Book-Reviews-Little-Whispers

 

Little Whispers

by

K. L. Slater

Ever wonder how many of us have changed careers for the promise of a better lifestyle and salary?  I wonder how many women leave those decisions entirely to the man in their life.  Janey Markham let Isaac find a new job, a cheap house in a good street and barely questioned their luck or good fortune.  That is, before they moved.

Life was not better after they moved, if anything it was worse. Isaac was putting in longer hours for his new boss which was the exact opposite to that expected from this new job.  But the unanswered question was; Is Isaac really at work?

Janey is sure Isaac is not being open with her.  She also finds herself on the outside of the local clique of mothers in their street and is surprised, when introducing Isaac to one of her new found acquaintances, to notice that Isaac acts as if it is not their first meeting.  Furthermore her wardrobe and lifestyle does not match the others who spend way over Janey’s budget on one item.  To cap off Janey’s worries is the deathbed secret her mother left her with.

When I began reading Little Whispers I found the writing style difficult to read.  However, as the book progressed so did the writing; or maybe my concentration improved.  Whatever the case, I found myself being drawn into the story and wondering what the next chapter would bring.  And the ending ensured that while Little Whispers was my first Kim Slater read it will not be my last.

I rated

Little Whispers

Little Whispers by K.L. Slater

as a

read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Little Whispers

an average of 4.09 stars

from 1,211 ratings

and 284 reviews.

Little Whispers

can be purchased on-line at

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Book-Review-Rosalee-Station

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Rosalee Station

(Rosalee Station #1)

by

Mandy Magro

 

Rosalee Station was my first Mandy Magro book and at times I thought it would be my last.  Set in Queensland and outback Rosalee Station it tells the story of Sarah Clarke, her friends and her love life.  I have read several other authors whose work was described as ‘chick lit’; however, Ms Magro has outdone any other (audio or written) chick lit novel.

There were times when I was shaking my head at the juvenile antics of the females in this book. Sarah was twenty-three, however both Sarah and her friends came across as early teens on many occasions.  Similarly several of the boys sounded like old men with their deep, drawling, voices.  This may have been narrator’s interpretation of the way this age group talks and behaves.  If so, it has done nothing to help me enjoy Rosalee Station.  If anything narrator Louise Crawford’s character voices played a large part I relegating Rosalee Station to two star status.

I am not on my own when I lament the overuse of rhyming slang, which at times, reminded me of primary school toilet humour.  I must be getting old!  It is unlikely that international readers would be able to interpret some of the included slang.  For me, the rot began within five minutes of the story when Sarah and boyfriend went down to the dam for a swim and a ‘quickie’ under a gum tree.  I really think Ms Magro did herself a disservice sinking to that level of writing.  As I said I must be getting old!

On that small plus side, and there is one, if you can overlook or enjoy that type of commentary (toilet humour – because it does get worse out at Rosalee Station), you may just enjoy Rosalee Station as a very light look at outback life through the eyes of these Jackaroos and Jillaroos.

I rated

Rosalee Station

Rosalee Station

as a two star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Rosalee Station

an average of 4.04 stars

from 336 ratings

and 29 reviews.

Rosalee Station

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Degrees-of-Darkness

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Degrees of Darkness

by

Tony J. Forder

Tony J. Forder’s Degrees of Darkness, was the first book I have read by this author.  And I must confess that it was one which I wish I had never read, not because of any writing flaws, rather because it is so dark.

Strawberry blonde twelve or thirteen year old girls are being abducted after the rest of their family is murdered in the dead of night.  Laura is one of those abductees.  She is the daughter of an ex-detective (Frank) who had separated from his wife and family.

Frank is asked to help police track her abductor and killer of his son, ex-wife and several other families.  With virtually no leads to follow Frank and friend Nicky, also a detective, set out to track down and hopefully save Laura’s life.  During the investigation the killer contacts Frank and then begins to leave him ‘gifts’ in the form of bodies of the earlier girls he has tortured and murdered.

Fans of the thriller genre will enjoy Degrees of Darkness, although should you have twelve or thirteen year old strawberry blonde females in your family, prepared to be disturbed.

I rated

Degrees of Darkness

Degrees of Darkness

 

as a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Degrees of Darkness

an average of 4.38 stars,

from 418 ratings

and 43 reviews.

