Book Review-Cold-Grave

 

Cold Grave

(Dr. Anya Crichton, #6)

by

Kathryn Fox

 

Cold Grave is my fourth of the Doctor Anya Crichton series written by Kathryn Fox.  The title of this book had me thinking it had something to do with cemeteries.  Not so!

A family cruise couldn’t be further away from my thoughts.  Then how can anything happen on a family friendly cruise?

It does!  And on the first day, no less.

 

Anya, her ex-husband and their son are on a cruise, when hubby is involved in finding the first victim’s body.  That of a pretty young nineteen year old girl.  Anya also decides to help out and puts her forensic skills to good use.

 

In my mind the possible culprits are soon revealed.  An investigation which follows is bungled and we are left wondering who is responsible for the bungle?  The ex-cop shipboard security chief or someone else?

 

Cold Grave has all the usual twists and turns expected in a book of this genre.  The story is a bit Perry Mason(ish) with some of the details being ‘off-screen’ and only heard about during the ‘rescue’.

However, it is still a good read, or listen, as the case may be.  I am sure fans of Kathryn Fox and this genre of books will enjoy Cold Grave as I did.

As usual I must mention narrator, Jennifer Vuletic who has done an excellent job of creating life-like characters.

I have rated

Cold Grave

A solid

star read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

Cold Grave

an average of 3.72 from 485 ratings and 75 reviews

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Cold Grave

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Pocketful-of-Dreams

Pocketful of Dreams

by

Jean Fullerton

(The Brogans of Mafeking Terrace #1)

 

Pocketful of Dreams, originally published on February 28, 2018 is the my first Jean Fullerton book and also the first of The Brogans of Mafeking Terrace series.

Set in the weeks/months prior to the commencement of the Battle of Britain, central to Pocketful of Dreams is young Mattie (Matilda) Brogan’s life, work and romances.  With the imminent onset of World War 2, Mattie and her family endeavour to keep some normalcy in their lives.  Normalcy for this teenager is work study and handsome young males and when two males fitting this description enter her life she begins to learn some life lessons…the hard way.

Young love, Nazi spies, counterspies and family members with secrets all combine to make this an interesting book and well-crafted book.

Pocketful of Dreams a well-paced book which had me wanting to hear the next chapter, or at least wondering what was going to happen next.  I imagine Pocketful of Dreams gives us a good insight into family life, in London, at the outbreak of World War 2

As usual, when it’s due, I must pay homage to the narrator, in this case Billie Fulford-Brown, a London based actress and voice over artist.  Her narration of Pocketful of Dreams was excellent.

I hope our local library has more of this series available soon.

 

******

I think

Pocketful of Dreams

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is a solid

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Pocketful of Dreams

 an average of 4.31 stars from

87 ratings and 18 reviews.

Pocketful of Dreams

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-The-Immortality-Curse

The Immortality Curse

by

Greig Beck

(Matt Kearns #3)

 

Greig Beck always writes an enjoyable novel.  However, The Immortality Curse was better than one or two recent reads in as much as there were no real monsters starring in this book.  True, with a title like The Immortality Curse there just had to be one or two lurking around.

As a result of a few frames on a phone camera which survive incineration at a murder scene, Matt is put into contact with the main victim’s centenarian widow.  He had disappeared some seventy-five years early and he still looked, momentarily, the same age as when he disappeared.  He had been in search of the Fountain of Youth.

Shortly thereafter, as the title implies we find language specialist Matt Kearns, and colleagues, in pursuit of the Fountain of Youth.  Their search takes them to the wilderness of Canada’s north then on to Africa’s Lake Chad, which by powers of deduction and science they decide this was where Noah and his family lived during the Great Flood.  And where, naturally, Noah’s ark is to be found, along with any Fountain of Youth.

Naturally there are the usual twists along the way.  And what relic, either the Ark or the Fountain of Youth, would not have someone or something guarding it all these years.

A thoroughly enjoyable book made all the better by Sean Mangan’s narration.   All fans of Greig Beck and Sean Mangan will enjoy The Immortality Curse.  Published on 28 March 2017 I am surprised that so few Goodreads Readers have rated and reviewed The Immortality Curse.

As of May 06, 2018 very few GoodReads readers have either read, rated or reviewed The Immortality Curse.

******

I think

The Immortality Curseis a solid

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Immortality Curse

 an average of 4.13 stars from

184 ratings and 14 reviews.

The Immortality Curse

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-Skin-and-Bone

 

Skin and Bone

(Dr. Anya Crichton, #3)

by

Kathryn Fox

June 18, 2015

I listened to the audio version of this book.

The narrator did an excellent job with her

character voicing as it was very easy to dislike

or like the characters accordingly.

There was certainly a couple of surprise endings

to the book and I look forward

to more Kathryn Fox novels.

I may be generous awarding four stars…

but I did enjoy the story and characters.

However, Skin and Bone is much better

than many other three star reads.

 

A 4_stars

star read.  

As of May 04, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

Skin and Bone

an average of 3.74 stars, from 687 ratings

and 76 reviews

 

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Skin and Bone

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Creep


Creep

by

Jennifer Hillier

 Creep was my second book by Jennifer Hiller, however it appears to be her first published book…in 2011.

