Book Review-Over-My-Dead-Body

Over My Dead Body

(William Warwick #4)

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

While still smarting from Miles Faulkner’s escape and subsequent ‘death’ towards the end of ‘Turn A Blind Eye’, Over My Dead Body, number 4 in the William Warwick Series sees William promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector in charge of Unsolved Murders…cold cases.

Millionaire Miles Faulkner is still playing his old games.  He attended his own funeral, has taken on a new identity and plans to remarry his former wife and all the while being represented, in all things legal and illegal, by Mr Booth Watson

I have read Over My Dead Body and listened to it twice and still find it difficult to write about.   This could be due to the fact that it is number four in a fairly predictably storyline where Choirboy can do no wrong and always gets the bad guy… eventually.

George Blagden’s narration of the audio version of Over My Dead Body was excellent, making both experiences very enjoyable.

Over my Dead Body is definitely another page-turner from the pen of Jeffery Archer, and one which Archer fans will enjoy.

I have rated

Over My Dead Body

as a

four-star read

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Over My Dead Body

an average of 4.13 stars

from 7,470 ratings

and 619 reviews.

***

Over My Dead Body

can be purchased online at 

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Cobalt Blue

by

Matthew Reilly

 

Thirty-five years ago in the Alaskan wild, an American scientist and a Russian soldier discover a satellite half buried in the snow.   A door on the satellite suddenly opens and they are enshrouded in a mist that came from inside the satellite.  Later they discover that they appear to have acquired superpowers. 

 

For the next thirty-five years thereafter Cobalt protected all things American and raised seven children, only one of which was her natural child.  The first six were fathered by men who were the highest in their chosen careers using IVF and surrogacy to bring offspring to term.  The Rusian soldier who became known as the Fury of Russia, was a brutal person as were his offspring.

Upon Cobalt’s demise, the Fury of Russia began a systematic killing of Cobalt’s children so he could rule the U.S.A.

Initially, I thought Cobalt Blue was a tad on the slow side, however, the book did pick up as I read more of the story.  And while it is marketed as a novel, I think that at 182 pages it must be considered a short novel.

This brings me to my rating.  

After reading the first few chapters I had Cobalt Blue provisionally rated as a three-star book, however, as my reading progressed so did my rating. 

 

I have rated

Cobalt Blue

as a 

four-star read.

***

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Cobalt Blue

an average of 3.90 stars

from 720 ratings

and 104 reviews.

****

 

 

Cobalt Blue

 can be purchased online at 

Amazon‎Booktopia, and Fishpond

 

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Turn a Blind Eye

(Warrick-#3)

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

Turn a Blind Eye continues after Hidden in Plain Sight.  William has covertly been promoted to lead a newly formed anti-corruption squad.  However, for all intents and purposes, he is still working on bringing Rashidi to justice.

Miles Faulkner, Khalil Rashidi (a major player in South London drug distribution), Gerry Summers (a suspected bent cop), newly resigned Inspector Lamont (also bent), along with lawyer Booth Watson form the bad guys.

There are two court cases in Turn a Blind Eye in which Sir Julian, his daughter, Grace and her partner, Clare, again join forces to defeat the common enemy.  If I mention the outcomes of these cases I will spoil the story.   However, I will say that the majority of Turn a Blind Eye is set in the courtroom, with Christina and the now resurrected Miles Faulkner playing cameo roles.

Gerry Summers, William’s bent ‘friend’ nearly got away with his crimes, his downfall was generosity.

Turn a Blind Eye which moves along at a good pace, as usual, however, it is not until the end that the police come to the conclusion that they may have been deceived, which sets up Over My Dead Body (Warwick #4) nicely.

****

I rated

Turn a Blind Eye

as a

Four Star audiobook/read.

****

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Turn a Blind Eye

an average of 4.16 stars

from 10,575 ratings

and 628 reviews.

****

Turn a Blind Eye

can be purchased online at

Amazon‎Booktopia, and Fishpond

Book-Review-Indecent-Ambition

 

Indecent Ambition is my third of Jennifer Bacia’s novels and tells Lenore’s story.

 After her (sexually) abusive father’s death, fourteen-year-old Lenore was taken in by ‘Nan’ who lived a few doors away.  Lenore soon realises she is pregnant with her father’s child and Nan organises an abortion for Lenore.

