This book is a non-stop roller coaster ride of really bad situations. Isaac is a libriomancer, one who can reach into books, draw on the collective beThis book is a non-stop roller coaster ride of really bad situations. Isaac is a libriomancer, one who can reach into books, draw on the collective beliefs of the stories, and pull out things he needs. And he needs weapons, potions, and cures. Because not only does the collective beliefs create things to fight for good, that belief changes into new species of vampires, werewolves and other really bad things.
Isaac, having been forced to withdraw from using magic, is living the life of a librarian, cataloging books and answering questions. Suddenly, he is attacked and catapulted back into the field to fight and to understand who (or what) is trying to destroy all the libriomancers.
Drawing on his immense knowledge of science fiction and fantasy, this is a rollicking, humorous story. Looking forward to the next one in the series....more
Tall, athletic Bennie Rosato is a full partner in a law firm she started with her former lover, Mark. While she is excelling in her career, her emotioTall, athletic Bennie Rosato is a full partner in a law firm she started with her former lover, Mark. While she is excelling in her career, her emotions are in a turmoil as she watches her law partner and ex-lover carry on with one of their legal associates. Unknown to most, her mother is tormented by the demons of her mind and lives in a constant state of terror.
When Mark tells her he wants to dissolve the partnership and has already made firm plans to evict her from their law offices, she is angry and an argument ensues. Then Mark is murdered in his office and all the evidence points convincingly to her.
On the edge of so many emotions, she decides that if she doesn't unmask the killer, then she will be convicted for the crime. On the run, she experiences betrayals and counter betrayals before she gets to the bottom of the crime.
An enthralling page turner with an admirable and flawed main character.
For the 2015 Reading Challenge, this is the book I finished in one day!...more
The devastation and loss of the First World War continues to have a damaging effect on returning soldiers and their families. Inspector Ian Rutledge,The devastation and loss of the First World War continues to have a damaging effect on returning soldiers and their families. Inspector Ian Rutledge, a valued and intuitive detective, returns to Scotland Yard, but with a secret. Unbeknownst to him, someone in the Yard has discovered this secret and sends him on an assignment guaranteed to activate the damage.
Shell-shocked, claustrophobic, and haunted almost literally by one of his actions of the war, he probes the case. A much loved landowner, Charles, is shot to death with a shotgun, obliterating his face. He served in two wars and was regarded as a hero, as was Charles' ward's fiance, Mark. The two were witnessed having a bitter quarrel the day of the murder.
Rutledge probes, asks questions, and is roundly criticized for his slowness, his lack of understanding, and for being a stranger. It is his wounds that helps him uncover the complex feelings, emotions, and motives of this sad and disturbing case.