Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday Book Review

Cloak of Darkness

Four-star review for Cloak of Darkness by Helen MacInnes

I hadn’t read any of the authors espionage thrillers for many years, although they used to be favorites of mine. It was like the proverbial old shoe, fitting me and my current mood. I would have rated this higher, just for the way she creates suspense, but it’s dated in so many ways, mainly because it’s set in the late 1970’s. Still, I enjoyed reading about Robert Renwick again and seeing what he was up to this time. When he’s told his name is on the Minus List, he travels to New York. For Claudel, the story starts in Djibouti. After Robert stows his young wife away in a safe place in Virginia, he and Claudel meet up in the Swiss and French alps in pursuit of a previous foe and a new one.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday Book Review

The Interspecies Poker Tournament: The Roshaven Case Files No. 27

5-star review of The Interspecies Poker Tournament: The Roshaven Case Files No. 27 by Claire Buss

Another fun read about thief-catcher Ned Spinks and his assistant Jenni the sprite. This time, they’re after a mustachioed shape-shifter who take the form of each kind of fae creature before he kills one of them. Jenni’s loyalty is torn between Ned and Momma K, the highest authority of all the fae, who has tasked her with finding the murderer. We learn more about each of the fae communities along the way, and a get a quick lesson on Texas Hold’em. If you’re looking for a quick and delightful read, this is the book for you.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday Book Review

Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5)

4 star review of Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey

The crew of the Roci are back from the Ring and the discoveries on the other side, but they’re separated. Amos is on Earth, Alex on Mars, Naomi trying to reunite with her son, and Jim waiting on repairs to his ship on Tycho Station. With alternating chapters about each of them, their various stories combine to tell their stories, not just their present, but their pasts. Nemesis Games takes us back mainly to the inner planets.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday Book Review

Excelsior (The Excelsior Journey Book 1)

3 star review of Excelsior by George Sirois

Teenager Matt Perry has written a comic strip about the hero Excelsior ever since he touched a sword, found during an archaeological dig. Turns out the sword holds the essence of the actual Excelsior, who saved his world Denab IV from the Krunations. And Matt was chosen to absorb the essence as many have before. He’s needed to free the Denabians. This novel is full of exciting adventures and situations, dear to the hearts of teenage boys. Aside from occasionally lapses, the writing was good, but I knew how it would end, especially since it’s the first of a series.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tuesday Book Review on Wednesday

A Conventional Corpse (Claire Malloy, #13)

5-star review of A Conventional Corpse by Joan Hess

I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading the Claire Malloy mysteries. Somehow I’d missed this one in the past. Claire, a bookstore owner, is roped into hosting a mystery writer’s convention in Farberville at the local college and a quaint old house turned hotel. The chaos that ensues is unavoidable, given that the four female and one male writers are frenemies, and that few of them get along with an editor who crashes the party. Taking a back-seat to all this is Claire’s relationship with police detective Peter Rosen. Toss in a cat, Claire’s daughter and her friend, a vegan hotel owner, and a few others, making this a fun story from start to finish, the kind of book I need at a time like this. I understand the Kindle version of the book has many spelling errors, but I didn’t notice any in the print version.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tuesday Book Review

Drop Dead Crime: Mystery and Suspense from the Leading Ladies of Murder

4 star review of Drop Dead Crime: Mystery and Suspense from the Leading Ladies of Murder

An anthology of stories from four writers I hadn’t read before and one of my all time favorites in this genre, Julie Smith. I enjoyed a couple more than the others, but overall, these were good stories with female protagonists and intriguing plots. These are obviously experienced writers who know how to write. The one I particularly liked was the last one by Leslie Wolfe featuring FBI agent Tess Winnett.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuesday Book Review

The Girl at the Border

Four star review of The Girl at the Border by Leslie Archer

I would have given this book five stars, because it was well-written and engrossing, but the author didn’t seem to know whether this was a psychological thriller, a murder mystery, action-adventure or something else entirely. It didn’t help that we jump without warning between the main characters, not only in distance but time. I enjoy modular stories like that, but usually there’s some indication at the beginning of a module that there’s been a change. The blurb begins: Renowned archaeologist Richard Mathis is half a world away on the island of Crete when he learns his daughter, Bella, has gone missing. Within twenty minutes, hes on his way back to the States. Two days later, hes dead. But in the end, it’s really about the parallels between Richard’s assistant Angela and Bella.