Book Review: The Bookseller

The BooksellerThe Bookseller by Mark Pryor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For some reason I didn’t review this when I finished it.

I was introduced to Mark Pryor and Hugo Marston by reading the fifth book in the series, THE RELUCTANT MATADOR. It was nice to go back to see where it all started.
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Book Review: Whispers in the Mist

Whispers in the MistWhispers in the Mist by Lisa Alber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Kilmoon, the first in the County Clare mysteries, shortly after it came out and was intrigued by the characters and setting. It was a good debut.

On the second book, Alber has a new publisher (I think – Midnight Ink) and she knocks it out of the park. Continue reading “Book Review: Whispers in the Mist”

Book Review: Blonde Ice

Blonde Ice (Gil Malloy #3)Blonde Ice by R.G. Belsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book on the advice of a friend. “You’ll love it.”

I did.

I confess that I sometimes saw where the plot was going. I didn’t care. The writing “voice” and the main character were so compelling that I just had to keep reading. The start and end dates on this Goodreads review indicate it took five days but that’s really a little misleading, as I read most of it yesterday.

If you like grittier thriller-type books, you’re going to like Blonde Ice. But fair warning: you have to be okay with serial killers.

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Bouchercon Memories

In some ways it doesn’t seem that long. In some ways it feels longer. But it was a mere week ago that I was sitting on my hotel bed with my husband, exhausted after touring the French Quarter, watching the latest Star Trek movie and eating potato chips for dinner. Yes, potato chips. Continue reading “Bouchercon Memories”

Book Review: A Disguise to Die For

A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery, #1)A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a cute first book in a cozy series. It has all the traditional cozy elements – small town (this time in Nevada, which I haven’t seen before), amateur sleuth, an eclectic cast of characters and, of course, a cat.

Margo Tamblyn is smart and observant. There’s an interesting twist with the potential romantic interest being Japanese (Tak) – that could lead to some interesting cultural differences. It mostly avoids my pet peeve of the police being totally inept as the reason the amateur gets involved in the mystery.

Overall, if you’re a cozy fan, you won’t be disappointed with this book.

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Bouchercon 2016: I Am Ready for Launch

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It all started with a short story.

Well, that’s not exactly accurate. But to get to the beginning, we have to jump in the Way Back machine and rewind to October 2015. Continue reading “Bouchercon 2016: I Am Ready for Launch”

Book Review: The Ninja’s Daughter

The Ninja's Daughter: A Hiro Hattori NovelThe Ninja’s Daughter: A Hiro Hattori Novel by Susan Spann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must be honest. Were I passing a table full of books, I’m not sure this would be my first choice. 1500s Japan? A samurai/shinobi and Jesuit priest duo? I’m not sure that my “thing.”

I would be wrong. Maybe I don’t know what my “thing” is any longer. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ninja’s Daughter”