Book-Review-Into-the-World

Into the World

by

Stephanie Parkyn

Into the World  was my first Stephanie Parkyn book.  Set in the late eighteenth century it tells the story of an unwed mother, Marie-Louise Girardin, and the lengths she went to earn some money and return to Paris to find and raise her child.

 

Marie-Louise Girardin earned her income not through nefarious means, as some may think.  Rather, she secured herself a stewards job on board a ship sailing for the Great Southern Ocean to find the missing explorer La Perouse who was sailing somewhere in the vicinity of Australia.

The thing that intrigued me was how did they know where to go as it was mentioned several times that any message sent would take around two years to reach ‘home’.  And considering La Perouse did not wake one day and think he would get lost, eaten by cannibals or his ship would sink why send a message at all.

I enjoyed the story from an historical point of view which was long before I knew it was based on fact according to the audio version of Into the World.  How Marie-Louise Girardin disguised her gender in that era, or any era for that matter, in an all-male environment, may have been stretched a little, however did make for a good story.

I think Into the World a solid 3 star read, or perhaps 3.5 stars for the historical aspect.  However as a Goodreads half-star is impossible I will settle on 3 stars.

I think

Into the World

is astar read.

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

Into the World

an average of 3.85 stars,

from 162 ratings and 30 reviews.

Into the World

Into the World

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Book Review-Hunter

 

 

Hunter

 (Timothy Blake #2)

by

Jack Heath

Jack Heath’s, Hunter was the first I have read of this series and as I had never come across Jack Heath previously it was, obviously, the first of his works also.

One of the first things Timothy Blake, our star, did was to take a bite out of the arm of a villain and then stow said villain in his freezer.  I wasn’t quite sure, for a while, whether our hero was a vampire or just plain cannibalistic.

I found this book difficult to follow and was not interested in the cannibalistic theme.  In the last minute of the book, Timothy meets Fred.  Timothy wants to kill and eat Fred, until…..  And we are left hanging wondering.

Other reviewers give Book #1, The Hangman good reviews and ratings.  I don’t think I will try it and if I do, it will need to be much better before I go searching for a book #3 in this series.

 

I will, therefore, be joining a select group of 18 who have rated Hunter as less than three stars.

I did listen all the way to the end and,

therefore have rated Hunter as a audio book.

Other Goodreads readers have awarded

Hunter

an average of

4.08 stars from

519 ratings and

160 reviews.

 

Hunter (Timothy Blake #2)

Hunter

may be purchased online at

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Book Review-Gone-by-Midnight

 

Gone by Midnight

(Crimson Lake #3)

by

Candice Fox

 

 

Gone by Midnight, the third in the Crimson Lake series by Candice Fox commences with four noisy pre-teen boys left alone in a hotel  room while their parents dine together.

On the second night four are again left in the room but only three are there at midnight, when parents return.  The hotel is searched and searched again.  All to no avail.  CCTV footage shows no sign of the boy, or boys, leaving the hotel.  Accused, but never convicted, ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is called into to help by the missing boy’s mother.

While the boy’s disappearance is being investigated Ted is supposed to be entertaining his daughter who is visiting for the first time since he was wrongfully accused of assaulting a thirteen year old Claire Bingley.

There are quite a few subplots in Gone by Midnight and I did not pick the ending.  Any more information and the spoiler alert banner will need to be raised.

I have rated

Gone by Midnight

 as aaudiobook.

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox

Gone by Midnight

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Gone by Midnight

an average of 4.17 stars

from 1,165 ratings

and 285 reviews.

Book-Review-The-Reach-of-Shadows

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The Reach of Shadows

 (DI Bliss, #4)

by

Tony J. Forder

The Reach of Shadows is the fourth (of 6) in Tony Forder’s DI Bliss series and probably the best to date.  Again Bliss finds himself in trouble, on several fronts, but still has Chandler and the rest of his loyal team to help when required.

This time it is Jade Coleman who is murdered by a home invader, stalker, or her pervert neighbour.   The only other piece of information I can add is that she was an activist, or sorts, which may, or may not, have something to do with her murder. While Bliss and his team are trying to solve this crime, ‘fresh’ evidence is discovered (against Bliss) and he becomes the target of an Internal Affairs investigation into his past deeds.

Tony Forder has this and another storyline as ongoing background stories throughout the Bliss series.  One of these plots seems to be concluded in The Reach of Shadows.

I have enjoyed these later books of the Bliss series and look forward to reading books 5 and 6 later in the year.

