Monday, July 31, 2023

Tuesday Book Reviews on Monday


Five-star review of Murder in the Sunshine (The Retired Detectives Club Book 1) by Steph Broadribb

In this first of a series, we’re introduced to four retired law enforcement people, three from England and the other from the US. They’ve all now live in a huge retirement community in Florida. When Moira finds a young woman floating in a pool in their section, she and the others (Rick the American former DEA staffer and married couple Philip and Lizzie, he a former DCI like Moira and she a CSI specialist). They’re quickly ahead of the bumbling police officer assigned to the case, but what makes this more interesting is that both Moira and Philip have secrets about why they retired. I don’t doubt Lizzie and Rick do too, but their revelations will have to wait for the rest of the series. I also hope the retired detectives can help make The Homestead the safe place it was billed to be.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Tuesday Book Review


Five-star review of Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

I read this for the first time several years ago, but now that I’ve seen the historic places mentioned in the books, even sold books at Fuller Lodge, it’s easier for me to follow the actions of Dewey and Suze. Their stories stayed with me, so when I saw a copy of the first one at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, I had to buy it. Rereading it struck me with how Klages created the voices of the two eleven-year-old girls. The story of once secret Los Alamos is told through the eyes of two pre-teens including all the ethical questions of whether, just because the scientists could invent the bomb, they should. The growth of the girls’ friendship against that backdrop makes an interesting, sometimes exciting and other times even humorous read.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Tuesday Book Review on Wednesday


Five-star review of Tides of Acerba: Paradisi Chronicles (Caelestis Series Book 4)

 by M. Louisa Locke

 I’ve enjoyed Locke’s Victorian San Francisco books but this series is my favorite of hers. I haven’t read any of the other Paradisi novels by other authors, but the world-building aspects of these stories is inspiring for me as a science fantasy writer. In this one, Mei Lin Yu must contend with her great grandmother’s illness, the resistance to her as heir to Hen Nain as a member of the MynyEnergy Board and world-wide acceptance by the Ddaerans to her as the future Promise Keeper, her mother’s continued sniping and the machinations of other high-ranking Yus and Quinns. Along the way, she makes new allies and new enemies. Her agreement to find out why Ddaerens don’t wish to leave their seaside village in Vida, the territory controlled by the Quinns, leads to her uncovering a conspiracy. Added to what she must deal with is her relationship with Jaxon, who’s been keeping things from her. Enough loose ends promise an additional book in the series.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Tuesday Book Review


Five-star review of Once Upon a Crime by Robin Stevens

 This collection of short stories tells the tales of a few of the murders and mysteries solved by Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong intermixed chronologically with novels in the Murder Most Unladylike series. The two founders of the Detective Society now in their teens in 1930’s England. There are also one story featuring their friends George and Alexander, the Junior Pinkertons, and another long one starring Hazel’s 10-year-old sister May and taking place at the start of WWII. May has helped Daisy and Hazel before but this one was solved through her own reasoning and actions. I’m now looking forward to reading the first full-length novel about May and her exploits. Each of the stories in this collection is good, written from the POV of one of the protagonists with the proper word choices for someone their age. They were each unpredictable and satisfying.