat lover can go without publicizing their adoration for their feline idols. Luckily for us humans, there is this new book full of projects for ourselves and our feline friends. If you can knit, this book is for you. Many of the projects are easy enough that even beginning knitters will be pleased with the results. The instructions are clearly written - a must for any craft book. Yarn suggestions are included as well.
Whether you are looking to create feline wearables for yourself or to make toys and accessories for your cats, Grumpy Cat’s Knitting Nightmares is a great selection.
I received a copy of Grumpy Cat’s Knitting Nightmares from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Martin Fawley can easily be seen as an early precursor to James Bond - Debonair, quick witted, and unashamedly a spy. He is definitely a professional.
Readers should remember this book was originally published before the onset of WWII and is set against the volatile political backdrop of 1930s Europe. I had some initial misgivings as Fawley is employed by the Italian government, but I put them aside. The Spy Paramount is political but apolitical. I say that because politics play an important role, but the details of what the different groups stand for does not. I was glad I set aside my prejudices because The Spy Paramount is truly a good story.
While there is no "Bond villain" there is plenty of action and intrigue, as well as a beautiful and compelling love interest who has dangerous connections. The Spy Paramount has the charm of a Sean C...
Angela Marsons writes some of the most thrilling police procedurals in print, and her new novel Blood Lines meets the high standard her readers have come to expect.
In Blood Lines, Kim Stone is faced with not one, but two dangerous cases. The first starts with the murder of a social worker. No evidence is left, but soon another victim is discovered - no apparent relation but an identical MO. The second, more chilling case is a private one. Dr Alex Thorne, the brilliant, sociopathic psychiatrist who Kim put in prison, has concocted a complex plan that will lead to her release and to Kim’s destruction.
I was glued to the page as I read, torn between needing to know what happened next and not wanting the book to end - the hallmark of a good book. It is clear that Angela Marsons has an understanding of psychology and the complex nature of mental illness. It makes...
Haute couture, hot jewels, a hot setting and great chemistry make this zany mystery an absolute winner in my book. Even if you aren’t an animal lover, if you love cozies Cat Got Your Diamonds is certain to delight - especially if you enjoy old-style screwball comedies. Lacy is wonderfully odd, energetically throwing herself into her pet couture business and later her murder investigation. The antics of the highly competitive New Orleans socialites, all devoted to their respective animal causes is a hoot - dancing Shih-Tzus, piano playing chickens, llamas in leg warmers and much more. And as for romance - wooh, the chemistry between Lacy and Detective Jack Oliver is tremendous even without a kiss in sight.
Lacy loves her pet boutique/bakery Furry Godmother. But everything is threatened when the glitter gun she used to distract an invader becomes a...
I remember reading cyberpunk in my youth - stories of tomorrows where technology is an integral part of life, but that life is far from utopian. Strange technologies, dystopian societies and alienated individuals were all a part of visions that stirred the imagination. Cyberpunk didn't really disappear. Instead it transformed. The future is now. Technology is omnipresent, and it is impossible to imagine life without the connectivity of cell phones, tablets, and wifi.
Cyber World provides a tantalizing glimpse of the worlds that could be through a variety of stories from the world's most talented authors. From gene and body modifications to artificial brains sold through rakuten and Amazon, worlds of data to a country of no people, this anthology hosts a tremendous array of post-cyberpunk works. The tomorrows of yesterday have led to today.
Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
By Ken Liu
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 November 2016
Invisible Planets is an incredible collection of science fiction stories from mainland China. Each of the stories is a gem, multifaceted, beautiful and utterly unique. What you perceive depends on the angle from which you look at it. So many wondrous places and amazing characters. What all of the stories have in common is their ability to enthrall the reader and excite the imagination.
If you enjoy short science fiction, this is an anthology that you must add to your collection. You won't be disappointed by the quality and the variety of the pieces included. The opportunity to explore the perceptions of writers long unavailable to the English speaking public is an added bonus.
I received a copy of Invisible Planets from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Cute but unexceptional, Boy Meets Witch is a fun but forgettable read. This novel definitely falls in the romantic fantasy category. It is not graphic, unlike many in the genre, so it should be fine for teens.
Harper Adams is a witch in hiding. Her father, an evangelical preacher, first used her as a faith healer, then kept her prisoner in the basement after a tragic fire cost many of his followers their lives and lost him his fortune. The rescue and healing of the cat (who unfortunately turns out to be one of the villains in the piece) puts her at odds with the town veterinarian (aka the love interest). Soon there is chemistry, but his atheism and her spirituality and abilities put the two at odds. Her abilities also stir up more than a little controversy in the town.
On the whole Boy Meets Witch is a decent story. It has its awkward m...
The Lost Child of Lychford is a good short fantasy novel, but it assumes that readers are already familiar with the main characters and their role in protecting the village. You will still enjoy the novel if you jump straight in, but you may want to consider reading Witches of Lychford first.
Christmas is approaching, along with all that entails. As Reverend, Lizzie is busy with preparations for services, not to mention a wedding scheduled for Christmas Eve. When an apparition of a young boy appears to Lizzie, she is baffled. Is he a ghost, a warning, or something else? Something is coming and the witches of Lychford stand in the way.
It is no surprise that Paul Cornell has written for television. The Lost Child of Lychford is compact. The action moves at a fast pace and the story arc is a perfect fit for the length. Like baby bear's porridge, The Lost Child of Lyc...
Domestic violence isn't an easy topic to tackle, but it is extremely important. Karen Rose Smith does an excellent job capturing the complexity of an issue where what is legal doesn't always match what is just.
After escaping from an abusive marriage, Wendy Newcomb has devoted her life to the protection of women. She heads Sunshine Tomorrow, a women's shelter and support service, and has asked Caprice to refurbish and design a dilapidated mansion. When Wendy is found dead, her replacement asks Caprice to investigate. Wendy had many enemies and was known to skirt the law if it meant protecting women and children. The more Caprice digs, the more secrets she uncovers, the more danger she is in.
One aspect of Shades of Wrath that I truly admire is the romance between Caprice and Grant. It is nice to see a strong loving relationship with equal measures of trust and support....