 I rated

The Reach of Shadows

The Reach of Shadows (DI Bliss, #4)

as a five star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Reach of Shadows

an average of 4.63 stars,

from 278 ratings

and 54 reviews.

The Reach of Shadows

can be purchased online at

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Book Review-Chasing-River

Chasing River

(Burying Water #3)

by

K. A. Tucker

 

 

Chasing River is the third of the Burying Water series.  Set in Dublin we follow the adventures of Amber Welles and Ivy.  Ivy could not be more different in attitude and demeanour to Amber.

Having just commenced her European holiday Amber finds herself in some interesting situations in Dublin where schoolmate Ivy is working as a tattoo artist.

In writing Chasing River again Tucker focuses on one character from Burying Water.  This time it is conscientious Amber Welles, the Sheriff’s daughter.  Again there is romance, and villains all mixed together, however, the villains of Chasing River are not Russian but Irish.

 

The one thing I do like about KA Tuckers books is that she introduced all characters in book one and each book thereafter has been about a different character from book one, with just enough ties to the main Burying Water characters to keep the series alive.

As with all Tucker books so far Chasing River was, overall, well-paced and left us want to know more.

The only negative I can think of was what I will term a slow patch where I thought the author was going to relive every single part of earlier Burying Water books.  The background story would be helpful for those readers picking up Chasing River as a standalone novel.

 

I think

Chasing River

Chasing River (Burying Water, #3)

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Chasing River

 an average of 4.17 stars

from 4,958 ratings

and 643 reviews

 

Chasing River

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-Las-Vegas-Girl

Las Vegas Girl

(Baxter and Holt #1)

by

Leslie Wolfe

Las Vegas Girl, like all of Leslie Wolfe’s novels, so far, have been page turners keeping me reading until the late hours of the night or early hours of morning.

Las Vegas Girl introduces us to Detectives Holt and Baxter, both of whom are on skating on thin ice as far as their immediate superior is concerned.

Thrust together as unwilling partners they are assigned to a murder in which walking on eggshells would be a breeze compared to the possible political fallout from asking the wrong, or right, people the wrong questions.

A beautiful girl plunges to her death in a Las Vegas Hotel.   Why?  Did she commit suicide?  Or was she murdered?   And more to the point, if it was murder who killed her?

All of their usual avenues of enquiry end with reprimands from their supervisor which makes their task all that much harder.

Both Holt and Baxter have ‘pasts’ which are kept private for most of the story.   During Las Vegas Girl we gain more insights into Baxter’s other life than we do of Holt.

Las Vegas Girl was my fifth Leslie Wolfe read and I still found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  Each of Wolfe’s books, to date, appears to be written from a slightly different perspective.

Definitely a must read author for those of us who enjoy the crime/thriller genre.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Las Vegas Girl

an average of 

4.23 stars

from 4,166 ratings and 225 reviews 

 I have rated 

Las Vegas Girl

a solidread.

Las Vegas Girl (Baxter and Holt, #1)

Las Vegas Girl

is available online at 

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Book-Review-If-Fear-Wins

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If Fear Wins

 (DI Bliss, #3)

by

Tony J. Forder

I never thought that I would become a series reader; however, here I am commencing a review about If Fear Wins the third book in the DI (Jimmy) Bliss series.  According to Google there are now 5 Jimmy Bliss books in the series.

Again we see Bliss and Chandler chasing leads in a murder.  This time a young Royal Air Force Officer appears to have been executed by terrorists.  After team Bliss runs into more dead ends than they care for a chance conversation with a suspect’s wife sees them headed in a totally new direction and eventually a successful conclusion to the case.

A five star contemporary plot which, occasionally seems to get bogged down supplying back ground information, which was detailed in books 1 & 2.  Tony Forder is not the only author I have come across who does this.  It’s just that I find it tiresome (re-reading details) I read a week or so ago in another book.

If Fear Wins catapults Tony Forder into the good mystery writer category.  My first Tony Forder read, Degrees of Darkness, is a five star read and his best so far.  From a plot stand point If Fear Wins is nearly as good and is definitely better than Bliss I & 2.

If Goodreads would accept half a star, I would rate If Fear Wins as a 4.5 star read.  However Goodreads doesn’t…so I can’t.  Therefore, due to excessive background information and what seemed to be a long ending, If Fear Wins, will have to be happy with a four star rating.

 

I rated

If Fear Wins

as a

four star read.

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

If Fear Wins

an average of 4.63 stars,

from 293 ratings and 49 reviews.

If Fear Wins (DI Bliss, #3)

If Fear Wins

can be purchased online at

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