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review 2018-02-17 22:10
Book Review of Said the Spider to the Fly by Miss Mae
Said the Spider to the Fly - Miss Mae

Copper Springs, North Carolina. Population 4,500. A picturesque town with quiet streets and tree-lined sidewalks. Nothing ever happens here — until the day that Mona Murphy returns home.

 

Review 5*

 

This is a fantastic murder mystery. I loved it!

 

Mona Murphy is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She is swept into a mystery when she arrives back in Copper Springs, North Carolina, after the death of her grandfather. She has a special gift that she sees as a curse - she has extra sensitive perception. Notice I said sensitive not extrasensory? This is because it's her hearing that is sensitive and not her having second sight. This ability helps her as she unravels the tangled web of lies and deceit surrounding her. With the help of an insurance investigator, Preston Hitchcock, she finds herself facing innumerable dangers. But can she find the culprit before she becomes the next victim?

 

This is a far better tale than the short story (The Timekeeper) I read in January from this author. As the title suggests, there is a tangled web woven through this tale, and I was instantly hooked (or should I say trapped?). This story is set in modern times, but I felt it had an old fashioned private detective feel to it, which I loved. The story has a whole bevy of characters; some eccentric, others special, and some downright creepy. However, this allows the author to pepper the story with red herrings so the reader thinks they've got an inkling of who the suspect is, before pulling the rug metaphorically out from under one's feet with another twist. The suspense level is high throughout, so when the culprit is revealed, it's a complete surprise. There was more than one suspect that was high on my list for most of the story. But... Nope, I'll not say more as that would spoil the surprise for the rest of you. What I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster ride I was taken on during this story and hope the author writes more of these types of stories. She does mysteries so well, so it was a shame that The Timekeeper wasn't up to her usual standard in my opinion. The story wraps up nicely, with no cliffhanger to annoy the reader.

 

MIss Mae has written a fantastic crime caper that has captured my imagination. Her descriptive writing makes me feel like I am there, observing and living in the story. I love her fast paced writing style, along with the wit and warmth she injects into her characters, which makes them come to life. I also found the flow wonderful. Miss Mae is one of my favourite authors, so will continue to read more of her books in the future.

 

As there are no scenes of a sexual nature, nor any profanity, younger readers would be fine while reading this story. However, I highly recommend this book to readers who are looking for a classic romantic suspense detective novel with a hint of supernatural in it. - Lynn Worton

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text 2018-02-11 04:55
Currently FREE for Kindle: Spider's Web
Spider's Web - Mike Omer

I've read this one, and I thought it was a very good police procedural, murder mystery.

 

Currently free for the Kindle version.

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review 2017-12-29 00:00
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Scare Tactics (Spider-Woman
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Sca... Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 3: Scare Tactics (Spider-Woman - Dennis Hopeless,Veronica Fish,Javier Rodriguez I read the first two volumes in this run a while back and had been meaning to catch up on her. The others are reviewed here: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Spider-Women.

I finally got a chance to read this one and it was a good send off to the run. I'm not so excited that her run is over, but this is a great set of volumes for this story. Spider-Woman is a well established Marvel character and though I don't expect her to be gracing the big screen any time soon, I also don't expect her to go away either.

As far as this volume goes, it showcases some of my favorite features of Spider-Woman as well as some favorite characters in her world. Roger, or Porcupine, isn't the best guy in the world but he's always been great to both Spider-Woman and Jessica Drew, so any trouble he's in, she's in also. Part of what's been great about this single mom superhero is her support system and that it's multifaceted. When one part of it runs into trouble (which is bound to happen when everyone is a hero, right?), there are more heroes to pitch in and give Spider-Woman the time to take care of business.

I'm not a fan of this cover but Hobgoblin does make for a pretty amazing bad guy. I'm not big into the Spider-Man comics so I never realized how big a bad guy he is. He really pushes Spider-Woman to the breaking point, even making her mad enough to get reckless and not think before jumping into a fight.

The best part is the end, though. They knew it was the end of the run/series for now and included a denouement that was really everything I could have asked for. It's great because I think we've all been there with someone that our friends don't really get until they see the magic in action. It also answered a burning question of mine ever since I saw Spider-Woman's swollen belly grace the cover of the first issue in this run.

It's been fun and I'm sad to see the run over, but I have hope that Spider-Woman will grace the cover of another series one day! If you hadn't checked out her series before, this is a great time to binge through its three volumes and Spider-Women!
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review 2017-12-23 01:57
So much going on in such a short time
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings (2017) #4 (of 5) - Christopher Priest,Ryan North,Phil Noto,Gustavo Duarte,Nick Bradshaw

Maximus and Black Bolt fight Spider-Man, leading to a feedback loop between Maximus and Peter Parker, in which Maximus frets over May while Spider-Man knows about Attilan. This is dealt with when Maximus tells him to forget in a half hour, and I'm assuming Parker does since he doesn't have insider knowledge of Attilan later on in the Marvel universe. 

 

Crystal comes to Earth to find her sister. 

 

Triton finds Karnak and they talk about what they'll do.   Karnak clearly cares about Triton even if he's a bit aloof about it all: he's aloof about everything, really, but the fact that he goes after Triton and tells him not to talk when he's out of water because it has to be hard to hold his breath and breathe say more than he does on the matter. 

 

Oh, and Elisha?  Not so sure he's trustworthy right now, which means that everyone may be in trouble now...

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review 2017-12-22 18:07
Gwen and Castle Versus DD/Kingpin
Spider-Gwen (2015-) #27 - Olivia Margraf,Veronica Fish,Jason Latour,Robbi Rodriguez

Keeping in mind that Matt Murdock, aka the biggest creep ever, is The Kingpin in this universe, and responsible for Gwen's father being in a coma?   That makes way more sense, now, doesn't it?   

 

Castle has killed The Rhino, who did the dirty work of beating Captain Stacy into his coma, and Gwenom isn't dealing well with her loss: her father being in the coma, and the loss of her chance at revenge against the main who was physically responsible.   Everyone tries to talk her out of this: Silk points out that he only controls her if he allows her to, and that revenge won't bring peace.   Not giving him another thought, though?

 

Maybe if she weren't Venomized, maybe she could let this go.   But Venom is in her now, and Gwenom can't let this go: can't forgive Castle, and can't forgive Murdock for engineering all this.    

 

The thing is Castle wants to go up against Murdock, too.  And so I misspoke.   Almost everyone is trying to convince Gwenom to let this go.   Castle is trying to convince her that now that she doesn't have anything to lose, she should absolutely join him and take down Murdock.   It's creepy all around, and Gwenom is doing what she wants - but also is a pawn of those who would try to convince her their horrible, horrible way is right.   

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