Sometime later Lenore gives herself to someone a little older than herself, again falling pregnant.  When she discovers the boy has left Australia and returned to his mother in the U.S.A. and she has another bad experience with a newborn Lenore swears that never again will she allow men to put her in that position.

Twenty years on Lenore, now known as Anthea, is at a preselection meeting for a safe party seat in the Australian Federal Parliament and meets her old flame again.   It takes a while before she accepts a job offer from David and still longer before they get back together.  In the midst of all this is Oscar’s (David’s friend) twenty-year-old daughter Kelly who has a huge crush on David.

Will Kelly get her way with David?  Or will David and Anthea hold fast?

There is a reasonably large part of Indecent Ambition I have not mentioned in my review simply because to do so would contain many spoilers.   I am fairly certain that fans of Jennifer Bacia, will rate Indecent Ambition highly. If you haven’t read any of Bacia’s works as yet,  I highly recommend Indecent Ambition and Never Forget Me as starting points.

 

I rated

Indecent Ambition

as a solid

four-star read

**** 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Indecent Ambition

an average of 3.12 stars

from 26 ratings

 and 4 reviews

****

Indecent Ambition

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                          

                                                          

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Never Forget Me

by

Jennifer Bacia

 

Never Forget Me was my second of Jennifer Bacia’s novels and will not be my last.

Tess Jordan and her friends spent her teen years squatting anywhere she could find a warm and dry place to sleep on the streets of New York City.  During her teens, Tess was always ambitious and planning her next step in life.  By the time Tess had reached her mid-thirties, she had become Hollywood’s most powerful female executive heading up the World Link Studios.  Tess’ ambition was to make a film about Elizabeth Eden; an actress who died under interesting circumstances some twenty years earlier.

Upon receiving a green light, from the studio owner and his legal team, to make the movie, the movie lot on which it was to be made was destroyed and the deaths of people associated with Elizabeth Eden also rose.    Combine this with a Presidential Election on the horizon and the son of a past-favoured president as the likely winner and we have the potential for a Hollywood movie.

I am a fan of this novel’s political intrigue and thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer Bacia’s, Never Forget Me.  I believe it is a well-written novel with enough twists, turns and intrigue to keep most readers interested.

I will keep reading her books in future months.

 

I rated

Never Forget Me

as a solid

five-star read

**** 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Never Forget Me

an average of 4.43 stars

from 7 ratings

 and 0 reviews

****

Never Forget Me

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                          

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Hot Pies on the Tram Car

by

Sheila Newberry

*****

I commenced the audio version of Hot Pies on the Tram Car with reasonably positive expectations.   However, my expectations were squashed beyond repair I am afraid.

I found it difficult to concentrate on driving and following this book’s convoluted plot.  Therefore, it may be a better read than audio.  At least when I read a book I can interpret characters the way I see them.

Hot Pies on the Tram Car was set in the 1920s between World War I and the Great Depression approached.

Living above the family pie shop, Florence is renowned for the pies she makes and she is always ready to help her house full of family and friends.

Because Hot Pies on the Tram Car was at least the third ‘period’ novel, this year, it may well be my last for a while.

I have rated

Hot Pies on the Tram Car

as a

audiobook at best.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Hot Pies on the Tram Car

an average of 3.96 stars

from 179ratings

and 17 reviews.

***

Hot Pies on the Tram Car

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book Review-Girl-With-No-Home

The Girl With No Home

by

Sheila Newberry

*****

The Girl With No Home is set in two locations; London 1888 and Kent 1904, and is basically the life story of young, and not so young, Jerusha Carey after she is abandoned by her mother at the age of 7.

After spending time in several foster settings, at age eighteen she meets and marries Dan Applebee who is much older and a reliable farmer from Kent.  Together they commence the quiet secure life she always desired,  with the exception of children.  Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jerusha alone with a farm to manage.

Two years after Dan’s death, Joe Finch arrives on the scene seeking some farm work and a home for his ten-year-old daughter.  It appears that Joe is what Jerusha needs, both as a farmworker and partner.  However, Joe has always been a wanderer and wasn’t home for his daughter’s birth and true to form he repeats the cycle when Jerusha falls pregnant.  Joe leaves for Canada, and work, leaving Jerusha and his daughter all alone to fend for themselves.

Life is made much harder for Jerusha after she delivers a handicapped baby courtesy of a case of rubella during her pregnancy.

Although a bit slow and difficult to follow in places,

I have rated

The Girl With No Home

as a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Girl With No Home

an average of 4.16 stars

from 494 ratings

and 18 reviews.

