[image] I originally read this novella in the SILENT NIGHT anthology. This is a quick "filler" story dropping into the In Death timeline on
I originally read this novella in the SILENT NIGHT anthology. This is a quick "filler" story dropping into the In Death timeline on Christmas morning, 2058 and ending on New Year's Eve. Any hope of spending their first Christmas together is dashed early on Christmas morning. Eve literally ended the hunt for a serial killer hours before, on Christmas Eve. So many Eves. Anyway...the case in HOLIDAY IN DEATH has been put to bed. Eve and Roarke got a little rest, and time to open presents, and then...her communicator goes off. The killer left the body and a list of victims on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. Eve is in a race against time to save them all--including Dr. Mira. It's fast. It's intense. It's satisfying. Not a necessary read but worth the time to fill in some fun nooks and crannies in the overall arc of the series. Susan Erickson's narration is spot on! 4.5 stars...more
[image] I had great hopes for this book. The premises is utterly cool and different and imaginative--and a writer's worst nightmare! *stares at
I had great hopes for this book. The premises is utterly cool and different and imaginative--and a writer's worst nightmare! *stares at files of unfishined manuscripts showing on my screen...* Premise: There's a wing in Hell that houses the Library of the Unwritten. Unfinished books reside there until they get finished/published (I was never sure of that part). Sometimes, they manifest as one of their characters and said character escapes. It's up the Librarian to go up to the human realm, snatch the character, and return it to the Library. Claire, the current librarian is a human soul. There's another human who thinks he's a demon, a real demon, and a failed Muse (I ...more
[image] I don't quite know what to say about this Audible Original. It was a free download with my Audible subscription. It's short, but packs a
I don't quite know what to say about this Audible Original. It was a free download with my Audible subscription. It's short, but packs a punch. It's SciFi. It's an audio play. It's the story of four people, two-on-two, that are disparate (and desperate) yet...not. I won't divulge more because...spoilers. I went into thinking, "Ah, a quick listen while I try to figure out what to listen to next." I came out of it not only thinking about the story but also wondering, "WTH just happened there?!?" In a VERY good way. Lindsay Joelle is a very talented playwright and the four actors did admirable jobs presenting characters with little in common and with the listener knowing nothing about any of them. Well done. Listen to this story if you get the chance, even if you aren't a fan of SciFi....more
[image] I have mixed emotions about this book. Singh is a favorite paranormal author and I applaud her for delving into other genres. The writing in
I have mixed emotions about this book. Singh is a favorite paranormal author and I applaud her for delving into other genres. The writing in this book is rich, almost decadent the way the words roll off the tongue. The setting becomes a main character and it's obvious Singh is a native New Zealander with true love and respect for her country. I'd love to visit and her prose only make me long to go even more.
I don't know if this book is a suspense or a murder mystery. There are gothic overtones. The pace is almost languid (where most supense novel are action-driven) and there are so many red herrings, the reader needs a fish net. I can't call it a romance or a romantic suspense. There are sparks betwseen Anahera and Will but there's not enough romance to call this a romantic suspense. There are secrets and revelations, but it just didn't totally work for me. Which makes me sad. I wanted to like this book a lot more. Still, Singh is such a talented author, her words are a joy.
On the plus side, Saskia Maarleveld, a new-to-me narrator, does a terrific job of storytelling.
[image] Yes, I know. I've includd the audio cover of MAGIC BREAKS with this review. That's because MAGIC TESTS is a bonus short story included in
Yes, I know. I've includd the audio cover of MAGIC BREAKS with this review. That's because MAGIC TESTS is a bonus short story included in the audio version. This is Kate at her "manipulative mom" best, getting Julie involved in a case at a school. It's a nice little magical mystery and Julie had new magical friends. It's a fun, quickie....more
[image] What happens to Derek always makes me sniffle. The scene at Julie's school always makes me smile. And then there's Curran and Kate...
What happens to Derek always makes me sniffle. The scene at Julie's school always makes me smile. And then there's Curran and Kate...
