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Mind of the Phoenix

(The Memory Collector #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Moira is a powerful empath, a psychic graced with the ability to read emotions and memories. Her skill is as much a curse as a gift, for in the harshly stratified city of Braxton empaths are slaves. Clever and beautiful, Moira has learned to rely on no one but herself. Determined to escape life as a concubine, she kills her master, and is imprisoned for the crime.

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Published September 28th 2015 by Penner Publishing (first published September 14th 2015)
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Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Moira is an empath, that means that she is gifted with sensing other people's emotions, reading their thoughts, seeing their memories and sometimes even using a little bit of persuasion to play with their minds. But she's not the usual kind of empath, since she possesses more special powers.

As amazing as this sounds, poor Moira lives in a world where all empaths are slaves. People without the
Amanda Linsmeier
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, as I generally steer clear of thrillers or murder mysteries, but I was pleasantly surprised. The crimes were detailed without being gory or over-the-top, and the world they lived in was different, yet believable. The heroine- a feisty empathy named Moira- was delightful. Despite the serious content at times I actually chuckled at her humorous comments or thoughts. The sexual tension between her and the detective was palpable, and the author wrot ...more
Jyll Ward
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was an excellent read. I loved the beginning, it really drew me into the book. As I kept reading, it kept me intrigued and I was always wanting more! I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves romance, mystery, crime, science fiction and mythology.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book was something else, I was not expecting that.

The city of Braxton is gripped by a series of suicides, that appear to be murders committed under a powerful persona called the Phoenix. When the victims appear to be under compulsion of a certain phrase during their deaths, help is sought in the form of an empath. Empaths are born with the power of reading memories and emotions, which results in them being branded for servitude and placed in either the Memory House, the Dream House or
Oct 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm really disappointed in this book. It started out fantastic, mysterious deaths, an empath with nothing to lose, and a detective who despises her. But the best part was the idea of the Pheonix, placing thoughts in people's heads to kill and they don't even get it. Unfortunately the book crashed and burned, suddenly halfway through it stopped being about this fascinating plot and was just pages and pages of Moira and Keenan (the detective) staring into each other's eyes. Oh and another murder i ...more
Breanne Cancade
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You first experience of the world of Braxton through one women locked in a dark and hopeless place…and only one option.
As the story's reality slowly reveals itself, a caste system, people divided though fear and a power structure that favors the few; you start to feel, if Moria can find justice for others, maybe it’s possible for everyone including herself.
Braxton’s strange divisions, its segregation of Empaths, leaves the reader with endless questions. What kind of history created such divisio
Jack Murphy
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Moira's a feisty empath,guilty of murdering her former Master, but given a second chance so long as she helps the police solve a string of bizarre and confounding murders. Moira has not had it easy as both a slave and concubine. She hasn't had many choices, which affects her outlook, making her suspect the motives of everyone she meets. Every decision she makes is colored by her past until she begins to trust and love the detective, Edwards, who she's paired with to solve the identity of the mys
Bianca Schwarz
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some books you have to read yourself into, warm up to and eventually you may grow to love them. This book had me at hello. The writing is crisp and wonderfully descriptive, the story engaging and imaginative and the characters well drawn and believable.
From the very first scene in Moira's prison cell we are transported into a world where the elite rules, empaths are slaves and the Phoenix kills at regular intervals and in mysterious ways. Moira is an empath who has killed her master. But even K
Karen Mace
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.

This is definitely one of those books that is a pleasant surprise as you begin to read. Wasn't really sure what to expect with this story but the blurb did catch my interest and it didn't disappoint.

The main character, Moira is an empath and we first encounter her when she's locked up in prison awaiting her execution for a murder she committed. But her skills as an empath are required by the Elite to help solve some r
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: victorian
This is probably one of the best books have I read lately. Moira, a complicated character with an even more complicated mind and past, has decided her life is more important than revenge and is partnered with quiet Detective Keenan Edwards to solve the crime of the Phoenix. The complex layers of character and relationships are real and make the characters seem alive. There is no ista-love between the characters, but their relationship grows and evolves into something special. The use of word cho ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moira is an empath, guilty of murder but given a second chance so long as she helps the police solve a string of bizarre and confounding murders. This story follows Moira as she discovers that some people may be worth trusting while others are not. This novel sucked me right in and I am disappointed that I don't have a sequel to immediately sate my curiosity. Well written, and engaging, McLachlan weaves a story illustrating the abuses of power in a fictional Gilded Age society of Elite and empat ...more
Kelly Cain
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book epitomizes the phrase "leave them wanting more." I knew I was getting to the end, but I wanted it to last so much longer. Thankfully, there will be a sequel. There are some questions answered, but the important ones still linger.

