Well, so far, this is well written with potentially interesting worldbuilding. Anyone else read this seris?
It's rather grim and violent with a main character who says he's done stuff like bleeding out black Rams as sacrifices, lines of cocaine, and sees detailed murders.
I may switch, but nothing on the shelf called for Bookshelf BINGO was really grabbing me.
I sympathize with Eric Carter based on what his life seems to be, but I don't like him yet and am not invested in his story. I like finding a new series and I like the writing style--that's why on the fence about DNF or continue.
It is making me want to go buy some Johnny Walker Black (no liquor sales here on Sundays though). I really don't need any because well stocked with bourbon for Derby ... just not Johnny Walker Black.
I will DNF if the book starts doing detailed animal sacrifice (at least the main character says it's too extreme for him to nail a dead cat to the window to ward off the haunts -- if that changes and any pets are harmed, I'm out).
Dead Set is the second book in the Aspen Falls series, and we reunite with Lucas, Blaine's friend who is no longer on the Police Force that we met in book one. I like Lucas, but he is a slob where paperwork is concerned. His office makes me cringe, so I was thankful when Alaina got stuck in. They come to an agreement that she will help Lucas if he helps her. Her brother has died, and it has been ruled a suicide. Alaina can't accept that, although that may be her guilt speaking. It seems straightforward to begin with, but it does become apparent that not all is as it seemed. And I really did feel for Noah!
It was nice to see the connection between Lucas and Alaina grow as they worked together to find out the mystery behind Noah's death. It is a slow-burn romance, rather than insta-lust, but I think it works here. After all, if someone is working through the grief of a deceased family member, it would be rather strange to fall straight into bed with the P.I. involved.
This book had no editing or grammatical errors that spoilt my reading, and the storyline was easy to follow, even with all the mystery. We have Blaine and Rosie having small cameos in here, so it was nice to see that things are still going well for them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I hope we will see them in future books so we know how they get along. I would recommend this book.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
With the exception of one book, this has always been a strong series; it started off a bit slapstick, as the MC, Mattie, had one Stephanie Plum-like disaster after another, but this was quickly tamped down and the humor became much more subtle.
I started off impatient with Dead Calm because there was an obscene amount of info dumping going on at the start, far more than usual. I was just about getting fed up when I remembered that the last book left off in the midst of a larger murder mystery (not a cliff hanger though) and this was the author's way of picking that story up and continuing with it, while also introducing new murders to be solved in parallel.
Once I got past all that, it was great; the murder mystery confined to this book was excellent and boy, I did not see that end coming. The larger story arc was wrapped up beautifully too; nobody trying to be heroes and unrealistically saving the day, but justice prevails nonetheless; I like that Mattie and Hurley recognised that the case was bigger than their capabilities, and I thought their solution clever and realistic. A smaller sub-plot, concerning an alien skeleton found on property Mattie and Hurley are trying to build on, started off silly but the solution was heartbreaking and touching.
This is just a good book (aside from the info dumping; it was necessary, but annoying). I enjoy reading a mystery that involves true investigation, collecting the evidence and putting things together to build toward a solution. I hope Ryan can keep it going.