Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday Book Reviews

The Coin

Four star review of The Coin by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

This romantic thriller about an American woman Gabriella (originally from Cuba), who lives near Grasse and found a coin while hiking. The coin has markings added after it was minted, and they indicate that it’s part of some international scheme to create dissent among people. Gabriella, married with two children, is guarded by a reluctant American operative who happened to be nearby on vacation. The intriguing plot of the novel moved quickly with lots of tension that was sometimes interrupted by head-hopping, the growing attraction between the operative and the woman despite her marital status, and the obvious identity of the antagonist.

Siege and Sacrifice (Numina #3)

Five-star review of Siege and Sacrifice by Charlie Holmberg

The third novel in this trilogy follows through on what was promised by the first two and gives the reader even more. Kolosus has been inflicted on the world and Sandis, the other vessels, and the clerics must work together to fight him. This time the story also takes us to the ethereal plane where the numen reside, many more numen than we’ve seen before. Their origin is revealed – another excellent piece of world building from one of my favorite fantasy writers. The ending to Sandis and Rone’s story was perfect. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday Book Reviews

Dark Waters by Chris Goff

Five star review of Dark Waters by Chris Goff

Raisa Jordan arrives in Israel to take over for another diplomatic security agent and immediately becomes involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict when her predecessor is shot along with a Palestinian. Witnessing the event are an American federal judge Ben Taylor and his Lucy, who’s in Israel for non-traditional treatment. There are also an Israeli sniper Ganani, another Palestinian Haddid, and assorted member of the police and diplomatic corp. The action is fast-moving, but allows the growth of the characters. The author said at the conference where I bought this book that her daughter convinced her to travel to Israel and her trip inspired the book.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday Book Reviews

I'm back with a couple of reviews for you all

Children Of The Future

3-star review of Children of the Future by Jane Suen

Great premise, but the writing is stilted. When Telly arrives with his schoolbus to pick up the kids they're all gone except for Billy, who's hiding. Most of the book is devoted to the search for the kids, so there's a feeling that this might be a crime or an alien abduction, but when they're found, Telly's the only one who continues to question who took them and why. Written at a fourth or fifth grade level, this might be suitable for kids although they might not understand the ending.

Top Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #8)

5-star review of Top Marks for Murder by Robin Stevens

One of the best of a great series. Hazel and Daisy are at Deepdean School for Girls, finishing their fourth year and preparing for the anniversary festivities. Their dormmate Beanie sees a woman being strangled in the woods, setting the Detective Society off to find bodies and clues and get into all sorts of mischief. Hazel, as vice-president and secretary, relates their adventures as they eliminate suspects in the murder that occurs during the gala dinner. As always, the girls triumph, but the fun is in how they get there, one step ahead of the Inspector as usual.