Book Review-Fatal-Mistake

Fatal Mistake

(Lexie Rogers #3)

by

Karen M. Davis

Fatal Mistake was the second of the Lexie Rogers series by Karen M Davis I have read/listened to.  However, it is the third of a, so far, trilogy, and could be read as a stand-alone novel.  References to incidents and prior experiences which have shaped Lexie’s personality are minimal.  I did commencing listening to Book 1 of the Trilogy and first scene was the most talked about incident in the second and third books.  So you may want to commence with Book 1.  Not necessary though.

Fatal Mistake sees Lexie working undercover to bring down a drug ring while trying to avoid being assassinated herself.  Throw in a crooked colleague who thinks the high life drug dealers live is the best lifestyle ever, and you have an idea of the plot.

Lexie’s Book 2 love life is still strong although she and Josh are in different cities, or states, for the duration of this novel.  This long distance love affair does stretch their resolve at times.  However, this is mainly due to work colleagues who have unrequited crushes on each of them.

As usual I am going to mention the narrator; Kate Hosking does a marvellous job of narrating this book.  A full five stars for Kate narration. It was a pleasure to listen to her voice and I look forward to listening to more of Kate’s work and also more of Karen Davis’ novels.

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Book Review-Black-Prince

Black Prince

(Cliff Hardy series)

by

Peter Corris

 

Peter Corris has produced another easy listening Cliff Hardy novel complete with the good, the bad, and a plot that keeps moving and involves drugs and racism.

Mention must also be made of Peter Hosking who does an excellent job of narrating the Cliff Hardy series.

******

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 Black Prince

 an average of 3.67 stars from

66 ratings and 10 reviews.

 

Black Prince

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Kraken Rising

(Alex Hunter #6)
by

Greig Beck

 

I once read an author’s review of his book, set in Antarctica, in which he stated that a continent largely unexplored could be the setting for all manner of books.  It may have been Alex Hunter’s first visit to the Antarctic continent.  I do not remember.

Kraken Rising has been sitting on my reading list for some time now and I am not sure why I did not read it at an earlier date.  Kraken Rising has all the pace and intrigue as any of Greg Beck’s previous books.

With the world on the brink of nuclear war it is up to Arcadian and his team to save the day.  And it is not only the world Arcadian is trying to save this time round, it is also the mother of his son who has been sent to Antarctica find Arcadian who is of prime concern.

Likening the monster to modern day animal was a stroke of genius and I don’t think I will ever go near the beach again.  Cephalopods, at least the octopus, do have a beak and when this monster’s beak came chasing our heroes…well, just close your eyes and imagine.

Throw in reports of missing ships, boats and sailors in Australia’s Bass Strait, a Strait which has never been more than a forty-minute drive from home, and we have enough facts to substantiate another great plot.

******

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In 2017,

Goodreads readers have rated

Kraken Rising

 an average of 4.24 stars from

531 ratings and 54 reviews.

I am also surprised that so few have bothered

to rate and review this novel.

 

Kraken Rising

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The Twelfth Card

by

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver’s 2005 book opened on my iPad accidentally a week or so ago.  I could not remember the story so began reading.  I was more than far enough into the book when I discovered a review I had written in 2013.  I generally don’t re-read books, however, decided to make an exception to that rule…this time.

I must confess that The Twelfth Card kept my interest as much this time as it did four years ago and maybe that is why.  I could not remember any of the plot so each page was fresh and new.  Not sure if this reflects as an uninteresting book or one that is as good the second time around.  I am opting for the latter as I don’t want to insult Jeffery Deaver (haven’t read a bad one yet) and I do not want to admit that age and memory are catching up with me!

This is at least the fourth book, read this year, in which a late teen/early twenty female has been a pivotal character.

This story/plot is more plausible than some of the scenarios created in the Rune Trilogy, in my opinion.   Also aiding the plausibility is the fact that the young heroine stays away from the bad guys instead of confronting them…either knowingly or unknowingly…as, from memory, as Rune tended to do.

I will again rate The Twelfth Card as a FOUR Star read.

Included below is my original 2013 review of

The Twelfth Card.

*****

 Although The Twelfth Card is the first of Jeffery Deaver’s books to be reviewed here, it was my third novel in which Lincoln Rhyme and his team featured as the good guys.

Twelfth Card is a fast paced story which kept me wanting to read the next chapter and in so doing incurring some late nights/early mornings.

I thought the book could/would end about 40 pages earlier than it did, however the twists and turns included made every page thereafter worth reading.