Previous review: Every time I read/listen to this book, I start out thinking that this isn't one of my favorites in the series. And then I get totally sucked in and it becomes one of my favorites. The trials and tribulations of Kate's relationship with Curran continue. Things are unsettled in the pack. Rafael is pursuing Andrea. And there are bad people getting ready to take on the Pack. Enter Hugh D'Ambray, the Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Roland's war lord. Roland, of course, being Kate's father, and the man she plans to eventually kill. Fun times! And a full 5 stars....more
[image] I haven't read a "straight" mystery in quite some time and Ms. Penny's name and books kept popping up in various newsletters that hit my
I haven't read a "straight" mystery in quite some time and Ms. Penny's name and books kept popping up in various newsletters that hit my inbox. In something of a reading slump, I thought I'd try something different. Her Inspector Gamache is an interesting fellow and the Quebec area setting is unique--for me at least. This is what I'd term an "old school" mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie. The small-town politics and relationships made for "quaint" reading and makes me really glad I no longer live in such a place. For mystery fans, this might be a series to try. ...more
[image] Uhm....WOW! How do I even... Okay. I'm a writer. I'm supposed to be able to string words together to make complete sentences that make some
Uhm....WOW! How do I even... Okay. I'm a writer. I'm supposed to be able to string words together to make complete sentences that make some semblance of sense. I finished this book and had to just "sit" on it overnight because I just couldn't wrap my head around it. For the first time in a very LONG time, a book has lived up to its hype. At least in my opinion, humble or otherwise. My taste in books is not everyones. And this had all the triggers people gasped about. It is dark. It is violent. There's death and injury, torture, abuse--human and critters. But there is also love and respect and honor and duty and...and...and... WOW.
Is this book for everyone? Oh, hell no. It's a dark fantasy set in a dark time. There are humans and monsters and gods. There's war. Revenge. Assasination. Lies. And honor. I mentioned that, right? This is a blunt book that pulls no punches but at the same time, the writing is almost lyrical and the setting and characters are imaginative and finely drawn. Frankly, I loved this book like damn and whoah! It's not often a book leaves me wondering what the hell i'm going to read next that might even come close to comparing. I look forward to the next book in this series. Maddek and Yvenne are just...WOW. And there's more characters with stories to tell and I want to hear all about them, too. Kudos to Nicole Poole, the narrator. She did an amazing job! I also want to thank the publishers, Penguin Group and Tantor Audio, for making this audiobook available through Hoopla. I probably wouldn't have listened to it otherwise. Now it's on my wish list and is now at the top of my to-buy list when the new book budget replenishes, along with the upcoming release, A TOUCH OF STONE AND SNOW.
I don't often include the blurb but this time? Yeah...here:
A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an ancient evil - until the barbarian king and queen are slain in an act of bloody betrayal.
Though forbidden by the alliance council to kill the corrupt king responsible for his parents' murders, Maddek vows to avenge them, even if it costs him the Parsathean crown. But when he learns it was the king's daughter who lured his parents to their deaths, the barbarian warrior is determined to make her pay.
Yet the woman Maddek captures is not what he expected. Though the last in a line of legendary warrior-queens, Yvenne is small and weak, and the sharpest weapons she wields are her mind and her tongue. Even more surprising is the marriage she proposes to unite them in their goals and to claim their thrones - because her desire for vengeance against her father burns even hotter than his own.......more
I've never read/listened to any of Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock books. This book, which is hopefully the first in a new series, is an AudibleI've never read/listened to any of Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock books. This book, which is hopefully the first in a new series, is an Audible Originals which I was able to download for free as an Audible member when it first released. This dystopian futuristic scifi novel is inventive--sort of a cross between Halo and Cats. Okay, okay. That whole "high concept" thing is not in my talent wheelhouse. Shining is an enigma and one who has to stay off the radar to stay alive. She lives in a junkyard in the desert of West Virginia. Yup. Futuristic and dystopian. She has all sorts of science-y weaponry and AI. There are motorcycle gangs. There was a big war. And she's a survivor. There are also junkyard cats--hunters who live in the junkyard and look to Shining for their...protein. I love the teaser line: She has powers, a warbot, and attitude.
