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