Degrees of Darkness

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Scream-Blue-Murder

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Scream Blue Murder

(Mike Lynch #1)

by

Tony J. Forder

Scream Blue Murder is the first of the Mike Lynch books by Tony J. Forder and the first Forder has written in the first person.  Generally I avoid ‘first person’ books like the plague, however, as I write this review I have nearly finished the second Mike Lynch book.

Mike Lynch is ex military, divorced and has one daughter who lives with her mother and step-father in California.

One cold English night, Mike because of traffic accident detour finds himself on a lonely back road where he pulls over to answer the call of nature.   In a few minutes another car pulls over.  Two men alight, one kneels and is executed by the second.   Anymore information will contain too many spoilers.  Well worth a read if you are into this genre

From there on the book could be described as a helter skelter fast paced series of chases and shootouts with various bad guys.  If not for the help of an old military mate Mike would probably not have survived.

I thoroughly enjoyed fast pace of Scream Blue Murder.  

I rated

Scream Blue Murder

Scream Blue Murder

as a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Scream Blue Murder

an average of 4.18 stars,

from 355 ratings

and 56 reviews.

Scream Blue Murder

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Dead-Mans-Switch

 

Dead Man’s Switch was my seventh Tara Moss book and does not rate anywhere the top half of my most enjoyable list.  However, I will concede that I was listening while working at my PC.  I often listen while working and I find an audiobook helps pass the time of day.

 

Set just after World War II in and around Sydney, Australia, the best way to describe Dead Man’s Switch is disjointed.  Billie Walker (a wartime reporter) has returned to Australia and reopened her late father’s private enquiry agency.  The agency is just making ends meet until she retrieves some aboriginal girls from the hands of a Nazi war criminal.  That seemed to be a climax or end of the book, if you will.  But no!  Instead of every one living happily ever after there was another sixty to ninety minutes before ‘The End’ could be proclaimed.

After a mid-story car chase the novel seemed to take on a new life.  Chapters appeared to be following one another which made following the story line easier.  Dead Man’s Switch should/could have finished with the capture of the war criminal.  However, had it done so we would never have known what relevance the Dead Man’s Switch had to the story.

I know of several people who would have tossed it after the first chapter.  Ninety-three percent of Goodreads readers have rated Dead Man’s Switch as a three to five star book, so maybe I  need to listen to it again….sometime!

 

Dead Man Switch (A Billie Walker Mystery #1)

I have rated

Dead Man’s Switch

as a

book.

***

At the time of writing my review other Goodreads readers

had awarded Dead Man’s Switch

an average of 3.87 stars,

from 456 ratings

and 117 reviews.

Book Review-Camino-Winds

Camino Winds

(Camino-Island #2)

by

John Grisham

***

 

Camino Winds is the second of two books (so far) by John Grisham, in the Camino Island series.   It also contains some of the Camino Island characters plus a few additions.  However, author Mercer Mann is not central to this story line. Fortunately Camino Winds has little in common with Camino Island, except for a few carry over characters, which play minor roles, and the setting.

Camino Winds focuses on the aftermath of once in a lifetime Cyclone Leo and a murder which takes place during Leo’s presence on the island.  With the exception of Bruce, lead characters from Camino Island play smaller roles in Camino Winds.   That was a big plus, in my opinion, as it allows the introduction of new characters to take on roles within the community or, in this case, the investigation.

Camino Winds moved along at a good pace which had me reading ‘the next chapter’ into the wee hours of the morning.

 

I rated

Camino Winds

as a solid read

*****

Camino Winds (Camino Island #2)

Camino Winds

is a solid

 

star read.

At the time of writing my review,

Goodreads readers have rated

Camino Winds

an average of 3.96 stars

from 9,183 ratings

and 813 reviews

Camino Winds

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Surviving-Ice

Surviving Ice

(Burying Water #4)

by

K. A. Tucker

 

Surviving Ice is the fourth and last of the Burying Water series by K. A. Tucker. 

Surviving Ice is set in San Francisco and features Ivy the prickly tattoo artist from early offerings in the series. 

Yet again Kathleen Tucker writes her novel so that it could be read as a standalone or part of a series.  There is just enough background to tie characters together without overwhelming (series) readers with too much already known information from previous books.

 

In a nutshell, Ivy narrowly misses out on coming to a tragic end and then slowly falls in love with the mercenary who was sent to end her short life.  If required.

 

Surviving Ice also does away with foreign villains and uses home-grown American citizens as villains of the day.

 

.Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)

 

Other Goodreads readers have rated

Surviving Ice

an average of 4.10 stars

from 3,671 ratings and

453 reviews.

