When psychologist Alex Delaware was contacted by a psychiatrist friend, Lou Sherman, he had no idea he would eventually be led into a mess of intrigueWhen psychologist Alex Delaware was contacted by a psychiatrist friend, Lou Sherman, he had no idea he would eventually be led into a mess of intrigue and murder. Lou requested he evaluate the five year old son of an actress – Zelda Chase was showing signs of mania and he needed to know if Ovid was well cared for. A few years later and another call to Alex regarding Zelda shocked and concerned him; Ovid was missing and Zelda had obviously been on the streets. Completely out of it, she couldn’t answer questions; or wouldn’t – her only uttered word was “Mother”…
When Zelda managed to escape the facility she was incarcerated in, and her body was discovered in a garden a good distance away, Alex was puzzled to say the least. With his best friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis called in to investigate, the scepticism that he felt was overshadowed by the respect he had for Alex’s opinion. But the discovery of another missing woman in eerily similar circumstances had them re-evaluating what they felt was going on. The struggle to find evidence continued – would this be one of the most intriguing and strange cases they had ever worked on?
Breakdown by author Jonathan Kellerman is another great psychological mystery; deeply involved with quite a few characters, nevertheless it was easy to keep track. The twists were well done; the pace was fast, especially as it moved toward the conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed Breakdown and have no trouble recommending it highly.
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The contact from Karla’s friend and work mate from the library came as a surprise to Karla – her request they meet at the library a bigger one. But whThe contact from Karla’s friend and work mate from the library came as a surprise to Karla – her request they meet at the library a bigger one. But when Karla and Taurian arrived, Taurian immediately smelled a dragon’s presence. Warning Karla to be cautious, he had all his senses on alert; his shock on seeing Kyrian, a member of the Rian clan was immense.
When Taurian, Karla and Kyrian entered the cave where Taurian’s clan waited, Karla had no idea what to expect. Neither for that matter did Taurian. He had been out of contact with his fellow dragons for so long, he no longer knew the members. But the immediate distrust of the human in Prince Taurian’s company set them all on edge.
Karla had thought that the Mesmer bond would fade once Taurian was back with his clan – but there was no time to think about their future with the worry of Taurian’s biggest enemy still around. Ultrima was a danger they had to overcome. But could they? The Rian clan needed to rid themselves of this strong and rebellious dragon if it was to have a future…what would be the outcome for Karla?
Denying the Dragon by Aussie author Rinelle Grey is the 5th in the Dragon Ruins series, with one more to follow before it finishes. A great, light hearted fantasy set in outback Australia where we find humans and dragons together, sometimes happily, most times not so much. I’m really enjoying the series and have no hesitation in recommending them all.
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When PI Cliff Hardy was approached by an old colleague, ex-policeman Barry White, to look into the unsolved case of missing – presumed dead – woman, RWhen PI Cliff Hardy was approached by an old colleague, ex-policeman Barry White, to look into the unsolved case of missing – presumed dead – woman, Ramona Beckett he was highly sceptical. Barry White had been a corrupt cop, and Cliff suspected he was still on the wrong side of the law; he was also sure White would lie about whatever he told him. But the temptation of the still active reward for evidence of what had happened to Ramona, even though it was fifteen years prior, was enough to tickle his interest.
The ensuing investigation was fraught with difficulties – the fifteen year time difference was one of the main issues – but it seemed there were still people on the horizon who were determined to keep the truth from coming out. Danger, manipulation, secrets, lies and corruption meant Cliff was unsure who he could trust. And when murder entered the equation, Cliff felt his determination to solve this case harden. But would he? Could he?
The Reward by Aussie author Peter Corris is another in the famous Cliff Hardy series; and another thoroughly enjoyable crime mystery set in Sydney. Corruption within the police force is not a new angle, but it worked well –the plot is intriguing. I’m not reading these in order, but with each of them being stand alone, it doesn’t seem necessary (in my opinion) Recommended. ...more
Luke Fraser was a journalist from Sydney – used to the city hustle and bustle; the immediate access to the nearest café for his morning coffee; the gyLuke Fraser was a journalist from Sydney – used to the city hustle and bustle; the immediate access to the nearest café for his morning coffee; the gym – he was certainly a city-boy at heart. When he decided to go to the little rural outback town of Bindarra Creek to do a story on the Reach for the Stars program which was run there for at risk children, he wasn’t sure how long he could stand being in a hick town in the back of beyond. But he thought he and his Porsche would be able to tough it out for a few days!
Stevie Ryan had lived most of her life in Bindarra Creek and after a stint in Sydney with her husband (now ex) and father of her two children, she had headed back to Bindarra Creek with Jazzie and Casey. Bringing up children was so much better in the country than the city, and they hadn’t looked back since their return. Setting up Reach for the Stars was a personal challenge and dedicated to her father. Her success with the kids had been huge, but her business was struggling financially and she desperately needed funding to keep her project alive.
When Stevie met Luke she was sceptical of the city-boy – but the story on her program was needed if she was to be successful in gaining the much needed funding. But as Luke gained his story, there was danger lurking in the bush. And not from the burgeoning attraction that Stevie was feeling for Luke – or the wild animals in the surrounding countryside. What would be the outcome of their week in the untamed wilderness of Australia’s bush?
I thoroughly enjoyed Reach For The Stars by Aussie author Kerrie Paterson which is #5 in the Bindarra Creek series – a unique project with thirteen different authors and thirteen different Bindarra Creek stories. I’m loving the series and if Bindarra Creek was a real town in the NSW countryside I’d want to visit for a holiday. Highly recommended.