Creep is a psychological thriller and is not as gory or macabre as The Butcher, Hillier’s third book.  However, it did have me asking why or how a teacher and student become so ‘close’.  The Butcher was almost more believable than Creep.

There was only three, maybe four, main characters for about two-thirds of the book.  During the last third some of those peripheral characters, mentioned earlier were developed, or introduced entirely, to help solve the mystery and hence provide a conclusion to Creep.

It was interesting to read how an academic could have similar problems or weaknesses as her students.  I may have led a sheltered life as I have never heard of her addiction before although she treated it like I image all addicts treat their addiction.  It’s not the addict who has a problem, it is everyone else.

If it is blood, gore, and terror you are looking for, read The Butcher.  If it is a psychological thrillers you devour the Creep is the novel for you.  I must admit that after The Butcher, Creep was a bit tame, but still a good read.  And as it appears to be a first novel, and The Butcher being so good, I am looking forward to reading Freak, which may be a sequel or similar story-line to Creep .

I was thinking three and a half stars.  However the lack of the half star in Goodreads left me debating whether to round-up or round-down.  It  is a better read than many other novels and it has a ripper twist at the end, which pushed it into the four star category.

  Goodreads Readers have rated

Creep

an average of

3.73 stars from 6,342 ratings

and 781 reviews 

 Aread.

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Creep

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Fathomless

Fathomless

by

Greig Beck

 

Fathomless was definitely not my first Greig Beck novel, however, I did think it would be my last for while…. until…I digress.

For the first half or so of Fathomless I was definitely thinking that I had had enough of the world’s underwater monsters.  I think I have  five or six books now in which several  authors have set their story underground in different parts of the world.   At this stage Fathomless was only a three star read.  If it was your first novel of this genre then I believe you would be considering it a four or five-star read.  However, it was not my first.

 

Again we were underground in a world inhabited by what only can be described as monsters.  There was a great deal of Ho!  Hum!…at that stage.  We all know that some of the good guys survive.  They have to.  Who else would tell the tale?

This is the second book I have read, in 2018, where it appeared the story was over and the rest of the book would be acknowledgements…lots and lots.   Again I was wrong.  The twist which boosts a book from ordinary to wow was played.

Woven into this work of fact/fiction are the actions of a group of people who have a single-minded attitude to their cause and are not always correct as they believe.  I really wanted to throttle some of these characters.  Their arrogance was overwhelming and all I could think was that good should prevail.

 

Then just when you thought that the story had finished there is another, perhaps not a twist so much as a, revelation which is enough to make lovers of the sea to think twice before going for a swim.  Combine this revelation with some scientific facts and this reader’s thoughts were off on another journey; particularly as some of the revelations took place not far from where I have spent most of my life.

Again kudos to Sean Mangan for another five star narration.  He made the audio version of Fathomless an ideal book to listen to while driving.

 

Fathomless is a reasonably fast paced book and one which all fans of Grieg beck, will enjoy.

******

I think

Fathomless

is a solid

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Fathomless

 an average of 3.99 stars from

394 ratings and 55 reviews.

Fathomless

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-The-Baby-Farm


The Baby Farm

(Broken Vows Trilogy Book 2)

by

Marty Langenberg

The Baby Farm is the second book the Broken Vows Trilogy by Marty Langenberg and follows book 1.5, Pennie, the Prequel to The Baby Farm.

I have already stated in my review of Pennie that I am not a fan of short stories, however in this instance, while not completely necessary to read Pennie prior to The Baby FarmPennie does fill in some otherwise unknown detail of Pennie’s life and how she arrived at this point in her life.  Also bear in mind that Pennie was introduced in Book 1 of the Broken Vows Trilogy with her character being further developed in Pennie, Book 1.5.

For many years in Australia we have heard of the stolen generation. The ‘stolen generation’ being children of native Australians who were removed from their parents by the government of the day to be raised and educated by white Australian standards.

What has often annoyed me is the fact that there were/are many generations of white Australian children in the same position who are never described as stolen by society simple because they were children primarily of unwed teenage mothers. It was not until the early seventies that I first saw an unwed teenage mother with her child around my home town.

Prior to then girls often disappeared for a few months, usually to a capital city where they had their babies delivered and adopted.  Society of the time decreed they had brought shame on their families.

In writing The Baby Farm, Marty has addressed this issue head on.  The Baby Farm describes in detail what occurred to some of our young teenage/unmarried mothers of that era.  He has delved into the trauma these mothers underwent and also described the deviousness of people working in the name of religion, God and in this case St. Gerard (protector of mothers and children), to ‘help’ these mothers.

Thankfully there were some characters who offered real help and assistance to Pennie and her friend (Heather), preferring to see the real person and not forming an opinion based on current circumstances.

The Baby Farm is another fast paced read and one which again will have readers wanting to know what is going to happen in the next chapter.

Finally, I must declare that I know and worked with Marty

for several years before he retired.

However, I believe this has not clouded my review.

 

Definitely a

read.

Broken Vows

can be purchased on-line at 

Amazon, Barnes & Noble,

Kobo, OverDrive