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review 2017-04-25 18:26
Spook Street / Mick Herron
Spook Street (Slough House) - Mick Herron

A shakeup at MI5 and a terrorist attack on British soil set in motion clandestine machinery known to few modern spies. David Cartwright isn't a modern spy, however; he's legend and a bonafide Cold War hero. He's also in his dotage and losing his mind to Alzheimer's. His stories of -stotes- hiding in the bushes, following his every move have been dismissed by friends and family for years. Cartwright may be losing track of reality but he's certain about one thing: Old spooks don't go quietly and neither do the secrets they keep.

 

Mick Herron has really hit his stride with the fourth book in the Slough House series! River Cartwright is an inspired creation, grandson of an admired British “spook” (that’s a spy to you & me) who has been sabotaged during a training exercise by a frenemy and ended up in Slough House, the place where failed spies go to be punished for their sins.

There’s been a bombing of a shopping centre, plus River is starting to worry about his grandfather’s mental state. He has the same concerns that everyone has about relatives with dementia, plus the added concern that his grandfather may indeed shoot someone who comes to the door, believing that they are out to get him. That spy-paranoia doesn’t just go away just because he is losing his grip on every-day life.

As per usual, Herron provides a complex plot, with plenty of twists & turns to keep the reader on their toes. There are interesting revelations from the past, political machinations of the most vicious & devious kinds, and Herron isn’t afraid to sacrifice a person or two along the way. The ending is also skillfull—I was given enough resolution to satisfy, while still left with enough loose threads that I am happily anticipating the next installment. Well played!

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review 2017-04-25 18:09
AB Negative
AB Negative - Kevin P Thornton,Robert Bose,Shona Jayne Barnard,R. Overwater,Al Onia,S.G. Wong,Brent Nichols,Axel Howerton,Axel Howerton,Susan Calder,Therese Greenwood,Randy McCharles,Sharon Wildwind,Dwayne E. Clayden,Janice Macdonald

A solid little collection of short stories in the mystery and noir genres.  I have the pleasure of being familiar with several of the authors because of a writers & readers conference that I attend here in Calgary each August. 

 

With short stories, I often find myself wishing that they were longer and more detailed—several of these stories would, in my opinion, have been better suited to novel-length works, or at least novellas.  As with most short story collections, some appealed to me more than others.

 

It was refreshing to read stories set in my home province and, in some cases, in my own city.  I also give kudos for the very clever title of the volume (AB is the abbreviation for Alberta, dovetailing nicely with the blood group).

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review 2017-04-25 17:21
Bewitched & Betrayed / Lisa Shearin
Bewitched & Betrayed - Lisa Shearin

Elf seeker Raine Benares finds lost things and missing people- usually alive. After bonding with the Saghred, a powerful soul- stealing stone, she must hunt down its escapees. Especially since one of them is also hunting her, also hot white magic paladin and drool-worthy black mage.

 

As much as I enjoy the Raine Benares series (and I do enjoy it), I have to admit that the story doesn’t advance very much in each book. There is plenty of action, plenty of opportunities for Raine to beat on things or get beaten upon, but the actual story of her unwilling partnership with the evil Saghred stone doesn’t move much.

What this installment does give us is a shift in the three-way bond that she, Mychael, and Tam have been trying conceal from the Council. In some ways, it is nice to have resolution of the issue, if you believe that there must be only two people involved in an intimate bond. I find myself a bit disappointed, as I’d been hoping that we might actually get a realistic vision of what a polyandric relationship might look like. I see no reason why Raine should have to choose between Mychael and Tam—why can’t she choose them both? But apparently I am in the minority on this one.

Raine continues to be the competent fighter who tries to know her own limits. She is realistic enough to fight dirty when the occasion requires it and to rely on the people around her rather than go it alone. She is stubborn and snarky and yet often worried about her potential future if things go sideways with the Saghred. I am charmed by her circle of friends and relatives who have her back and I am heartened by the addition of a female goblin who may provide that necessary female friend that I believe that all female protagonists should have in their arsenals.

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review 2017-04-25 16:46
A Morbid Taste for Bones / Ellis Peters
A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters

In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the Benedictine's offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise, and all too wordly, he isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.

The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn't know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice...where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael's own ruin.