Moira has not had it easy as a slave and concubine. In the world she lives in, she hasn't had many choices and this has severely affected her outlook. Every decision she makes is colored by her past until she begins to trust and love (completely unbeknownst to
Elisabeth Douglass
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read! This book was so much more than I was expecting. The author manages to weave mystery, fantasy, politics, murder; romance in a such a suspenseful way that you can't stop turning the pages. She doesn't make her main character all-powerful, which makes the book more believable and more intriguing. As a powerful Empath, Moira is naturally feared by others but the caste system paradoxically sees her as lesser. Despite their fear, the Elite need her abilities to solve a series of murde ...more
Brandi Nyborg
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin? This book had me in it's clutches from the very first page. I'm a big paranormal mystery fan, so this book was right up my alley. I really like Moira's character. It's nice to read a book with a spunky, intelligent heroine who used her past to rise above, instead of wallowing in self pity. The mystery keeps you guessing. You'll be on the edge of your seat, wanting more. This book hasn't even been released, and I'm already desperate for the sequel! This was one of the best ...more
Laura P.
Fantastic reading.
I totally loved the blend of crime, romance and paranormal.
Moira and the dective are anything but short of fantastic.
I'm left wanting more...and I want it now.
Book 2, please???
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Look, it wasn't perfect. Some bits that got my attention in the writing, distracted me for a few seconds, but... I still love it and I need more. Preferably NOW. ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Mind of the Phoenix is the first book in The Memory Collector series and I am impressed.
In this book, Moira is an empath and a Del Mar – a slave in the pleasure house. She starts the novel in prison, awaiting execution following the murder of her previous master, when a serial killer strikes. Soon she is enlisted by the Elite to help solve the case, using her gifts to get into the minds of the witnesses and suspects.

I found myself completely caught up in the story, with the world and ch
Kj (Birds Love Words)
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mind of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan
Published by Penner Publishing on 28 September 2015
Reviewed by Kj
The Word: An explosive, sophisticated tale that knits an intricate tangled web of lies and truth that will have you salivating for more.

Wow – this was not what I was expecting; I don’t know what I was expecting but just wow!! It was amazing. Talk about an explosive beginning!

Moira – a concubine who has been imprisoned and awaiting the noose for her Master
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I start off by saying how much I just loved this book? Well, I guess I just did. Because I did love this book. From the very first page I was engaged with the character of Moira.

It begins with Moira being locked in a dark, dreary jail cell in a basement, with no food, and almost no water. She's starving, weak, and barely able to move, when the Chief of Police arrives at her cell, trying to convince her to help the department solve what they believe are murders of the Elite. The Elite are hum
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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*ARC received for an honest review, thank you!'

I don't know where to start it was such an amazing ride! I typically don't read many mystery novels because I usually guess the ending before I manage to get halfway, but 'Mind of the Phoenix' kept me gripped right until the very end. Set in a world where those with special empathic abilities are kept as slaves in the early 19th century, readers are taken on a ride filled with mystery and forbidden romance.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burned By The Flames In Ashes

This book is the first in a series I fervently hope! I can't imagine leaving this world or the characters anytime soon... I will definitely read any fiction this author writes :)

Moira is a very gifted empath... Just not in the traditional ways. She hides most of her gifts for her own protection. Too bad her gifts did not save her from her master's abuse. Awaiting execution for murdering him has weakened her to the point she would almost welcome death. Luckily the Eli
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I looked at this book not knowing exactly if I was going to like it, but I thought I would try it away. Boy, am I glad I did! I liked the characters and really felt like I knew them, the plot was somewhat original and followed its own rules, and the action was fast-paced enough that I didn’t feel it lagged in spots. One of the things that I really liked is that it didn’t feel like it took place in the past even though it did. I have always preferred books to be more contemporary and this book fe ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mind of the Phoenix is stunning! Jamie McLachlan's writing is superb and I can only hope that there will be a sequel. Moira, poor lovely Moira has been through so much it is utterly heartbreaking and yet she is exactly what you need in a leading heroine. She is strong, brave and the woman is bad ass. I really didn't like Keenan at first but the more you realise that they live in a completely different worlds that has different views and outlooks you understand his initial reaction to Moira. I lo ...more
Anna Taylor
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is great, the story wraps you up in a world that I can easily picture in my mind. I love strong female characters that know how to handle the cards they are dealt, And in this story I saw that. The love story that is devolping in the book had me screaming for more. The mystery of it, had me staying up until I fell asleep, and even then I was dreaming of it. I can not wait for the sequel.
Callie Press
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride

This mystery-within-a-mystery-within-a-romance is a great and intriguing first installment to the series. The world-building is fantastic and essential to the story. I only wish I had read it sooner!
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a long time that made my stomach drop. I love these main characters. I am beyond excited for the next book!

Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Intriguing concept and well developed characters. This is not my usual type of novel but found myself turning every page in anticipation. Bravo !
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Arc was kindly offered to me in exchange for an honest review, via NetGalley.

This book made me feel quite torn at some point. The first half of the book progressed quite slowly for me. I found a bit difficult to immediately adjust to the world described by the author, mostly just because the information was provided to us in parts across many of the first chapters. Also, the fact that all the empaths are slaves,
Carrie Slager
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I requested and recevied a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

I wasn’t really sure what I expected from Mind of the Phoenix, but it certainly exceeded whatever expectations I did have.

Moira is a truly amazing character. She’s been a slave in a pleasure house for years until at the age of 19 she was sold off to a private owner that she then killed. She evaded capture for 6 months before being taken into custody pending execution—until even the Elite (
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish date: 28th September 2015

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I ended up enjoying this book far more than I thought I would. It's slow to build and the first in a series of unknown length, sort of set in the Victorian era (Just two years after the estemed monach died) in a mystery location/one I can't place, it sort of follows the feel of the time period;
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Canadian author of the Memory Collector Series: Mind of the Phoenix (an Amazon Bestseller in Dark Fantasy), Pawn of the Phoenix, and Rise of the Phoenix. In addition to novels, McLachlan writes poetry and short stories such as "The Eyes of the Heart," which can be found in the collection, Déjà You: Stories of Second Chances. Her poetry collection, Night Song, will debut October 8, 2018. When not w ...more

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