I admit to being a fan; I've read and enjoyed everything Diane Rapp has written. It was these Cruise Ship Mysteries that first got me hooked on her wrI admit to being a fan; I've read and enjoyed everything Diane Rapp has written. It was these Cruise Ship Mysteries that first got me hooked on her writing, so I'm pleased to see them all packaged in a boxed set -- and at an attractive price compared to buying them individually.
These are classic mystery / thrillers with just a touch of romance and the occasional bit of the paranormal thrown in. The first two stories are set in waters that are familiar to me from my own travels, but Murder for Glacier Blue takes place in Alaskan waters, which I've never seen. Based on how accurately Ms. Rapp describes the venues of the first two books, I feel like I've now been on an Alaskan cruise.
This boxed set would make an ideal holiday gift for afficianados of either cruises or murder mysteries. Get it while you can!...more
I discovered Diane Rapp's writing when I happened across her cruise ship mysteries. She's a great storyteller, so when I saw that she had released a sI discovered Diane Rapp's writing when I happened across her cruise ship mysteries. She's a great storyteller, so when I saw that she had released a science fiction / fantasy book titled Howl of the Wolf a few years ago, I decided to give it a try. I haven't read a lot of science fiction / fantasy, and I was sceptical about the notion of telepathic wolves, but she hooked me right away. She does such a good job of putting the reader inside the character's head that I soon forgot that I was seeing the world through the eyes of a wolf. Given that, I'll leave it to you to imagine how well she does with human characters. I snapped up the other two books as soon as they were available, and now she’s made it irresistible to have all three in a boxed set.
Howl of the Wolf, Havenshire Resistance, and Dragon Defense are ideal for someone who likes to read the books in a series one after the other; the story unfolds smoothly across the three books, but there's a hook at the end of each one to make sure you keep going. You shouldn't miss the chance to buy them as a boxed set; the savings over the single copy prices make it a bargain. More importantly, though, you'll have three great books to enjoy this Fall. Grab them while the boxed set is available; I've seen too many boxed sets offered for a limited time. It would be a shame to miss this one....more
I became a fan of Diane Rapp's cruise ship mysteries and enjoyed them a great deal. Attracted by her skill as a story teller, I decided to read Howl oI became a fan of Diane Rapp's cruise ship mysteries and enjoyed them a great deal. Attracted by her skill as a story teller, I decided to read Howl of the Wolf, Book 1 of her Heirs to the Throne fantasy series, even though I rarely read fantasy. Before I realized it, I was through the whole Heirs to the Throne trilogy. Ms. Rapp's articulate style just draws you right into the story, whatever the genre.
When I found out about Dragon Knight: And The Heart's Blood Curse, I was eager for another escape into one of her fantastic tales. I wasn't disappointed. She tells a complex story in a manner that is compelling on several levels. Best of all, it was leavened with a series of humorous references to a number of the idols of pop culture, whose magic has as much appeal to the denizens of her fantasy world as it has in our own lives.
The product description is an accurate representation of the story, but there's a happy surprise around the corner of each plot twist. Don't miss it; grab your copy today. ...more
Terry Tyler delivers the story promised in the product description, spiced with her own brand of humor in the telling. WKings and Queens By Terry Tyler
Terry Tyler delivers the story promised in the product description, spiced with her own brand of humor in the telling. While the main thrust of the story is well known, she threw in enough twists to keep it interesting. Being somewhat constrained as to the plot, she used some ironic juxtapositions of the characters and their traits to keep me guessing.
I've enjoyed several of her books, and I confess that I wondered how she would fare with this one. I needn't have worried; she did her usual masterful job of making mundane details of peoples' lives utterly fascinating. I believe that's her particular talent as a writer.
While I'm not exceptionally well versed in Tudor history, I've always been fascinated by Henry VIII because of his willingness to use the power of his position to have his own way. As self-centered as he was, Henry had some sensitivity to how society perceived his behavior. In spite of that, he didn't let his better judgment overcome his base instincts. I was curious to see how the people around Harry would react to his licentiousness in a more modern, presumably more open-minded period. Ms. Tyler did a credible job of demonstrating how little the basic human qualities have changed in the last few centuries. While extramarital affairs and divorce may carry less stigma in Harry's day than in Henry's, it's clear that a self-centered jerk is still a self-centered jerk.
