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review 2017-12-12 17:32
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in one of her husband's bars, having a drink with a colleague, when a notorious gossip journalist stumbles from the bathroom and collapses. COD: knife would to the brachial artery.

It turns out, the gossips journalist had a side business—blackmail, so it must've been a mark that did her in. The only problem is finding out the correct culprit.


A decent story, yet nothing substantial to write home about. Dead bodies weren't piling up, so it wasn't a serial, and the danger and urgency was extremely low, the investigative process into the blackmail business wasn't really surprising in terms of what they dug out, I couldn't really bring myself to care about the victim and all her victims, the killer was predictable, and the pacing was very spotty.

The second murder was definitely overkill, and it felt like the story ran a little too long, slowing the tempo even more.

A solid story, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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review 2017-12-11 09:51
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb

Eve and Roarke are returning home from a party, when a naked, shocky and covered-in-blood woman walks into the street. After taking her to a hospital, Eve goes to investigate, and finds the woman's husband dead in a blood-spattered bedroom, with various pieces of art missing throughout the house, and the three safes empty.

Digging deeper, Eve discovers a similar crime (only without the dead husband) has happened before. Twice. And she knows it'll happen again...



I felt like I read this story before. Formulaic, template-y, plodding, and rather dull. The crime didn't spark particular interest in me, and the investigative process was little better, since it focused mostly on the procedural and drone work, without a palpable sense of urgency or danger.

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text 2017-12-09 09:53
Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

First, there were three at the skating rink in Central Park, then four with an additional one wounded in Times Square...New York City is obviously plagued by a LDSK, a long distance serial killer, a highly-skilled sniper, picking his targets at random.

Yet Lieutenant Eve Dallas doubts the killings are random, she feels there's a connection between one at each site, with others chosen as cover. She knows she doesn't have much time to figure out the sniper's agenda or their identity, because with the escalating numbers of dead, it looks like the LDSK has developed a taste for murder.


After all this time, Ms Robb still has what it takes to sweep me off my feet, so to speak, and leave me speechless and thrilled with this series.
This book is definitely one of my favorites with every single plot element, every single character and character trait, perfectly mixing and working together to create an amazing, intense, gripping story.

The pacing and tempo were spot-on, the narrative flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next...The murder plotline and the villain were sickening (there is no other word for it); some people truly are born psycho- and sociopaths. The reasoning, the final bragging brought a shiver down my spine, and made me wish Eve and Co would actually (once, just once) decide to teach someone a lesson with that imaginary rubber hose.
That final scene in Interrogation was truly chilling and creepy with the narration bringing vivid pictures of the scene. Kudos.

Then there were the characters, beloved, flawed, sometimes incomprehensible, yet so absolutely perfect together and suited to the series. Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab, Dr. Mira, Summerset and others, have become a little like family members to me, and I always love to see what's going on with them, but I felt like they were really written to bring their A-game for this story. Not one single misstep (even the little fight between Eve and Roarke in the middle of chaos was good, because that's how they roll), just great characters living great relationships...With the icing on the cake of a little girl's birthday party to wash away the gruesome.

Yes, the story was ugly, but so's life. That's why there have to be moments of beauty in it. To balance the scales.

Loved it.

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review 2017-12-08 16:30
Magical Children’s Adventure – The River Keepers by Michael F Stewart @MichaelFStewart
The River Keepers - Michael F. Stewart

The fabulous cover for The River Keepers by Michael F Stewart is done by Martin Stiff. Great job, Martin.

 

I love when a cover depicts the story inside and Martin’s cover was only the first step drawing me into the adventure.

 

The River Keepers

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MY REVIEW

 

I had read A Cold Dark Place by Michael F Stewart and loved it, so when Michael offered me a copy of The River Keepers for review, I snatched it up and began to read.

I love that the adventure is in their own backyard. So…after your children read this, you may see them outside, looking…

 

Natasha and Teagan are sisters. Actually, they are more than that. They are twins, mirror opposites.

 

A freak storm. A downed tree. What’s that I see?

 

At eleven years old they are off on an adventure that leads them to research and learning, getting lost in the magic and growing in ways they never could have foreseen. Their adventures will not only change their lives, but their parents too.

 

I love how Michael slips a little science and ecology into the story in a way that is sure to intrigue everyone. I love when there is a lesson to be learned and it is wrapped up in a wonderful and entertaining tale, sending a subtle message to all who read it.

 

A skunk, a mouse, a frog…what would it be like to walk and hop in their footsteps?

 

You will never look at critters…or gnomes…the same way again.

 

When the skunk sprayed…I laughed out loud.

 

When the mouse squeaked…I cringed in fear.

 

Michael F Stewart has created a magically wonderful adventure that is suitable for all ages. To all you adults out there…let your inner child run wild!

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

Read more here.

 

MY MICHAEL F STEWART REVIEWS

 

A Cold Dark Place

 

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text 2017-12-07 15:22
How is it already December 7th?
Living with Shakespeare: Actors, Directors, and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time - Susannah Carson
The Drowned and the Saved - Primo Levi
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (The crime club) - Agatha Christie
Magic's Promise - Mercedes Lackey
Widow's Web - Jennifer Estep
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
Christmas Stories - Diana Secker Tesdell
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery - Agatha Christie
Prince Caspian - C.S. Lewis

 

We're rapidly approaching the end of 2017 and I'm not ready.  Christmas is coming at warp speed it seems, and I have a family party on the 23rd and I'll spend Christmas Day at my niece's house, staying with my sister in between those two events.  Then on the 29th, I fly to the west coast to see my other sister and go to a family wedding on New Year's Eve.  I'm looking forward to all of this, but I'm wondering when I'm going to get my Christmas cards written, the food contributions prepared, and my suitcases packed.

 

And of course, I want to tie up the loose ends of this reading year, read some Christmas books, and prepare for 2018.  A bit of Peace on Earth.

 

Last weekend, I got my Christmas tree set up & decorated.  I'm enjoying the coloured lights, celebrating the upcoming solstice and the return of more light.  These days it feels like I go to work in the dark and go home in the dark--I feel like a mole!

 

I know I will get it all done.  I always do.  And if I don't, the world will not end.  Keep telling me that.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. 

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