What Colour are the Bodies?

White Bodies Book Cover White Bodies
Jane Robins
crime, mystery, thrillers, female sleuths, psychological
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(28 Dec. 2017)

‘He’s so handsome and clever and romantic. I just wished he hadn’t forced Tilda under the water and held her there so long.’

Callie loves Tilda. She’s her sister, after all. And she’s beautiful and successful.

Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix.

And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much.

So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all…

Sometimes we love too much.

The Stranger on a Train novel that isn’t.

The story is told through the eyes of Callie and through her journal that she writes in obsessively. All that she knows, or think she knows, about her sister – her twin, as she follows her and tracks her life. The clever twin. The beautiful twin. The tragic twin. The abused twin. Or is she?

And then Callie finds a site for abused women or men and gets drawn into deep conspiracy theories and perhaps even murder.

Callie also suffers from Pica  in relation to her sister’s objects – she thinks by eating these items her sister is somehow drawn into her own essence it would be appear.

So this is a strange book but a compelling read. You follow Callie through all her different beliefs and her obsession with her sister’s life and are drawn into her  worldview. Where nothing is quite what it might appear – or is it?

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Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre

Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre
paranormal romance, fae, witches and wizards, sirens
Dec 2017
Kindle

Enter the labyrinth of Legends and Lore and meet a host of notorious beings that will change the way you view the mythological world.

You know the names but you don’t know the incredible stories behind them. Minotaurs, descendants of monsters, demi-gods, and fantastic creatures, are just a few of the characters contained within these pages.

There are 21 short stories – some very short and others longer – in this box set.

I shall review in sets of 7 and give an average of stars per set.

  1. Two if by Sea

Ines Johnson

A novella about Vivi from her previous Nia Rivers series, who is a river magical creature, with a shoe fetish (she explains this as being because all she ever saw were people’s feet and the shoes they wore from her river bed).

So Vivi, who had been given a pair of enchanted shoes in the previous books so she could walk (she was crippled), goes in search of some up-dated shoes from the same designer. The new ones were coming out in his shop in Rome, only the ley line she travelled on dumped in in the Athenian sea at the feet of Poseidon. He introduces her to modern life and its small issues like cars and roads and hotels….

A good novella with a charming Vivi. 4 stars.

2. Well Loved

Emma Nichols

So here there are some twins with the smaller, and weaker twin being a girl.  She is very sick, probably dying and modern medecine can do little for her. Her father and brother are determined to find a way she can be healed and so research lores and legends finding Brigid, the Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint in Ireland with a reputation for miracles.  Note: Holy Wells feature in this story.

3 stars.

3. Stealing Persephone: Isadora Brown

A story about Dream Walking that I couldn’t be bothered to finish. 2 stars

4. Mercury Rising: Rebekkah Lewis

Hybris is the goddess of Hubris and having a tempestuous love affair with Hermes – who is sad for the wood nymph that Apollo has stolen from the satyr Melancron, and is keeping chained up in his temple until she ‘admits’ to being in love with him. if ever…

A rather slow short story. 3 stars.

5. Hearts and Arrows: Natasha Larry

There is Venus, Cupid and Arrows plus Sirens and their daughters in this story. Do remember that Gods feed on the love of their worshippers – no love = no God and no Power. Hence Cupid is now living in a run-down trailer.

Not exciting. 3 stars.

6. How to Defeat a Demi-God: Nicole Zoltack

When a vampire-hunter goes to Italy for a change of scene and to hunt for serial killer, he doesn’t expect to find Medusa working out her revenge for a love gone bad.

Okay. 3 stars.

7. Cassie’s Curse: Liz Gavin

In Cassie’s family the women are descendants of the Delphic Oracle and obtain their gift of prophecy from Apollo – by being his worshipper – and lover. What happens when you reject Apollo?

Okay. 3 stars.

8.Goddess of Time: Monica Corwin

Morgana and Arthur and some enchanted islands. Didn’t enchant me. 2 stars.

9. Ovid’s Folly: Todd Skaggs

Medusa again but not an intentional serial killer. A modified curse but in some ways worse.

Quite enjoyable. 4 stars.

