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review 2017-03-16 17:20
$100 GC Giveaway & Review for A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours
A Fine Year for Murder - Lauren Carr

A Fine Year For Murder is not my first foray into Lauren Carr’s Thorny Rose Mystery series and I am sure it will not be the last.

 

That being said…let’s get to the good part. Keep on reading for my review and the great giveaway at the end of the post.

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr is part of an ongoing mystery series that has many recurring characters, both human and animal, that I have grown to love.

 

These Thorny Rose mysteries stand alone, but you won’t want to miss any of them.

 

Jessica kicks, punches and scratches her new husband during her nightmares.

 

She is haunted…until Dallas Walker, an investigative journalist, helps her discover what has been causing her nightmares and refuses to allow her rest until she has the answers.

 

Nigel is a virtual butler. I love how Lauren Carr keeps her characters and their lives up to date, allowing them to grow and develop along with the world around them.

 

Newman is a lazy basset hound that likes to eat in the recliner while binge watching TV. LOL But he is not the only critter that has a special and humorous relationship with his human counterparts.

 

Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the answers are found, it left me wanting more.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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review 2016-02-01 21:58
Review - Blood and Bone by V.M Giambanco
Blood and Bone - V.M. Giambanco

Having read them all back to back I enjoyed this third book in the Alice Madison series but number two is still my favourite. I like that most of the characters appear all the way through the series but not much was added to their backstories here and I don't know much more about any of them than I did at the end of book two. Well, apart from a tiny bit of romance which I'm hoping is taken forward into the next book because that's a really interesting development.

 

It's well written and the story is a good one, it was just a bit slow to get going, I just wanted it to get to the point a bit quicker. The only thing I really have a problem with in this series though (apart from the initial pacing) is the endings. The conclusion always feel rushed and unsatisfying. It takes so long to get there and then it's over in a flash. I just wish things would start wrapping up a bit earlier to give the ending more time to unravel and be explained.

 

I wouldn't recommend just jumping in at this one. It can probably be read as a standalone but there is too much history between the characters to skip ahead and while a little of it is summarised as this story progresses there's just too much that is missed.

A solid story and I'm really looking forward to the next in the series.

 

I received this free title from the publisher for review purposes.

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review 2016-01-31 12:44
Review - The Dark by V.M Giambanco
The Dark: Written by V. M. Giambanco, 2014 Edition, (UK Airports) Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc [Paperback] - V.M. Giambanco

Well, this was much better than the first one (The Gift of Darkness). I liked the first one well enough but overall the pace was poor and particularly the tediously slow first half which almost prompted a DNF.   I was sent #1 and #3 in the series for review so bought this one to bridge the gap as I hate reading out of sequence.  Definitely a more rounded story with none of the previous book issues.

 

I liked that most of the characters from the earlier story were still involved and I'm getting to know them all a bit better.  I'd love a romance between Madison and Cameron but that's probably an idle wish, considering their differences. 

 

Anyway, really good story and lots of layered plot to get my teeth into.  I actually guessed who the villain was around the half way point and that's something I'm rarely able to pull off.  Fairly quick read for me and I was picking it up every chance I got see if I was right and the ending was all the more satisfying because I saw it coming.

 

On to the third one now, Blood and Bone and I hope it's more of the same.

 

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Annnnd, it's 467 more pages added to my One Million pages in my lifetime challenge!

 

 111,597/1,000,000

 

 

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review 2016-01-28 13:41
Review - Bear is Broken by Lachlan Smith
Bear is Broken (Leo Maxwell 1) - Lachlan Smith

I read plenty of thrillers whether they be police procedural, PI or just general crime but I haven't really dipped much into the Legal Thriller and thought this might be a fast read to get a feel for it. Turns out I do like the genre and this story has made me want to read more, but it's not without it's faults.

 

First of all there's the main character, Leo - He comes across as a right idiot. I hope he matures over the course of the next books because in this one he hasn't got a clue. He jumps from one hypothesis (and suspect) to another without much in the way of deduction, just a guess of who it might be and then he's sold on that idea until someone else puts another name in his mind and then he switches to that new person as his guilty party. I couldn't work out why he did most of what he did and/or thought, to be honest, he just shambles from one thing to another without much in the way of logical thought...well, not that I could see anyway. He's a terrible judge of character and is either very naive or gullible or a combination of both and a few times I almost gave up on him and laid the book aside for good because he was so annoying.

 

But - that didn't happen because I actually couldn't leave it sitting for long and wanted to know how it ended. It's a good story and although there are plot holes and characters/actions that make no sense it's not a terrible story. The ending felt rushed and more could have been made of it but it is what it is.

 

It sounds like I didn't like it much but I did. It's frustrating and annoying and lacking in places but the plot isn't too bad, as debuts go, and I'm hopeful that the author will find his stride in the next and later novels. I'm looking forward to them.

 

I received this free title from the publisher for review purposes.

 

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Another 255 pages added to my One Million pages in my lifetime challenge!

 

 111,160/1,000,000

 

 

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review 2016-01-25 17:40
Review - The Gift of Darkness by V.M Giambanco
The Gift of Darkness: Detective Alice Madison (1) - Valentina Giambanco

I very nearly gave up on this within the first 100 pages. It was very slow to get going and confusing too with all the character, timeline and tense changes. It started to pique my interest eventually but it was still touch and go for a DNF up until the halfway mark which was when the story really got under way and got my attention. For a 500+ page book to take 250 pages to hook me is disappointing. I'd hope to be well and truly gripped by the halfway mark but this one was slow going and quite boring in places.

Because of the rocky start I found it hard to keep all the minor characters straight in my head but the main characters were interesting and it dawns on me that as this is the first in a series they'll probably be fleshed out in later books. I have bought the second one in the series and am about to start that today so we'll see how that goes.

Disappointing that it didn't grab me from the start but it's a good story and it's well written, it's just tediously slow to get to the point. I'm looking forward to the next in the series though so it wasn't all bad news.

 

I received this free title direct from the publisher for review purposes.

 

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Another letter checked off my Silver Thistle 2016 Reading Challenge too so it's win/win.  This one covers my letter 'P' - A book with more than 500 pages!

 

 

Annnnd, it's 505 more pages added to my One Million pages in my lifetime challenge!

 

 110,905/1,000,000

 

 

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