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Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)
Hodge-podge jumbles sad incoherent unpleasant British murders and warped porn glimpses into a dark vision of humanity. The least hint of warmth, love,...more
not set
Aug 02, 2011
Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth #1)
"Way of the Wolf" (Vampire Earth 1) by E.E. Knight, is a terrifying, captivating futuristic action adventure with a hint of wry humor. Like a classic...more
not set
Jun 22, 2011
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
The title "Killing Floor" may have a couple meanings, one the prison level where our innocent hero faces a painful end. X-rated. A cop's smile leads t...more
Nov 22, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
The Inimitable Jeeves
Red cummerbund, purple socks, bon vivant Bertie relinquishes a beloved garish accoutrement when valet Jeeves exercises his large brain to save Drone c...more
not set
Dec 03, 2011
The Big Four
Decided disappointment - or meant to be taken in fun? The plot shapes up like an impossible farce. The conspirators plan to rule the world. "Number On...more
May 03, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)
The editor created a game world for fellow writer friends who contributed chapters. Just after WW2, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes...more
Oct 02, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
Murder is Binding
"Murder is Binding" (1) by Lorna Barrett. Despite my dislike of the heroine's Attitude and the main plot device, twins, the choice of murderers hooks...more
Feb 13, 2012
Oct 01, 2011
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1)
In a magical alternate Ben Franklin time, Bostonian Helvan Shores place, everyone knows the seventh son of the seventh son is the best of all, and the...more
not set
Jan 02, 2012
A Monstrous Regiment of Women
The title "Monstrous Regiment of Women" is the vast pool of females deprived of men by WW1 and of importance by peace. Hero Mary Russell gains her ful...more
Jan 07, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
5* so I read more. "Skulduggery Pleasant" is a skeleton, magician, detective, and mentor to his just-murdered friend's heir, niece Stephanie Edgeley 1...more
Mar 10, 2012
Jun 26, 2011
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories
Rated high on Fan shelf only for the admirable clever old Miss Jane Marple, beloved of page and screen, here in 20 from The Tuesday Club, Regatta, Thr...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales, #1)
"In the Garden" lives an almost woman abandoned as a toddler when an inky mask appeared across her eyes. Catherynne M. (Why? Are not middle initials c...more
Sep 30, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
A Caribbean Mystery
Knowing whodunit, rereading is still pleasure. Christie cleverly complicates and confounds. Christie, at her best, makes stereotypical eccentrics beli...more
Jun 29, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Death Comes As the End
Agatha Christie uses quote to echo the precepts of Ptha-hotep, from maybe the oldest known manuscripts.

"Men are made fools by the gleaming limbs of w
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
A Late Phoenix (Inspector Sloan #4)
The title may refer to evidence rising from the rubble and ashes. Set only a few decades after WW2, memories are the best way to reveal who shot and b...more
not set
Aug 03, 2011
The Best Laid Plans
On Feb 2014 CBC-TV mini-series conclusion, kilt marches down federal halls of power, force meets immovable, bodes well for sequel. exc...more
Nov 24, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Stillness of Time Travel (Benedict, #1)
"Stillness of Time Travel" by A.J. Maddicott is the half-doze before his bedroom in Appleton Marsh August 2007 shivers and seems to shake apart, and 1...more
Apr 15, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Down These Strange Streets
17 supposedly detective tales are mostly gruesome, spooky, scary, rather than intriguing lively puzzle-solvers, from elsewhere 5* authors. In degenera...more
Nov 22, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
Everyone does it. You made me do it. Where "it" is painful. Permanent. Like piercing - ears, eyebrow, navel (the bellybutton skin never healed, the ey...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Sam's Letters to Jennifer
Reminds me of Walk to Remember, which soaked many tissues at the time. "Love never dies", so if the loved one is dying, have affairs, consummate quick...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
The Lost World (Professor Challenger, #1)
"The Lost World" 1912 by Arthur Conan Doyle is a plateau deep in the Amazon jungle, where four brave British gentlemen seek the truth of a dinosaur sk...more
not set
Dec 17, 2011
The Dark Deeps (The Hunchback Assignments, #2)
"The Dark Deeps" (Hunchback A. 2) by Arthur Slade is scary steampunk. Brief precisely titled chapters shift viewpoints clearly, without confusion. Som...more
Oct 10, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Retief! (Retief)
My favorite space-age human (Dr. Who is an alien Time Lord), who conquers aliens by diplomacy and trickery more than fighting, hero is free at
Nov 16, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3)
Locke is a good thief, a man worth spending time with, because he inspires Jean's unshakable loyalty, and spices up our time together unexpectedly. (L...more
Sep 13, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
The Religious Body (Inspector Sloan #1)
Inspector Sloan, chief detective in Banbury visits nearby Cullingoak Convent with DC Crosby, after Sister Anne is bashed on the head, by smooth blunt...more
May 28, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Tide of Terror (Vampirates, #2)
Suspense - a night surfer, inhuman, vampire Sidorio refuses to curb appetites, thrown off by Vampirate Captain Drakoulis. Crewmate twins 14, Grace wan...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
Monstrous Regiment  (Discworld, #31)
Polly "Perks" blonde Borogravian barmaid cuts her braids, practices her belching and swaggering, and joins tobacco-chewer legendary Sergeant Jack Jack...more
Mar 10, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Wild Card (Elite Ops, #1)
Do me baby. Harder. Faster. Trite buries moral - honesty and good prevail. Boring repetitious X-rated actions and dialogue are easy to skip, till the...more
Jul 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Highland Destiny
I dislike prescient dreams, but Hunsaker reviews and comments with such humor and verve, I accept the prologu...more
Oct 17, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
Night Watch (Discworld, #29)
"Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett. Duke Sam Vimes is Ankh-Morpork City Watch Commander, one privileged to don a purple sweet-scented lilac sprig for 25...more
Mar 04, 2012
Jul 31, 2011
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