This book shows exactly why Margery Allingham is one of the most loved and remembered writers of the Golden Age of Mystery. Before reading The Man of Dangerous Secrets, I didn’t realize that Margery Allingham sometimes used a pseudonym. The Man of Dangerous Secrets has it all, a thrilling mystery, murder, conspiracy, blackmail, a beautiful heroine in danger and a clever and loyal hero. There is even romance. In all it is a wonderful novel.
Robin Grey is a detective, a well respected consultant of both Scotland Yard and the government, known for his intellect, his power of observation and his skill for understanding people and getting to the truth of the matter. Robin Grey becomes involved in a sinister conspiracy when he manages to prevent a murder at Waterloo Station. Not long after, he is cons...
Some Practical Magic is a light paranormal romance that will leave your nose twitching in delight. Having grown up with reruns of Bewitched, I had to smile as I read Some Practical Magic. Laurie C Kuna unashamedly pays tribute to the classic sitcom. Despite there being some “thriller” elements, Some Practical Magic is mostly a romance with a touch of humor.
Fleeing her mother’s attempts at matchmaking, Cassandra and her familiar/publicist Endora (who is hilarious whether in cat or human form) join a book tour. When she meets the headliner, horror novelist M S Kazimer, sparks fly. But all is not well, a serial killer is modeling his murders after those in Kazimer’s books, and the tour is an attempt to flush him out of hiding. Falling in love with a human is tough enough, but now Cassandra must refresh her magical skills in...
Four Stars For Danger by John Burke
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 24 Feb 2017
Four Stars for Danger is a pretty good thriller with just a touch of the gothic. It is important to realize that this is a reprint of an older title, otherwise you might be a bit put off by the chauvinism. Ellen Sawyer may be the lead character, but it is her male support who manages to solve all the intellectual aspects of the puzzle as well as guides her out of the physical danger. In her sphere of reviewing restaurants and hotels, she is independent but that gets overshadowed whenever she is with Mark. Once you put that aside, it is easy to like this light thriller with just a touch of romance. It reminded me of Agatha Christie’s stand alone espionage stories (though the women were stronger in those).
Ellen Sawyer is traveling the country, recording how women are treated at various restaurants and inns across Britain. In Wales, she tries to visit a coun...
Borrowed Souls: A Soul Charmer Novel Chelsea Mueller
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date May 2 2017
Borrowed Souls has some potential. It is has an original premise. (Souls can be rented so that the stain of sin does not affect the individual- of course it does presume God is a complete idiot, in my opinion would be more interesting if people only believed it mitigated sin and instead does something different). Otherwise it is your standard urban fantasy. Girl forced into magical situation, discovers powers, has help from sexy bad boy who finds her irresistible despite her whining. Throw in your standard dysfunctional family and maniacal bad guys and call it a day.
Borrowed Souls is a decent but unexceptional series debut.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Borrowed Souls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A young woman with a brother who can't stay out of trouble dives head first into the grimy world of soul renting in this...
A Ring of Truth is not a mystery novel. It is a period romance with only the tiniest touch of mystery (a stolen ring). Most of the novel is devoted towards class related angst as Henrietta fears her family’s poverty and lack of education make her an inappropriate bride for Inspector Clive. While the novel is well written, the whining tone makes it difficult to bear. Henrietta is a sweet heroine, innocent and good intentioned. We see far less of Inspector Clive. He is more two dimensional. the prince to Henrietta’s Cinderella. I rolled my eyes a bit when I discovered Henrietta’s mother was actually an heiress who ran away, giving up her inheritance. It appeared to be engineered solely to justify Henrietta’s status and to elevate her family. It definitely wasn't realistic.
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...
Books are like food. Sometimes you want something nourishing and sometimes you want something sweet, decadent, and just a bit bad for you. Switching Hour is a perfect bite of paranormal chocolate, a treat for the reader who simply wants to relax and enjoy.
You have a witch who is good hearted, but more than a bit crazy, her resurrected familiar (who wouldn't want a cat who utterly adores you, cooks delicious meals and brings home designer clothes), a hunky werewolf and a whole horde of shifters of various kinds - all thrown together in "ahem" Asscrack West Virginia ie. the end of the world. Naturally most of the novel focuses on Zelda's relationships, particularly with her oddball cat Fabio and her romantic entanglement with the local Alpha. There is a lot of comedy, a heavy dose of innuendo, a bit of action, and a smidgen of a different kind of action. "wink" All...
Night Study: A Poison Study Novel by Maria V Snyder
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: January 26, 2016
Night Study is primarily a fantasy novel, but has elements of romance. While reading it, I never had any doubt that Yelena and Valek would survive/surpass any challenges thrown their way. I had no fear that the "good guys" would somehow escape their captors. Happy endings, even if distant loom in the horizon. This is not necessarily for the best. While it makes for a comfortable read, the book lacks the tension of a typical epic fantasy.
Ongoing series are never easy to write. It becomes tempting to cut corners on characterization, expecting readers to know the background from previous novels. Maria V. Snyder does not fall into this trap. Over time, the central characters have changed, Valek in particular has become softer and more compassionate. It is difficult to view him as an assassin, or see Yelena as a former protegee. Love has change...
Police officer Nate Hammond led a well-ordered life until a chance meeting with a girl from his past drags him into an extraordinary adventure.
Writer Elizabeth Parish had a plan than never included Coldwater Bay, yet why was she possessed by the sudden urge to return to her hometown? Did it have something to do with that mysterious comic book or its equally secretive author? Or could the real reason be the boy she left years ago?
Sucked into a deadly comic book universe Nate and Libby find themselves in Second Chance City, home of the Refractor and a league of murderous adversaries. Can a knowledge of comic books, a half-hearted super-hero, misunderstood villains, science gone horribly awry, and an unusual flashlight help them find a way home or will their second chance at happily-ever-after only end in in death?
Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig's captivating new mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing.
After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what's left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend's coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing's changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employ...