***

I think

Surviving Ice

is a solid

read.

Surviving Ice

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-Little-Secrets

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Little Secrets

by

Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets was my fifth reading of a book written by Jennifer Hillier.   The focus of Little Secrets is the mother of four year old Sebastian.  Mother (Marin) and typical four year are at a fair with Sebastian demanding a lollipop and trying to get free of Marin’s grip.  Sound familiar?  Her phone rings and she briefly releases her grip of Sebastian’s hand and he is abducted.  A parent’s worst nightmare, isn’t it?

Fast forward eighteen months or so and distraught Marin hires a private investigator to try and solve the mystery of her missing son.  In the course of investigating everyone involved, the private investigator discovers that Derek, Marin’s husband, is having an affair with a much younger woman.  Marin is, however, not alone.  She has a school friend who comforts her.

 

Little Secrets is a fast moving easy read with a much unexpected ending.  Are friends really friends?  Is the affair just an affair?  Will Marin ever see Sebastian again?  Will he be alive or dead if and when she does see him?  The answer to all these questions will be revealed in Little Secrets.

I enjoyed reading Little Secrets; however, I felt it was not quite up to the standard of The Butcher, my first Hillier read.  And again like many other books carrying the ‘thriller’ label Little Secrets is only a mystery, albeit one worth reading if your children are not toddlers.

I have rated Little Secrets a solid 4 star read.

 

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Little Secrets

Little Secrets

Little Secrets

an average of

4.28 stars

from 4,093 ratings

and 1,665 reviews. 

I rated

Little Secrets

as a solidread.

Little Secrets

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book Review-Girl-With-A-Rose

Girl With A Rose

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #6)

Girl With A Rose is book 6 of the Tess Winnett series.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed Girl With A Rose, it is a novella and I am not a great fan of novellas/short stories.  The Tess Winnett character lends herself to write so much more than a short story.  However, a Tess novella is far better than no Tess.  I just hope Book 7 is the real deal….a novel.

It is a well-known fact in our family that I would have liked a daughter.  We have two wonderful boys.  However, after reading several books featuring teenage girls, Girl With A Rose, being the latest, two rowdy boys have been easier to raise than some of these girls.

It’s good that Tess was free when fifteen year old Kaylee went missing.  Was Kaylee going to become another victim of a drop dead gorgeous psychopathic serial killer not known to police or public?   Would Tess be able to find and safely return Kaylee to her mother without the help of Alice, Kaylee’s best friend and the governor’s daughter?

I love the Tess Winnett character and really hope she can star in another novel.  As with all short stories, or novellas, this one ended rather abruptly.

As I never award a novella five stars Girl With A Rose will have to be happy with a four star rating.   However, fans of Tess Winnett and Leslie Wolfe will thoroughly enjoy Girl With A Rose.   If you happened to be reading a Leslie Wolfe review for the first time and like the crime genre why don’t you give Tess a try?  I stumbled across Dawn Girl while surfing through Amazon and  Girl With A Rose was my sixteenth Leslie Wolfe read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Girl With A Rose (Tess Winnett Book 6)

Girl With A Rose

an average of 

4.53 stars

from 107 ratings and 20 reviews 

 I have rated 

Girl With A Rose

a  solidread.

Girl With A Rose

can be purchased

online at 

Amazon

I purchased my edition from Amazon. 

It appears

Girl With A Rose

 is not available

at Booktopia, and Fishpond 

 

Book-Review-Until-It-Fades

 

Until-It-Fades

by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

Until It Fades, is another of K. A. Tucker’s standalone novels in which a twenty-four year old waitress with her five year old daughter take the leading roles.

To say Catherine Wright has a strained relationship with her mother would be an understatement.  After leaving home Catherine decides she will not return to her family home no matter hard difficult her life is.  She finds herself working as a waitress in a truck stop.  Her boss sets her up on a blind date and it is while she is returning from this date that she happens across a car which has hit an oak tree.  She manages to free the passenger just before the car explodes.

Naturally, this is the beginning of a romance, which Catherine doesn’t think will last, with Brett, the well known captain of a Canadian hockey team.  For me, the star of this book was Brenna, Catherine’s five year old daughter.  Until It Fades is a light, easy and enjoyable read.

I rated

Until It Fades

as an enjoyable

four star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Until It Fades

an average of 3.98 stars

from 12,837 ratings

and 1,495 reviews.

***

:Until It Fades

Until It Fades

can be purchased online at

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