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text 2017-06-05 20:52
Death Trance - Graham Masterton

As president of one of Tennessee's largest companies, Randolph Clare is outraged when arsonists destroy one of his Memphis plants. But then his wife and children are savagely murdered. All thoughts of vengeance are drowned in his grief.

Desperate to see his loved ones again, if only to bid them farewell, he enlists the aid of an Indonesian physician who claims that he can help Randolph enter the world of the dead. But, the doctor warns, ravening demons wait for those who dare the voyage. Not only Randolph's life will be at stake, but the souls of his family.

 

Really enjoyed this, as one of the first book's i've read of Graham Masterton's I have to say I was impressed! The plot flowed and the location's!! wow! graham has a way with word's that makes you feel as if you're there in the location he's writing about. I went to Tennessee and Thailand! Really spooky read into the world of occult Buddhism.

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review 2017-04-11 12:33
Death Wears a Mask (The Amory Ames Mysteries) - Ashley Weaver

This plot is familiar, detective is asked to investigate disappearing jewellery; while attending a dinner with the prime suspects.

 

I guessed a lot of what was going on but the ride was enjoyable.

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review 2016-01-03 02:07
Death Wears a Mask (Amory Ames, #2)
Death Wears a Mask - Ashley Weaver

Disappointing.

 

The first book was captivating and fresh: a woman sick of her philandering runabout of a husband goes off on holiday on her own and stumbles into a murder mystery.  The reader is left believing Amory's personal dramas are resolved by the end of the book.  Which is why this book was so thoroughly disappointing: it's just more of the same.

 

Amory's husband is back to his philandering playboy ways - or is he?  Frankly, I don't care.  At all.  As far as I'm concerned my husband lands himself on the scandal sheets with another woman, he's out.  There aren't any set of circumstances where I'd find that acceptable, so I'm not the audience for this book.  I purely wanted to smack Amory, repeatedly, for her constant mooning about over her sorry excuse for a spouse.  Even when he was trying to be a good husband, he just came across as a cad.  Kick 'im out I say - Amory is independently wealthy and they have 3 homes, I'm pretty sure she could make it work.

 

The mystery itself was pretty good though; too many characters launched at the reader all at once, but once they sort themselves out, it's not too shabby.  Amory got a bit thick-headed towards the end, 

A man has had some recent financial setbacks; his wife's jewels are suddenly found to be paste and Amory is stumped as to how this could have happened.  Really?  This is a mystery??

(spoiler show)

but mostly, the plotting is respectable, if somewhat overly convoluted.

 

I don't know if I'll bother with a third book; Amory either needs to grow a spine and ditch the waste of wool she married, or Milo needs to grow up and man up.  If either of those things happened, this could be a really excellent series.  Somehow, I don't think either is likely, and that's a disappointment.

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text 2015-11-13 02:19
TBR Thursday - November 13
Death Wears a Mask - Ashley Weaver
Manners & Mutiny - Gail Carriger
Lowcountry Bordello - Susan M. Boyer
The Single Undead Moms Club - Molly Harper
Writing All Wrongs - Ellery Adams
Claws for Alarm - T.C. Lotempio
A Likely Story - Jenn McKinlay

TBR Thursday is the creation of Moonlight Snowfall.

 

These were all pre-orders that came in this week.  I've already finished A Likely Story (better than the last one).  I was wicked excited to start Lowcountry Bordello  but then I realised it takes place during Christmas so I'm making myself wait until after Thanksgiving to start it.

 

Books added this week:  7

Books read*:  2 3 (just realised I was missing read dates from A Likely Story).

 

Total TBR (physical): 165

 

*I have 6 books I'm currently reading, which is 4 more than I'm usually comfortable with so I'm going to try to power through all of them (except the audio) and clear them out.  Maybe next week's "read" number will be more respectable.  

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review 2013-07-25 00:00
Death Mask
Death Mask - Graham Masterton In Death Mask, the main protagonist Molly Sawyer, has a special artisitic talent. She helps the police in drawing sketches for them. Her mother-in-law Sissy has psychic talents and reads tarot cards. The story really kicks into high gear when a mysterious double murder occurs in the elevator of a building in Cincinatti. The killer wears a red mask, which Molly depicts in her artist sketch. When the brutal killings show no sign of letting up, Molly and her mother-in-law come to the conclusion that her art work is coming to life. All of a sudden, there is more than one killer for the police to deal with.

Death Mask gives the reader just about everything they could ask for in a horror novel. For starters, the writing is superb, which is precisely what I would expect from Graham Masterton. The man is simply a master craftsman. The buildup in tension and horror is flawlessly executed. The premise of the story is unique and intriguing. The tension builds to a crescendo. The characters come to life. Despite the horror that Molly feels for springing a killer to life, she and Sissy don't back down in the face of danger. Although this isn't Masterton's best work, it's not far off the mark. The book is terrific fun. If you're a horror fan, this novel is a must read.

Carl Alves - author of Blood Street
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