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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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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Blood on the Bayou: Pre-order Links

Bayou2016x2700Just in time for the weekend, you can order Blood on the Bayou in print and ebook form using any of these links.

Trade paperback:

Down & Out Books – $17.95 ($4.95 shipping or free pickup at Bouchercon)

Ebook:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo – special advanced price of $5.99

Of course, if you’re going to be at Bouchercon in New Orleans, the signing with all the anthology authors is at 2pm on Saturday. Stop by, say hello, and pick up an autographed copy!

Book Review: Only Ever You

Only Ever YouOnly Ever You by Rebecca Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The industry is buzzing with the term “domestic thriller.” And I’m not really sure what that is. But I do know I enjoyed this book.

Drake has created a good story that will resonate especially well with parents, but should strike a chord with anyone (unless you have a heart of rock). The characters were realistic and, being from Pittsburgh myself, I enjoyed the local setting, which was spot on.

The plot was well-paced and twisty (full disclosure: I did guess most of the ending, although I had the wrong letter-subject; I put that down to all the studying of thrillers I’ve done, but this did not diminish my enjoyment of the book).

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