This book is only available in audio from Audible. If you're a fan of the genre and/or the author, it's worth it. Like I said, I hope this is just the first. 4.5 stars...more
Well, for some reason, GR is being a PITA. I can't post cover or link to this book. Grrr. Which is irritating because this is the 50th full-lengthWell, for some reason, GR is being a PITA. I can't post cover or link to this book. Grrr. Which is irritating because this is the 50th full-length novel in this series. In Death. Eve Dallas. The names are synonymous. First, congrats to JD Robb/Nora Roberts for this feat. Second, I was thoroughly invested in the story, loved seeing Eve back in action and enjoyed catching glimpses of some her "posse." Can I just say, Dennis Mira. Every time that sweet man is on the page, I get all sniffly and melt, just like Eve. And he was a superstar in his few small cameos! Peabody is stalwart as always and seeing her lose it? Priceless. The case was a difficult one and I didn't figure out until Eve did. Kudos. I'm satisfied with that part of the book. Now, what a lot of readers are complaining about...
No page appearance by Mavis, Leonardo, Bella, or Nadine. There's very little of Dr. Mira, Dr. Morris, McNab, Feeney, or Summerset. They're there in the background, along with Reo, Dickhead, Louise and Charles, Cmdr. Whitney, Jenkinson and Reineke, and an interesting cameo by Harvo that gives us a better glimpse of her personality that I enjoyed. Roarke is there and I enjoyed the tree scene with him and Eve.
Now, as to why I'm not complaining... After 50 books and a huge expansion of Eve's circle of friends, there's no way to work them into the book with a lot of face time for each one. I get this. I miss the posse, but hey! I can reread (or listen in my case) to previous books to get my fix of their presences. I can never get enough of Roarke and it was nice to catch glimpses of him doing what he does best in support of Eve. It was his computer expertise that...well...read (or listen) to the book.
While I agree that this story wasn't as special was I was anticipating for a "golden edition," it is a satisfying addition to the series and look forward to #51 coming the Fall of 2020. 4.5 stars....more
[image] Well...that was...different. I've not read Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, and don't do YA as a rule. This is definitely NOT a YA, but it
Well...that was...different. I've not read Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, and don't do YA as a rule. This is definitely NOT a YA, but it sort of is. The humor is mostly juvenile though the premise and follow-through are totally adult--as in Not Safe For Kids. The story is dark and if cussing is a button, better to just move along. Me? I say those words often so no BFD. All that said, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. An ancient dragon living in the bayous, the last of his kind, using a Keto diet to extend his life... And a teenage boy doing his best to survive his brutal world of a corrupt sheriff and a drug cartel. So much there to like. But it just somehow...
Well, anyway. Your mileage may vary. It was...different. I'll leave it at that. I do, however, want to put in a good word for the narrator, Johnny Heller. His rendition is pitch perfect. Also, I vote to have the intro/credit music running in the background. I liked it quite a lot....more
I've read other series by Dane and enjoyed them a lot. I'm not quite sure why I decided not to finish this one at the 65% mark except I'm not reallyI've read other series by Dane and enjoyed them a lot. I'm not quite sure why I decided not to finish this one at the 65% mark except I'm not really in the right headspace. It's well written, and the characters are developed. Just...wrong headspace at the moment. That's all I can figure out. I may come back and finish it one of these days. I enjoyed the narrator's voice and characterizations. Ah well....more
[image] I. Loved. This. Book! It's as sweet as the scent of magnolia blossoms on a hot summer day and as sassy as mint tea. It is magical and
I. Loved. This. Book! It's as sweet as the scent of magnolia blossoms on a hot summer day and as sassy as mint tea. It is magical and lyrical. The characters are true and each has a journey. There's a cat and a bird and a good dog named River. There's birth and death and promises to keep. There are old wrongs and new rights. There's laying the past to rest and waking up the future. There's sorrow and joy, hellos and goodbyes. And beneath it all, there's the love that comes from mulberries, blackbirds, and pie.
