Absolutely the best piece of zombie-fiction I’ve encountered. Don’t be put off if you aren’t into zombies, Firewalk is a first class science fiction crime novel that stands far apart from the plethora of zombie novels cluttering shelves. It is a nice blending of investigative fiction and paranormal suspense successful both as a stand alone novel and as the first of a series.
Five years ago Special Agent Izzie Lefevre nearly lost her light pursuing a serial killer, the Recondito Reaper. The pursuit ended in his death, but Detective Patrick Tevake, who worked with Izzie on the case has called her back as evidence from his recent drug case seems connected. A new drug has hit the streets in Recondito. Ink not only makes the users forget, longterm use leads to lesions, strange black marks and death. The more they investigate, the more they begin to understand...
Mayhem on the Orchid Isle
Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery: Book 3
by Aysia Amery
Mystery & Thrillers , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 09 Oct 2016
And Then There Were None is one of my favorite novels, and I am always thrilled to read homages to the original. Mayhem on the Orchid Isle is a lighthearted tribute that honors the original but adds its own little twist.
Ginger is a Michelin starred chef, who along with her flirtatious friend/assistant Jemma has been hired to cater a weekend gathering at a remote horse ranch on the Big Island. Apart from the ranch staff, there are ten guests of various professions and backgrounds. Ginger and Jemma quickly discover that a tragedy links the players. When the first guest disappears, Ginger begins to wonder if someone intends their own Hawaiian take on the classic Christie tale.
Mayhem on the Orchid Isle departs from the original in several ways apart from the setting. It has a hearty dose of humor. Ginger is abl...
A New World of Israeli Baking--Flatbreads, Stuffed Breads, Challahs, Cookies, and the Legendary Chocolate Babka
by Uri Scheft
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 18 Oct 2016
Variety is the spice of life and is an essential ingredient for a good cookbook, particularly one that focuses on baking. Breaking Breads definitely offers a large variety of recipes from sweet to savory. I particularly liked the sesame tahini cookies and the cheese shortbread. If you get this cookbook be prepared to spend a lot of time. The recipes require a decent amount of baking experience and are fairly complex. I bake a lot of bread, and a good number of the recipes were a bit too involved for my liking. If your only baking experience comes from making the occasional cake or batch of cookies, Breaking Breads isn't for you. On the other hand, if you are a dedicated, experienced baker looking to try new ethnic delights, you will greatly enjoy this book. There is a gorgeou...
Sirius is an extremely moving novel. It takes a great historical tragedy, one of the low points in human history, and presents it from a dog’s point of view. But the novel also does far more than that. It shows a family’s perseverance through adversity, hope for the future, and ultimately the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit. Some may complain that many of Sirius’s actions are absurd like communicating secrets to the resistance by playing the piano. The reality is that these points are uplifting, enabling the reader to smile and laugh despite tears. It is part of the essential transformative nature of film. Sirius reads like a film from the Golden Age of Hollywood -a grand adventure with a perfect ending.
Sirius starts out as an ordinary dog, part of a loving Jewish family. With the coming of Hitl...
Some writers are gifted humorists. Others are gifted mystery authors. David Rosenfelt just happens to be both. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is not a humorous mystery. Rosenfelt's trademark, self deprecating wit enlivens an otherwise serious story. It is his wit, along with his complex and always fascinating legal mysteries that keeps readers coming back for more...that and the dogs.
Defense Lawyer Andy Carpenter prefers caring for dogs to fighting courtroom battles. That doesn't stop him from taking Pup's case. After the successful resolution of a civil dispute regarding the legality of Pups fostering puppies in her home, the neighbor who complained is found murdered. Pups is the obvious suspect. Andy Carpenter knows she is innocent, but proving it means finding the real killer.
Sorrow’s Edge wasn’t what I expected, but it was fun to read.
Don’t be put off by the horror label, Sorrow’s Edge is far from scary. It is more of an urban fantasy featuring an exorcist, a witch and a disembodied spirit. Jimmie Holiday’s wry, sometimes sarcastic humor brought grins, while the cringe worthy antics of the possessed fell more into the obnoxious rather than chilling category. The central characters were fun to observe. Jimmie and Tabby work well together and their somewhat bumpy relationship was cute and believable. I also liked the showmanship of Jimmie’s ancestor Doc Holiday. Lucy, the spirit accompanying Jimmie and Tabby, is compelling in her own right, at once a child and something more.
On the whole, Sorrow’s Edge is a reasonably entertaining short novel - not exceptional but promising. I am definitely willing to read the next...
Absolutely astonishing - Flash Point is a thriller that is frighteningly realistic. Colby Marshall captures both the emotional repercussions and the technical difficulties of investigating a terrorist group. Dr Jenna Ramey and her Behavioral Analysis Unit are called in when a band of masked assassins enters a Washington DC Bank, brutally slaying all but one of the individuals present. Nothing is stolen, no demands are made there is only a warning that more attacks are to come. Pressure on Jenna is immense. Between unraveling the few puzzling clues left by the killers and preventing Homeland Security from taking action that would create panic and allow the culprits too escape, Jenna has little time to deal with the dangerous machinations of her sociopathic mother.
The case is thrilling and complex. Colby Marshall keeps read...
As urban fantasies go, Hidden Blade falls in the middle - decently written, a decent story with fairly interesting characters. I wouldn't call it excellent or groundbreaking, but it does successfully introduce the main series characters, provides some insight into their nature, and leaves the door wide open for future novels - exactly what a first novel is intended to do. I would be willing to try a future novel to see if the series kicks in to higher gear, but I am not at the edge of my seat hungering for the next installment.
Soul Eater uses Egyptian mythology as its foundation, with the gods living and plotting in New York. Ace's job is to clean up messes in order to prevent the public from discovering the existence of gods and demons. Ace is cursed, in servitude to the fickle and devious Osiris (Ozzie) and his wife Isis. When his ex wife, the goddess Bast comes to...
I wanted to like Mad God Walking. I loved the book's description so my expectations were high. I was disappointed. It isn't that Mad God Walking is bad. Parts are very good. They are simply outnumbered by the parts best described as "meh". The story progresses slowly, with a lot of time spent on the small and inconsequential. Admittedly Damon is not exactly human, and he isn't supposed to see things the same way others do....The best way I can put it is that the characters behave far younger than their assigned years making it difficult to empathize with them. The situation and the division between the sides is starkly drawn. There is not a lot of depth or complexity. And as a romance, well that was more insta-love than chemistry despite the duo almost going up in flames.
Streamlined, Mad God Walking has potential as a young adult fa...
The Unquiet Grave is not quite a mystery nor a spy novel, but it incorporates elements of both. Captain Harry Tennant's job is to investigate war crimes, not the big cases, but the smaller ones. Most are a matter of form, putting together information from the records of both sides. Oldman is a bit overzealous enumerating the complex movements of troops and the various officers. It is confusing and detracts from an otherwise good story.
Rose Kearney's inquiry into her brother's disappearance is not something Tennant's group would ordinarily handle. There are aspects of the situation that put it in their purview. Two of Kearney's comrades burned to death, but the third was clearly executed. Kearney's remains were not found. Tennant's superiors hope for a quick resolution, attributing the death to some of the German troops in the area. Tennant, however, w...