Kevin J Anderson has a gift for writing fantasy that leaves you laughing out loud. Services Rendered features Anderson’s renowned PI, Dan Shamble, oops Chambeaux, a zombie investigator working in the Unnatural Quarter, Sheyenne his ghostly gf/office manager, Robin Deyer a lawyer who wants justice for all monsters, and his BHF Officer Toby McGoohan - placed in the unnatural quarter for his unfortunate sense of humor. The cases they face range from the serious to the absurd, and each and every one is entertaining. From a gorgon who wants to participate in a beauty pageant, to a headless man who believes his head was stolen; from a missing Mayan wish turkey to a newt with a stolen eye, there is no zombie investigator more suited to the case than Dan Shamble, I mean Shambeaux.
4 / 5
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Christmas is upon us once again, the cold winter nights making us long for a warm blanket and a cozy read. Slay Bells is the perfect choice for readers tired of Christmas reruns, and looking for something fresh and seasonal. Christmas Village is a magical place, far removed from the city, and steeped in tradition. But when a troupe of carnies visiting the town begin dying one by one, it’s time for Mrs. Claus to step in. Yes she might or might not be that Mrs Claus, but she is one heck of a perceptive lady, which is a big help, as the hapless sheriff is not equipped for a real investigation. Part of Slay Bells charm is Wescott’s kindness in depicting the villagers’ quirks and foibles. It makes the characters endearing, even though you know someone will be unmasked as a killer.
Slay Bells not going to win any awards, but I can say the novel brought a smile to my f...
by Lynne Truss
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
A Shot in the Dark is a delightfully funny mystery in the classic vein. Lynne Truss skillfully captures the feel of 1950s Brighton in her newest comic novel. The captain of police likes to think all crime ended with the shootout between two gangs that not just made the news - a movie followed idolizing him. Little real police work was done before the arrival of Constable Twitten, a too bright newcomer. The murder of theater critic A S Crystal opens the door to an investigation into a decades old robbery and a conspiracy behind the scenes of Brighton’s cheery holiday veneer.
The quirky characters and the strange situations make A Shot in the Dark a funny book. It’s plot is cleverly composed - more than enough to satisfy the most critical mystery lover. A Shot in the Dark is the perfect antidote to the large quantities of...
The Spectral City
by Leanna Renee Hieber
Rebel Base Books
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Nov 2018
The Spectral City is an enticing blend of fantasy and mystery set against the backdrop of turn of the century New York. For those intrigued by the idea of spiritualism - seances, ghosts, mediums etc.., it is a perfect fit.
The New York City Police has an additional department headed by Eve Whitby. This group of young women are mediums who use their abilities and their spiritual contacts to obtain clues and help solve cases. Both their gender and their profession receive little respect, but they are successful and have a powerful patron in Roosevelt.
The novel is somewhat uneven. The prologue is suspenseful, but the first few chapters are correspondingly dull. The focus is primarily on the secondary mystery of a missing young girl, as opposed to the corrupt Prenze family (introduced in the prologue) and how and why they are trapping spirits (also discov...
The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Nov 2018
It isn’t a question of what will kill you on Razor, but what won’t. The Razor is the perfect prison - deadly, impossible to escape, and profitable for the corporation that runs it. Razor is a death sentence, it’s just a matter of how and when - the harsh environment, the brutal guards, Xytrilium exposure, or gang violence. J Barton Mitchell’s world is desolate and harsh, all jagged edges giving a clear feeling of man versus the elements. To survive requires more than will. It requires ingenuity. From the start it is made clear that to survive requires value, leverage. A deal can keep you alive. Flynn, Key, Maddox and Raelynn have all made deals, but whether they will survive is in doubt. At a signal, the mining platforms are scuttled and the prisoners are left to fend for themselves. Flynn and Key have a chance - retrieve some data and they will be rescued. But what th...
Nobody's Sweetheart Now The First Lady Adelaide Mystery
by Maggie Robinson
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 13 Nov 2018
What is more embarrassing than a cheating husband who dies while speeding along with his mistress? - one who comes back as a ghost, showing up at inopportune times providing irritating commentary and making you look quite mad. Not only does Lady Adelaide Compton have to deal with a corpse that inconveniently appears in her barn during a weekend dinner party, she also has to cope with the appearance of her charming ne’er do well husband’s ghost. Who amongst her guests (all with links to the victim) committed the crime? Scotland Yard sends Inspector Dev Hunter to investigate. Half Indian, all English and entirely handsome, Dev knows he has challenges ahead, including keeping his mind off the beautiful, if slightly peculiar Lady Adelaide.
Nobody’s Sweetheart Now is a charming throwback to the screwball mysteries pop...
The Poisoned Chalice Murder A 1920s English mystery
by Diane Janes
Pub Date 01 Nov 2018
Diane James’s second 1920s mystery, The Poisoned Chalice Murder, is even more enjoyable than her debut - a stunning accomplishment. Frances Black and Tom Dod are a charming pair of amateur detectives, working well together despite a frisson of attraction they dare not act upon. Frances is the more perceptive of the duo, and the novel focuses on her perspective. Diane James skillfully portrays the social dilemmas Frances is faced with. Being separated from her husband is scandalous, despite the fact that he ran off with another woman. Accepting a divorce, even more so. As a woman on her own, being respectable is of central importance. Tom is also constrained, as he married his dead brother’s fiancée so their children would be legitimate.
Tom’s aunt has asked them to look into a trio of deaths. Superficially they don’t appear suspicious,...