Anna Kate Callow returns to her hometown or Wicklow, Alabama--a place she's never been. She's there at the mandate of her grandmother's will. Granny Zee always came to Anna Kate and her mother, Eden, when Anna Kate was growing up because Eden refused to step foot in Wicklow. Now, Anna Kate is there to run her grandmother's business, The Blackbird Cafe, for two months. Then she's heading back to Boston for medical school. Except there are secrets. And magic. And the town itself has a way of grabbing hold of a person and not letting them go.
The story unwinds slowly, the revelations take awhile. After all, romance and redemption take time to simmer. There are a lot of lives to be touched and the magic in Wicklow and the blackbirds take time. There's a sprinkling of romance to spice things along the way. Told primarily through the voices of Anna Kate, Natalie, and a reporter, lots of stories unfold. The three narrators, Stephanie Willis, Bethany Lind, and Nicholas Techosky, did a wonderful job. As a southerner, an accent that's off irritates the snot outta me. Heather Webber has written a sweet book, and it's going on my Best Books of the Year shelf. ...more
[image] This short novella popped up in several of my newsletters and I was looking for something seasonal to listen to. I've been in something of a
This short novella popped up in several of my newsletters and I was looking for something seasonal to listen to. I've been in something of a reading/listening slump and not even my "old standbys" have managed to fire my imagination. I like a good Highlander as much as most romance readers and I've enjoyed the books I've read by Margaret. Since this one was "free" with my Audible Escape subscription, I downloaded it. The story is sweet, Roderick almost too good to be true (in true Highland Hero fashion) and Lily is spunky and independent--almost too much so. But without her attitude, there'd be no story. Misunderstandings are at the heart of this story but being a romance, we know there's a HEA at the end. It was fun "fodder" for listening as I zipped about on errands and tasts that didn't require my full attention. It's a standalone, so a reader can dive right in and enjoy....more
[image] Well, this one took longer to listen to than the debut novel in the series. I'm not completely sure why. It was a good--if
Well, this one took longer to listen to than the debut novel in the series. I'm not completely sure why. It was a good--if predictable--story with interesting characters. I liked the heroine and hero well enough. There was action. The over-all plot arc advanced. There are questions to be answered in the next installment while still having closure with this story. The narrator did a good job with the characterizations. That's all to the good. However, I just wasn't compelled to keep listening no matter what I was doing. I was able to turn it off and do other things. *shrug* Still, an enjoyable enough read. 3.5 stars...more
[image] Should I admit that I've never read a Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward book? Or listened to one, would be a more apt confession. This short, sweet,
Should I admit that I've never read a Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward book? Or listened to one, would be a more apt confession. This short, sweet, funny, and clever twist on the meet cute is an Audible Original and I got to add it to my library for free as an Audible subscriber. I'm so glad I took advantage and did so.
Riley Kennedy is a romance book editor. Kennedy Riley is a nonfiction editor at the same publishing house. They work in different offices in different parts of the city. And their company email is forever entangled. See? Meet cute. And then things get even more tangled. There's a trip home for Christmas and a New Year's nuptial. There're backstories to tell and emotions to sort. It's sweet and funny and clever. Oh. I said that already. Well, it bears repeating. Riley and Kennedy falling in love is adorable. And it's a perfect Christmas read, even if the letter isn't to Santa, but to "Ask Ida."...more
[image] Trez broke my heart in THE SHADOWS (#13). No spoilers for that book or this one. Except that by reading the blurb to this book, readers know
Trez broke my heart in THE SHADOWS (#13). No spoilers for that book or this one. Except that by reading the blurb to this book, readers know that he lost his true love, Selena. That was then. This is now. WINTER opens with a man contemplating his mortality as he heads home to his wife during a bad snowstorm in Caldwell. Another man in a high-powered BMW sitting at a light is also contemplating his mortality, but in a different light. And then things happen.
There's a new waitress--one of the blood but with a mysterious past she doesn't disclose--at Iam's restaurant. Thing is, she eerily resembles someone else. Everyone who knows Trez recognizes the likeness. Friends and family worry for Trez and try to "counsel" him. Even Hex. Oh...the tangled webs that are woven.