Several times I thought that the story would/could end, I was proven incorrect.  This may have been due to fact that I generally read prior to turning my light out at night, and my mind may not have been as alert as it could have been,

The Twelfth Card kept me intrigued until the last page!

******

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In 2017,

Goodreads readers have rated

The Twelfth Card

 an average of 3.98 stars from

12,415 ratings and 507 reviews

 

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Book Review-The-Blue-Mile

The Blue Mile

by

Kim Kelly

While I have grouped The Blue Mile in the General Fiction category, it is said, on the blurb to be an historical fiction novel, which I suppose is, as it takes place at the start of Australia’s Great Depression in the early 1930s.  The Blue Mile refers to the stretch of water, in Sydney Harbour, between the homes of lead characters, Yo O’Keenan and Miss Olivia Greene.

O’Kennan and Greene must overcome their Irish Catholic and English backgrounds and also in the mix is O’Kennan’s young sister who he has taken with him to escape an abusive home environment.

O’Kennan manages to find work building latter stages of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.   This is not ongoing work and upon its conclusion his Irish pride sees his life appear to fall apart.

However, we all know that young love will win out over adversity.  In this case it is a matter of how that is going to happen.

My only negative comment about this novel, and it has more to do with the narrator than the author, was that the male voices working on the Harbour Bridge seemed to be shouting whenever they spoke.  This may have been to convey to the listener a sense of the type of men working in that environment.  I found these gruff voice characterisations a minor irritation in an otherwise enjoyable novel.   That said, I do believe that the idea of unskilled labourers working on the Bridge was thoroughly conveyed by the narrator James Harvy, to his audience.

The audio version to which I listened was narrated alternately by Zoe Ellerton-Ashley and James Harvy.   Overall, I enjoyed their narrations, character voices and the perspective each character put on the same situation.

 

This was my first Kim Kelly novel and it will not be my last as I have just found and downloaded Paper Daisies and This Red Earth, also by Kim Kelly.

I think

The Blue Mile

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read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Blue Mile

 an average of 3.8 stars from

150 ratings and 40 reviews

 

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Deadly Obsession

by

Karen M. Davis

 

Deadly Obsession is the second novel in the Lexie Rogers series by Karen Davis.  As indicated its central character is Lexie Rogers a young Sydney homicide detective who has several broken relationships and work related wounds from which she is recovering.

With the discovery of a body on nearby beach she finds that many of the indicators are pointing to her ex-husband, a paramedic.  Further investigation reveals that another friend and another young girl have also died in a similar fashion.  Is there a connection?

A red rose is common to all murders along with the fact that they had all come into contact with a handsome emergency room doctor at hospitals in the area where their bodies were found.

Lexie’s current best friend and a former best fiend also feature, to varying degrees, in the plot.

Although this is the second of the Lexie Rogers series, it is quite readable as a standalone novel as very little mention is made of her history and only time will tell if Deadly Obsession is a true sequel.

I have downloaded books one and three of the Lexie Rogers series and hope they will be as enjoyable as Deadly Obsession.

My fingers are tightly crossed as, this year, I have selected some real dud books and it was a pleasure to finally find a book that was totally engrossing.  Also, a book to which I was able to listen while driving and more importantly…follow the plot.

Although with crime novels it is always a case of character introduction, crime committed, investigation, leads to suspect, followed by a twist or two, and resolution…usually happy.  In other words not that hard to follow.

Before finishing I must also commend Kate Hosking’s narration of Deadly Obsession.  It was a pleasure to listen to her voice and I look forward to listening to more of Kate’s work and also more of Karen Davis’ novels.

 

 

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Deadly Obsession

an average of 4.01 stars from 72 ratings and 22 reviews

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The Orphan’s Tale

by

Pam Jenoff

 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff is a heart-warming story about two women and their encounters with the Nazi regime during World War II.

Both are banished from their family homes for entirely different reasons and although there is quite an age difference they form a mutual bond.

One is accomplished circus aerial artist, the other a lost young girl who finds her way to circus life where it eventually becomes her home also.

They look forward to the day their circus goes on the road.  However, they find that they are being told where to perform and the even though they have crossed the border into France they are not safe from the Nazi regime of the time.

How and why Noa, and Astrid are banished and learn to share a circus life together is a heart wrenching part of their tale.  And theirs is a very rocky road to real friendship and trust.

This was my first Pam Jenoff read and I have since finished another of her novels.

 

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The Orphan’s Tale

an average of 4.03 stars from

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