 

I am quite sure that I used to own a copy of this novel, back in the early 1980s. I finally donated it because I just couldn’t get into the story. Now, I look back at my younger self and shake my head, because this time around I found the story to be very accessible and very easy to engage. Another instance of the right book at the right time—not suitable for me in my 20s, but eminently suitable for me in my 50s.

I think that Brother Cadfael will become an old friend—I will certainly be reading the next book of the series! In my opinion, Peters transplants the murder mystery genre into medieval times extremely well. She gives Brother Cadfael common sense and logic to work with, plus a good dose of human psychology. How he deals with the Church hierarchy and the other Brothers feels very real and is often amusing.

The action begins slowly—the reader must be patient as Peters builds the story towards the murder, but after that, the action is unabated until the final resolution. This story is quite different from the forensic-based murder mysteries that crowd today’s shelves, but that very difference recommends it. Not exactly a cozy mystery, but a gentler one. No gore or psychopaths to deal with here.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-25 07:28
Paper Princess
Paper-Trilogie: Paper Princess: Die Versuchung - Erin Watt,Lene Kubis
  • € 12,99 [D], € 13,40 [A]
  • Erschienen am 01.03.2017
  • 384 Seiten, Klappenbroschur
  • Übersetzt von: Lene Kubis
  • ISBN: 978-3-492-06071-4

 

Band 1: Paper Princess: Die Versuchung - erschienen am 1. März 2017

Band 2: Paper Prince: Das Verlangen - erschienen am 3. April 2017

Band 3: Paper Palace: Die Verführung - erscheint am 2. Mai 2017

 

 

Sie sind reich, sie sind mächtig und verdammt heiß! Kannst Du ihnen widerstehen?

 

Ellas Leben war bisher alles andere als leicht, und als ihre Mutter stirbt, muss sie sich auch noch ganz alleine durchschlagen. Bis ein Fremder auftaucht und behauptet, ihr Vormund zu sein: der Milliardär Callum Royal. Aus ihrem ärmlichen Leben kommt Ella in eine Welt voller Luxus. Doch bald merkt sie, dass mit dieser Familie etwas nicht stimmt. Callums fünf Söhne – einer schöner als der andere – verheimlichen etwas und behandeln Ella wie einen Eindringling. Und ausgerechnet der attraktivste von allen, Reed Royal, ist besonders gemein zu ihr. Trotzdem fühlt sie sich zu ihm hingezogen, denn es knistert gewaltig zwischen ihnen. Und Ella ist klar: Wenn sie ihre Zeit bei den Royals überleben will, muss sie ihre eigenen Regeln aufstellen …

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch die vielen guten Rezensionen und auch durch die Diskussionen bei Facebook auf dieses Buch aufmerksam geworden. Vielen Dank noch einmal an den Piper Verlag, dass sie mir dieses Buch als Rezensionsexemplar zur Verfügung gestellt haben. 

 

Das Cover finde ich sehr gelungen, es macht sich richtig toll im Bücherregal. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir äußerst leicht gelungen, der Schreibstil ist super und die Geschichte von Ella konnte mich direkt begeistern. Ich habe das Buch innerhalb von zwei Tagen verschlungen, wollte einfach wissen, wie es mit Ella und Reed weitergeht, auch wenn es zwischendrin ein paar Längen hatte. Außerdem muss ich sagen, dass mich der Cliffhanger ganz am Ende schon ein wenig gestört hat. Jetzt kann ich kaum erwarten, den 2. Teil Paper Prince zu lesen und freue mich schon auf ein Wiedersehen mit Ella und Reed. 

 

Ella hat mir als Charakter wahnsinnig gut gefallen. Ich konnte mich total gut in sie hinein versetzen, da meine Eltern damals, als ich 20 Jahre alt war, innerhalb von 5 Wochen beide verstorben sind und ich dann auch alleine zusehen musste, wie ich klar kam. Bei mir kam leider kein Millionär vorbei ... 

 

Alles in allem hat mir der Auftakt dieser Reihe sehr gut gefallen, bin gespannt auf die weiteren Teile der Reihe. Ich kann hier auf jeden Fall eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung für alle New Adult Leser aussprechen, auch wenn ich nicht vorbehaltlos dem Hype um dieses Buch folge. Von mir bekommt das Buch gute 4 Sterne für eine unterhaltsame Geschichte mit tollen Protagonisten.

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