I can't get much more into the plot but there's heartache and sadness and sweetness and hope and joy and maybe a Christmas Angel with a miracle up his sleeve--oh, wait. He doesn't wear shirts because he works out. I also need to get my hands on a digital copy rather than audio so I can highlight the quote surrounding the title. It's beautiful. As always, Jim Frangione is a favorite narrator. This is not the book to jump into with this series but even if you are just a passing fan, you need to read this one. I occasionally find myself rolling eyes at Ward's hyperbolic descriptions but even the over-the-top ones were abso-effing perfect in this book. 5 stars all around. Hell, I'm sitting here smiling just thinking about it....more
I Don't Dance This is a sweet, short, Christmas-themed story about Elliot and Blaine, who were already married and together at the beginning of thisI Don't Dance This is a sweet, short, Christmas-themed story about Elliot and Blaine, who were already married and together at the beginning of this series. This novella is a retrospective view of how they met and began their lives together. It is at times funny, at times touching, and a sad places. There's also an epilogue 25 years in the future that made me laugh. A nice end to the series by beginning with the "first" couple. And having read some of the other series, it's not like readers are saying goodbye because the characters of Freebirds show up elsewhere from time to tim. ...more
[image] Well...*blink-blink* The crazy continues. This is the story of James and Shiloh. I've mentioned the "cross-pollination," right? Well, James
Well...*blink-blink* The crazy continues. This is the story of James and Shiloh. I've mentioned the "cross-pollination," right? Well, James is Cheyenne's brother. Cheyenne is the heroine of BOOMTOWN, the first book in this series. James is in all the Freebird books. He has full custody of his toddler daughter and a crazy ex-girlfriend baby mama who signed over her rights. This is not a spoiler per se because that's been the case since BT. Anyway. Shiloh is the sister of Sam, the hero in the first book. There's also Shiloh's other brother and father (who have books in Heroes of Dixie Wardens series). She's been "banished" from that side of the family and dumped on Sam to look after (which is where his douchyness comes in), which occurred in a previous book. Anyway, this is some time after that. There are tangled threads, crossed plots with another series (which I think comes next?) and just general mayhem. There are bad guys that do bad things and good guys who do aforementioned douchey things and there is just so much....stuff! to take in, process, get over, and move on.
LLV's books don't pull punches so they are not for the faint of heart. Sex and violence--both graphic. They are so full of....OMGWTFBBQsauce that I can't even articulate it all. But I don't stop. Can't stop. And while I should probably go into a period of deep self-reflection on why I not only read/listen but relisten to these books, I just keep checking them out of the library. This one is another wild ride and James is one of the good guys and Shiloh has a big heart even if she occasionally turns TSTL. On to the next one....more
[image] Okay...here's the deal. If you want to read a LLV book, you need to strap in for the ride and expect a $#!+ ton of
Okay...here's the deal. If you want to read a LLV book, you need to strap in for the ride and expect a $#!+ ton of everything-that-can-go-wrong covered in crazysauce. I swear her books are like reading crack and I have a true love-hate relationship with them. My background is law, law enforcement, and fire service with a side of military. I abhor it when a writer gets those things wrong. LLV plays fast and loose with all of them and while I want to throw the book (in this case my phone because...audio book) at the nearest wall, I keep listening. After so many of her books, I just suck it up and keep going. Why? Because somehow, I get vested in the characters. Despite wading through all the crazysause--and there are times I feel I need hipwaders--I want to see the H/h get their HEA. I want to see what happens. And that's on me, so I keep listening. As near as I can figure out, the Freebirds series started things. But I'm almost exclusively audio books these days so had to wait until they became available. So I sort of meandered my way through all the series. And this bunch is an "incestuous" lot with family and friends scattered throughout and among, with references and hints and dangling threads that may (or may not) appear in some other book in some other series.