It was also great fun to look for the references and metaphors that Ms. Tyler tucked away in her version of the story, some in quite unexpected ways. There were a few that bordered slapstick, just as there were in the original story, but many were subtle. I'm sure that I missed a number of those, possibly some of the better ones. I enjoyed the ones that I found so much that I've resolved to brush up on my history and have another go at Kings and Queens. I have no doubt that it will be more entertaining the second time through. Of course, I have to get that done in time for the sequel. ...more
The third book in Diane Rapp's cruise ship mystery series is every bit as good as the first two; if you enjoyed them, grab this one today. If you haveThe third book in Diane Rapp's cruise ship mystery series is every bit as good as the first two; if you enjoyed them, grab this one today. If you haven't read them, get started now. "Murder for Glacier Blue" finds her familiar characters in new surroundings - they're providing security for valuable paintings on an Alaskan cruise. The cruise features auctions of authorized copies of important original works that depict scenes from the locale of the cruise. The originals are aboard to help promote the sales, and so are some crooks with their own agenda for the paintings. Besides Ms. Rapp's consistently good storytelling, "Murder for Glacier Blue" gives the reader a look at the natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness through her vivid descriptions of the scenery, augmented by a few stunning photographs. Read it today and enjoy your own vicarious Alaskan cruise while you feel the thrills as the criminals get what's coming to them....more
When I finished The Devil of Light, I was ready for more. I’ve been waiting for Avengers of Blood ever since, and it was well worth waiting for. OnceWhen I finished The Devil of Light, I was ready for more. I’ve been waiting for Avengers of Blood ever since, and it was well worth waiting for. Once past the gripping prologue, I was right back in good old Forney County, catching up with familiar characters. I felt right at home, and when somebody new showed up, I almost said, “Ye ain’t from around here, are ye?”
Ms. Woods has another winner here, with a spellbinding tale told in her own easygoing style. This book is every bit as engaging as her first one. Read it; you’ll enjoy it. ...more
Dream On is the second of Terry Tyler’s books that I’ve read, and I already have her other two loaded in my Kindle. She’s a competent writer with an eDream On is the second of Terry Tyler’s books that I’ve read, and I already have her other two loaded in my Kindle. She’s a competent writer with an easy, engaging style. Her characters remind you of people that you know; you wouldn’t be surprised to find any of them living down the street. Ms. Tyler has a gift for weaving the dreams and everyday frustrations of regular people into spellbinding tales, and that’s exactly what she does in Dream On.
Dave Bentley is a has-been local rock musician who sees an opportunity to make the big-time, but he’s torn between chasing his dream and behaving like a responsible adult. His situation is exacerbated by his attachment to his young son, Harley, whose mother has kicked Dave out in hopes of getting him to deal with reality as she perceives it. Ms. Tyler tells the story with pathos leavened with just the right amount of irony. Although the premise of the story is serious, some of the characters’ antics had me laughing out loud. Read it; you won’t regret it. ...more
This is a well-written thriller that presents a plausible and frightening outcome for the recent global financial upheaval. The story has some interesThis is a well-written thriller that presents a plausible and frightening outcome for the recent global financial upheaval. The story has some interesting and amusing twists, like pitting former IRA thugs against a CIA gone bad. There's just a touch of the paranormal for added stimulation, but the story is quite believable.
As a lifelong ocean-going sailor and avid reader of thrillers, I'm a sucker for any book that claims to combine both of those things. Stuart Haddon does a great job of mixing the two, unlike many writers who try it. I've often been disappointed by lame attempts to include seagoing drama in otherwise sound stories, but not this time. Mr. Haddon has clearly been there; he's writing from first-hand knowledge when he recounts the parts of the story that took place at sea. Even if you've never set foot on a small boat in open water, you'll feel the excitement and satisfaction of making an ocean passage under less than ideal conditions.
Thanks, Mr. Haddon, and finish that sequel quickly. I'm ready to read it....more
Many couples share the dream of running away to sea, spending endless days together sailing peacefully through soothing waters under perfect blue skie Many couples share the dream of running away to sea, spending endless days together sailing peacefully through soothing waters under perfect blue skies that fill with stars after each day ends in a spectacular sunset. Sailing Down the Moonbeam should be required reading for all of them. It’s a well-written recollection of the experiences that one couple had when they went to sea in pursuit of their dream.
Mary Gottschalk paints vivid images of the glorious days and starry nights, interspersed with the stark reality of what it’s like for a couple to go to sea in a small boat for an extended voyage. She brings the experience to life, and not just the wonderful parts. Keeping a yacht going is hard work; experienced sailors like Mary and Tom knew that before they took off, but they still had their share of surprises. Dealing with the unexpected is inevitably taxing, not just for the individuals, but for their relationship, as well. Contrary to the commonly held notion, the yachting life isn't idyllic and stress free, but it’s filled with opportunities for personal growth.
If you share the dream, you should read the book; it will prepare you well for life afloat. I know; my wife and I have lived our own version of Mary Gottschalk’s dream for many years. If you've never imagined such an adventure, you’ll still find the story inspiring. Climb aboard today and enjoy the insights shared in this wonderful book. ...more
Murder on a Ghost Ship – Five stars for the 2nd book in the High Seas Mystery Series
By Diane Rapp
Crime, suspense, and shipboard romance, with a vengeMurder on a Ghost Ship – Five stars for the 2nd book in the High Seas Mystery Series
By Diane Rapp
Crime, suspense, and shipboard romance, with a vengeful ghost to keep it exciting - this book has it all. Movie star Vance Bollard killed his wife, Celeste, so that he could marry Paula. Or did he? Celeste's ghost tries to clear that up, with frightful consequences for the cruise ship's new owner and her friends.
Well drawn characters with several plot twists and a cleverly integrated sub-plot hooked me from the beginning and held me right though the last page. Good old-fashioned mystery and suspense with a little romance to keep it light.