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After being disturbed by strange noises in the night, fifteen year old Edna Mather wasn’t in the mood to rush to her job as a maid, dragging her reticAfter being disturbed by strange noises in the night, fifteen year old Edna Mather wasn’t in the mood to rush to her job as a maid, dragging her reticent brother Harrison along with her. Lady Rachel was only eighteen years old herself, but always did her utmost to make the lives of the servants difficult. But with Harrison acting strangely; unresponsive and dour, the order to take him home satisfied Edna, though she knew she’d have to hurry. The appearance of a pocket watch on Harrison’s person though had Edna worried – her intense shock and horror as she pulled it from Harrison’s clothing and watched him disintegrate before her eyes had her rushing from their home in terror.
During her desperate search for help she was accosted by a thief who wished to remove the pocket watch from her person – but when he saw what it was and listened to Edna’s story, they became allies of a sort. Edna wasn’t sure if she could trust a thief; but no one else believed her story…
As Ike explained what would have happened to Harrison; that the hags would have stolen him and replaced him with a Cogling, and Harrison would join the other stolen children to work in the hag’s factory – Edna grew more and more horrified. She was determined to search for and find Harrison, and was more than grateful for Ike’s offer of help. As the pair of them trekked their way across the kingdom heading for the hag’s swamp, they encountered many dangers along the way. Their story was laughed at – after all who would believe the word of a servant and a thief – everyone knew the hags worked for the good of the community…
Would Edna’s quest to save her brother succeed? And would they eventually persuade the king to stop the hags from decimating the human race? Or would the magical darkness end up taking away everything?
Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek is directed toward a young adult audience in the steampunk/fantasy genre. A thoroughly enjoyable and fun filled magical adventure for Edna and Ike, it was well written with strong and likeable characters. I have enjoyed Mierek’s previous novels, and this one didn’t disappoint. Highly recommended.
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John Shaw, landscape artist was travelling from Sydney to Adelaide for a job interview. As he had plenty of time before he needed to be there, he hadJohn Shaw, landscape artist was travelling from Sydney to Adelaide for a job interview. As he had plenty of time before he needed to be there, he had decided to take the long way round so he could check out desert vegetation. The first time he saw Katie Alton was at a pub in the little town of Rylock – he had passed her on the open highway sometime previously. Katie was a freelance photo-journalist, also from Sydney and travelling the rugged outback to find and write interesting articles. Not realising they had been destined to meet, Shaw chatted to her in a friendly manner, learning where she was going and what she was doing out in the vastness of the Australian outback.
Sometime later when Shaw saw the turnoff to the Obiri Track, he remembered Katie saying that was where she was going, but only as far as Pattersons Creek. After talking to the local policeman in Yogabilla and receiving dire warnings about the dangers, the distance to Obiri (600 kilometers) and the urgings to never, ever leave his car if he was to break down as the sun would kill in two hours, Shaw set off down the track in his Honda – certainly not suited to sandy tracks and dunes in the outback.
Almost fifty kilometres later, Shaw was shocked to see a young woman running toward his car; the absolute terror on her face hit him first. And he realised it was Katie – what on earth was wrong with her? Driving frantically while learning from Katie of a wild man intent on killing her, he was initially sceptical – but as she described the raw, animal stench to him; the anger and hunger in his face as he attacked her – Shaw could see she was serious. And so the race began…
How would they escape this creature of the desert? And why was he after Katie – what had caused him to attack her? Would they find out; would they even survive?
Wow! Wow! What an amazing and heart thudding thriller! Fear is the Rider was rediscovered in manuscript form among author Kenneth Cook’s papers and was written by him back in the 1980s before his death in 1987. I won’t forget this story for a very long time – not quite 200 pages in length, it packs a huge punch. The “heart in your throat” saying has never been truer than with Fear is the Rider. I have to say my recommendation of this one is a given – you won’t want to put it down, but you’ll need to to take a breath! Very highly recommended.
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Kate Moore was the daughter of billionaire Albert Moore, owner of the Moore’s Hotel Corporation. She was at the stage of proving to her rigidly controKate Moore was the daughter of billionaire Albert Moore, owner of the Moore’s Hotel Corporation. She was at the stage of proving to her rigidly controlling father that she was strong enough and able enough to take over the Corporation – renovating the old Burnham Beeches hotel with her own money - no help from him was his stipulation - was how she would do it. And she was a hard taskmaster – a woman who worked eighteen hours a day to get what she wanted.
When David Wright arrived for the meeting regarding the landscaping of the old Burnham Beeches, he was desperate to gain the contract. His father was ill and unable to work; the mortgage needed to be covered and David knew this job would give him the funds he was desperate for. A talented landscaper, he was surprised when he was given an ultimatum of only two weeks to build one portion of the garden – if the boss was happy, the contract would be his. But he would do it – his determination, and his younger brother Jack, would make sure of that.
The immediate attraction between Kate, an unrelenting business woman and David was not a part of either of their plans. They had no time for dalliances – Kate had Albert breathing down her neck; David was concerned for his father. And Kate had a secret which was tearing at her heart…
Take Me As I Am by Aussie author Charmaine Ross had huge potential. The plot was a good one; the angst and heartbreak worked well. But why is it that some authors think pages and pages of sex makes a good story? It doesn’t. The explicit detail just isn’t necessary – we all have imaginations. Consequently I skimmed – a lot. Also, I know this copy is an ARC, but there are editing issues which I hope are rectified prior to publication.
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