Okay, so now that all of that is off my chest, this book. Jack and Winter. Holy crap. Jack and Winter. The crazysauce is deep in this one. Dangling threads abound. I laughed and cried--(minor spoiler)(view spoiler)[but when there's a Line of Duty death of a first responder, I get to shed those tears for a brother. LLV got that scene right, thank St. Florian for that! (hide spoiler)] And there were other touching scenes that left my nose burning and eyes blurry. Which is why a keep doing the crazy dance with LLV. She finds a way to make her readers care so much about the characters. Jack and Winter met, fell hard, and he deployed. She was young but she was it for him, and he was it for her. And then crazy happened, as you can probably tell from the book's blurb. And then they were back and even more crazy happened. And...well, this is romance so you know there will be the pay-off of the HEA. It's how they get there that left me staying up way too late to finish. This one was a hellava ride....more
[image] This novella came out earlier in the year and is now in audio, my preferred method of ingesting the KA crack. Still love Mo and Lottie.
This novella came out earlier in the year and is now in audio, my preferred method of ingesting the KA crack. Still love Mo and Lottie. Still looking forward to the the rest of the Commandos. *taps foot* Any time now, KA. Just sayin'... Also, Susannah Jones does a good job with the narration.
Original Kindle copy review: I freaking LOVED this book. Like damn and whoah! KA is kind of my reading crack anyway but Lottie? AND MO!!!!! Hawk and his commandos. THE HOT BUNCH! Smithie. I did miss the Chaos MC but whatever. Okay. So..."Lottie Mac" is the Queen of the Corvette Calendar and headlining at Smithie's strip joint. Since she's come back to town, she's watched the rest of the Rock Chicks find their One. And she's convinced all the good ones are now taken. Enter a whack job who likes to write threatening letters. Who ya gonna call if the Hot Bunch will go insane when they find out? Hawk's commandos, of course. Enter Mo Morrison. He's on Lottie like peanut butter on jelly. 24/7. Watching them do the "mating dance" is delightful. Dipping toes back into the Denver environs of Rock Chicks (though didn't see much of them either), and the crew? Delightful. I laughed. A lot. And there were so many awwwww moments that...well...read the darn thing for yourself. C'mon. You know you want to, especially if you're a KA fan. I totally get that her brand of crazysauce is not to everyone's taste but for absolute crazypants fun with a side of pure escapism, I highly recommend the Dream Man series, Rock Chicks, and Chaos. All her others too, but those especially because they are so entertwined. And I'm beyond excited that the commandos get their own series! Whoohoo!!!! Now I just have to be patient and wait....more
[image] So...Ian and Veritas are...moving on from the first book. Only they aren't. If you haven't read the previous book, ignore this slight
So...Ian and Veritas are...moving on from the first book. Only they aren't. If you haven't read the previous book, ignore this slight spoiler...
After his memory is stripped, Ian wakes up in a whore house under the care of Bones and Cat only there are presistent memories that nag at him--memories of marrying a certain law guardian and....
So, this book begins. Veritas spends a lot of time denying Ian and their feelings. Ian spends a lot of time chasing her. There are demons--good and bad. There are confrontations. And there is a lot of inner dialogue from Veritas.
Time to move on...