***

The Girl With No Home

can be purchased online at 

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Hidden In Plain Sight

by

Jeffery Archer

*****

Hidden In Plain Sight follows on after Nothing Ventured with William continuing his good work in the police force.  Hidden In Plain Sight opens at the same cracking pace that Nothing Ventured attained and that which is expected from a Jeffery Archer novel.

William is progressing through the ranks and finds himself with a Drug Squad that is trying to catch to of the major drug importers in London.  One of the targets is Miles Faulkner who has a 4 year suspended sentence hanging over his head courtesy of the judiciary system in Nothing Ventured.  The other villain in Hidden in Plain Sight is Khalil Rashidi.  Rashidi is a drug dealer, of note, operating out of South London.

Faulkner and Rashidi meet and bond in Pentonville Prison where they bot being held pending their respective trials.  All the while Christina, Faulkner’s, soon to be, ex-wife is angling to have Faulkner’s 73 paintings, which for his entire art collection held locally, included in her divorce settlement.

Faulkner is soon in a courtroom again where again Booth Watson is his adversary

Although Sir Julian does not think of women being good enough to be a QC he does appoint Grace as his junior, where she earns some respect from her father.

I rated

Hidden In Plain Sight

as a

Four Star read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Hidden In Plain Sight

an average of 3.98 stars

from 9,853 ratings

and 793 reviews.

***

Hidden In Plain Sight

can be purchased online at 

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Dark Side of the Harbour

by

Jennifer Bacia

 

Dark Side of the Harbour is the story of Rose and Margot who befriend each other while working at David Jones in Sydney’s Central Business District.  Rose is the reserved country girl while Margot is more worldly.  Their friendship eventually leads them to share a flat.

A nearby coffee bar proves to be the ideal place to meet two Polish immigrants.  As their friendship grows Stefan and Josef open the women’s eyes to the harsh reality of the Second World War.  Rose and Stefan’s romance is hindered by lingering War traumas and Margot wants more than a penniless Polish immigrant for a life partner.

More than two decades pass before an aspiring journalist lands herself a job with an investigative current affairs show.  Her first story is to investigate, if possible, a cold case that was solved with the flimsiest of evidence and very little investigation by the police.  The new investigation has locals and police alike on edge, while still others who have remained silent for so long, at last, tell their side of the story

The Dark Side of the Harbour may possibly have been a better read than the audio version to which I listened.

However, as the sixties were my teen years I found Dark Side of the Harbour an interesting and enjoyable story and I hope to read more of Ms Bacia’s works this year.

 

 

I rated

Dark Side of the Harbour

as a

three-star audiobook

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Dark Side of the Harbour

an average of 4.28 stars

from 32 ratings

 and 7 reviews

****

Dark Side of the Harbour

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rated

Dark Side of the Harbour

 

as a

three-star audiobook

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Dark Side of the Harbour

an average of 4.28 stars

from 32 ratings

 and 7 reviews

***

Dark Side of the Harbour

can be purchased online at

BooktopiaFishpond and Amazon

                                                                                                           

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Secrets of Silvergum

by

Mandy Magro

Mandy Magro’s Secrets of Silvergum was my seventh of this author’s books and as usual, it is set in rural Queensland inland from Cairns.

Secrets of Silvergum is a romance that begins with a one night stand between Emma and Zane when they were just seventeen.  For family reasons, Zane headed to America and its professional bull riding circuit.

Fast forward sixteen years later, Zane still does not know he has a daughter, Rylie, from this liaison when he receives news that his adoptive father, Peter has died.  Zane was never good enough for his father and for that reason Zane opted to leave Australian shores.

Emma and Zane both have feelings for each other and both think it will go nowhere after all this time.  Therefore, they both skirt the issue when they meet up after Zane arrives back at the family farm near Silvergum for his father’s funeral.

Emma decides she can now tell Riley and Zane about each other when she is met with a message from the grave.  But can this message of blackmail hold any weight?  Will it throw Emma’s plans into disarray?   Or will there be a happy ever after in Emma and Zane’s futures?

I think Secrets of Silvergum to be the most enjoyable of Mandy Magro’s books so far.

I rated

Secrets of Silvergum

 as a three-star audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Secrets of Silvergum

an average of 4.07 stars

from 171 ratings

 and 19 reviews

Secrets of Silvergum

can be purchased online at

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