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Book Review ~ Near Miss by Jeff Shear

Near Miss by Jeff Shear Solid writing let down by an over-complicated, episodic plot... I was torn between giving this book three or four stars and ended up with a vacillating 3.5. But in the end, I rounded up to 4 because of the innate mathematician in me and the quality of the writing. This is a well written, at times interesting, but ultimately rambling, episodic story that turned out to be a little too 'clever' for its own good. But that's fine, I tend to like complicated stories. My main problem is I didn't [...]

By |2018-12-20T12:50:52+00:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ Dream On by Terry Tyler

Dream On by Terry Tyler Solidly written, this is a gentle chick-lit of a decent standard. Shame about the swathes of italicised text, which indicated flashback or character overview, but grated on the eye and didn't improve the reading experience. The plot revolves around a rock start wannabe who turns out to be slightly delusional, but somewhat endearing, and the two women in his life. All three are portrayed well.The other characters (an ensemble cast) are well rounded, realistic, and easy to identify, if a little clichéd in places. I mean there's a mad Geordie drummer, [...]

By |2018-11-24T10:35:23+00:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ Missouri Loves Company by WJ Costello

Missouri Loves Company by WJ Costello Great story, great ending, and some wonderful wit, especially in the dialogue early on. No point telling you any of the story as the blurb covers that rather nicely. Only two things prevent me giving this the full 5-stars. First, the author's penchant for filling whole paragraphs with a list. So long were they at times, I skipped to the end of the list and moved along. Second thing was the authors necessity to repeat scenes we've just witnessed. I cite one example (this happens early on, so it [...]

By |2018-11-24T10:35:03+00:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ Grave Walker by PT Reade

Grave Walker by PT Reade Note: Since I wrote this review last year, PT Reade has revamped and re-edited this book. The latest version is top notch–as is the rest of the series. —Kerry The hero, Thomas Blume is an hard-drinking American ex-cop with a tragic past. He returns to New York from London to interview the man suspected of killing his wife and son. Being a former cop, he is coerced into helping NYPD Blue investigate the apparent suicide of a former girlfriend. The incarcerated head of the local Russian mob doesn't want him [...]

By |2019-01-20T00:28:08+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ Legacy by Autumn Kalquist

Legacy by Autumn Kalquist I hate writing critical reviews of indie books, but here's one I couldn't avoid. While the writing was largely acceptable and the story classic sci-fi (the lost tribe from a destroyed Earth searches the universe for a new home), the first book in this trilogy was marred by repetition, a fragmented plot, physiological inaccuracies, and an unsatisfying ending. Repetition: How many times did I read the couplet "swollen belly" when referring to one of the lead characters who happens to be, yes, you guessed it, pregnant. That's just one example of [...]

By |2018-11-24T10:34:23+00:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ Bone Maker by DF Bailey

Bone Maker by DF Bailey This is a great mystery thriller in the classic, fast-paced ‘investigative reporter’ genre. Well written in an easy style with believable characters and an interesting plot, Bone Maker has all the elements needed to make it well worth the reader’s time and money. Will Finch, a dogged reporter with a tragic past, is sent to the sticks to write the story of the apparent accidental death of a federal witness in a fraud case. He's been mauled by a black bear of all things (the victim, I mean, not Will). I say ‘apparent [...]

By |2018-10-01T06:10:29+00:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ A Secondhand Life by Pamela Crane

A Secondhand Life by Pamela Crane This novel asks some intriguing questions. Who has been killing teenage girls for nigh on twenty years? What links the killings? Why haven’t the cops identified the killer, and can the first victim help solve the crime? We find the answer to all these questions within the pages of this well-written novel. When she was twelve years old, Mia Germaine was involved in an accident that caused the death of her father. In the accident, Mia's heart was damaged and she receiving a transplant from the first victim of [...]

By |2018-09-23T11:40:09+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Book review ~ Dark Space by Jasper T Scott

Dark Space by Jasper T Scott Dark space is a fair-to-middling space opera with a tried and tested plot that hardly breaks any new ground. The human race is defeated by alien invaders. A small band of survivors hide in an uncharted part of the galaxy (Dark Space) and try to rebuild their civilisation. Mr Scott ups the ante by introducing a plucky independent pilot, Ethan Ortane, who is forced by an unscrupulous villain to infiltrate the defence forces and destroy the only battle cruiser capable of defending Dark Space from the evil aliens. Ethan wears [...]

By |2018-09-23T11:40:33+00:00March 31st, 2016|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Book Review ~ An Englishman’s Guide to Infidelity by Stuart Campbell

An Englishman's Guide to Infidelity by Stuart Campbell I won't repeat the blurb (see below), nor will I give away any spoilers (as usual), but this is a beautifully crafted, off-key story of murder, mystery, misunderstanding, and misdirection. How's that for alliteration? I’d have added ‘confusion’ here too, but would have been unable to gloat over my clever use of M. By the end though, Mr Campbell sorts out the confusion and completes the story in a highly satisfactory way. Told in first person by the three leading characters—Jack, the husband, Thea, the wife, and Fiona, [...]

Book Review ~ Dark Ice by Dave Stanton

Dark Ice by David Stanton If you enjoy gritty, fast-paced crime, you can't go far wrong with Dan Reno (pronounced Renault). He's tough, he's clever, he's witty, and he always gets his man. No, he's not a Mountie, he's a private detective working out of Lake Tahoe, on the border of Nevada and California. It’s a stunning backdrop to the tale, but more of that later. In this episode, which takes place in the depths of a snowy midwinter, Dan Reno is hunting the killer of two beautiful blonde women. He has a personal interest in [...]

By |2018-09-23T11:40:53+00:00March 6th, 2016|Categories: Reads, Reviews|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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