Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tuesday Book Review

Tuesday Book Review
Water Lily by Crystal Packard
Water Lily by Crystal Packard. Five stars

Very enjoyable read. A fantasy adventure and romance. Lily likes to escape from her demanding mother and memories of her best friend’s death by visiting her grandmother, called Mémé. But when she arrives her great-aunts tell her that her grandmother has gone off somewhere. Unhappy, Lily finds a mural on Mémé’s wall. When the moon shines on it, the mural radiates and when she touches the water in it, her hand comes away wet. Lily passes through the painting and arrives in an old-fashioned world. Believing her grandmother is somewhere in that world, she meets people who help her and others who don’t. Her adventures teach her who she loves and what abilities she has.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Early Tuesday Book Reviews

Locked Rooms: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 8)Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King - Five stars

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in early twentieth century San Francisco. Throw in Dashiell Hammett and a few other interesting characters. Mary must unlock the rooms in her brain to solve the death of her parents and brother, always thought to be an accident, and their Chinese servants. Wonderful exploration of her suppressed memories. I also enjoyed seeing San Francisco through Sherlock's British viewpoint. I'd heard about this series and when a friend gave me a copy of this book, I gave it a try. If the others are as good, I'll read the entire series.

The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1)

The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder - Four stars

Caribou King runs an art gallery in a town on the inner passage in Alaska that gets many tourists during the season. Her friend returns a year after the death of the friend's husband, an artist. Everyone lies to Carbou. The plot is convoluted, and hard to follow in places. But I enjoyed the story and characters, and will eventually read the sequel.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Belated Tuesday Reviews

Polar Bear Dawn: A Detective Bernadette Callahan Mystery (Detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Book 1) by [Nicholson, Lyle]

Polar Bear Dawn by Lyle Nicholson - Four stars

Good detective story with excellent descriptions of the settings. Bernadette has her hands full when financial and petroleum interests try to use the invention of a scientist to manipulate the trade of oil stocks and the scientist has his own ideas. I tended to skim over the parts about the weapons people used. There were lots of bodies. Although we were in the heads of several of the players, we never really got to know most of them.

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Book 3) by [Jemisin, N. K.]

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin - Five stars

I'm so glad this trilogy had an ending that was the logical conclusion to this saga. The writing is superb. The combinations of second person for Essun and third for her daughter, Nassun, and of course first for the narrator, Hoa work to separate the three stories that are all part of the same story. As a scientist, I'd like to know more about how the Plutonic Engine worked, but don't need that to comprehend what's happening. This is the first of Jemisin's work that I've read, but I'll definitely read more. Loved it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Book Reviews

Murder On Magazine: An Action-Packed Po…

Murder on Magazine by Julie Smith

So good to be back with Skip and the gang in New Orleans. This time, a terrific new character is introduced. Cody, or any of the other names Cordelia goes by, was sold into prostitution by her mother, but in escaping, she thinks she kills the whale. As Skip officially investigates the death of the man who was monitoring Cody, the teenager does her own investigation. Who was the whale? Did he kill the other man? Where will Cody be safe? And through it all are the dogs. And opinions, mainly negative, on the Airbnb situation in NOLA. Hope this means we’ll see more Skip Langdon stories, and that they include more Cody.

Jolly Foul Play by Robin  Stevens

Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens

Another wonderful Wells and Wong detective story. When the head girl at Deepdean School for Girls dies during a bonfire, Daisy and Hazel are on the case. They witnessed how the victim and her group of big girl prefects had terrorized the younger girls at the school. Malicious rumors and secrets began to turn up after the death. Along with their dorm-mates, they conclude that the prefects are the only viable suspects. Hazel’s ‘voice’, telling the story as she recorded it for their Detective Society, is wonderful. Thanks to my daughter, I now have three more in the series.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

Review of The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler

The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler

This is the fifth book in Jeff Wheeler’s reworking of the Arthurian legends. It’s the second about Trynne Kiskaddon, the daughter of the protagonist of the first three, Owen Kiskaddon, and a very worthy successor. I did guess early on that she’d marry [spoiler]. The action is credible. Many of the characters are well-drawn. I’m looking forward to book six. Hoping for the return of Trynne’s mother and father. Love the theme of history repeating itself.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review Tuesday:

Dying for a Vacation: A Dai and Julia Mystery

Dying for a Vacation by E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago

In an England where the Romans were never kicked out, Dai Llewellyn is investigating the stealing of antiques in England, while his pregnant (and Roman) wife Julia has escaped his overbearing attention by traveling to Egypt. This is a strong addition to the Dai and Julia series of mysteries. The addition of Egypt and an archaeological dig as setting for a part of the story was great. I also love the addition of Hook-Beak’s wife. She’s a wonderful character. And of course, Dai and Julia solve the crimes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Review Tuesday

Two Tuesday Reviews

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

This story about a man who’d built a bookshop on a barge in the Seine, but it’s also about finding a book to meet each purchaser’s emotional needs, and about the bookseller’s journey to meet his own. Lyrically written about heartache and loss and the possibilities of new beginnings, this book is filled with interesting characters and beautiful scenery. Probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

Trust a Few by E.M. Swift-Hook

Trust a Few: Haruspex Trilogy part 1 by E. M. Swift-Hook

Every main character in this story has an agenda and a viewpoint and they manipulate the others to give twists and turns to the plot as we see the story play out. Each of the characters has a complex backstory that contributes to how they interact. I’ll admit I didn’t love all of them equally, but they were interesting, flawed individuals. I’m looking forward to reading more about them.