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review 2018-04-26 20:21
CROSSOVER (Thrilling Christian Fantasy Suspense (Chaser Chronicles #1)) - John C. Dalglish

CROSSOVER(Christian Adventure) (THE CHASER CHRONICLES Book 1)
Starts out with the PI and he's taped to his chair, big headache and something, a ghost shape is in front of him telling him he will have a choice to make.
He learns a few days later he can either follow Jesus or go after the runners and make them crossover. There are chasers and this ghost wants him to become one...
This book is out there as far as my beliefs but was a good read because the author describes things in such detail you feel as if you are there.
Loved all the action, adventure and investigating as we got to go visit in several places.
Received this book free on Amazon and this is my honest opinion.

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text 2018-03-28 15:49
M. M. Kaye's mystery "series"
Death in the Andamans - M.M. Kaye
Death in Berlin - M.M. Kaye
Death in Zanzibar - M.M. Kaye
Death in Kenya - M.M. Kaye
Death in Kashmir: A Mystery - M.M. Kaye
Death in Cyprus: A Novel - M. M. Kaye

Reading Victoria Holt's India Fan brought to my mind M.M. Kaye, who is best known for her massive, sweeping epic romance of India during the twilight of the British Raj, The Far Pavilions. Along with that book, she wrote two additional pieces of rather massive historical romance – The Shadow of the Moon and Trade Winds. In addition to those three books, she wrote a brief, entertaining series of mysteries set in exotic locations.

 

While this is now nominally marketed as a series (Death In . . . ), each of the books is 100% stand-alone, with different characters entirely. There is a slight overlap between Death In Zanzibar and Trade Winds, which is really only interesting for fans of M.M. Kaye.

 

I remember reading at least Death in Zanzibar and Death in Kenya as a teenager. I first read The Far Pavilions, which was one of my favorite books for many years, probably very soon after it was published in 1978, when I was 12. I would estimate that I took off of my mother’s bookshelf at around the age of 16, because I read a lot of historical romance of varying quality during those years, and had a definite affinity for epic historicals. After reading the three historical romances, I definitely picked up a few of Kaye’s mysteries. The covers would have been very different from Minotaur’s bright colored, almost Picasso-esque covers – something more like this:

 

 

Like Georgette Heyer, who also wrote at least a few mysteries, Kaye seems to be primarily a writer of romance, so all of her mysteries have a strong romantic sub-plot. In each, the main character is a young, unmarried, attractive woman who finds herself embroiled in a murder case in some capacity. These pairings tend to be quite regressive, and often involve the sort of interfering, (some might say controlling) overly-protective male love interest that is seen in other romance novels of the time period (Death in Kenya, the first of the mysteries, was published in 1953, while Death in the Andamans, the last of them, was published in 1960). This can be jarring to readers who’ve grown up with fiction (and reality) where the relationships are far more egalitarian.

 

Kaye had a fascinating life – she was born in Simla, in British India prior to Indian independence – her father was a British officer in the Indian Army. She married an officer in the British army as well, and spent her marriage in 27 different postings over 19 years, many of which she used as settings for her novels. She wrote a multi-part autobiography, which given how fascinating and insightful her fiction is, appears to be well worth checking out.

 

Since 2017, I’ve reread all of Kaye’s crime fiction and enjoyed them all with varying levels of enthusiasm. Over time, I’m sure that I will get reviews posted for all of them – they are well worth reading for people who enjoy romantic mysteries set in exotic, faraway places.

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review 2018-02-02 16:37
The Crossover
The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Author: Kwame Alexander

Rating: 4 stars

 

2015 Newberry Medal Winner

 

This was so good.  

 

The story of twin African-American brothers told in verse, this book was different and wonderfully engaging. I really enjoyed seeing JB and Josh's different personalities come through the page.  

 

In short, JB and Josh are twins who play basketball. Their dad is ex-NBA and their mom is the school assistant principal. Their family is tight-knit and HAPPY. Trouble comes when one of the boys gets a girlfriend and the other feels left out, trouble also comes from other directions that I won't spoil. There were such positive messages about education and balancing a love of sports, making your character a priority, family loyalty - I loved it.

 

The story itself was bittersweet and that is all I will say to avoid spoilers. The lessons imparted by their parents were powerful and would serve kids well. When I read the reviews, I  couldn't help but smile seeing how excited educators were to bring this book into their classrooms. 

 

It's a quick read but a worthy one. Definitely recommend.

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-11 21:12
Hope
Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Handling Haven: A Deimos/Trident Security/Delta Team Crossover (Kindle Worlds) - Samantha A. Cole

Lucas AKA “Frisco”  meets Haven at her worst moment.  He cannot get her off his mind for months following.  When he sees her again, and the attraction is till there, he knows he must say something.

 

Haven has already had a hard life.  Going through an injury that may change her life should have been expected.  When it all hits the fan - can she trust someone she just met to make her feel better about her situation?

 

The Deimos series starts off with a literal bang!  The characters are interesting, as well as mysterious and definitely worth reading.  I loved these characters and the way they interacted.  The gritty story gets your blood pumping, while the love story soothes the rough edges.  I enjoyed every page!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-10-17 18:55
Quick Paranormal
Out-Foxxe'd: A Rosie Peaks Crossover (Th... Out-Foxxe'd: A Rosie Peaks Crossover (The Adventures of Rosie Peaks Book 5) - Madison Sevier

Out-Foxxe'd by Madison Sevier is a fairly quick read, a perfect choice for those paranormal fans with limited time for reading.  Ms Sevier has delivered a well-written book that is fun to read.  Rosie and Markus' story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and lots of woo-wooish mystical type things.  I enjoyed reading Out-Foxxe'd and look forward to my next Madison Sevier book.  Out-Foxxe'd is book 5 of the Rosie Peaks Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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