10. Hellbent: Tina Glasneck

11. Secret husband: Normandie Alleman

12. Water Warrior: Pauline Creedon

13. Gods and Monster’s: Jill Cooper

14. The Yaga Legacy: Debbie Cassidy

15. The Medusa Consiracy: Jackson Dean Chase

16. Hearth, Home and Havoc: RJ Blain

17. Tears of Stone: Raine English

18. In the Essence of Blood: Melle Amade

19. Aterion: Katalina Leon

20. The Fight of the Sorceress: Leona Bushman

21. Gods and Nymphs: Shannon Eckrich & Rebecca Hamilton

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Helping the War Injured

Ambulance Girls Book Cover Ambulance Girls
Deborah Burrows
medical, historical, military, saga, romance
Random House
February 23, 2017
352

On duty during London's Blitz... As death and destruction fall from the skies day after day in the London Blitz, Australian ambulance driver Lily Brennan confronts the horror with bravery, intelligence, common sense and humour. Although she must rely upon her colleagues to carry out her dangerous duties, Lily begins to suspect that someone at her Ambulance Station may be giving assistance to the enemy by disclosing secret information. Then her best friend, Jewish ambulance attendant David Levy, disappears in suspicious circumstances. Aided - and sometimes hindered - by David's school friend, a mysterious and attractive RAF pilot, Lily has to draw on all of her resources to find David, and negotiate the dangers that come from falling in love in a country far from home in a time of war...

An initially interesting read and I did learn a lot about what was damaged and how the general populace still felt about Jews despite the War.  However, I got bogged down about half-way through as it really slowed down and nothing – or very little – happened. I found myself wishing for some action.

I thought the characters were well and sympathetically described, but overall didn’t quite keep up my interest as to their final fate.

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Some furry books

The Bear Shifter's Nanny Book Cover The Bear Shifter's Nanny
Fated Mates
Jasmine Wylder
paranormal romance, shifters,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(18 Dec. 2017)

Falling in love with a murder suspect? Thrilling.

It's not easy being a shifter without a clan. But finally, Jasmine Rowland has a job at least. Well, being a nanny is not what she had dreamed of, but it pays the bills. Also, there are worse places to be than around that handsome Doctor Alava with his tight clothes, showing every vein and muscle of his body. But something is definitely wrong with him. What is he hiding?

Dr. Eneko Alava’s love left a long time ago. There is not such a thing as a mate for him anymore. All focus is on his beloved children and his practice, a medical clinic for shifters set up in the heart of bear shifter territory. But wait, why then is his inner animal panting for his nanny now? That isn’t supposed to happen.

And suddenly…

Murder.

One suspect.

No place to hide.

With the law against them and time running out, can Eneko and Jasmine find love? Or does fate have other plans for them?

3 books about Bear Shifters reviewed here:

  1. The Bear Shifter’s Nanny. Jasmine Wylder

A young Jaguar shifter is a rare beast and doesn’t have a clan. Which is especially difficult in a town where shifters are viewed with suspicion and hostility by the ‘normal’ populace.

But shifters need medical treatment as much as anyone – well perhaps not quite as much – but they still need a doctor – and he wants to continue to operate a clinic even though he is accused of murder.

2. Sheltered by the Alpha Bear. Amelia Rock

I found this too obvious and the writing too distracting to both reading every page. Also the final job offer from a university/college was unlikely in the extreme. [2.5 stars]

3. Protected by the Billionaire Bear. Amelia Rock

I got seriously bored half-way through. The same story as her two previous books just dressed up slightly differently. [2]

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What date did this happen?

Deaths of December Book Cover Deaths of December
Susi Holliday
police procedurals, female sleuths, murder, British Detective
Mulholland Books; 01 edition
(16 Nov. 2017)

It looks like a regular advent calendar.

Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors . . . and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one.

The police hope it's a prank. Because if it isn't, a murderer has just surfaced - someone who's been killing for twenty years.

But why now? And why has he sent it to this police station?

As the country relaxes into festive cheer, Greene and DS Eddie Carmine must race against time to catch the killer. Because there are four doors left, and four murders will fill them . . .

It's shaping up to be a deadly little Christmas.

A story with a nice final twist to the tale. You think it has ended – the serial murderer has confessed and is in jail – but no.

We then read more of the detective’s back stories and then comes the final twist…

A nice detective pair, but why have both of them got a problem in their personal life? This is getting to be just too much of a cliche.

 

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