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review 2018-03-17 06:36
I feel like a book about mass poisonings, satanism and an inquisition should have been more exciting.
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris - Holly Tucker

Maybe it just lacked focus? Maybe it was taking on a topic that in the end was too broad and too murky?


The basic storyline follows the investigations of a police chief into an escalating and expanding series of poisonings, plots, satanism, and possible human sacrifice (the last never completely confirmed). I think the problem comes from how unconnected a lot of the suspects were, and how the implications to high politics were always vague at best.


Thus we end up spending chapters on one noble woman methodically assassinating the majority of her family, whose plot is only to prime the later panic, but doesn't really have much else to do with the book. We also spend chapters and chapters on everyone Louis XIV was sleeping with, which was a lot of people, man, only two of whom were actually relevant to the whole poisoning/satanism issue.


I'm all for setting up background, but it seemed to be a lot of background to actual investigation ratio going on in this book. Which might of been a good thing, because the investigation involved very little gumshoe shenanigans and a heck of a lot of torturing the fuck out of people. Which was graphically described. So.


The writing itself was fairly good; a lot of the slice of life period detail was interesting, and I always like Kate Reading's narration. I dunno, Vive la révolution, I guess.

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review 2018-02-03 18:31
4.2 Out Of 5 Stars for this Romantic Suspense Novel
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio



I love KA Tucker's Romance books, and lately she has been delving into the Suspense/Mystery type of stories, with her other book, He Will Be My Ruin, she was more suspense/mystery and less romance, and I didn't like it quite as much. However, with this, she still has the suspense and mystery but also has a romance.  She is so good at the romance and real-life angst, that I feel she should keep this element in her stories.  It's what makes her books so readable. 


While I didn't understand the title or the cover or how they tied into the story, I still really enjoyed this.  It kept me guessing and suspicious of everyone.  A very intricate mystery, with mysteries inside of mysteries.  Well played.  The narration was good, not great.  Really though, in my opinion, you can't go wrong with having multiple narrators.






Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.7/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ ???...see above

Narration~ Will Damron & Robin Eller with Wendy Tremont King & Roger Casey

Setting~ Austin, Texas and Tucson, Arizona

Source~ Audiobook (Library)




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review 2018-01-25 15:08
Good Installment
The Torso - Helene Tursten,Katarina Emilie Tucker

Irene Huss is the Nordic detective you need.  She has a husband who is a chef, twin daughters, and a unneuter male dog who has fathered puppies who all need a home.  The most upsetting home problem is that one of the daughter is a vegan.  The horror is in the work where in one of those scenes that appears in every mystery series at some point -  a dog walker finds a sack with body parts.


This also means that the Swede Huss has to go Copenhagen where she has to put her judo skills to use (and these are judo skills that make sense so she isn't a special princess).


What I like best about the Huss novels is Huss.  She isn't perfect, but she tries her best.  She also is not a drug addict, sex addict, drink too much, or beat people up.  It is a mystery free of that angst driven, lonely detective.  


And for that I love it.

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review 2018-01-22 22:00
Monday Mini – The Gift by Tegon Maus @TegonMaus
The Gift - The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield - Tegon Maus


The Gift - The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield

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I have seen Tegon Maus’ books around and heard such good things that I had to find out for myself. I was not disappointed.


The story is about Enon, a Jonda and mind reader, and Elisabeth, kidnapped royalty.


Enon would either be a hero or a dead man. The fighting is fierce, but he makes a good showing, even managing to hook up with a woman who has his number. Their verbal banter is more often funny than hurtful.


Would betrayal take the king’s life? Isn’t there always someone hiding in the shadows wanting the kingdom?


The world created is fraught with danger and enemies at every turn. Will  the frightened little man become an unwilling hero? Well, all I can say is the journey is long and arduous, and not all will return.


Tegon Maus can sure spin a tale, drawing me in, making me crave more.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Gift by Tegon Maus.

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Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man’s understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears. I have seen things I wish never to see again. I have done things of which I wish never to speak. Yet I must if I am to find the answers to fulfill my hope. I have walked upon blue ribbons of molten stone to peer into the depth of a man’s soul. I watched as a promise made at birth brought my friend Enon to sacrifice everything to become whole again – all in an effort to save the life of his child. I have cried without shame for the loss of all I hold dear and for fear that the future will hold more than I can bear. I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken.


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review 2018-01-10 15:49
Keep Her Safe
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker

Noah Marshall had been living a comfortable and privileged life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But he becomes worried and frustrated as her drinking increases. He comes home one night and she lets out bits and pieces of secrets she's been carrying around for years. She can't handle the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Noah's left with his grief and a note to find Grace Wilkes. Grace is living in a run-down trailer park in Arizona where no one cares that her father was a corrupt cop in Austin, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. She's struggling to get through each day, not knowing if she'll find her drug-addicted mother dead when she gets home from work. It takes some time after she finds Noah on her doorstep to trust him. Despite their differences they are searching for the answers to the same questions. Together they set out to uncover what dark secrets the Austin Police Department may be hiding.

I enjoyed this book from the very first page. It was extremely well-written. There's not a lot of them, but the romantic scenes were tastefully done. The whole story flows smoothly. Every now and then we'd get a glimpse into the past from Abe Wilkes (the cop who was murdered) and from Jackie Marshall (fellow cop and good friend of Abe Wilkes) which helps us understand what Abe got himself into. There's no shortage of emotions for young Grace and Noah - disbelief, hurt, anger, betrayal. There's lies, secrets, corruption. Twists and turns. But there's also peace, the truth, and hope for the future. A page-turner that had me believing everyone had something to hide. I loved it!

I won an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for my copy.

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