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review 2019-07-12 11:22
Death Waits in the Dark by Julia Buckley
Death Waits in the Dark - Julia Buckley

TITLE:  Death Waits in the Dark


SERIES:  A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #4


AUTHOR:  Julia Buckley



"Writer's apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home...

It's summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and gives her an ultimatum: reveal Camilla's husband James's family secret, or she will. Lena assures Camilla that nothing will come of the woman's threats, since the family has no secrets to hide.

When Jane Wyland is later found dead, they're convinced that whatever secret she was planning to expose led to her death. With Lena's assistance, Camilla is determined to solve the case before the finger points at her...




Nancy Drew for Adults.  An entertaining cozy mystery novel.    My only problem is that the main character and her circle of friends are far too nice and perfect.



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text 2018-09-16 14:34
bis zum Schluss spannend
Dreckiger Schnee: Thriller (Aidan Waits ... Dreckiger Schnee: Thriller (Aidan Waits ermittelt 1) - Joseph Knox,Andrea O`Brien

"Dreckiger Schnee" ist ein düsterer Thriller von Joseph Knox. Der Schreibstil ist sehr detailliert, was ein gutes Bild vermittelt sowie auch gut zu lesen und die Kapitel an sich recht kurz. 
Der Titel macht schon die ersten Andeutungen auf die Geschichte - Drogen und Gewalt stehen im Mittelpunkt - muss man in einem Thriller mögen; wer diese Thriller Kombination gerne liest, dem erwartet ein spannendes Lesevegnügen bis zum Schluss. 
Der Hauptcharakter Waits ist auch sehr individuell - was dem ganzen einen besonderen Touch gibt, ich persönlich finde die Figur jedoch nicht sehr gelungen - einfach nicht mein Geschmack. 

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review 2018-03-26 22:53
Sirens: A Novel (An Aidan Waits Thriller) - Joseph Knox

This debut novel by Joseph Knox had the potential to be a gritty and gripping crime thriller complete with an anti-hero and criminal underground, which is what drew me to in the beginning. The story is dark and full of police corruption, drugs, and danger. All of this combined should have made for a hard to put down tale that kept the pages turning. Sadly, that was not the case for this reader. The story does have a noir feel and there are numerous colorful characters introduced, which could have garnered interest if not for the drawn out pacing. The chapters are very short – as in one or two pages each – and many of them end quite abruptly, which felt more distracting than anything else. Some chapters were devoted solely to setting a scene with the next chapter getting on with whatever was happening in the story. While these short chapters do give the impression of making progress, there are over one hundred of them, and for me, the end of a chapter was just one more excuse to set this one aside for later. The author does have talent for setting a scene, so much so that Aiden Waits could very well work wonderfully on film, but the book just didn’t work for me. I prefer my thrillers to have that edge of your seat, what’s gonna happen next element and that was missing here. So, try as I might, I was never able to become engaged with any of the characters or the story as a whole. Technically, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the writing, the words are all there, but for whatever reason, those words didn’t make me feel. Whatever that something is that makes a reader care about the characters and their lives is missing here and without that, it’s just a whole lot of words on paper.

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review 2018-03-01 17:39
Sirens: A Novel (An Aidan Waits Thriller) - Joseph Knox

This is one of those rare times I hate reviewing review copies. Crown Publishing sent me this book in exchange for an honest opinion and that's the only reason I'm bothering to review this at all. If I don't review it, they won't send me another book. Simple as that.

Life is too short to read the same shit over and over and over...SIRENS is the worst kind of thriller. You have you cliched cop, your sultry vixen, your rich asshole, your blah  blah blah...


The-Patterson-cut-to-another-chapter-in-the-middle-of-a-thought bullshit annoys me. There's no reason for it. Complete your thought and action and leave us in a compelling place before moving on. There's literally a chapter in this book where the author describes a building and that's it. New chapter. This is done to give you a false sense of making progress. "Oh, wow, I've read twenty chapters in a sitting!" We'll, that's easy when the chapters are a page long. I'd say two pages, but they start half a page down and end on the backside with half a page blank. I feel sorry for the poor trees who gave their lives to print this.


There's nothing wrong or new with the writing. It's serviceable to a fault. I hate writing like that. The exact bare minimum. No style. Just words in the proper order. You couldn't pick this author's writing out of a lineup of all the genre writers if the book had his name on it.


In summation: I'm giving it two stars because there's absolutely nothing wrong with the writing. If you're a fan of paint-by-numbers noir thrillers, give it a go. Don't expect anything new.


Final Judgment: Thank fuck this was free.

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review 2018-01-19 17:14
Girl Waits with Gun - Amy Stewart

Constance wants paid for the accident that destroyed their farm cart but instead she and her sisters get harassed and threatened by the head of a silk company.  She takes steps to protect herself and her family.


I enjoyed this book.  Constance and her sisters are unusual for the period in which they live.  The story started slowly but picked up as Constance gets more involved in protecting her family and home as well as the mystery of what happened to a young silk worker's baby.  Constance is smart and resourceful.  She learns and is formidable.  I liked her. 


I will be reading more of this series.

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