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review 2020-06-04 14:34
Review ~ Awesome!
Dragon Walk - Melissa Bowersock

4.5

 

Book source ~ Kindle Unlimited

 

After an attempt to bridge their business relationship to a personal one and failing, Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud aren’t doing much of anything together. Until the police have a missing persons case they haven’t been able to solve in four months. As a last resort they call in Lacey and Sam to see if Sam can sense the woman who the police are fairly certain is dead. Lacey gets on her part of the research and Sam does his walk, but things aren’t as easy as they once were. But there’s a girl out there that needs their special skills so they forge ahead to a satisfactory conclusion.

 

I’ll admit I’m bummed about the relationship failing, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Lacey has some serious baggage. I am glad they sucked it up and got straight to work on finding that poor missing girl. The writing is crisp and flows quickly. Before I knew it I was done. The mystery is great and I love the characters. The ending is satisfying. Two thumbs up.

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review 2020-06-04 03:39
Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins
Icy Clutches - Aaron Elkins

Series: The Gideon Oliver Mysteries #6

 

I picked this up on a whim a few months ago when it was on sale and I’m glad that I can say that I don’t regret it. Gideon Oliver is a forensic anthropologist who sometimes gets called out on police cases but this time he just stumbles into a case while he’s accompanying his wife as the plus one/spouse on a training trip to a remote lodge in Alaska. Apparently he forgot to bring any books (silly man) and there are fewer trails around the place than he expected so he really lucks in when they discover some human remains on the glacier. And then a modern murder happens, naturally (he doesn’t have to examine those bones). Could they be related, he wonders?

 

Anyway, this is basically a cozy mystery with nice banter and a surprising lack of things that drive me up the wall. Gideon is completely in love with his wife to the point that it was almost too sugary, but mostly I found it cute. It was a nice break from amateur detectives with dysfunctional relationships, anyway. I have another one of these that I picked up on sale even though I hadn’t read the this one yet, so I guess I’ll be keeping an eye out for any additional sales.

 

Previous updates:

56 % (Cusinart joke)

7 % (I think I found the victim)

 

Oh what the heck, I'll reproduce the Cusinart joke here:

There was a way to use bone weights to find out whether a set of bones had come from the same person, but you needed the right bones, and Gideon didn’t have them. Of course, with Owen’s rangers out searching for more, there was a possibility that they’d turn up, and then a scale would come in handy. But not this scale.

 

“Actually, Arthur, I’d need something a little more accurate. This—”

 

“Accurate?” Arthur cried. “Good heavens, man, this is a Cusinart!”

 

Admittedly I'm not that familiar with 1990 scale technology but just the idea of using an uncalibrated kitchen scale for this...

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text 2020-06-03 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
Icy Clutches - Aaron Elkins

There was a way to use bone weights to find out whether a set of bones had come from the same person, but you needed the right bones, and Gideon didn’t have them. Of course, with Owen’s rangers out searching for more, there was a possibility that they’d turn up, and then a scale would come in handy. But not this scale.

 

“Actually, Arthur, I’d need something a little more accurate. This—”

 

“Accurate?” Arthur cried. “Good heavens, man, this is a Cusinart!”

 

I can't really explain why I find this exchange so amusing, but there you have it. There are lots of great little snippets of dialogue in this book.

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text 2020-06-03 07:58
Free from publisher TOR
In Our Own Worlds #2: Four LGBTQ+ TOR.com Novellas - Seanan McGuire,Kai Ashante Wilson,Katharine Duckett,Lina Rather

Hurry and you can download this free from publisher TOR here.

 

Publisher page for more book details here.

 

There's also a bookclub for these Tor freebies here.

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review 2020-06-02 22:28
The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson

This seemed to start off a bit slow just because it seemed to take a while to establish the characters and cover a lot of the governmental stuff. But either it picked up or I got more into it because the later chapters seemed to go by much more smoothly. The mystery is good and interesting overall although I think the biggest selling point of the book is that it was written by a former MP back in the early 1930s and she peppers the book with observations on the government and how women MPs were treated. I liked how the relationship between the elected people and the civil servants was portrayed as well.

 

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