Tavia Gilbert is a favorite narrator and she always makes a good story better. This one is not one of my faves set in this world but should be read/listened to for the 3rd book. Ian is Ian and he's delightfully wicked. 3.5 stars...more
[image] What a wonderful way to wile away a few hours--revisiting the magical town of Dove Pond. Karen Hawkins writes of this magical place and it's
What a wonderful way to wile away a few hours--revisiting the magical town of Dove Pond. Karen Hawkins writes of this magical place and it's inhabitants with a lyrical hand. While reading--or in my case, listening to--the story, you want to sit on the porch with a cup of Ava Dove's special tea and visit with the characters. Sofia's life has been in turmoil. She relocates, with her on-the-spectrum son, to Dove Pond, North Carolina where she finds a job overseeing Ava Dove's greenhouses and lives next door to reclusive game creator Jake Kaine. This is a sweet story about a driven woman, a geeky guy, and the sage, blond-wig-wearing ghost of Jake's former neighbor, Doyle. It's...wonderful. And funny. Sweet. Sniffly. And there are lessons to be learned. And I can't forget the roses. But you need to read the book....more
I had this book on the wait list at the library. It finally dropped. While the premise (as presented in the blurb) sounded intriguing, I'm not thatI had this book on the wait list at the library. It finally dropped. While the premise (as presented in the blurb) sounded intriguing, I'm not that sure about the execution of the plot. The main character is being sexually harrassed by the head of her university department--who is allegedly "untouchable." After involving herself in an attempted kidnapping, a powerful man makes her an offer too good to be true. See? Intriguing premise. However... The main character felt tw0-dimensional and the twist at the end fell a bit flat for me. The opening is slow to build and the ending felt rushed. I did enjoy the narrator. I almost DNF'd it. This story might just be someone's cup of tea. It's just not mine....more
[image] Wow. 49 books. And a slew of novellas. This series is the Energizer Bunny of series and J.D. Robb is my heroine. Be that as it may, in this
Wow. 49 books. And a slew of novellas. This series is the Energizer Bunny of series and J.D. Robb is my heroine. Be that as it may, in this "episode," Eve is facing a serial killer who calls herself "Lady Justice." This book is brutal in its descriptions of the torture the victims endure before their ultimate deaths. The real mystery in this book is whether or not Eve will be able to prove that the perpetrator actually did it. Since Eve "knows"--in that uncanny cop-smart way of hers--who the perp is, there are no red herrings, no twists or turns. And that's okay. Getting to watch Eve in full-on investigation mode--and trying to end the murderous "rampage" before the next victim is taken is what makes this book a page turner. 4.5 stars....more
[image] I'm so very, VERY glad I saw this book mentioned and put my name down on the wait list at the library. I'll be adding it to my collection as
I'm so very, VERY glad I saw this book mentioned and put my name down on the wait list at the library. I'll be adding it to my collection as soon as the budget allows. Why? Like sweet tea on an early summer day while bees drone around the honeysuckle and magnolias bloom in profusion, this story unfolds with a sweetness of spirit that touched my heart.
Dove Pond, North Carolina is a charmed place, founded by the Dove family way back in the beginning. And town legend holds that when the Doves have seven daughters, things will go well for the town, which has been slowly dying bit by bit. Everyone knows the current batch of Dove girls--all 7 of them--are special, each in their own way but it's the youngest, Sarah, who discovers, at the age of 7, that she can hear the books, and knows who needs which book and when. And the diary of the first Dove has told her that the fate of the town is in her hands. Years later, she becomes the town's librarian and she takes it upon herself to fix things.
Grace Wheeler was a throw-away kid--she and her sister Hannah, until they arrive on the doorstep of Mama G. Years later, Hannah is gone, leaving her 8 year-old daughter Daisy with Mama G and Grace. The three of them end up in Mama G's hometown--Dove Pond, living next door to a scarred Afghanistan veteran and two doors down from Sarah. Grace is newly hired as the town clerk, after giving up her high-powered executive job in Charlotte when she moves her little family to Dove Pond due to Mama G's failing health. And that's when the magic starts to happen.
This is a sweet book, one full of smiles and grins and a few giggles. There are also tears--of joy and sadness, but isn't that what makes life what it is? I was utterly charmed by this book, pun intended, and I look forward to reading more about Dove Pond and the remarkable people who give the town its heart, its soul, and most importantly, its magic. I can't wait for more. Kudos to Tavia Gilbert, Amanda Ronconi, and Sebastian York for their outstanding narration!...more
[image] The last of the trainees comes into his own in this book. There's a murder mystery, along with some emotional overtones--all of which I had
The last of the trainees comes into his own in this book. There's a murder mystery, along with some emotional overtones--all of which I had figured out about half-way through. There was something very familiar about this book. Not necessarily in a bad way, but certain passages felt like I'd listened to them before. Anyway, not as thrilled with the book as I'd hoped but still a good, solid book. 3.5 stars....more