Archive | April 2011

Laurel Dewey – Redemption

14. Redemption by Laurel Dewey (2009)

Jane Perry Series Book 2

Length: 400 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 17 April 2011
Finished: 27 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 March 2011
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries.

Jane Perry has resigned from the police department and is trying to make a living as a private investigator. However, her past is rising to haunt her. Seeking comfort at an AA meeting, she meets a woman whose granddaughter was murdered many years ago. This woman discovers what Jane does for a living and asks Jane to drive with her from Colorado to California to find her granddaughter’s killer whom she’s convinced is still murdering people.

Jane is somewhat skeptical when she finds out that the lady is a New Age devotee but she’s desperate for work. They head out on the road, gathering information about the killer, and themselves, along the way. Jane has had several incidents happen to her that border on the paranormal, but is a complete skeptic in that area. But as the road points to a fundamentalist church, belief and faith propel her towards her to a deadly confrontation.

I enjoyed this book because of the plot line of faith and paranormal events mixed with a murder mystery. I enjoy Laurel Dewey as a writer and look forward to her next book. I give this book and A+!

A+! – (96-100%)

May you read well and often

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Roy C Booth and Brian Woods – Davi

13. Davi by Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods (2011)
Tales of Saruale Book 1
Length: 95 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 7 April 2011
Finished: 11 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Brian for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 31 March 2011
Why do I have it? I like fantasy.

Dwarves and humans have been at war for generations. When blacksmith Davi is sent into the dwarven kingdom – on the heels of his house being burned – to open trade routes between his people with the dwarves, he doesn’t expect to find the acceptance he craves among his enemies. I really enjoyed this fantasy novella and hope for more stories of Saruale soon. I give it an A+!

A+! – (96-100%)

May you read well and often

Kathryn Meyer Griffith – Always and Forever

12. Always and Forever by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2011)
Length: 30 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 9 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 23 February 2011
Why do I have it? I have liked Kathryn Meyer Griffith as an author ever since I read her book Witches in high school.

Emma Baker is taken out by a girlfriend to celebrate her first night as a newly-divorced woman. After 10 years of marriage, Jonathan, Emma’s husband, had sprung on her the fact that he was in love with another woman and walked out on her and her son Christopher. Emma swore to herself that she would let no man turn her head at the bar; until she met the bouncer, Ben. Their attraction for each other was immediate but they agree to take it slow. Is this desire a flash that will burn out fast, or is it always and forever?

I thought this was an interesting departure for Kathryn Meyer Griffith as she is usually a romantic horror author. This was a contemporary romance with no horror elements at all. I give this short story an A!

A! – (90-95%)


May you read well and often

Camilla Lackberg – The Ice Princess

11. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (2002)
Erica Falck and Patrik Hedstrom Series Book 1
Length: 400 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 27 March 2011
Finished: 5 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kristin at Free Press Blog Tours for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 February 2011
Why do I have it? I do like international contemporary mysteries and this was the first book that I read by Camilla Lackberg.

Erica Falck returns to her childhood home in Sweden after her parents deaths. While there, she stumbles onto the body of her childhood best friend. It appears that Alexandra has committed suicide in a bathtub of frozen water, slashing her wrists.

Erica is bewildered: why would a beautiful woman like Alex commit suicide? Taking on Alex’s parents request to write a newspaper story about their daughter, Erica joins forces with police detective Patrik Hedstrom to discover Alex’s secrets. It soon turns out that some secrets can be deadly; and this one can still claim lives.

I enjoyed this mystery very much. I had never read Stieg Larsson or any other Swedish author, but Camilla Lackberg was a great author to start off with. I give this book an A+!

A+! – (96-100%)


May you read well and often